Pat Williams – Open Studio during the NZ Mural Contest in Katikati by Birgitt Shannon


Twenty-five years ago, Pat Williams and a friend were undecided about which night class they would attend so on the toss of a coin they finished up in a water colour painting class, giving Pat more than her penny’s worth of pleasure ever since.

In 1994 Pat was invited to submit a proposal for the commemorative mural for giving women the vote. Katikati Open Air Art accepted her design called “A Pioneer Kitchen”.
That mural was followed by the mural on the Four Square Store called “The Second Pioneer Store” in 1997.

Pat told me, ‘I painted the 20sqm panels at home while the house was under construction and narrowly escaped having them permanently housebound as they were too large to get out through the door. Luckily, the builder heightened the stud so that they could be moved to Katikati.’

Pat said, ‘the positive “arty” relationship I have with Katikati Open Air Art was the reason why my husband Roly and I eventually left Omokoroa and made Katikati our home.’

Her interest in promoting Katikati as the Arts Precinct of the Western Bay has never waned, serving on the KKOAA committee, the Katikati Ginger Group, and painting another 4 murals.

In 2011, thanks to Pat and a team of helpers the Little Blue House was born as a venue for local art and crafts people to exhibit their creations. Pat and three other talent artists, Sid Barker, Anne Bowling, John Barret painted murals on the outside walls of the iconic building which, unfortunately, had to give way to a new building project and no long exists.

Pat also designed the concept for the upgrade of Cherry Court in the centre of town. Painted the Nativity Figures, Daisy the cow for the Museum, and various other bits and pieces. ‘I enjoyed them all,’ she said.

All this has made Pat a well-known and respected artist in Katikati and beyond.

This year, during the NZ Mural Contest & Arts Festival in Katikati, Pat will be opening her studio to the public and sharing the experience of exhibiting art with two of her grand-daughters, Lauren and Sophie, who have inherited their grandmother’s passion for art.

When asked what she paints Pat replied ‘whatever I want to. My latest passion is hand built Hundertwasser inspired ceramics and paintings’.

Pat will be displaying her very varied paintings while Lauren and Sophie have a variety of acrylic paintings for sale. Lauren enjoys landscapes, whilst Sophie is interested in working with colours and stencils.

Pat’s studio is at 5 Blundell Place (off Fairview Road), Katikati. It will be open Sunday Oct 1st – Thursday Oct 5th, 10am-4pm. Entry is free.

Pat can be contacted on 549 0454 or

BIRGITT SHANNON Artist, Katikati An accomplished artist of Australian descent Birgitt has participated in solo and group exhibitions. She is part of the group of artists chosen the now famous Morrinsville Cows – a street art project. Her street art work can also been seen on the large planters outside the Katikati BNZ, part of the 2015 NZ Mural Competition and Arts Festival. Birgitt has sold dozens of paintings in Australia and New Zealand and has recently sold a painting now hanging in a Research Centre at The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. Birgitt has exhibited extensively in Tauranga and Western Bays and will be part of a group exhibition “Friends” showing at Harry Maddox Jewellers during the NZ Mural & Arts Festival. Birgitt’s work can be found on her website and you can follow her facebook page at

You can find further interesting articles and images by Brigitt in our ARTbop archives including a series of recent contributions about the forthcoming NZ Mural & Arts Festival in Reviews: Been & Seen & Coming Up.



Coming up at the end of September – the NZ Mural Contest & Festival

 ‘FRIENDS’  EXHIBITION” in conjunction with the NZ Mural & Arts Festival Katikati

Well known Katikati artists join in exhibition at Harry Maddox, Katikati

The exhibition will be held at Harry Maddox Jewellers, 18 Main Road, Katikati, where there is a modern gallery space.

It will be open Saturday 30th Sept – Saturday 7th Oct

Sat & Sun 9:00 – 4:00, Mon – Fri 9:00 – 4:30

One of the artists will be available for a chat Sat 30th, Sun 1st, Thurs 5th, Fri 6th, and Sat 7th, from 10:00 – 4:00. We look forward to seeing you there.

Check out Birgitt’s article about what’s coming up in the NZ Mural Contest


Get ready for two Auckland based tribute bands hitting Totara Street Saturday 30th September 2017

What: Funkadelic Monks & Lounge Apes

Where: Totara St

When: Saturday, September 30th

and check out the uPflash in ARTbop alternative!


