L’arte Cafe and Gallery

If you like mosaics and what they can achieve in a garden you must visit L’arte Cafe and Garden/Gallery.  This place has sculptures, garden pieces and artwork but its main attraction is the garden room which is completely covered in mosaic including chairs and as stated on their website this is a visible feast for […]

Wildwood Gallery

A short drive along the edges of Lake Taupo to Waitahanui brings you to a spectacular gallery with two artists, sculptures, paintings, woodturned art, clay art, photography and outdoor art. Robbie Graham produces award winning  creations in wood-turned artworks, sculptures and colourful kinetic garden art.  The wood-turned pieces resembling floral buds and opening flowers are […]

Garry Ross artist

If visiting Taupo you should take the opportunity to see the range of artwork by Garry Ross at Whetu Place, Nukuhau, Taupo.  A self-taught painter his works range from lovely flowers to landscapes and animal scenes.  I regret not purchasing one of a row of cows staring out of the painting so reminiscent of what […]

Taupo Museum exhibitions

Taupo Museum has many sections including an art gallery and many historical exhibitions.  I found a particular stunning piece in the general museum area of Elisa Emma King’s Botannical Display from Crystal Palace London 1851.  This is truly an exquisite collection of leaves, fruits and flowers which are shown in skeleton form which reminds you […]

ZeaYou Gallery Taupo

ZeaYou Gallery in central Taupo carries Contemporary NZ Art – paintings, glass sculptures, photographs, jewellery and some kiwiana.    http://www.zeayou.com/artworks.html This visit I was particularly drawn to the Silver rings of Gavin Riley  – very unique designs.

Auckland Art Gallery

November exhibitions at the Auckland Art Gallery were very interesting and especially rewarding was The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand  which includes over 120 portraits by this artist.  They are stunning, interesting – a significant exhibition of portraits which seen alongside photographs show how realistic the artworks portray significant people in New Zealand’s history.  […]

Nana’s Naughty Nickers

Another great show at the Detour Theatre in Tauranga.  A story about a girl going to stay with her grandma in New York apartment and discovering her secret hobby.  This was a laugh a minute, loads of those one liners which are good and characters which were believable. Good acting meant a good night out […]

Celtic Illusion

A breathtaking fusion of Irish dance and magic is how this show is described and it lives up to its marketing.  Dance, singing, music, and illusions created a show that you wanted to never end. Some of the dance was like Riverdance but I was more impressed by the men group dancing and the solo […]