Recently closed: sculpture at the People’s Gallery


Exhibitions at the People’s Gallery in the Historic Village showcase the diverse talents of Bay of Plenty Creatives.  A wide-ranging set of skills and materials were obvious in the carving and sculpture displayed in the recent exhibition: edge.

Wood, metal, clay, paint, feathers and more completed the compositions in an excellent variety of subject matter. Photographer and writer Lee Switzer visited the exhibition.

Nic Clegg:     Untitled. Steel.

 Frank Van de ven. Motorbike 2. Nuts, bolts, metal etc.

                                                      Wendy Pedersen. Octopus. Ceramic.

                                                  Harley Moore. Drake. Aluminium.

Harley Moore grew up in the Bay of Plenty. He shared rides with Linda Munn to their classes at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland. His current job is with a Tirau fabricating company. He lives in Tirau with his wife and 4 children. He has a small out building behind the house to protect the family from his working methods. Harley Moore is one of those artists who uses few preliminary drawings for a project; he imagines the form, mentally, and all the different pieces required. In this case, a Drake. Sometimes he draws a draft of a piece. More often, he doesn’t need a template. The artist knows his material, tools and visualises the dimensions. Using simple tin snips, drill and a pop riveting gun; his vision become an aluminium reality.

                                             Cat Thompson. And your crown means Nothing.Ceramic.

This wonderful creation is a 360 degree model. The images are continuous around the form. The perspective alters correctly with new and unexpected parts of the whole piece as the viewer roves around the Queen.

                                 Whare Thompson. Chess Set. Rimu and Bronze.

Whare Thompson will be giving a free carving demonstration on Sunday 1 July 9am-12pm at The Incubator Creative, Historic Village

                                                   Tony Deanazon. Mountaineering.Ceramic.

      Jo’el Komene. Te Putatara o Tangaroa. Triton shell, totora, albatross awe, cane lashing, black kokowai.

                       Families enjoyed the diverse sculptures. Many within easy reach for study.

                                 The buried hatchets of Tauranga. Pounamu and Native Timber.

Printed description (part): ‘This piece of art was commissioned to commemorate the initial signing of the Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Treaty Settlement…June 21, 2012 and is the combination of works by:-

Lance Grey who did the pounamu carving and the binding.

Rawinia Grey who made the nuka from local harakeke.

Simon Madgwick who did the wood carving. (You can find more examples of Simon’s work in the archives of ARTbop.   Madgwick is the creator and carver of the pou at the Puketoki Reserve, Whakamarama and the carved mixed-media sign at the entry to the Whakamarama Hall & Community Centre.)

For a photographic essay of the signing event on 21 June 2012, go to Lee Switzer’s portfolio:


Lee Switzer in conversation with Incubator stalwart, Nigel Gregory

Lee Switzer is a regular contributor to ARTbop.  You can find examples of Lee’s photography and images, poetry, short stories, event and exhibition reviews and  book reviews in the ARTbop archives.   Lee is also a long-time contributor to the archives of the kete managed by the Tauranga City Library.


More photographs and articles by Lee Switzer can be found at


Although the official Tauranga Moana Matariki event programme is almost concluded you can check out what was undertaken to acknowledge this transformative time of the year.   Matariki events:

ARTbop promotes

(or we think you should check this out!)

We recommend you visit both the People’s Gallery and the smaller Incubator Gallery to view the current exhibitions.  In the People’s Gallery is Mana Wahine: a curated narrative of the journey of women.  Curated by Parewhati Taikato. And the first solo exhibition of carver and sculptor Gavin Smith: Mauri Oho (until 5th July 2018 in the Incubator Gallery).

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. (PS can we please have a salon de refuse)

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!

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 in the convivial atmosphere of the Black Sheep on the second Wednesday of every month and providing an evening of entertaining words and thought from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.



Join us every second Wednesday of the month,

6.00pm to 8.30pm

     at the

   Black Sheep Bar & Grill

Cnr SH2 and Plummers Point Road, Whakamarama

Read your own poems or poems by your favourite poet.   Enjoy the power of the spoken word!

Phone:   07 571 8722   021 145 5810

You can hear Dhaivat Mehata’s collaborative original word and music project with Kingsley Smith on their You Tube channel:  TRYPTOFUNK   Here’s a taste…. Liquid of the Godz (Part 1)



And don’t forget the next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair   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

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.

My lunch! Vegetarian frittata

All that’s left of my vegetarian quiche!   This was my lunch in April. On Sunday I had a very large “homemade” by the Black Sheep sausage roll with its traditiional sauce accompaniment and a small side of slaw.   I didn’t take an image of my afternoon tea highlight:  Peta’s lemon curd slice!  I’m trying to prise the recipe out of her!

The Harvest produce prize for the April Fair: Take note of the artisan relish Kiwifruit & Chilli produced by the Black Sheep’s Peta Clavis

The finished Hamper!   This was the May Hamper won by a lucky visitor.  On Sunday for our June Fair we had a $20. voucher drawn on the hour.   One delighted visitor spent the lot on artisan relish from the handmade chocolate stall!

Artists from the Omokoroa Arts Group at work (and check the papers they have introductory classes on offer at the moment)

Missy Moo braved the cold In May to place her gazebo at the Fair entrance!

So good to see visitors from all around our region at the  Fair on Sunday 24th June.  Our Fair, along with  local craft markets such as the Zee Market at Elizabeth Street, Downtown Tauranga and the Lizard Market at Omokoroa are focused on providing a venue for the exhibition and sale of original, local creativity and artisan products….more about this later.   Keep warm and keep on enjoying the creativity of the Bay of Plenty.




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