With breathtaking landscapes and picture-perfect scenery around every corner, it’s no wonder that so many artists are inspired by these awe-inspiring surroundings to create stunning pieces of art. Whether you’re staying in Te Anau or just driving through, take some time for a creative break and gain an appreciation for our talented artistic community.
A great place to start your Te Anau art journey is by popping into the Fiordland Gallery of Fine Art, just down the road from Radfords on the Lake. Home to a diverse selection of works, you’ll encounter creations from artists right across the region. Browse the ever-changing exhibition featuring abstract and contemporary art-themed on the wilderness and wildlife of Fiordland, and you may even find the perfect piece to purchase and take home with you. Depending on when you visit, you might meet one of the friendly artists in the gallery to strike up a conversation with – and become inspired to reignite your own creative streak.
It’s impossible to leave Fiordland without capturing pictures of the magical scenery, but if you’re looking for tips and tricks to improve your iPhone camera skills, local photographer William Patino is here to help. Upgrade your low-resolution shots to become truly eye-catching photographs on a multi-day workshop with William, to learn new techniques as well as the expressive side of photography. Having been behind the camera since 2012, his works offer a unique lens on the local landscapes – his emphasis on light and atmosphere portrays the raw and wild beauty found within nature’s fleeting moments. Prints of his photography are also available to be purchased online, the perfect visual souvenir to adorn your lounge, office or bedroom.
Across in Wānaka, Steve Rumore, owner of Steve Rumore Sculptures and Metal Works, specialises in creating one–of–a–kind metal sculptures with stunning detail. Working with metal for over 35 years, his aesthetic eye meets engineering precision to create unique pieces inspired by the surrounding natural environment. Browse his gallery and you’ll see his passion, vision, and experience brought to life in wondrous ways.
Also based in Wānaka is painter Susie Ruddenklau, an award-winning artist that’s been referred to as ‘the grande dame of Wānaka’s art scene’. Susie’s ‘big picture’ paintings convey a variety of emotions and allow you to imagine yourself in the atmosphere, as you absorb every vibrant and colourful detail. Don’t miss Susie’s popular watercolour workshops, set in her lush garden studio, if you’re seeking hands-on experience.
Time your visit to align with a local pop-up exhibition or art show – Fiordland Arts Society and Manapouri Art Group host regular events and often have works on display that acknowledge the fine talents of both up-and-coming and established local artists.
Discovering a destination through its art uncovers unique stories about its history, its culture, and its landscapes – and this holds true in Te Anau. Whether seeing your favorite location in Fiordland National Park through an eye-catching photograph or painting or being left awe-struck by nature-inspired sculptures, you don’t need to be an art expert to connect with the spectacular masterpieces that await on your next visit to Fiordland.