Book Launch: 'The Art of Anne' February 15, 2017 14:10
Anne's exciting news is that her book 'The Art of Anne' will be launched on Friday 17th February in Tauranga; 11am -1pm in the Library Arcade Willow & Wharf Street.
Anne playing her cards well in art shop - Bay of Plenty Times January 15, 2016 14:47
Anne Westerskov took her micro-business up a notch with a pop-up shop in Piccadilly Arcade prior to Christmas.
Christmas shoppers in Tauranga might have noticed several popup shops appear in the lead-up to Christmas.
One was very much a labour of love for the person behind the counter - Anne Westerskov.
Twenty-five-year-old Anne, who has Down Syndrome, discovered her love of art while at Bethlehem College, then found it flourished under the tuition of several well-known local artists who were initially a part of her community-based education programme.
The first was Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes through Harrison's Gallery and she has also been helped by Alison Brain and Pauline Goodwin. Anne said she had learned about things like light shading and dark shading at school but that her tutors helped bring out her ideas. But it was the encouragement of a friend that would give her the confidence to take another step into selling her work.
"Long ago, just after I had had my 21st birthday, one of my friends said 'you have to put some of your art on cards'," she says.
Talking about some of the more recent cards, Anne says that after finishing her designs Kim (her dad) thought some of them were very funny. The "funny" ones were among those she chose to be made into cards.
She was supported by the owners of Paper Plus in Tauranga and the Kofistop in Bethlehem.
Her cards are also sold at Village 7 in Te Puna and, thanks to friend Tamrah Hare, at a pharmacy in Mount Eden.
Anne and her assistants, including Tamrah, have also sold them at various conferences at Te Papa and the Waipuna Hotel and in Tauranga, including the Tauranga Business Women's Conference. There is even a stall at Otaki Markets selling them, and Anne has her own website.
Tamrah says the cards received a lot of positive feedback and they "sold like hot cakes" at the pharmacy.
But Anne was still keen to go further. "One day Mum and Dad said 'we can have a big launch to welcome the new designs'," says Anne.
That launch also marked the opening of the pop-up shop in the Piccadilly Arcade in Tauranga, a suggestion that had come from Toby Tagg from Paper Plus Tauranga.
Anne's mum Vivienne had secured a short term lease on the unit to help move Anne's micro business forward.
"Over the last two to three years Anne and her business team have slowly built up a micro-business based around Anne's art. Her paintings are reproduced as greeting cards and as small framed prints and larger stretched canvases," says Kim.
"The cards sell wonderfully, in their thousands. It's very exciting to see Anne growing in stature as a person, an artist, and a business woman." As for Anne, she says her art is booming".
- Bay News
Anne's Pop Up Shop December 22, 2015 16:09
Anne's Pop Up Shop Launch Event Photos - 10 December 2015
Sunlive Review of Anne's Pop Up Shop December 13, 2015 21:58
“I'd love you to come and see me,” says Tauranga artist Anne Westerskov who's new pop-up gallery opened in Tauranga's Piccadilly Arcade on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old vivacious artist has lovingly created a range of greeting cards, mounted and framed prints, plus canvas artworks which can all be viewed at the gallery up until December 19.
Art By Anne Pop Up Shop - Limited Time Only December 05, 2015 21:19
Anne would love for you to come and visit her at her Pop Up Shop. 9th - 19th December. Piccadilly Arcade Tauranga.
Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Regional Business Women's Conference November 22, 2015 11:17
Anne's vibrant display of her art and greeting cards at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Regional Business Women's Conference.
Tauranga Rotary Club Book Fair September 22, 2015 14:09
Thank you to the Rotary Club Members and Toby for supporting Anne selling her cards at the Easter Fair.
"It was great selling lots of cards and getting to know new people who are interested in my art." - Anne
Anne's Art Story: Vase with Flowers September 22, 2015 10:54
I liked the background so much that I kept it light blue. I drew the hills and painted them green because they needed to stand out. I used turquoise and white for the glass vase mixed into other colours. The flowers are very stunning with the pink. My teacher says my painting is beautiful and I love it so much.
Artist Statement August 05, 2015 14:24
"I have loved learning art all my life. Tallulah Belle, Alison and Pauline have helped me. I love colour, mixing paints, shading, and flowers.
People loved my art at my 21st birthday, and then one person told us to print a picture onto cards.
My very first card last Christmas was really funky. We sold the cards everywhere like at the markets and staff rooms. I felt really confident and wanted to print and sell more.
I am very excited about my future - to make more cards and money to buy my home near my friends."
Book Cover Art by Anne August 05, 2015 14:18
Kiwi As, a delightful picture book for young children. This collection of poems for children reflects what being a New Zealander in the 21st century is all about. With the support of Creative Tauranga, WBOPPA ran a poetry competition and chose the 15 best poems to be published alongside children's artwork
Marcel Currin as judge: local poet, musician, columnist and writer of songs and stories. Equally important, as Dad to three small boys, Marcel knows what appeals to children. So, a good all-rounder with definite ideas of what makes poetry work. Though, as Marcel noted in his judge's report, "It's deceptively difficult to write poetry for children. Rhyme and rhythm need to be handled carefully."
Kiwi As will show you how!
Our own Tommy 'Kapai' Wilson was there to assist Marcel. Tommy works tirelessly with children in schools to encourage them 'tell their own story' to find out who they are and what they can do. Last year he ran his innovative course, Korero Purakau (The Art of Storytelling) for grown-ups to tap into their own talent as tellers of tales. Tommy coined the phrase 'books from our own backyard,' which Kiwi As most certainly is, and, of course, his own. With the words taken care of Kaye as Art Editor turned her attention to the illustrations. Most are from truly great Playcentre artists - the children who go there. Some were commissioned, including the bold cover from local artist Anne Westerskov.Kaye's dream has been fully realised in this amazing little book - hopefully the first of many. Exactly the right size for a child to hold and an adult to read from.
Grand Designs July 24, 2015 10:14
Anne and her art were featured in a cover article entitled 'Grand Designs' in the September 2012 issue of Interwoven - the CCS newsletter.
Read Anne's thoughts on the creative process, her art classes, and other interests.