Packed Opening Night for Art Exhibition

13 May 2015

Packed Opening Night for Art Exhibition

A Whangarei art exhibition featuring the work of several past and present NorthTec students opened to a packed house on Friday evening (8 May).

The exhibition, titled Cause & FX, is a mixed-media event displaying the work of 16 local artists in a temporary gallery at 10 John Street.

The pop-up exhibition, organised by NorthTec graduate Lenny Murupaenga and Whangarei artist Haydn Harding, is utilising an empty shop in the town centre.

At Friday’s opening night the event was “completely packed”, with more than 400 people in attendance, said Lenny Murupaenga, adding that at least 15 artworks had been sold that evening. Visitors enjoyed the chance to browse the artworks while DJ Lyndon Sumlee provided a musical backdrop.

With an open theme, the exhibition features painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

As well as Lenny Murupaenga and Haydn Harding, the participating artists are: current NorthTec visual arts students, Rapana Maihi and Sarah Kippenberger; NorthTec arts graduates Stacy Morrison, Aaron Hoskins, Hamish O/B, Soju Shots, Megan Bowers and Dave Beazley; NorthTec arts tutor Lisa Clunie; and locally-based artists Paul Harris, Mark Mitchell, Alex Smith, Richard Darbyshire and Rosie Parsonson.

The exhibition will run until Friday, 22 May, and the gallery is open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday.

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