The Incubator: recent exhibition openings with Lee Switzer


The Historic Village Incubator hosted two exhibition openings on the same day. The first was the Mount Art Group who have many of their works displayed in The Peoples Gallery. Writer and photographer Lee Switzer attended both events.

                                               Mel Donovan gave a brief history of the Mount Art Group

                                             Gemma Brunt started a new painting of a favourite subject.

Gemma also collects drift wood and assembles parts, often imbedding reinforcement wire or tubes to make and then paint creatures of interest.

A wide range of paintings on many subjects – and at very reasonable prices. One of the organisers said ‘We do this for enjoyment, if someone else likes our work, so much the better.’

A short history of the organisation can be found at

The group meets every Thursday from 9am – 1pm at St Peter’s Hall, 11 Victoria Rd, Mount Maunganui. Contact Merilynn Crean 575 6777, Robin Haslett 574 7708.

Throughout the day food was provided and music by Derrin Richards.

The second opening brought a crowd to The Incubator Gallery. It has exhibition space and work places where many artist have their own room for projects. Artist Lynette Fisher introduced new artist Ulemj Glamuzina. This is her first solo exhibition. It is titled Through My Eyes.

Ulemj Glamuzina thanked Lynette for being such a great mentor and inspiration. She also thanked her own family. Ulemji is originally from Mongolia. Traveling the world, she has learned several languages.    

Ulemj sees the cultures of other peoples and tries to capture the essence of the individual. Her media includes watercolour, ink, pastel, watercolour pencils, and oils. Sometimes Ulemj uses a mix of media to achieve vibrancy in the painting.

                                                                                                                                Sumptuous. Oil pastel.

                                                                                                                     Ulemj Glamuzina. A pause.

                                                                                 Ulemj Glamuzina. This is great!

Exhibition on at the Incubator until the 25th April 2918

More information at

You can find more photographs and articles by Lee Switzer at

You can see Lee’s recent review of Jeanette Scharing’s workshop and her exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery in Enviro & Political Art and read a recent review by Lee Switzer in Kupu & Word, WORDS

The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga Te Tiriti o Waitangi Ki Tauranga Moana by Debbie McCauley, Maori translation by Tamati Waaka, illustrated by Whare Joseph Thompson. Mauao Publishing, 2018.  Reviewed by writer and photographer Lee Switzer.






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