Wednesday, 27 January 2021


Whitianga Art Group Summer Exhibition 2021 formally opened

A great turnout of people attended the formal opening of the Whitianga Art Group’s Summer Exhibition 2021 last Sunday evening at the Whitianga Art Centre and Gallery in School Road.

The exhibition is featuring all new works from most of the group’s more than 40 members.

Before introducing Leanne Adams, this year’s guest artist, Art Group president, Jenny Cotterell spoke about 2020 being a year like no other. “Despite the COVID-19 lockdown and the other restrictions that followed, our members remained committed to creating beautiful paintings and drawings,” she said. “Many of them turned part of their homes into studios. This year is a fresh start. We look forward to more workshops and other activities, and of course more painting days together.”

When it was her turn to say a few words, Leanne said she is honoured to be this year’s guest artist. She also spoke of her journey as an artist, from Rotorua to Australia and now Whitianga. “It doesn’t matter what it is you love to do, cars at the Whiti Beach Meet car show earlier today or the beautiful artworks against the walls here, if you’re passionate about something you can make it happen,” she said.

Referring to three sweet pea paintings she contributed to the exhibition, Leanne said sweet peas signal to her the power of new beginnings. She then invited all those present to raise their glasses and toast everyone who is creative and everyone who isn’t. “To a great year of new beginnings for all of us,” she said.

The exhibition is running until Monday, 1 February and is open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Entry is free. All the artworks in display are for sale.

Pictured: Leanne (left) and Jenny at Leanne’s sweet pea paintings on Sunday.


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