Monday September 23rd – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

So much can happen in two weeks between CAN e-Newletters!

Creative Arts Napier is always a hub of activity and a very exciting place to be – so here is an overview of what’s coming up:

Firstly, a Double Opening for you to attend THIS FRIDAY 20 September, 5-7pm. As usual with CAN openings, expect a lively evening of mingling with the artists and enjoying some light refreshments. All are welcome, and of course entry is free.

Cherille Ede will be celebrating the opening of her exhibition An Interchange of Art Styles’ which is a collection of her latest paintings in the Main Gallery. Cherille employs colour combined with her active imagination to provide a solid platform for her work.  This creates a crossover between figurative and abstract painting. She feels a strong connection to the beauty of nature and the vibration of happy uplifting colour.

Collector Margaret Jaffe will also be at CAN for the celebration of her display of lithographic prints ‘Antique Botanicals’ in the Small Gallery. Originally from Glasgow, Margaret has style and a personality to match. She loves op shopping, and admits what keeps her interested is ‘the thrill of the hunt’. Margaret has a very keen eye, developed from a lifetime of collecting. Her particular passion is for antique book plate prints of botanicals, by Joseph Paxton. Margaret’s very first Paxton’s Magazine of Botany, Volume 1, was a gift from clients after she had completed the sale of their beautiful home and gardens. As soon as she opened the book she was smitten. The colours and workmanship were perfect.
Margaret recently decided it was high time she showed her collection at a public gallery for all to see and enjoy. This is the first time they have stepped onto the stage. The prints are 189 years old but carrying no wrinkles or marks, with surprisingly rich colour and detail.  Over 80 of these precious works of art are on display and available to purchase at her exhibition which will be open at CAN until Thursday 26 September.

School holidays are almost upon us, and alongside The Pencil Room children’s workshops, the CAN has two more very interesting experiences on offer. Susan Mabin is our guest artist for the CAN Art Installation ‘Beached Forest’ during the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, and is an award winning Hawke’s Bay multimedia artist concerned with environmental themes. She spends many hours combing the shoreline for materials that she transforms into artworks. Along our beaches lies a mountain of rubbish and Susan’s work helps to bring this issue to our attention.

Susan is creating an art installation for the Main Gallery at CAN, transformed from beach rubbish for the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, and we need your help! 

Kids – join Susan for an exciting educational workshop during the school holidays and in the lead up to Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival; listen to an environmental educator talk about the oceans, and collaborate with Susan on the creation of an additional sculptural piece for the installation, using the cleaned rubbish we have collected from Marine Parade.

During the two workshops we will create a ‘TREE OF HOPE’ in bright rainbow colours that will act as a centrepiece to the installation.

These workshops are suitable for children aged 8+ only and have been generously supported by the LEAF (Local Environmental Action Fund), via Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. This keeps the workshops affordable and accessible, so thank you LEAF!


Thursday 10 October 2019 at 10.30am – 12pm


Friday 11 October 2019 at 10.30am – 12pm

COST: Just $5 per participant. (Only one workshop may be booked for each child)

HOW TO BOOK: Email with your name, age and contact details, and which workshop you would like to join. Pre-payment secures your booking.

‘Beached Forest’ Art Installation will be open to the public from 7- 24 October. Details can be found on page 50 of the Arts Festival Brochure or on the CAN website.

Once the school holidays are over it’s time to think about some ‘adult time’ again! Some of the CAN Term 4 creative evening classes are getting booked up, but you will find some spaces still available on the
‘Sew Fun’ weekly morning sewing class and also the ‘CAN Sew’ evening classes starting the week of 14 October. Tutor Carol Goodier is fun and relaxed, bringing a positive vibe to each session. She will make sure you not only learn how to use your sewing machine, but have a laugh and make new friends at the same time. Don’t hesitate to email CAN for more information:

Ever thought of donating some of your time to a worthy cause as a Volunteer?

Here at CAN we have a few empty slots on our Volunteer’s roster, and we are currently searching for the right people to fit into our team. If you have an interest in the Arts and can offer some time during the week to support our services to the community, we would love to hear from you!

Our team of volunteers do a wonderful job, and are vital to the operation of Creative Arts Napier, which is a registered charity. Our volunteers love working in the beautiful gallery spaces, greeting visitors and helping out with light duties. It’s a rewarding way to spend a few hours every week, and we value their contribution.

So, if this sounds like you please email with your CV and a brief description of why you would like to become involved in Community Arts.

A HUGE thank you to all of our CAN supporters who donated items to the recent fundraising Spring Studio Sale held over the weekend of 7 & 8 September. It was a great success and we appreciate everyone who came in with their quality art books and materials to add to the sale. All proceeds go towards CAN and help keep the doors open 7 days a week!

We also held a Beach Clean-Up Day on Sunday 15 September that many families and supporters came along to. Everyone did a great job, and helped us gather bags of materials for Beached Forest as well as made a section of Napier’s beach a much more pleasant place to be. We appreciate your time and energy, and everything you do to help us provide our services to the community.

We look forward to seeing you soon at CAN!

Remember – we are open 7 days a week and entry is free.


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