Channel - Collective Creativity

Northart invites you to join us in celebrating the opening of two new exhibitions on Sunday 7 April at 5pm.

One of the shows is a collection of recent works by eight of Northart’s most accomplished artists – Garry Currin, Graig Humberstone, Jonathan Organ, John Oxborough, Jessica Peerless, Ross Ritchie, Frank van Schaik and Barry Ross Smith. Collectively, they are an eclectic grouping of artists – from hyper-realist, figurative, romantic landscape to abstract - but it is a grouping that is certain to variously challenge, inspire, delight and provoke viewers. 

Opening the same evening “Koreni (Roots)” is an exhibition of paintings and sketches from the estate of Paulina Jovanovic (“Pava”).  Writing about her aunt, Ana Ivanovic-Tongue notes that she was born in Sid, Serbia in 1928 and died in Auckland in 2017 and for most of her career worked tirelessly, quietly and anonymously in the shadows of other artist’s mosaic studios in Serbia. Towards the end of her life and after the death of her husband, she immigrated to New Zealand joining family in Birkenhead.  “Self-effacing, yet deeply sensitive and aware of the nature and beauty around her, Pava’s works resonate with vulnerability and honesty. Working in other artist’s workshops also meant that Paulina never had an opportunity for a solo exhibition, so ‘Koreni (Roots)’ will be her first and last show.” 

Northart exhibitions are generally of two and a half weeks duration, so later in April (Sunday 28th) we celebrate the opening of two further exhibitions -  another group exhibition by six mid-career women artists and a small solo show, simply entitled ‘Colour’ byDevonport’s Beverley Rae.  This group exhibition is an eclectic  mix of artists, too – Jo Dalgety, Sonja Drake, Gayle Forster, Lindsey Kirk, Merthyr Ruxton and Susan Thomas. 

Still in the window galleries remaining over Easter is Northart’s annual XIV Stations of the Cross installation. 

Northart’s popular family focussed programme ‘Gallery Time for Kids’ will be held over the weekend of 6/7 April from 11am – 1pm. Children (5 years and over please) and their parents, grandparents or caregivers are welcomed to “try drawing in a different one – creating one-off monoprints using water-based printing ink pencils, rollers and paper! All materials  re supplied.  Entry by donation: suggested donation $2 - $5 per child. 

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