Sunday April 21st – Opening Hours 10am – 2pm

The latest CAN News: 11 April 2024

As we approach the first lot of school holidays, we’re busier than ever here at CAN!  A reminder that tomorrow night we are looking forward to what will be a super busy and fun double opening, as Karina Piha and her daughter, Nina Weiss open their joint exhibition “Let it Flow” in the Main Gallery, and plein air painters Michele Jung, Julie Mello and Christine Parnell open their collaborative exhibition “My Hawke’s Bay en Plein Air” in our Small Gallery.  Tomorrow at 5pm! 

Come along to this family friendly event and check out the exciting new art in these two wonderful exhibitions. All welcome, and light refreshments provided.  Come along tomorrow anytime between 5 – 7pm. 

Special Artist in Residence Events 🙂 

You also have another opportunity to meet these painters at CAN over the holidays, with two very special “artist in residence” events.  Karina and Nina will be hanging out painting in the Main Gallery on Tuesday 16th April from 10am.  Come along and meet the mother & daughter who create together, usually in their home studio in Havelock North.  

And on Monday 22nd April at 10am Michele, Julie and Christine will be setting up their easels in our carpark to ‘Paint the CAN’.  We are very excited to see this plein air demonstration and see the end results!  Tuesday 23rd April will be the back-up day if it’s wet on the Monday.

We are also looking forward to our new CAN School Holiday Program with Dallas Wilcox.  Dubbed Miss Rainbow by her After School Art Club students, Dallas is a colourful painter and illustrator who has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Practice from EIT’s IDEASchool. Growing up with a talented and creative grandmother, mum, and older sister, Dallas began drawing as soon as she was able to hold a pencil, and wants to use the skills she’s gained over the years to help others find the joy in creating art. She loves to ensure kids of all backgrounds and skill levels can learn and explore their individual creativity in a safe and friendly environment free from judgement.  

Dallas will be taking the children on a creative journey throughout the four days of the programme held in the CAN workshop.  Bookings essential with flexible days available, this programme is ideal for primary and intermediate aged children.  Limited places!

Follow this link to book: click here

In the CAN workshop, we have plenty of workshops and classes coming up!

Theres a new floral workshop coming up with Sophia Reiter, perfect for a Mother’s Day treat…

Ema Frost is back with her popular kintsugi workshop in May…

Re-use, Re-Purpose & Beautify with Gold

“Hello Lovely locals… I will be holding another KINTSUGI WORKSHOP on Saturday 25th May in the Creative Arts Napier workshop.  Have you ever wanted to try Kintsugi…. It’s an ancient Japanese art form where you fix broken pottery with gold – making its imperfections its beauty. – A truly wonderful philosophy to live by.  I’m sure there’s a few of you out there that have been saving a broken piece not knowing quite what to do with it, and if not I have plenty of back. So just bring yourselves and have some fun.” Ema Frost

It’s called kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い), literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”). This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks.

Saturday 25th May at the Creative Arts Napier workshop 

For details and to book your space please click here click here

And something special coming to you from Moana Williams from Tuitui Designs…

This is a contemporary weave workshop where you will learn a contemporary concept weave of our Poutama pattern created and designed by the owner of Tuitui Designs, Moana Williams.

Each class is approximately 90mins and kawakawa lemon and ginger tea is what you will be sipping on…Reka! (Yum)  As you weave your panel, you will hear basic knowledge korero of Poutama and how we connect as a person to Poutama ad you weave your mauri on.
Each panel is ready to hang once completed and the product can be undone to be done again to get the whānau (family) involved.  All welcome as we come together to welcome in te tau hou Māori.     

date: Sunday 7th July

cost: $125 per person

 tī and light refreshments provided

*this is a zero alcohol event. afterpay & layby available x

booking link: click here

We also have our regular tutors taking bookings for their Term 2 classes now!

Helen Dynes with her art therapy classes The Pandora Project, Emily Armstrong with her new Mindful Drawing classes, Lisa Feyen is taking Dry Point Printmaking and Carol Goodier is back with her popular sewing classes.

As always, you can find details and booking links on our website, by emailing, phoning us on 06 835 9448, or just popping in and see us where one of our friendly team will help you with any questions you may have, bonus – you’ll get to check out the current art on display! 

As always, please email with any questions.  

Disclaimer: Creative Arts Napier galleries are inclusive community spaces for the expression of artists. Content or themes depicted in the art of individuals do not by default represent the views of the Creative Arts Napier Team, Board or Volunteers.

The CAN Team







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