Te Papa Toi Art Gallery

Visited February 2013 – worth a visit A lovely open gallery at 114 Willow Street, Tauranga, NZ which has an interesting collection of glass works, wall art, jewellery and other collectables on sale.  Something different – a merging of Maori style in a very stylish form – my opinion of course – but the jewellery was very […]

Waikato Museum

Visited February 2013 – a great place to checkout This museum at the time of my visit had several galleries with artworks;  including ‘The Wonder and Loss of Familiar Places’ – an interesting display of artworks by Tim Croucher (NZ) and Xu Ze China) the result of a cultural exchange with works for sale. The […]

National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Visited January 2013 – a great place to stay cool   An outstanding gallery with amazing exhibitions, this time it wasRadiance: The Neo-Impressionists.  Luminious landscapes, stunning portraits in a style that at first appears to be like Monet’s impressionism style, but differs in that the paint is dabbed on the canvas instead of using […]

National Gallery Victoria

I visited the National Gallery of Victoria in January as I do every time I visit Melbourne.  Always having a great selection of artworks in its permanent collection which are on display over several floors including the Joseph Brown Collection which I have several favorites.  This includes abstracts to landscapes of all mediums, well worth […]


Eltham, Victoria, Australia Visited January 2013 – a must see Montsalvat is an artists centre created from a heritage listed property including 12 acres of established gardens, wonderful historic buildings with many studios and workshops.  Only 20 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD this is a beautiful place to stroll amongst the trees, often accompanied by peacocks, discovering artworks amongst […]

The Eastern, Tauranga Art Gallery

Attended 30 January 2013 – great entertainment A great evening listening to The Eastern, “a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union […]