What a Hullabaloo!

Yesterday I whiled away many happy hours in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct while Nigel was away in Queenstown. This area is an absolute gem with lovely cafes, art gallery, gift shop and much more. It’s well away from the highway and offers a beautiful respite from the busyness of Central Otago. New Zealand.

“When the Clyde dam was completed in 1990, Cromwell’s main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan. Some of the historic buildings dating back to the gold rush of the 1860’s were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground, creating the Cromwell Heritage Precinct.”  — website link: Cromwell Heritage Precinct

In this post I’m sharing the first part of my visit to the hullabaloo art space, a co-operative of artists local to Central Otago. website link:  Hullabaloo Art Space

hullabaloo art space

I enjoyed this visit so much that I’m almost speechless, words don’t do the experience justice. Instead, I’ll try and show you through photos…


There was a bakery on the corner of the old main street now under Lake Dunstan


The tulips opposite the art gallery (!)


A look out the front window


Anna Priluka

The artists take turns to attend the gallery and I felt incredibly fortunate to meet Anna Priluka who made me feel really welcome and allowed me to take photos for my blog. Thank you Anna for your warmth and friendliness, your help with information and for making me feel at home.

“Anna Priluka is a painter and printmaker based in Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Originally from rural Melbourne, she moved to New Zealand 10 years ago and now paints full-time from her studio yurt at home in Albert Town.”


Anna is featured among the artists at the Hullabaloo website – here’s her  bio page  there. The page also has links to her  website  to  instagram  and to facebook.

Sharing the neat little view to the tulips (!)

hullabaloo1_06Painting by Lizzie Carruther / Photograph by Eric Schusser*
*The photograph is of  old ice skates hanging on a farm building wall

Front window view. The ‘tulip’ window is around the corner to the left

hullabaloo1_07Round painting by Lorraine Higgins

Three works by Anna Priluka

I’ve added some short notes about the birds — Liz

‘Sleeping Kereru’.
Our beautiful native pigeon. Acrylic on round panel.
  (better photo)


‘Nevis Skink’.


‘Kanuka. Mt Iron’
Piwakawaka or fantail (normal and dark form). Watercolour.


fyi – Anna also welcomes enquiries from people outside of NZ who are interested in purchasing prints or originals.

Note (11 Aug)the next post about Hullabaloo is  Hullabaloo Two

Note (18 Aug)the final post about Hullabaloo is  Hullabaloo: The Nevis

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Oh my goodness! Anna Priluka’s artwork is absolutely incredible. I’ve just been having a good look through her Instagram as well. I’m so happy that you have introduced me to her work, Liz! How lucky that you were able to view some of her works in person. 🙂


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  2. I love the tulips 🌷 what a delight! You must have been in heaven that day wandering through the space, the photos are gorgeous and the views outside are so inspiring. The Nevis Skink painting by Anna Priluka is a beauty

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  3. Cromwell Heritage Precinct appears to be a fantabulous place to explore, I believe that I could spend days there! I checked into each of the links that you so thoughtfully included and was totally captivated. Anna Priluka’s art is so enchanting, scrolling through the photos just made me want them to never end. How fortunate that you could not only view her work firsthand, but also actually meet and speak with her…sigh!! How fortunate am I that she allowed you to photograph and share them too! I must inquire : Did you partake of anything at the Cromwell Bakery? I can never resist a bakery! Thank-you so very much for this delightful post!

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    1. I’ll be posting again about Hullabaloo very soon Ellen.. probably within the hour. The bakery is another story.. in a few days time! I can quite believe you could spend days there.. I could too!


    2. By the way, not sure if you realised the Hullabaloo Art Space is inside the “Cromwell Bakery”; there’s a lovely cafe next door that serves delicious food and coffee and I’ll be posting about that too in due course.


  4. What a lovely place to visit — and wow re the lake and the old Cromwell town!

    Love. Love. the tulips — and how you show them through the window. Very cool.

    Thanks for taking me along on your journey! ❤

    And yes, Anna's art is amazing!

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    1. My pleasure. The gallery is a beautiful space in a beautiful place. I spent ages inside and the artworks on display are incredible (more posts to come). It’s interesting how much you loved the tulips..glad I took those photos!


  5. What a cool place to visit–thanks for sharing it with us, Liz. I was really intrigued by the paintings of the skink and the fantails. They were so detailed that I was amazed to see that they were done in watercolor, which I tend to associate with a more loose and impressionist style. I guess that there is lots of room in watercolor for different styles. I can only imagine the control required to paint in a style like that.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this Mike. Anna’s art is incredibly detailed and represents weeks of work. She combines a vast array of flora into some of these paintings and I don’t know how she brings so many elements together into such a beautiful composition. I’m in awe!

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