Coming Up: paint it, colour it, just enjoy it


There are new exhibitions starting soon at the Kati Kati Carlton Gallery –  Paul Herbert and the Tauranga Art Gallery – Mega World. You can colour in at the Tauranga City Library; enjoy wine with your paintbrush at Mount Maunganui; get on down to the Molly Morpeth Canaday exhibition at Whakatane or take a walk along the Tauranga Strand to check out the Trustpower Photographic Exhibition 2019.

The Carlton Gallery at The Arts Junction, Main Road Kati Kati      Birgitt Shannon keeps us up to date with the changes at the Carlton Gallery. Next exhibition is Paul Herbert of Waihi Beach.   

The Carlton Gallery will be hosting a fantastic display of works by Waihi Beach artist Paul Herbert in March. After 30 years of running his graphic design business Paul decided to revisit his passions for painting, carving and surfing.

Moving to Waihi Beach in 2014 has created an opportunity for Paul to follow his dreams and develop his work as well as meeting some interesting people.

Paul is developing his style by simplifying scenes and graphic shapes to express his interests of native wilderness, environment, wildlife, Maori whakapapa and the love of the ocean. Paul uses repetition, ordered composition and bright colours in his artwork to reinforce his style and add colour and fun to people’s homes and offices.

Artist Paul Herbert with his work

Paul studied at the School of Design in Wellington and was inspired and influenced by artists such as Robin White, Rita Angus, Colin McCahon and other leading New Zealand painters.

Much of Paul’s artwork sells through galleries in the greater Waikato, Coromandel and Northland regions of New Zealand. Sales have also gone worldwide to France, USA, Australia and Ireland and exhibited successfully in London.A commission done for a Katikati client of view looking south over the Katikati Estuary with the Mount in the background (pre-Maori & European settlement)

Recently Paul opened a small gallery called Gallery27 at home to sell artwork and have an outlet that allows people to see a variety of his artwork in one place. Gallery27 contains original paintings as well as framed and unframed prints. Paul is also available to do paintings on commission in the style of his artwork.

Paul’s philosophy is if you purchase a painting or print, it should make you feel happy every time you glance at it. To him – that is priceless!

Paul’s exhibition at the Carlton Gallery is on from 4 – 17 March.

The gallery is located at The Arts Junction, 36 Main Road, Katikati.

Opening hours are 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday and  10am – 2pm Saturdays and Sundays

Exhibitions change regularly in the Carlton Gallery and the Gallery is available to be hired for your show of work. (if you’re interested in exhibiting contact details are below)

The Arts Junction is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and 10am to 2pm Saturdays and Sundays. Located at 36 Main Road, Kati Kati   (next to the Western Bay of Plenty Museum) Phone 549 5250 or email                

CURRENTLY SHOWING AT THE CARLTON GALLERY, THE ARTS JUNCTION UNTIL SUNDAY 3RD MARCH 2019 is “POINTILLISM AT THE CARLTON GALLERY” an exhibition by MARTIN ROGERS   You can view Birgitt Shannon’s introduction to this exhibition on ARTbop in

Leave the decluttering and colour in at the Tauranga Library


An uPflash from Jan Barr down at the Library: Just a quick reminder about the next Colouring In session is to be held at the Tauranga Library on Wednesday 27th February at 10.30am.

Programmes and Partnerships people will be changing the date for our Colouring In Club – it will now be the 4th Wednesday of each month instead of the last Wednesday of each month.  This will only affect us a couple of times during the year.  I will still keep sending out reminders. Hope to see you all  next Wednesday on the 27th.


Mega World The Expansive Universe of Illustration    23 February – 7 July 2019
Explore the expansive universe of illustration with the Tauranga Art Gallery’s signature 2019 show, Mega World. You’ll be transported to unknown landscapes populated by strange creatures and unlikely heroes.
Shown across all five exhibition spaces you’ll experience contemporary illustration in its many forms. From picture books and comics, the sophisticated realms of science fiction and the graphic novel to the more avant-garde work of underground illustration, animation and contemporary art.
While illustration covers many genres, its essential premise is that it is the visual manifestation of a text, concept or process rendered in a way that captures the imagination and gives form to the intangible.
Mega World has something for everyone and kicks off this Saturday with the opening of Anti-heroes: The Art of Conscious Comic Book Artists
TAURANGA ART GALLERY 108 WILLOW STREET, DOWNTOWN TAURANGA  10am to 4.30pm daily  Phone 578 7933

2019 Trustpower Photographic Exhibition


From 3698 competition entries, the 20 winning images are now showcased in the third annual Trustpower Photographic Exhibition!    Come and see the breathtaking winning images, presented on large-scale display boards in the Bay’s largest outdoor photographic exhibition. It’s on right now on The Strand, in Downtown Tauranga until 14 April.

