A while ago I had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Mikkelsen Gallery in Paeroa with my friend Leigh Basinger. Mikkelsen Gallery is a modern, well-lit gallery owned by artist Wendy Mikkelsen.
The first thing I noticed the first time I visited the gallery was how welcoming it felt. It was like walking into the room of a modern home filled with gorgeous objects and artwork.
Recently I visited the gallery again and had a chat with Wendy. Here is the video.
Address: 40 Belmont Rd, Paeroa Phone Number: 07 862 7887
Open Hours: 9am – 4pm Mon – Fri Closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:30 View by appointment anytime
Birgitt Shannon: Video, text and images of Wendy Mikkelsen and the Mikkelsen Gallery Paeroa by Birgitt Shannon. Katikati based artist Birgitt Shannon is a regular contributor to ARTbop. Birgitt is also the principal Event Organiser of the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep Whakamarama – a collaborative community not for profit venture by ARTbop and the Black Sheep. Birgitt creates a monthly YouTube interview series with the Fair participants: Art by Birgitt YouTube. On her channel you’ll find images of her work, interviews with local creatives and projects Birgitt has been invited to be involved with. You can also see Birgitt’s work online and at the AAAFair on the last Sunday of every month. Birgitt has her own website at www.artbybirgitt.com
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ARTbop is promoting poetry in the Western Bay of Plenty
NZ NATIONAL POETRY DAY 24TH AUGUST 2018 check out the CREATIVE BAY OF PLENTY WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE POETRY FOCUSED EVENTS IN THE WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY SUB-REGION.
YOU’LL WANT TO VISIT THE OPEN MIC NIGHT AT SOMA organised by Dhaivat Mehta under the banner “Incantations ” You’ll also want to check out Dhaivat’s newest spoken word and music project created in conjunction with local rocker Kingsley Smith – TRYPTOFUNK on YouTube
Established spoken word, slam poet and performance poet Dhaivat Mehta and author, reviewer and poet Marcus Hobson are at the heart of a poetry initiative to give Whakamarama District locals the opportunity to meet and share their spoken words with others. Meeting on the second Thursday of every month at the Black Sheep Whakamarama and providing an evening of entertaining words and thought from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.
SPOKEN WORD POETRY
Join us every second Thursday of the month,
6.00pm to 8.30pm
Read your own poems or poems by your favourite poet. Enjoy the power of the spoken word!
Phone: 07 571 8722 021 145 5810
The Historic Village Galleries
We recommend you visit the People’s Gallery, the smaller Incubator Gallery, the newly opened Turner Gallery and the Imprint Gallery to view the current exhibitions. These galleries display an amazing and eclectic range of creativity. Currently showing at the People’s Gallery is an exhibition of the outstanding work of creative fibre artist and raranga weaver Jo Torr, Vahine-Wahine. Weekend Sun arts journalist Rosalie Liddle Crawford has a wonderful and comprehensive interview with Jo you’ll also love reading. https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/186284-jo-torrs-suffrage-125-exhibition.html
One of the exhibitions I’ve seen recently at the People’s Gallery also part of the 125 Suffrage Series is the epitome of wearable art: Aroha Atu Aotearoa – the essence of our wahine The work of Donna Dinsdale. It’s the kind of exhibition that should be kept together and exhibited around New Zealand and overseas.