…a little rain must fall: community support


If you’re passing Plummer’s Point Road this week call in at the Black Sheep and support the local fundraising effort happening there.  There’s a selection of wonderful creativity you could win. 

We still cannot entirely predict when fate is going to push us over with an accident, mental illness or persistent ill health.   We accept that medical insurance doesn’t cover everything and that our public health system is not always able to provide specific treatments and hoped for paths to wellness.  It’s not an age thing – it’s a human being thing. It seems more unjust when those in need are children, young people or the younger adults of our community.

A “Give a Little” page has been created by a local Whakamarama business to support one of its staff members who at this time could do with an additional helping hand.    https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/reward-our-ray-ray

The business is the Black Sheep Bar & Grill (cafe and restaurant) at Whakamarama.   It’s where in collaboration with the Black Sheep ARTbop organises the monthly Affordable Art & Artisan Fairs.     

Buying a ticket

ARTbop, the Black Sheep and the always generous members of the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair have contributed examples of their work and product to provide two fundraising raffles.  One has been on the counter at the Black Sheep for a day or two and during yesterday’s Fair stallholders and the public supported the effort. There were two prizes and two Shirley’s won!

What you missed out on yesterday!

Black Sheep Owner Peta Clavis draws the tickets

One of our delighted winners with Event Organiser Birgitt Shannon

To further help out RayRay there’s another raffle down at the Black Sheep for the next few days. Here’s a look at two of the wonderful pieces of creativity you could win…

There is the most beautifully crafted bear still to be won!

One of Birgitt Shannon’s distinctive smaller works (not of size displayed)

We created the “no fault” Accident Compensation scheme because we acknowledge that things happen we have no control over.  Chronic and persistent illness can be just debilitating as a serious injury but without the same avenues of on-going support.  So, get on down to the Black Sheep and “give a little” – you never know you might just gain a lot!

Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

ARTbop promotes

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ARTbop is promoting poetry in the Western Bay of Plenty

Established spoken word, slam poet and performance poet Dhaivat Mehta and author, reviewer and poet Marcus Hobson are at the heart of a poetry initiative to give Whakamarama District locals the opportunity to meet and share their spoken words with others.  Meeting on the second Thursday of every month at the Black Sheep Whakamarama and providing an evening of entertaining words and thought from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.




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


The cover is as amazing as the words: ARTbop Editor, Book Reviewer and alchemy participant Marcus Hobson


Tauranga slam poet and alternative spoken word poet Dhaivat Mehta


The Historic Village Galleries

 We recommend you visit  the People’s Gallery and the smaller Incubator Gallery to view the current exhibitions and the recently opened Imprint gallery and art space.       These galleries display an amazing and eclectic range of creativity.  One of the exhibitions I’ve seen recently at the People’s Gallery has to be my favourite so far….it’s the epitome of wearable art:  Aroha Atu Aotearoa – the essence of our wahine   The work of Donna Dinsdale.  It’s the kind of exhibition that should be kept together and exhibited around New Zealand and overseas.   NOTE: An exhibition by noted creative fibre artist and raranga weaver Jo Torr will soon be at the People’s Gallery.

Talented creative and Toi Ohomai Creative Donna Dinsdale

Also, the Tauranga Art Gallery in its large upstairs gallery area is showing the selected finalists in the 2018 Miles Art Awards.  This is a diverse and interesting collection of work.  There is a small gallery retail space

The talented 3rd Year Toi Ohomai BCI student, Isaac Crowe winner of the Incubator Emerging Artist Award in the 2018 Miles Awards.  Isaac also contributed to the Dinsdale work above creating the Aroha Atu Image

Check in with Creative Bay of Plenty opposite in Willow Street  to collect one of the updated arts trail brochures for Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and surrounds.  A Macandmor production:  and check out their newly developed arty email you can subscribe to.  

When you are in the Downtown Tauranga area you can  visit The Art Lounge on Devonport Road, and Macandmor in the Goddard Centre Arcade.  You’ll also want a warming coffee, treat or lunch in one of Downtown Tauranga’s cafes.   Enjoy your creative winter in Tauranga Moana and the Bay of Plenty!


And don’t forget the next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair  is  the last Sunday in August.  The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Cafe & Restaurant complex on the last Sunday of every month (except December) 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.com

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!

In the outdoor covered entry way

Indoors in the Cafe

Checking the original art

Tasting the flavoured salts


Just talking: AAAFair Health & Safety trained Officer..and….


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