Monday March 8th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

The latest CAN News!

Just like the current times we are living in, every week at Creative Arts Napier is very different to the last. I never run out of events to write about, as there is always something new and exciting on the horizon.


Our next opening event for you to attend is on Friday, March 12 at 5-7pm, and will feature the work of well-known New Zealand artist Richard Rogers.

Rogers was born and raised in Gisborne and then went on to complete teacher training at Ardmore Teacher’s College, where Art was his major – this led to forty years of art teaching at Lytton High School in Gisborne. Over this time, he was painting, sculpting, traveling and visiting museums and galleries – wherever his family travelled.

Being practical is an element that Richard feels is a major part of what it is to be an artist, working with different materials and manipulating them to be part of the intended form.

Richard works in series but often skips around, revisiting themes whilst producing art works that are original and unique. He has recently been exploring a cubist style – which is not surprising as Picasso and Cezanne are huge influences; ‘Pushing pigment and oil around as our fore-bears did, 30+ thousand years ago, is grounding, a real privilege and a connection with our most primal.’

Picasso has been inspirational in that his philosophy which dictates that there are no boundaries – borrow from here, take from there. He once said, ‘When I am shown a portfolio of old drawings, for instance, I have no qualms about taking anything I want from them.’

Richard admits to being organic in his approach; ‘I am not technically efficient enough, or able to invest the amount of time, to make works that are perfect’. Technical perfection can seem soulless and sterile, and having the media and process ‘speak’ in your work is part of the process. Being able to decipher how the artist created the effect, the painting, is one of the joys of viewing work and realising the possibilities.

The works that will be on display have been created over the last 4-5 years and use materials such as mixed media constructions, canvas and oils.

Alongside new work in the Main Gallery, enjoy another new exhibition in the Small Gallery of work by local artist and award winning photographer Sharleen (Shar) Hays from Friday 12 March.
What makes Shar’s work different and also what drives her are her essential values; ‘to enlighten and enchant’. She believes it’s about making the effort to stand up, stand out, and create desired media that is treasured. Her creative background is in graphic and web design, and illustration. She began pushing herself creatively with photography about 10 years ago.
Shar has been awarded various Golds, Silvers, and Bronzes at the NZIPP Awards for her creative photography over the years and Best of Nation 2019 for New Zealand at the World Photographic Cup. Her winning images all contained animals, highlighting her love of wildlife.
Shar’s hope is to create an awareness that all living creatures matter, they have personalities, feelings, and their own quirky attributes. She would love for people to see them in a different light and not take them for granted; ‘Through my creative art and this positive approach, I hope to encourage more kindness and empathy towards animals and innocent life.’

Both exhibitions in the Main and Small Gallery are on display from Friday, March 12 until Thursday, March 25.

In the foyer for the whole month you will discover some very interesting sculptural pieces as part of ‘Raw Canvas’ by Fiona Wall, an artist based in Hawkes Bay. She completed her diploma in Art and Creativity with a scholarship through The Learning Connexion, and subsequently has had a number of successful exhibitions of mixed media painting. After a few years’ hiatus, Fiona has now turned her hand to creating one of a kind unique wall hangings, using nature as her canvas. Every piece is carefully crafted using recycled and found items, incorporating air plants to signify new life given to each piece. Look closely and you will find bird skulls, feathers, dried seaweed, flax and kina shells combined with copper wire and plumbing detritus, skilfully embedded in each sculptural piece that hangs on the wall; ‘I love hunting for items…..beach combing, bush walks, getting back to nature, then using recycled items from taps to ballcocks, copper, metal and anything else I can get my hands on to create one off pieces.’
Air plants need minimal care and attention, and each piece comes with instructions to keep them happy and healthy. Fiona’s sculptures are all affordable, original and unique, and would definitely become the talking point of your art collection.

We are pleased to welcome Pam Wildbore back to CAN, for her exhibition ‘Journey’ in the foyer for the month of March. Journeys, at any point in time, are woven and layered with external factors. Some for a short time, and others for longer, helping to create each individual story. Along the way, we stop and admire our achievements and highlights, and on reflection we glow with these recollections.

In this exhibition, colour, and placement of colour, tells a story of a journey.

Within Pam Wildbore’s Paper collection, she has used synthetic paper with ink – cut into strips – in order to weave different layers, crossing paths, moving behind, becoming visually interrupted and slathered in resin for a glossy finish.

Pam’s Layers collection has utilised multiple layers of coloured resin to signify the highlights that often held onto, that become beacons and precious memories. Both collections have formed a new body of work that is breath-taking, and with prices that everyone can afford, we can foresee these beauties flying off the walls.

Don’t forget it’s Seaweek coming up soon! Pop on down to CAN to view the Seaweek ‘What’s My Waka’ exhibition of driftwood sculpture on the Mezzanine created by artists of all ages from the community. This fun and thought provoking exhibition will be on display from Thursday, March 4 until Thursday, March 18.

Another reminder: make sure you book your ticket early for the upcoming solo ‘Stretch’ concert at CAN on Saturday 10 April. Bowls of freshly cooked paella will be available to purchase, plus refreshments from the CAN bar before and during the intimate concert featuring our very own Hawke’s Bay local performer who is gaining recognition by the minute. Enjoy music amongst the art at only $23 a ticket, available to purchase from the CAN front desk or on Eventfinda.

We look forward to welcoming you to CAN on your next visit. Don’t forget we are open 7 days per week: Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm and Sundays 10am – 2pm.

For more event details please visit our website.

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