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Mar 5, 2024
Art & Culture

Artists craft of capturing light

The Informer spoke with first time exhibitor, Whitianga Photographic Club President, Kate Beauchamp, a first-time exhibitor with Mercury Bay Art Escape. Looking upon a photograph by Kate Beauchamp of tauhou (waxeye bird) taken in her garden as it perches on a vintage teacup, its silver-surrounded eye expresses light and life through the tiniest fleck. In another composition, Kate ‘extends’ the depth of colour and texture of a cluster of hibiscus flowers by using light against a black background. The result draws you into the photograph and holds you captive. While Kate has been a photogr…

Mar 5, 2024
Local Events


She enjoys working out in the open, where the public can see the work develop and share the experience of making art. Flox is passionate about birds, which feature large on her murals in public spaces around Auckland and elsewhere. Flox artwork also makes the backdrop for the TV One Breakfast show. She told her audience that it’s okay to be different, to work outside the square frame and to experiment with other forms of art. Earlier in her career, Flox raised her profile as an artist by producing a range of clothing adorned with her own artwork.  Two of her works, one a white scalpel-cut…

Feb 20, 2024
Art & Culture

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2024 Open Studios

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2024 opens with the annual Gala Event on Friday, 1 March 2024, 6.00pm at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach.Art Escape 2024 will be opened by the internationally acclaimed aerosol and stencil artist FLOX. Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. FLOX’s trademark of vibrant and confident colour combined with delicacy magically transformed walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.  See this in her mural on the wall of the alleyway between the town hall and The Cave shop in Whitianga. FLOX has expanded h…

Feb 5, 2024
Local History

Local Maori Women Feature in Auckland Museum Project

The large group of Maori and Pacifica women weavers pictured are from across New Zealand and were invited to be a part of the Te Aho Mutunga Kore project led by Auckland Museum.  They are a group of women studying weaving and cultural taonga from their own heritage and expressing their own artistic gifts.  This makes a difference to their lives and to our community. This wonderful good news story of Maori and Pacifica women may not have come about except for some quite wonderful ‘coincidences’. The Informer asked Deborah Phillips, Kaiako and leader of a local Whitianga weavers group, Te Ro…

Feb 1, 2024
Art & Culture

Whitianga Art Group Feature Artist

The Whitianga Art group is a casual, friendly group of people who love art, who are very good at art and together they work with a wide variety of different styles and mediums. Margaret Gibson does wonderful scenes in acrylic paints while Merle Ward [who arrives on her scooter] produces fabulous oil and cold wax abstracts, as well as some acrylic art. Jackie Chatfield does stylised portraits and birds in acrylic paints on canvas, while Jenny Cotterell is known for her dot work and stylised/abstract acrylic paintings, to name just a few. They meet Thursdays and Fridays and usually share lunc…

Jan 23, 2024
Arts & Culture

Mercury Bay Community Arts Centre project takes a step forward

Creative Coromandel, on behalf of the Mercury Bay Arts Centre Steering Committee (the Steering Committee), engaged Christine Ennis of CME Consulting to undertake an independent feasibility study for its project proposal to establish an arts centre in Whitianga.

Jan 16, 2024

Connected by search for meaning – Viktor and Stan

The book has many reviews and this is the most recent to come my way. The book has never been out of print. It has sold over seven million copies. It is in stock now at Whitianga Paper Plus). In 1970, I was a Minister in an outer suburb parish in Melbourne, Australia. Reluctantly at first, I read this slim book on the Holocaust, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. It knocked me off my perch. It shook me up. One sixty-page chapter challenged me, amazed me and shone a light deep into my soul. I wanted everyone to read this book. I purchased five copies of the book and raved about the bo…