Kati Kati Arts Junction: first stage opens


The first stage of Kati Kati’s Arts Junction has been completed and the information centre, Kati Kati Open-Air Art Souvenir & Gift Gallery are now open.  ARTbop’s Birgitt Shannon is a participant in the first exhibition in the Carlton Gallery.

I went along to help hang the inaugural exhibition at the Carlton Gallery called “Around Kati Kati” and a few days later went back to look around the complex. Both times I did a bit of filming and created this video

I wondered why the name Carlton Gallery was chosen and as I was leaving I noticed this on the wall at the entry into the gallery. My question was answered.

On my way home after my second visit to the Arts Junction I dropped into the Harry Maddox Jewellers Gallery (address below) to have a look at Eldred Wisdom’s exhibition. Check out my September 11th article “Respected New Zealand Artist to exhibit in Kati Kati” to find out more about Eldred (link below)

Here is a quick look around the exhibition for those of you who won’t be fortunate enough to see it. The exhibition closes on the 29th September 2018.

Here is the link to Birgitt’s article about Eldred   http://artbop.co.nz/respected-new-zealand-artist-exhibit-kati-kati/

And, are the contact and address details for the galleries Birgitt has just taken you through.


Address: 36 Main Road, Katikati

Hours:     Mon-Fri 9am-4pm   Sat & Sun 10am-2pm

For information about exhibiting please contact  

Kath McConnachie 07 218 0437   orJenny Childerhouse 027 426 9015


Katikati bespoke jeweller and creative arts gallery




18 Main Road, Katikati    

Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm     Sat 9am-1pm     Phone 07-549 2592

Birgitt Shannon:  Text and images and video journalism by Birgitt Shannon.   Kati Kati 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.

Website:   www.artbybirgitt.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbybirgitt/

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCZIASqJ6YdF5eElBpJJVxvQ/featured?view_as=subscriber

You can also find information about Birgitt on the Creative Bay of Plenty website. And, you can see her work and meet Birgitt at the monthly Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep Whakamarama.

Thought you’d all be interested to see the video Birgitt has created of her opening at  The Welcome Swallow Gift Shop and Gallery in Hamilton.  ARTbop will be publishing this as a separate article because as you’ll find out The Welcome Swallow is a community focused charitable venture.  Also, ARTbop acknowledges Gerry Carey, Birgitt’s husband, he’s been a great support in getting our collaborative venture with the Black Sheep Whakamarama off the ground – the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair.

You’ll find numerous videos, articles and walk-throughs by Birgitt published on ARTbop. And if you’re in Downtown Tauranga in the next days…have a look at Birgitt’s showing of work in the front window of Creative Bay of Plenty.


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            ARTbop is promoting poetry in the Western Bay of Plenty




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

Check out this contribution from ARTbop’s Marcus Hobson 

Competitive words: a poem from Marcus Hobson



The next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair will be on the last Sunday of September – September 30th.   The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Cafe & Restaurant complex on the last Sunday of every month 11am to 3pm.  There is heaps of parking, clean toilets and wonderful food and coffee.  There’s live music. There’s an event prize you can win.   If you would like to join us as an exhibitor/retailer of your original creativity or artisan products you can contact us at aaafair17@gmail.com1!

We are sign posted along SH2 with signage to the turnoff of SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road.  You won’t be able to miss us!  Here’s  just a taste of what you’ll find. We’re indoors over winter months and outside in the Summer

Check out Birgitt’s video of our August Fair!


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