uPflash: jamming the Black Sheep this Sunday!


This Sunday 10th February 3pm is the second Jam Session at the Black Sheep, Whakamarama. 

The Black Sheep Courtyard Bandstand

Sorry I’m late flashing this: I’ve been busy renovating one of the bathrooms, cleaning the roof and attacking the wilderness I call the garden.   Not because of Marie Kondo  I’ve already taken loads to the recycling, two loads to the tip and have spent your next year’s Christmas present money on additional storage containers.

Just because it’s in boxes with labels doesn’t mean you’re not a hoarder!

Now I’ve justified my existence:-  here are some beautiful black and white images taken by Jo Jones from the first Brendan McCarthy facilitated Jam Session last month at the Black Sheep.   It was held in the Courtyard.  I was a bit late getting there and missed seeing Patrick and Jana Hawkins so hope they’ll be there again this Sunday.

Patrick and Jana Hawkins

A very smooth pair: Brendan McCarthy and Les Robinson

The “boys” of Hybrid Blues

The Brooke Stinson of Hybrid Blues sings

I’m including one the images I took of Jo Jones:  she has a very Joan Baez-unusual timbre to her voice.

Jo Jones Singer and Photographer

And opening at the Black Sheep at Whakamarama at 11am on the 16th February is the Atrium Gallery.  The Gallery will be open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.   Check out the Black Sheep’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Bar—Grill/The-Black-Sheep-Bar-Grill-1521530954835376/

Also opening in Downtown Tauranga on the 15th is The Art Lounge which has been a very successful dealer gallery and arts space in Devonport Road – that building is being demolished and The Art Lounge is moving to Willow Street: Best wishes to both the Atrium Gallery at Whakamarama and The Art Lounge Downtown Tauranga.

The Art Lounge says”  “We have now closed our gallery at 32 Devonport Road due to our old premises being demolished this month and have moved to the next street up.     “The Only Way Is UP!”

Our new location is: 117 Willow Street, Downtown Tauranga and we will re-open our gallery by Friday,15th February. We are now located close to the Tauranga Art Gallery and next to an awesome boutique: “High Street Fashion”.  We are opposite our two favourite cafes: “The Nourish Baker & Eatery” and “Robert Harris Cafe”. How awesome is that?! 🙂

This is a larger and modern space where we plan to continue running our monthly exhibitions and inspirational workshops as well as to create more exclusive, evening events for the local community and Tauranga visitors to enjoy. If you are a local business who would like to cooperate with us/ sponsor our events to help us create more interesting events in the city, please get in touch by emailing us on: theartloungenz@gmail.com 

Here’s The Art Lounge monthly programme: ” What’s On … Exclusive Exhibitions & Events
@ The Art Lounge NZ – Fine Art, Dealer Gallery.

Our New Address: 117 Willow Street, Downtown Tauranga.
 Our Estimate Re-Opening Date: Friday, 15th February at 11am.
Gallery’s Opening Hours will be: Tuesdays  – Saturdays, 11am – 4pm.
Sundays are usually closed and open during our workshop weekends.
Mondays are closed and open by appointment only.

Our Next Exhibition “Her Colours” by our talented, emerging – Bay of Plenty Artist: TAMZIN BLAIR will commence with an Opening Evening on Friday, 8th March, from 5pm onward. The exhibition will run until 4th April. Cash & Carry Sale so Be Quick!

Join us for a glass of bubbly & some yummy nibbles on the 8th March – “International Women’s Day” to celebrate our new gallery space and to meet our talented artist Tamzin Blair. Her new art collection with stunning feminine portraits will be on show and for sale during a month of March. 

  • Our Next, Inspirational art workshop with our loyal, multi-award winning, established artist Vjekoslav Nemesh is on the 16th & 17th March, 11am – 4pm. “Art Weekend with NEMESH”  workshop is suitable even for an absolute beginner. Book an Early Bird Price this month at only $225 (total cost for all weekend) asap by emailing us to: theartloungenz@gmail.com Next exhibition in our gallery by VJEKOSLAV NEMESH with a rather interesting title: “Uncharted Territory” is on the 5th April – 2nd May.  Exceptional, new creations we just cannot wait to see. Not to be missed!
  • This year we are part of NZ Tattoo & Art Extravaganza Event where the local organiser, Pepa from the Bohemian Tattoo invited us to share our creations and to help entertain children during the event. We will be at the “Creative Village” on the 13th & 14th April at the Trustpower Baypark Arena, Mt Maunganui. More details to follow.
  • SVETLANA KLOOGH is our new discovery who will be introduced to you at her upcoming exhibition “The Incredible World” in our gallery: 3rd – 30th May.  
  • We are planning to run Exclusive EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS in our new space. More to come soon! Sponsors are welcome to help us to bring some buzz and sophistication to Downtown Tauranga.”

And don’t miss the release of more original compositions by Dhaivat Mehta and Kingsley Smith – Tryptofunk


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      

You may also enjoy Rosemary’s recent article about the first Jam Session at the Black Sheep  http://artbop.co.nz/cafe-culture-jamming-black-sheep-hybrid-blues/

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Mauao the ubiquitous guardian of Pilot Bay

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The next Affordable Art & Artisan Fair will be on the last Sunday of February 2019.  The Fairs are held within the Black Sheep Cafe & Restaurant complex 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 them as an exhibitor/retailer of your original creativity or artisan products you can contact them at aaafair17@gmail.com

 The Fair is sign posted along SH2 with signage to the turnoff of SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road.  . AND OPENING LATER THIS MONTH THE ATRIUM GALLERY AT THE BLACK SHEEP!    Check out the facebook page and instagram

Travelling down SH2 towards Tauranga check out the thriving arts scene in Kati Kati.


You’ll also want to check out The Historic Village at 17th Avenue with its increasing boutique shops, galleries and The Incubator Creative Hub



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