Art Gallery Assistant is Monique Dodunski.
Mr Thomson would be well pleased with the strongly-forged connections that continue to be built on between his home town, art, culture and heritage. Stratford District residents have benefited immensely from his generous legacy and delight in calling this gallery their own.
He was a long-serving chairman and member of the Stratford Domain Board.
Other local committee involvement included vice president of the Taranaki District Law Society, executive of the Municipal Association, President of the Stratford Aero Club, an elder of St Andrews Church, and a member of several horticultural associations. In 1928, a portion of his Stratford land was developed and thus named Percy Avenue in his honour.
He was awarded an MBE in 1946 and died in 1962.Source: Wikipedia
The gallery provides an extensive programme of exhibitions and events both internally generated and toured from other art collections. New exhibitions open every three to four weeks. Exhibitions vary between national, local and regional artists - established and emerging
The local Stratford Art Society exhibits work from its members twice-yearly.
The arboretum represents the native flora of New Zealand. This brief has been expanded to illustrate New Zealand's ancient connection to the Gondwana land mass, through links to Australia and Chile. A number of plants in the arboretum are the living descendents of those on the former Gondwana continent, which formed present day Antarctica, Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Euphorbia glauca is New Zealand’s only representative of the Euphorbia genus. There are many Euphorbia worldwide. Our native Euphorbia occurs naturally on the Taranaki coast between Opunake and Manaia and in plantings around New Plymouth and Waitara. It is quite rare in that it is not occurring anymore like it once did, suffering from grazing and land development. Its Māori name waiūatua, loosely translates as ‘milk of the gods’. This refers to the milky sap that exudes from the stems when they are cut or broken.
Regarded as threatened, Corokia macrocarpa (common name, Hokataka) is a tall shrub with pointed greyish leaves which are white underneath. Hokataka inhabits and is endemic to the Chatham Islands and often carries yellow flowers and followed by clusters of orange berries.
Agathis australis or New Zealand Kauri, is one of New Zealand’s iconic species. The coniferous tree occurs naturally as far south as near Kāwhia on west coast and the Te Puke on the eastern coast. Kauri have the potential to grow 30—60 metres tall, with a trunk of 3–4 metres in diameter.