Greg Taylor artist: “Many Daughters” exhibition


ARTbop’s: Lee Switzer spoke to Greg Taylor the day before the opening of his January 2017 exhibition at the Creative Bay of Plenty Gallery. Greg was making last-minute adjustments to ensure all the paintings were hanging in the right place, level and ready. He took time out to talk about his work.

Artist Greg Taylor installing his work at the Creative Bay of Plenty Gallery

Greg discussed his painting materials preparation. He uses MDF board, paints at least two base oil coats on both sides. One reason he prefers board is because he can make textures that are more difficult to paint on canvas.  His previous professional life included illustrating for various companies. Sometimes he provided the finished product after a fairly open discussion with the company. Other times, he first drew several different images and ideas, then worked with the company during the concept development stage to finalise the best image(s) for presentation.

The artist’s materials

 Greg pointed to the almond buds in one of his favourite paintings. The almond has several meaning including purity and wakefulness or waiting.

Almond buds in one of the artist’s favourite paintings

Artist Greg Taylor January 2017

Pare Taikato greets Brett Taylor brother of Greg.  Brett gave a short introduction to his brother and the amount of work and skill that went into the paintings.

Pare Taikato Creative Bay of Plenty Curator and Brett Taylor

Greg took the floor and briefly expressed his pleasure that so many people attended the opening. Greg said the paintings, all done in 2016 and 2017 were a challenge but he enjoyed the artistic and fulfilling experience.

Greg Taylor artist speaks at the opening of his exhibiton


The artist and his favourite work

The artist with the Administrator, General Manager and Curator of Creative Bay of Plenty

Guests at the exhibition opening

Exhibition opening

Exhibition guest with the artist’s work

Just look at that

The work of Greg Taylor

Biography, artist Greg Taylor Greg studied for his Diploma in Graphic Art and Design at ATI, Auckland NZ, 1967.  He studied painting with the master, Greg Somers, Wyoming, NSW Australia, 2001.Greg’s passion has always been to articulate ideas with distinctive composition, drawing and painting skills and techniques. This has meant he has emerged as an interesting and vital art director in New Zealand visual arts.  Greg has completed commissions for landscapes and portraits for private collections in Washington DC, USA; Heilbroun, Germany;  Surry, UK; Bristol, England; Sydney, NSW, Australia.  Greg’s artworks have appeared on 7 covers of the Newsweek/Bulletin (Australia)

1992 Group exhibition Henning International Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia,

1992 Solo exhibition ‘Constant Change’ Parnell Gallery, Auckland NZ, 2004

Group exhibition, ‘The Opening’ Mesh Gallery, Avondale, Auckland, NZ 2006

Group exhibition at Whispers Gallery, Matamata, NZ, 2015

Group exhibitions ‘New Art, Fresh Start’ and ‘World Inspired’ Creative Tauranga, NZ, 2016

Group exhibition at MACNMOR, Goddard’s Arcade, Tauranga, NZ 2016

Solo exhibition ‘Many Daughters’ Creativebop, Tauranga CBD, NZ 2017                           facebook Greg Taylor

Copyright and ownership.  All artworks are purchased with copyright remaining with the artist Greg Taylor/Trading as TaylavisionLtd, GST registered. No reproduction of the artworks without the written permission from the artist.   Ownership is transferred to the purchaser on the receipt of full payment

More photos by Lee Switzer


Lee Switzer: Lee is a multi-faceted contributor to ARTbop. He is a photographer, an Archival Photographer, Art and Literature Reviewer and a poet. You can see examples of Lee’s Archival Photography on the Tauranga City Libraries Kete. “Remains of the Day” is a recent photo essay by Lee on the work of Tauranga artist Deborah Forkert. He has also reviewed Arts Revealed the overview of Eastern Bay of Plenty creative arts by Heather Hourigan and Andrea Cooper.    Look for Lee’s upcoming photo essay on the Rotorua Sulphur Lakes Sculpture Garden If you would like copies of any of the images contributed by Lee Switzer. He can be contacted through

