Category Archives: Exhibitions

‘Making A Mark’ an exhibition of work by Sandy Densem…

We are delighted to currently be showing  an exhibition of oil paintings and drawings by Sandy Densem. 

Sandy was born in Zimbabwe and studied Fine Art in Cape Town in the 1970’s majoring in oil painting – she has been painting and exhibiting since then.  Sandy then taught art and textiles for many years in Zimbabwe and also worked with interior designers and architects to produce soft furnishings, paintings and wall murals for a group of safari lodges.  These years have given Sandy a deeper understanding of the surface qualities of artwork being translated into the textural layering process so evident in  her drawing and painting.  Sandy currently lives in Hawke’s Bay with her husband Ray.

To read more about Sandy’s inspiration click here.   (This will give you a much greater understanding and appreciation of the images below.)

In the meantime have a look at her works on show until the end of April – and if you would like to purchase any, be quick as eleven sold on the opening night and another four since then!  We look forward to seeing you at the Gallery or feel free to contact us on email.

Thanks for reading…. enjoy Sandy’s work below.  

From Louise and all at Birdwoods Gallery x


For the Love of a Good Horse…..

March is a big deal for those who love horses in Hawkes Bay which hosts the annual Horse of the Year Show. One of the largest equestrian events in the world and a weeks feast for equine lovers.

To coincide with this, we are currently hosting a beautiful exhibition of equestrian photography and ephemera from Diana Black Design. Many of our regular visitors will know the very talented Julia Whyte from her weekends here at Birdwoods and we are delighted to be showcasing the wonderful range of work she creates as Diana Black Design. A few months ago we gave you a taste of what was to come – here it is.

A few images  of Julia’s works and a rarely seen picture of herself!

Diana Black Design

Diana Black Design

Diana Black Design

Julia Whyte

Images and Ephemera

This exhibition will be showing until Monday 2nd April, but if you are not able to visit in person do have a look on Julia’s website

Diana where you can see her complete range of works.

The pièce de résistance – the triptych of Millie – an interior design masterpiece.

Until next time, thank you for reading, from Louise and all at Birdwoods x

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Feather Art by Rose McKellar of Canterbury…..

Our latest exhibition is a contemporary collection of framed feather artworks by Rose McKellar of Christchurch.  Rose has been involved in feather art for 12 years having a passion for their colour and texture.  The work is exhibited in black or white shadow boxed frames with white mounts using only New Zealand birds.

She has exhibited in many galleries around New Zealand and has commissioned works held in private collections around the world.

Here are a few images of her work which to be honest do not do her justice as they are quite beautiful framed and mounted in reality!

Prices start at $845 and the pieces are on display in the Birdwoods Conservatory until the end of January 2012.  Do come in and see this very special collection or contact us for more details.

(Top image – unknown,  the rest by Rose McKellar.)

With thanks for reading,

Louise x

Introducing our new Black and White Conservatory ……

We are delighted with our new Conservatory – now finished and looking glamorous with its black and white floor and views over the garden.  The Conservatory provides us with a ‘proper’ exhibition space and we are delighted to be showing a selection of wonderful photographic images by Julia Whyte of Diana Black Design – displayed below and all demonstrating her great love and eye for horses.    These are limited editions and are framed simply in black and white (dimensions ranging between 60 – 98cm wide and 72 – 76cm high including the frames). 

We will be holding a major exhibition of Julia’s photographs throughout March next year to coincide with the Horse of the Year (13 – 18th March).

Millicent -$980  1/25

Peter’s Colt 2  $980  1/25

Peter’s Colt 1  $980  1/25

Polo Ponies 3  $980  1/25

Polo Ponies 2  $980  1/25

Rupert  $980  1/25

Polo Ponies 1  $780  1/25

Archibald – Priceless!

Do have a look at Julia’s collection of images on

We are looking forward to seeing some of you at our Open Day this Saturday for a glass of Pimms and first viewing of the new Conservatory.

Louise and all at Birdwoods x