Sunday, muffins and the Dowse Art Museum

It was so nice to not have an fixed plans this weekend.  I even had time to sit with a cup of tea and read the Sunday paper – something I haven’t done for ages.  Before that though we headed over to the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, where I am ashamed to say, we had not been to before.

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There were a number of exhibitions on, ranging from textile artist Malcolm Harrison’s family of dolls, dressed in a range of costumes to Peter Robinson‘s installation ‘Tribe Subtribe’ and ‘Everyday Fiction‘, a group exhibit where the artists work imagined “the detail of everyday life in times and places beyond here and now”, as it says on the website.  One section that I particularly liked was ‘See Like Your Hero: Artist Models’, a selection of works from the Dowse collection designed to make you consider what the artists were seeing and thinking, and take a bit longer to consider each work.  There were a variety of works here from photography to painting to installations, each accompanied by a question to make you think.

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Me inside the ‘Apocalypse Tent’ by Andy Irving & Keila Martin, 2011

Next to the Dowse, sit the Horticultural Hall and Town Hall.  The two halls are part of the Lower Hutt Civic Centre which is a registered historic area.  However, they are not earthquake compliant, so there are moves afoot to demolish the buildings, or at least part of them, keeping the facade.

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Horticultural and Town Halls before the sun came out

It had also been ages since I had done any baking, so I rustled up a batch of blueberry and dark chocolate chip muffins.

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And then there were muffins…

 

 

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