With unexpected circumstances comes many hidden opportunities…
As level 4 puts everything on hold (or semi-hold) for the Carlton Gallery, the time is ripe for a bit of an update — Two in fact!
Most important first… The Arts Junction that holds the Carlton Gallery is closed until level 2. So our first artist Garry Osborn whose exhibition ‘Chaos to Symmetry’, that would have been open from 19th – 29th August has moved to the 29th February – 13th March 2022, and Kerin Freeman’s exhibition ‘Every day people’ has been moved to the 3rd – 16th January 2022. Everything is very much in the open air but we will keep you updated as to when we open and what’s on next!
Secondly, a warm farewell from Katikati Open Air Art to Fiona Powell as she moves on with her endeavours coordinating for Katch Katikati… and with that, we announce our new Carlton Gallery Manager! It is worth noting our previous news article about an exhibition by Michaela Ehetere Pearse…. Āe, Kia ora! I have stepped up from exhibiting in the gallery to Manager of the gallery!
A short introduction about me, for you; From my father I am of the Ngāi Tamawhariua hapū based at Rereatukahia Pā in Katikati. However, I grew up in the arts rich Hawkes Bay and have lived in both Wellington and Auckland developing my practice and leadership in the arts, both performance and visual art. I finished a film internship in Auckland working on a NZ Feature film about a national hero (due to come out soon), and felt the great and deep need to move to where I am from and reconnect to my rich Māori heritage. The art I create is purpose driven for improving health and wellbeing, for intergenerational healing and inspiration.
I am super excited to meet as many people as humanely possible, that are connected to the Carlton Gallery, (when we re-open, come and say hello!). Both my parents and my grandmother were once a student of Mrs. Carlton, so I feel innately honoured to oversee an extension of her legacy!
Enough from me… keep safe, keep inspired, keep creating.
Ngā mihi mahana / warm regards.