The Solid Luck Tour
Shane Hollands & Simone Kaho – NZ Summer 2017

Auckland’s notorious hotpot performance poetry scene is cutting loose two stars on a
nationwide tour – with fresh new books and a hunger for the road. Performance poets aren’t
always published and published poets aren’t always performers, but this twosome do both;
Shane and Simone are polished writers and impassioned performers who light up the stage.
Shane Hollands is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene. He is well-known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti , and the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect . He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers , infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the
front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat . Freaky Meat has featured at The Oa maru Jazz Festival and The Davie s Bay Music Festival, The Titiran gi Festival of Music and
Pran a New Year’s Festival, Coromandel. They have toured extensively around NZ, playing every major city from Auckland to Invercargill and supported Canadian band Ocean Full of Fins on their north Island leg of their national tour. The Atomic Composition of the Seeming Solid is Shane’s fourth book, released in January 2017. It is described by Landfall editor David Eggleton as ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.”
Shane in action:
Simone Kaho joined the Literatti in 2011 as a scholarship-winning graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, who count Eleanor Catton and Hera Lindsay Bird amongst their Alumni. Noted for her lyricism and powerful stage presence, she’s now a
performer in demand – at bars like The Thirsty Dog and theatres like Galatos, The Basement and The Mercury. Lucky Punch is Simone’s first book, launched November 2016. It straddles poetry and memoir, as the narrator comes of age in New Zealand’s rich and confusing intersection of pacific and colonial culture. Metro Magazine, The Herald Magazine and The Weekender have
reviewed Lucky Punch with enthusiasm; “I love it – it’s bruising ache, its utter clarity” Paula Green , “Utterly compelling” Anne Kennedy . Simone has been interviewed on TV by Tagata Pasifika and will be featured in Landfall this January.
Simone in action:


Friday 10th February    Rotorua 

4pm  Atlantis books 1206 Eruera St

Saturday 11th February Hamilton Central

11am Pop-Central Library    Reception Lounge    Civic Square       AND                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rotorua

5pm Rogue Stage 108 Tihi Road Springfield

Facebook event;

Sunday 12th February Tauranga

4pm The Incubator The Historic Village 17th Avenue


Creative Bay of Plenty is hosting the exhibition “Tin-o-cocoa, tin-o-cocoa, tin-o-cocoa! Waitangi – the subversion of the everyday” from 31 January to 20 February 2017. The exhibition features works by Linda Munn, Que Bidois, Jason Porter, Parewhati Taikato, Mia Morgan, Te Rangipikitia, Damita Phillips, Judy Mohi and Areena Chase.






Exhibition | Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing

January 28 to March 12, 2017 
Whakatane Museum and Arts, Whakatane

The 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award for Painting and Drawing will be exhibited across all three galleries at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi — The Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre — and open to the public from Saturday, 28 January until Sunday, 12 March 2017.

Presented by Arts Whakatāne in association with Whakatāne Museum and Arts, this nationally-recognised art award will recognise 13 category winners. The 2017 judge, Felicity Milburn, announced the winners on Friday, 27 January, including the artists to receive the $2500 Craigs Investment Partners Youth prize and the $10,000 Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund award.

Whakatane Museum and Arts

Date(s) – 28/01/2017 – 12/03/2017

The Judge:

Heather Hourigan, Molly Morpeth Canaday Co-Ordinator with 2017 Judge Felicity Milburn

Felicity Milburn is a Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu. She works with artists on a wide range of projects, from temporary installations through to large-scale survey exhibitions. Most recently, Milburn curated exhibitions of historical and contemporary art from the collection and beyond for the Gallery’s reopening. She writes regularly about art for local and international publications and is the art editor for the literary magazine, Takahē. This year, Milburn has worked with Billy Apple and Lisa Walker on solo individual projects, and prepared an exhibition on the paintings of Doris Lusk.

Editor’s Note: There is a large free parking area within easy walking distance of this complex which is part of a waterfront shopping precinct – including a New World if you feel the need to stock up on the basics. Whakatane has a number of cafes within its main streets area which you access through the Centre arcade. There is an outstandingly popular sushi cafe opposite with a great array of sushi and as a bonus “free” green tea. There are signposted public toilets and toilets within the Exhibition Centre. Whakatane is a magical “day out”.

