Volunteer Profile: Wendy Dohig

My association with the Aigantighe Art Gallery began in 1956 when I was visiting Timaru and invited to attend the official opening. Little did I know then that in 1960 I would come to live in Timaru with my husband Ronald, an architect who established his practice ere and in 1978 designed the extensions to Aigantighe, for which he was awarded an NZIA Design Award. Meanwhile I became interested in pottery, founded the South Canterbury Pottery Group and taught pottery at Timaru Technical College with Ainslie Manson who later became the second Director at Aigantighe. My interest in the visual arts continues and overthe years we have builtup a large collection, especially of art associated with South Canterbury, and the “Dohig Collection” is now part of a bequest to the Gallery.

I maintain my interest in pottery, but now have a renewed interest in patchwork and creative knitting. I joined the Friends o fAigantighe when it was established, was elected a life member in 1993 and subsequently President. During my term the
Friends celebrated their 25th birthday with a memorable function at the Gallery and marked the occassion with the presentation of three works of art associated with South Canterbury.

Over the past 15 years I have been a volunteer at the Gallery and still enjoy this role today. It is a pleasure to greet visitors to the Gallery and assist them to enjoy their time there.