Click here to find out who this year’s winners are.


The competition challenged amateur and professional photographers across New Zealand to share moments of beauty. This year, we asked entrants to submit their photos under one overarching theme: Finding Beauty.

Where do you find beauty? Do you see it in special moments, places or people? A moment of beauty can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places and times. Even in the depths of despair or destruction, when we look, we can find elements of beauty.

The winning entries are the photos that best celebrate this theme, as chosen by a judging panel.


While you’re enjoying the exhibition, be sure to vote for your favourite image to be entered in the draw to win dinner for two in Downtown Tauranga. On each photograph you’ll notice a People’s Choice number… simply text CHOICE and the corresponding number of your favourite image to 559 and you’re in the draw! Enter as often as you like.

People’s Choice entries close 14 April, 2019 after which we will draw the winner


Want to relax, meet people, enjoy something different?      Check this out:

As they say “don’t drink the paint” – you can learn basic  acrylic painting techniques while enjoying a glass of wine in a comfortable setting.     Here in Tauranga/Mount Maunganui you can do this at The Rising Tide, Mount Maunganui   If you do go along get back to ARTbop on and let us know what you thought of this creative event (it’s on going). Paintvine says:-

“The concept is simple – take a brush in one hand a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece!

Join us for a creative night of drinking and painting in Tauranga/Mt Maunganui! No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going!

The need to know:
Address: The Rising Tide, 107 Newton St, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116
Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Time: 7pm to 8:30/9pm (Arrive for 6:45pm, painting starts at 7pm)
Drinks: Your first one is FREE.

What is Paintvine?

It’s a fun social painting class where our artists will run you through step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own masterpiece in a fun and relaxed bar in Mt Maunganui. Perfect for dates, catching up with mates or for meeting new friends.

We provide all the materials you need (high-quality canvas, acrylic paint, brushes). All you need to bring is your creative spirit (or find some at the bottom of a glass). At the end of the night you will leave with your own painting ready to hang up on your wall.

So what are you going to be painting?

Mount Maunganui, Mauao or known by the locals as The Mount. Come Join us as we Paint where the sea meets the sand. Leave with new knowledge of blending and many other painting techniques

What is included?

All you need to bring is yourself. We supply the paints, brushes, canvases, easels and more. Best of all we do all of the setup and cleaning up so you can focus on just having fun.

What drink is included with the ticket?

The ticket includes one complimentary house beer, house wine or non-alcoholic drink for those already creatively charged

For tickets, future events, FAQs and more info head to

WED, 3 APR AT 19:00


Winners of the 2019 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award –  John Brown, Teresa HR Lane, Danae Ripley, Lea-Anne Sheather, Esther Deans, Raewyn Martin, Adrienne Millwood, Kirsten Ferguson, Nicola McCafferty, Toby George King, Sena Park, and Mary Duggan.

Read all about the award results below, and please come along to see the exhibition in person at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre if you are able. Open 9am-5pm on weekdays, and 10am-2pm on weekends.
Remember – you can also help to select a winner – vote for the People’s Choice Award at the gallery!

With our exhibition partners, Arts Whakatāne and Whakatane Museum and Arts.
#Whakatane #MMCA #PaintingandDrawing #NZArtAward

Check out the ARTbop article on some of the local Western Bay of Plenty art and art craft retail outlets. just published

Sunday, the 24th of February from 11am-3pm at The Black Sheep Restaurant! Corner Plummer’s Point Road and SH2 Whakamarama.  Live music, free sealed parking.  Great food and a wonderful range of creative art, art craft and artisan products.

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Developed as a community gallery and retail space with lots of hard work and effort  by local creatives, the Atrium Gallery is open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.



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