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Winter Poppies by Val Tubman


Little Gallery


to Auckland location

The Little Gallery in Tairua

has expanded,

but not on the Coromandel. The wine flowed,

and the crowded gallery was a-clatter with

chatter at the gala opening in September at

the bustling and vibrant Victoria Park Market

complex, near Auckland city centre.

At right, Gallery owner Sarah Holden is joined

by her mum, well known Tairua artist Paula

McNeill, in a toast to the new ‘Little Gallery’.

The Auckland Gallery will operate as a co-op,

just as it does in Tairua. Owner Sarah Holden

explains, “We wanted to give our talented

artists a much wider exposure beyond the

peninsula, and this trendy big city location will

do that!”

Be sure to visit next time you are in the area

– Shop 30, Victoria Park Market, 210 Victoria

Street West, Auckland. The Little Gallery in

Tairua is at 228 Main Road.

Whitianga’s Bread & Butter Gallery

hosts its

second major art exhibition in its new upstairs

showrooms with an entirely new collection of

paintings by artist Souzie Speerstra –


Upon a Rainbow

. It opens 22nd October with

a preview event at 10am, followed by a talk at

12 midday.

Though a renown and successful NZ artist,

Souzie and partner Lance have dedicated

much of the last 8 years creatively developing

their Hahei farm – avocado orchard, gardens,

chooks, sheep and their dog. Though

buildings and house are now finished, they

have even more plans. “It’s a completed and

constant never ending list of dreams in the

making”, Souzie says, “at a beautiful world in

the country.”

Through the long years of the ‘busyness’ of

country living, Souzie never lost sight of her

former profession and passion. Not one to shy

from challenges, Souzie realised, “It was time

for me to swing back into my studio, and pick

up my pallet knife again.”

Souzie took on the challenge months ago and

made a commitment to her exhibition



has indeed succeeded,” says gallery owner

Christine Rabarts. “Souzie’s paintings are

outstanding, bold and full of life and vibrancy!”

The show runs through 16th November in the

gallery at 26 Albert Street. See ,

FB and our

calendar on page 42 for upcoming exhibitions.

ART Waikino 2016

set for Labour Weekend

The Coromandel’s

eagerly awaited Labour

Weekend art exhibition at Waikino will feature

over 350 entries. What started out in year 2000

as a way for the Victoria Hall Committee to raise

funds for the repair of the community hall, has

now become a well established art exhibition in

the Hauraki/Coromandel region.

The exhibition is divided into five categories:

paintings, craft, photography (people),

photography (other) and sculpture (which will be

on display under the trees at The Falls Retreat

by the Owharoa Falls). Waikino School pupils will

show their artwork in the hall’s foyer.

Guest artists this year will be award-winning

Coromandel painter, Barbara Von Seida, national

mosaic art winner Con Kiernan, photographers

Finn Thomas and Cathy Franzoi, and sculptor

Mathew Sayer.

The exhibition will be held in the Victoria Hall,

Waikino on SH2 in the Karangahake Gorge on

Saturday to Monday, October 22-24. Hours are

10am – 4pm and entry is a gold coin donation.

After six years

of planning the Waikino Memorial

Art Wall was unveiled by Hauraki District Mayor,

John Tregidga and project managers, Con

Kiernan and Simone Warn on Saturday, June 18.

Although the weather was not too kind. a small

crowd gathered to hear Waikino Memorial

Bridge and Art Wall chairperson, Diane Kiernan

thank all those that helped bring this major

project to fruition.

The memorial art wall is a reminder of Waikino’s

history and a memorial to those who lost

property in the 1981 flood. Where the art wall

is located on SH2 was the vibrant village of

Waikino, with shops, a café, a post office and

dwellings. The 1981 flood changed Waikino

forever and council deemed it a flood zone so

no more buildings were allowed to be built.

The artists involved all had a connection with

Waikino and were commissioned to create

a panel depicting each era of Waikino using

materials that could withstand being out in the

elements. The Ohinemuri River can be seen

running through each panel.

Wellington mosaic artist, Michael Coles depicted

primordial New Zealand. Waihi artist Trevor

Heighway carved the pre-European history

in Hinuera stone. Waitawheta sculptor Irene

Wilcock’s panel shows the mining era with

the Victoria Battery. Waikino’s Christine Burne

created the colourful hippy era panel. Paeroa

potter and conservationist Mike O’Donnell’s

panel is of the raging flood water, and a

collaboration between mosaic artist Con Kiernan

and singer/songwriter Shona Laing finishes

the series featuring stainless steel words from

her song “The River,” originally written for the

opening of the memorial bridge.

Mining relics were supplied by the Department

of Conservation and award winning landscape

designer Trish Waugh designed the garden.



A Colourist by Nature