Topic: A Conversation Between Friends

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Past exhibition, from November 8, 2008 onwards.

Dame Louise HendersonMary McIntyre and Louise Henderson works from the collections, Trust Waikato Gallery Refresh Exhibition.

She understood me and I understood her - Mary McIntyre talks about her good friend Louise Henderson, 2008.

Nothing beats a chat with a close friend. This small collection exhibition is just that, a conversation between friends.

Dame Louise Henderson passed away in 1994. Her good friend for over 35 years, Mary McIntyre, captured portraits of her on paper which serve as wonderful hints to her personality. These works belie the intelligent and forthright person that Henderson was and the respect that McIntyre had for her.

Though Henderson's work never really influenced the young McIntyre, their practice as artists served as another bond in their strong friendship.

These works, like their makers, sit happily in quietude with one another. There are points where their works talk to one another and others where there is a respectful and knowing silence. You are welcomed to 'listen in'.

Acknowledgements/ Nga Mihi Atu:

The Waikato Museum would like to thank Mary McIntyre for her generosity and the Waikato Bequest Trust for contributing the portraits of Dame Louise Henderson to our collection. Waikato Museum would also like to thank Trust Waikato for the constancy of their support to the Waikato Museum through this gallery.

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