Mystery at the heart of work in Trevor Pye exhibition



Photo: Trevor Pye (right) with Mahara Gallery Director, Janet Bayly.


Otaki-based artist Trevor Pye is encouraging visitors to his exhibition at Mahara Gallery to find something mysterious and logic-defying in his work.

Best known for his award-winning work as an illustrator of children’s books, he is now more interested in interpreting landscape and its relationship to still life. Read more here

Summer exhibitions open this Saturday



Our summer holiday exhibitions featuring Otaki-based artist Trevor Pye and Te Ara Korowai from Raumati Beach open at the Gallery in Waikanae on Saturday afternoon at 5.00 pm. 

Trevor Pye is exhibiting a large selection of his still-life paintings which use the image of a tabletop as a starting point.

Te Ara Korowai is a creativity and well-being hub. The exhibition includes paintings, collages, bird-houses, weaving and 3D work.

The exhibitions are preceded at 3.00 pm by a function to mark the contribution to the Gallery of Mahara Board Chairman Professor Les Holborow who is stepping down from the role.

All welcome for both events.



Mary Kisler enchants with stories following in Hodgkins’ footsteps



Photo: Gallery Director Janet Bayly (left) introduces Mary Kisler to the Mahara audience.

Curator, author and art historian Mary Kisler painted her own enchanting picture at Mahara Gallery on Sunday 11 October, describing her journey through Europe and North Africa in the footsteps of New Zealand’s most celebrated expatriate painter, Frances Hodgkins.

In 2013, as Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery, Mary Kisler took on the task of updating an unpublished catalogue raisonne of Hodgkins’ work.

From early on in my work on updating the Hodgkins’ catalogue, it became obvious that many of her painting were specific to place,” she says. “But the question was, where exactly?  Read more here


Hodgkins "gangster" representation no surprise



Koro Don Te Maipi blesses the mural.


Waikanae artist, Kate Hartmann wasn’t entirely surprised when Mayor K Gurunathan told her, tongue in cheek, he’d never seen celebrated artist Frances Hodgkins represented as a “gangster”.


The representation, on the wall outside the entrance to the former Waikanae library, is a large instagram image of Hodgkins based on a well-known photo from the 1920s but re-imagined for modern times. Read more here



Te Wananga students and tutors feature in Matariki exhibition



Photo: left to right: Pip Devonshire,Hinepūororangi Tahupārae, Whaea Sonia Snowden, Dianne Prince, Chris Gerretzen and Elaine Bevan.


Mahara Gallery is celebrating Matariki, the Maori New Year with an exhibition which features 54 mahi toi, artworks by 30 weavers and carvers who are past and present tauira (students) and tutors of Otaki’s Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

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Thank you to our wonderful volunteers



We took advantage of International Volunteer Week to thank the wonderful volunteers who provide a friendly face at reception and perform a host of other important tasks that help us make our Gallery the success it is. Pictured in some winter sunlight with Gallery Director Janet Bayly, from left to right are: Janet Bayly, Sarah Jobson, Anne Goble. Harri Ramshaw, Helen McClurg, Addy Irion, Pauline Darlington, Chris Blackler, and Jilly Martin.


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