Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions

Michelle Rowland & Susie Harrop

These two Taranaki artists capture moments in time—a face, a scene or a feeling.

21 June – 14 July 2019
Opens Friday 21 June at 7pm

Taranaki Artocracy
Curated by Jan Huijbers

19 July – 11 August 2019
Opens Friday 19 July at 7pm


Michelle Rowland & Susie Harrop

Friday 21 June – Sunday 14 July 2019

Winter is upon us, but this upcoming exhibition will warm the cockles of your heart. Moments is an exhibition by Taranaki Artists Michelle Rowland (Stratford) and Susie Harrop (Rahotu)—a charming and beautifully executed exhibition with quintessential Kiwi content, humour and the odd dab of pathos. 

There is a strong story–telling element in Susie's work. She paints what she knows, often depicting every day scenes and subjects, often with a rural flavour, which is not surprising as she lived most of her life close to the land. Susie is a retired coastal Taranaki farmer, whose studio is a redundant cowshed. She is a realist painter, meticulously capturing, in oil and acrylic, moments in time of people and places—showing everyday New Zealalnd life as it is and was, as well as portraying Māori legends painted from the heart.

Michelle Rowland is an accomplished Stratford artist with pastel as her preferred media. There is great depth to her work, bold colour and with articulate play of light and dark. Michelle is fascinated with colour and texture and also paints in a realistic style. Her work is mainly focused on the birds and animals in nature as well as portraits and landscapes reflecting her rural Taranaki home and surroundings. Michelle finds endless inspiration form her large well-estrablised garden. Michelle has been commissioned to paint many beloved pet portraits. Her ability to bring out the essence of special personality of animals is impressive.

These two artists are good friends (they've had the odd roadie with head-banging music) and love to utilise their art practice to capture a moment in time–a face, a scene or a feeling that captures the essence of the person, the animal or landscape.The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday June 22 and closes Sunday 14 July at 3pm. 


Taranaki Artocracy
Curated by Jan Huijbers

Friday 19 July – Sunday 11 August 2019

New Plymouth artist Jan Huijbers has brought together a number of well-known Taranaki artists, as well as a couple of imports with a strong Taranaki connection, under one umbrella for an upcoming exhibition titled ‘Artocracy’.

The exhibition has been percolating in Jan’s mind for some time as he feels there aren’t many opportunities within the province where ‘celebrated’ local artists can exhibit their work en masse, to enrich the artistic appreciation and understanding of our local community, to provide a window into what makes the local art world click, like a jigsaw with a number of odd-shaped and individualistic shapes which magically comes together as an artistic map for our artistic realm.

This exhibition, with 52 artists selected by Huijbers, will reflect the ‘soul’ work of these professional local artists, representing years of expression through art, each as individualistic as the artist who is creating the work. Artists are asked to select ‘meaningful’ pieces, meaningful to them personally. 

Huijbers says the ‘intention’ of his own work is to make the viewer aware of the need to take care of our environment, especially our vast blue Pacific beauty. Migrating to Aotearoa in 1983 from the Netherlands, Jan has since adopted the Pacific influence and develops his own insights of its methodologies.

Huijbers has created the exhibition, calling on some well-known and celebrated names including Michael Smithers, Marianne Muggeridge, Dale Copeland, Paul Hutchison, Filipe Tohi and Roger Morris. Added to this fine art mix are a number of relatively new emerging artists, who have caught Huijber’s attention.

Some artists may be left wondering why they have missed the short list, but this is also a personal journey by Huijbers who has selected artists who have touched him in some way, who have influenced him, or drawn his admiration. He is, after all, the curator.


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