2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists Judges Selection of Works

Until: Friday, 6 October 2017
Venue: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts CentreTime: 10am – 4pm

Price: Free entry

Highlighting the exceptional talent of artists throughout the Bay of Plenty, this exhibition will showcase winners and finalists from the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards.

Kereama Taepa has won out over 148 other entries from across the Bay of Plenty to take out the $10,000 Rotorua Museum Supreme Art Award with his work Bicultural Dialogue I. Judge Emma Bugden said what set this work apart for her was its simplicity; superbly executed, smart and funny which drew her in and held her attention.

“While the sculpture tackles big subjects—the complexity of cultural identity and the changing nature of craft in a digital era—it does it with cheek and humour. The legacy of tradition is seen through a contemporary lens, simultaneously throwing light on the past and the future.”

The $1,000 Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award went to Jill Fleming for her work Ascension and Cheyenne Rose was named as Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist for her work Legs.

The Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists 2017 displays these three award winning works alongside 45 specially selected entries at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre until 6 October 2017.

While the exhibition is on display people can vote for their favourite artwork either in the gallery or via the Rotorua Museum Facebook page. This year the More FM People’s Choice Award will offer $500 to the artist whose work receives the most public votes in the gallery and $500 for the work with the most online votes by the end of the exhibition (6 October 2017).

Entry to the exhibition at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is free and will be open daily between 10am – 4pm from 9 September until 6 October 2017.

For the first time this year Rotorua Museum will be displaying works that were not chosen for the finalist exhibition in a Salon des Refusés. This exhibition will be hosted at Rotorua Library (1238 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua) from 14 September until 7 October 2017 (during normal library opening hours).

All artworks from both exhibitions will be on sale to the public throughout the exhibition period.

For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email                




Bob Jahnke – ATA: a third reflection 

9 September 2017 – January 2018

Reflections upon past events, like reflections in a mirror, are inherently skewed to the perspective of the viewer. Ata, meaning form or reflection, explores the connections between light and reflection, history and retrospection.

Like light through a prism, Jahnke’s sculptures offer us alternative perspectives, expanding our linear view of history into a spectrum of thought and colour. Symbols within the works cite nineteenth and early twentieth century Māori spiritual leaders such as Te Kooti Arikirangi and Rua Kēnana, reflecting on the artistic and religio-political innovations of their era.

Professor Robert (Bob) Jahnke is of Ngāi Taharora, Te Whānau-a-Iritekura, Te Whānau a Rakairoa o Ngāti Porou, Samoan-German, Scottish and Irish descent. As a significant figure in contemporary Māori art, Jahnke has an extensive exhibition history and has works in major public and private collections throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. 

This exhibition has been developed and toured by Pātaka Art + Museum.

This exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery has been generously supported by Kinetic Recruitment


Bridget Reweti, Irihanga

9 September 2017 – January 2018

Wellington-based artist Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), who is originally from Tauranga Moana, has created an installation highlighting the 150 years since the Tauranga Bush Campaign that resulted in the raupatu (confiscation) of Tauranga Moana. Drawing on Pai Marire iconography and native flora, Reweti’s work portrays the complex ecosystem of the Kaimai, the area where the scorched earth policy was most intensely enforced.

Irihanga, which means to suspend or to hang, references various devices that have been used throughout early colonial history in Aotearoa. Haki (flags) and heke (rafters in a meeting house) have at various times both been employed as a way to communicate unification, dissension or to signal change

Last Legs - Tauranga Season

Where: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Buy Tickets – 0800 842 538
  • Additional fees may apply

Auckland Theatre Company proudly presents Roger Hall’s smash hit Last Legs – a lethally funny black comedy about sex, death and politics with an irresistible appeal to the old and bold of heart. When news that Bill English is to open a new wing of the Cambridge Retirement Village, a revolution is sparked among its residents. Though many want to turn on something special, others are less enthused and plan to stage a protest. Soon, new fractures appear along old fault lines, transforming the swanky facility into a hotbed of insurrection, intrigue and infidelity. After a lifetime of smash hits including Glide Time, The Book Club and Taking Off, New Zealand’s most popular playwright, Roger Hall, is back with a (cardio) arresting comedy packed with hypertensive hilarity.

Starring: Louise Wallace (The Real Housewives of Auckland), Mark Hadlow, Alison Quigan, Ray Henwood, Margaret Mary Hollins and Catherine Wilkin

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