You can also find the flavour of the Eastern Bay of Plenty in Arts Revealed

img_3864-web-lgbookcoverArts Revealed: Eastern Bay of Plenty

Andrea Cooper and Heather Hourigan

Read the review in Words by Lee Switzer




Hello from Miranda Farm Gallery, The Summer show is now up and open for viewing. There are some sculptures out doors in the orchard, and many beautiful paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures in the gallery.Artists this year include Michael Smither, Fatu Feu’u, Neil Miller,Christine Hellyar, Warren Viscoe, Clovis Viscoe, James Wright, Uli Christofferson, Samantha Lisette, Suzy Dunser. We will be open on all the public holidays through the Summer, and the farm shop/cafe also. We look forward to seeing you here, and have a safe and happy Christmas from us all. Annie Wilson Miranda Farm Gallery 1107 Miranda Rd 09 238 2608 Open 8-4pm every day



Travelling through Hamilton and the Waikato? Make sure you take time to stop and walk through the Hamilton Gardens. Forty years of effort on a disused quarry and swamp site has created and international standard botanical garden. Lots of parking, clean toilets and an onsite cafe. Hamilton also has a Museum and art centre on Victoria Street.


Cottleston Gallery, Greerton

I hope you are finding time to relax and enjoy the summer, or, if you are up the top of the world, keeping warm!

Here is the latest news to keep you up to date with Cottleston Gallery.
Just finished: 
4 – 17 January 2017 
Remains of the Day. 
Deborah Forkert’s exhibition based on the unusual medium of teabag covers was well attended. 
If you missed it or want to have a reminder of your visit, you can see some views of the gallery during the exhibition here on the Cottleston website.
24 Feb – 19 Mar 2017
The Bee Appreciation Society AGM. 
Paintings by Katherine Steeds. A unique and painstaking installation of a swarm of tiny human portraits in homage to the humble bee. 

The preview / opening night starts at 5.30pm on Friday 24th February, and will include live music by our wonderful local guitarist Josh Durning and honey tasting, as well as the usual drinks and nibbles including the WF Cottleston cheese ball and non-al fruit punch. 

All welcome!  For parking information etc., please go to the Cottleston website here.

During exhibitions the Gallery’s usual opening hours are 11am – 4.30pm every day except Mondays.

Hey Banksy is that you?

Here he comes…


Paradox the Street Art Festival coming to Tauranga March to June 2017 – W:






Remember the fun of colouring in as a child? Tauranga City Libraries’ has two Adult Colouring Clubs!

tauranga Library: Held on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30-11:30am. Register your interest by phoning 577-7177 or by emailing

Papamoa Library: Held on the second Thursday of each month from 10:30-11:30am. Register your interest by phoning 577-7177 or by emailing

BYO colouring book and equipment or give it a go using our basic materials supplied.   

Adult colouring helps reduce stress, anxiety and we have a lot of creative fun!

  Friends of the Tauranga City Libraries IncPresident:  Terry Hawker

Patron:   Bill Holland




Tauranga Library

There is no meeting in February  Contact: Betty 542 4322


Papamoa Library Book Group  Wednesday 15 February starting at 10:00am

Topic – Biographies / Autobiographies  Contact: Gail 574 3376



Mount Maunganui Library Book Group Tuesday 28 February starting at 10:00am

 Topic – Summer Reading  Contact: Gail 574 3376



Greerton Library – Chat Group  Thursday 23 February starting at 10:00am

Topic: Cr Max Mason talks about his inspirational hike of the Appalachian Trail

Contact: Pam 571 2566


Visitors and new members always welcome!



ZOETICA – life – passion – bravery 30 August to 02 September 2017 Tarnished Frocks & Divas in association with Carrus     W: F: Tarnished Frocks and Divas


donotleavemehangingbyathreadsecondseries2016-001Do not leave me hanging by a thread is a You Tube spoken word project to encourage support for the work of Medecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors Without Borders.

“Medecins Sans frontieres – Doctors Without Borders is an international non-governmental humanitarian medical organisaiton. It delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from health care. It was founded in Paris in 1971 by a group of doctors and journalists who believed that all people have the right to medical care regarldess of gender race religion or political affiliation. There are regionally based organisations. Australia has an organisation


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