Tuesday, February 15, 2011

[pima.nius] First pan Pacific exhibition at Parliament

9:48 AM |

okaioceanikart is thrilled and privileged to be the first Pacific show in the new gallery space in Parliament Feb and March

Resilience will be part of a 3 week exhibition timed to mark the Pasifika Festivals in Wellington 26 February and Auckland 12 March.

Art by okai artists resident in Japan, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea – and NZ.

The exhibition also includes touching paintings by pupils of schools hit by the 2009 Samoa Tsunami. Artist and National University of Samoa lecturer Leua Leonard set up an Art Therapy Project supported by Auckland Girls Grammar School and Reef Shipping through Michael Jones to help the children come to terms with the tsunami and its affect on their lives. Some of the work is funny, some clever and meaningful. A few look like work of artists of the future.

The Hon Georgina Te Heuheu will open the exhibition at Parliament's Bowen House exhibition space, entrance from Lambton Quay that will then be open to the public from 10am to 3pm 23 to 25 February. After then call Michelle Janse Arts Coordinator 04 817 9036 at Parliament to arrange a viewing. The exhibition runs until 18 March.

Resilience artists are: Nestor Opetaia and Mikoyan Vekula of Wellington, Steven Gwaliasi of Hokitika, Kopotama Jacobson currently residing in Japan, Leua Leonard of Samoa, Daniel Waswas of Papua New Guinea and Fatu Feu'u, Dagmar Dyck, Sylvia Marsters, Penny Howard, Cerisse Palalagi, Sale Pepe and David Teata all working in New Zealand.

Image: New work by Ellie Fa'amauri-Firisua

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Welcome to our large, bright, new gallery space!!

Our art works are now at okai@Reef Gallery.

A group from London and Auckland said it was like having a tour of the Pacific seeing the art last Saturday.

Level 1, 69 Beach Rd opposite the Waldorf Hotel west of the Vector Arena Centre. The current stock room exhibition looks fabulous in this large space made available by Reef Group.

Note our new hours - 11am to 3 pm Wednesday to Friday. On hand to assist you will be Federica from Italy (come and practice your Italian and kiwi-ise her English) – Wednesdays. The warm and lovely Jen on Thursdays,and Candace from Art History at University, Fridays.

Hours will extend later in the year. Anyone interested in helping out can contact Marilyn 027 2854350. Appointments can be made with her for private viewings.

And you can always view all the works 24/7 on line at www.okaioceanikart.com.

Coming up and new works


Very different and very fabulous works on paper by Kopotama Jacobson.

Image: Artist Kopotama Jacobson


Alter-Native Samoans – Contemporary artists present an alternative history and view of pacific art at the Aotea Centre Auckland. 4 Abstract artists including Sekio Fuapopo returning to NZ especially for the exhibition from San Francisco, Nestor Opetaia (Wellington), Sale Pepe and Nathan Suniula (Auckland).

Please join us at the Auckland Festival Opening Sunday 6 March 12.30 at Level 4 Aotea Centre Auckland City. The Festival will be opened by Mayor Len Brown. All four artist will be present at this event.

Alter-Native Samoans runs at the Aotea Centre until Saturday 12 March. It ends with the celebrations marking the beginning of Auckland Festsival White Night 7.30 to 9.30 pm Saturday 12 March.

There's a month's worth of entertainment in just that one night and okaioceanikart will have all artists present as well as Spoken Word with Courtney Meredith and original music by Nestor Opetaia. Please make some time that evening to hear Courtney. Comments from the last time she performed at okai were:

Extraordinary, touching, Pacific Shakespearean mastery of words.....

Okai@Reef Opening Monday 14 March on Level 1 69 Beach Rd 6pm.


Planned for April is a very special exhibition of three elders (and long term friends and mentors) of Pacific art Fatu Feu'u, Iosefa Leo and Steven Gwaliasi okai @Reef Tuesday 12 April.

Directors Bridget Marsh 027 5743 438 Marilyn Kohlhase 027 285 4350
Okai @ Reef gallery
Reef Building
Level 1
69 Beach Road
Auckland New Zealand
PO Box 67 153 Mt Eden Auckland 1349
Email: people@okaioceanikart.com
Website: www.okaioceanikart.com

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