Sunday January 26th – Opening Hours 10am – 2pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

First of all, a very Happy – although slightly belated – New Year to you!

Here we are, in the middle of January already and well into the School holidays. If you’re looking for some affordable art activities for the kids on the days when the weather clouds over, pop on down to CAN to catch the last week of our drop-in ‘CAN Planet’ activity. We have been asking all the visiting children to bring a bucket load of imagination along to CAN and create!

For just $5 you can plunge into the piles of making materials and glue, and dream up your very own ‘diorama’ Grab one of the shoe boxes we have collected and create your miniature scene inside using fabric, glitter, recycled cardboard, beads, wire… in fact anything from the stocks of goodies we will have waiting for you.

You can record the story about your scene in the special CAN book, and leave your masterpiece on display for all to see. We have loved watching the pile grow and grow on the CAN Planet Table so far.

So… What’s on YOUR planet?  A spaceship crash landing in new territory, a dinosaur in an ancient forest, a unicorn galloping up and over a rainbow, or even a Pacman game… kids, come along and show us what you can do.

The exhibitions at CAN are always well worth a visit, and opening this Friday, 17 January 5-7pm, is the latest collaborative show ‘Alt_Hawke’s Bay 2020’an exhibition of alternative and contemporary art from Hawkes Bay by a collective of talented artists.

The show is designed to be interesting, insightful, intelligent, intellectual, wondrous, fun and filled with narrative. Each artist brings their individuality, artistic ability and together, a shared Hawkes Bay experience. All artists have higher education in arts, or work in the creative industry and produce and refine their practices daily, demonstrating extraordinary skill and talent. This offers a rare opportunity for the public to view the outcome as a collective exhibition.

The exhibition is hosted and curated by artist Joshua Weeks and joined by Aimee Guthrie, Helen Dynes, Joe Rowntree, Jenny Dekker, Maria, Pita Keri, Freeman White, Ashton, Gillian Marshall, Dali Susanto, Liam Farrell, Sharleen Gamble, Katie Jenssen, Susan Mabin, Holly Rose Morgan, Joshua Weeks and Beverly Trillo. You are bound to recognise some names here, as most exhibit regularly in Hawke’s Bay and beyond. Check out the combination of painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, mixed media and drawing in this extraordinary exhibition at the opening on Friday and for two weeks until 30 January.

In the Small Gallery enjoy the paintings of Anna Hill, and in the CAN foyer 18 year old talent Justin Cheung and the beautiful work of Marion Griffiths for the month of January. Upstairs on the mezzanine, CAN favourite and local artist Clayton Guthrie returns to showcase a development of his signature style as he explores new subjects, and revisits old favourites. Clayton’s practice focuses on pastel drawing, with shading and colour built in layers. The result is a fine balance of subjects within the work which includes landscapes as a newly discovered theme.

Join Clayton to celebrate his opening, also on Friday 17 January, 5-7pm. All welcome! 

The New Year often brings about changes. It’s a good time to re-evaluate, take stock and take positive steps towards a better, happier and healthier future. Art plays a huge part in personal wellbeing, probably more than most people realise. What we do notice, at CAN is all the participants of our weekly evening, daytime and weekend art classes go home with a renewed sense of wellbeing, as well as new skills and friendships. They often book for more than one term, and try other classes when they have finished with the first one.

Check out the CAN website for a whole new host of evening classes and weekend workshops starting week commencing 3 February, or call CAN on 06 835 9448 to find out what’s on offer amongst the line-up – try sewing, painting, drawing, screen printing or a weekend class in Japanese woodblock. You will surprise yourself by what you can achieve.

Here’s to 2020!

Lisa Feyen
Creative Arts Napier
16 Byron Street
PO Box 1083
Napier 4140
06 835 9448