Past Exhibitions

July 5th – 31st (A four week exhibition)2022

PATRICIA BRICKELL, was back and bigger and more colourful than ever before. Patricia’s work lined our corridors and filled two of the rooms at the Gallery this month. Her work is always a delight to have and is certain to invigorate any space. She also had some of her poetry playing in the background of one of the rooms so hopefully you came and saw this delicious display!

“The Wave” and “Above the Falls” by Patricia Brickell

“I want to excite the viewer and myself with creative expression – a sky full of passion, and a land full of opportunity; mountains of mystic splendor for adventure” Patricia Brickell

Visit Patricia Brickell’s new website for more information about her wonderful work!

BEB HEARN, has an extensive array of work and is comfortable working with many mediums.  Sketching from a young age in the Netherlands she went on to study art in the UK before moving to New Zealand where she continued to delve into her love of art. Beb has been an active member of the NSA for many years and had a wonderful display of her work currently on show in the front room at Reyburn Gallery. She continues to paint from her studio at home. 

“Guess What” and “Wild Daises” by Beb Hearn

ANNE GROUFSKY has been doing patchwork, quilting and embroidery since the late 1970’s. She moved to Whangarei in 2013 and developed an interest in dyeing cotton and silk fabric using local plants, including pohutakawa, lichen, carrot top and fennel, some of these techniques are on display today. 

Anne’s’ exhibition is titled ” URBAN QUILTS” and has come about whilst living in Christchurch as a response to the character of urban Christchurch and as a record of some of her favourite buildings.
Unfortunately several of these buildings were damaged and demolished after the 2010/2011 earthquakes, but Anne has immortalised the buildings in fabric. 

“I enjoy the process and stages of making quilts from choosing the colours, to sewing the pieces into a larger whole and the final quilting and hand stitching to add texture.” Anne Groufsky

“School House Christ’s College” and “Remembering Christchurch” by Anne Groufsky

June 7th – July 3rd (A four week exhibition)2022

Cut with the kitchen knife

Works by Whangārei art group, Collective Practise

Cut with the Kitchen Knife was a group exhibition featuring new works by members of the art group Collective Practise. It was curated by Angela Rowe. The exhibition showcased work across a range of media including paper, ceramics, textile, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance.

In 1919 the German artist Hannah Höch (1889–1978) hung a collage in a group exhibition. The collage, a complex and tumultuous work, was titled Cut with the Kitchen Knife, Dada through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany. Using photomontage Höch cut and reassembled images to comment on the inequalities faced by women in the arts at institutional and interpersonal levels at the time.

The members of Collective Practise meet regularly to share studio research, reading, and talk through ideas central to their mahi toi. Working together in this way Collective Practise has created Cut with the Kitchen Knife, to share work that discusses their experience of contemporary social issues such as modern motherhood, relationships to place, each other, and materials in their art practice.

As part of the exhibition, Collective Practise offered a series of free workshops and an artists panel discussion.

Collective Practise is;
Catherine Davies-Colley, Ros May, Alex Moyse, Jolene Pascoe, Angela Rowe, and Linette van Greunen.


This exhibition and related events has been made possible by the generous support of Whangārei District Council and the Creative Communities Scheme.

May 10th – 5th June (A four week exhibition)2022

Kellie Edwards 

“Finding Refuge in Light”

 A figurative and landscape artist based in Northland producing work in both oils and soft pastels.

Kellie studied Art and Design full time at Auckland Technical Institute, then took up a scholarship at Auckland Society of Arts majoring in painting.  She has won awards in national and international art competitions and in 2020 was juried an associate member of the Pastel Society of America.

Her aim is to create beautiful reminders to prioritise the moments that give the lift we need to nourish our spirits. Moments of awe in the landscape, moments of connection, special quiet moments of reflection and moments celebrating big leaps of faith –  all points to remember and treasure. 
This exhibition “Finding Refuge in Light” is a collection of pieces produced from Kellie processing her little part of the communal stress that we have been sharing. 

“I DO care, my heart and gut can attest to that.  I help people around me with practical support where I can.  If I really want to send a message I’ll write it on my car. (Yes, I did that.) 

Where I want to dwell is on the big picture, a sense of hope and enjoyed feelings we all share.  For me it isn’t an escape but choosing refuge and inspiration in light.” Kellie Edwards

Image: “Oruawharo River Kaipara Harbour NZ”, Kellie Edwards

Yvonne Clapperton

Yvonne works primarily in oils, using brushes and palette knives. She also use acrylic and textures and enjoy the difference these mediums give to her work. Tutored by Elena Nikolaeva, Yvonne loves to paint bold and bright as well as subtle and atmospheric.

Yvonne’s work has been sold in galleries in NZ and is in homes in NZ, Australia and the US.

“Northland and New Zealand has such a diverse selection of wonderful subjects for me to paint.  I try to reflect our wonderful area in my works, and I hope you derive pleasure from viewing my art.” Yvonne Clapperton

 Image: “Bouquet of Flowers”, Yvonne Clapperton

April 12th – May 8th (A four week exhibition)

“Oil & Water”

In the Gallery we had Landscapes & more by Oil Painter Raewyn Smith and Watercolourist Sally O’Grady.  

The landscapes in Oil + Water display a selection of Northland, South Island and imaginary paintings, from tiny vignettes of oil on aluminium, to very large oils on canvas. These are often of places once visited, explored and imagined. More recent works of 2020, are addressing ideas around absence

RAEWYN SMITH , a Northlander, has been exhibiting since 2007. She has a piece in The James Wallace Collection, and has been a finalist for the Adams Portraiture Awards 2014 and 2018. She continues to paint from her home studio in Whangarei.

SALLY O’GRADY, originally from England, settled in Northland nearly 40 years ago. Sally paints ‘en plein air’ and in her home studio with the assistance of sketches, photographs, memory and imagination. 

Settlement” by Raewyn Smith

A watercolour by Sally O’Grady

March 15th – April 10th (A four week exhibition)

This was the second Art Award that Nemesh has organised and has been ten years in the making. Past and present students were invited to submit work which was on display in Reyburn Gallery.

Visitors to the Gallery helped by picking a people’s choice winner voting for your favorite painting in this show.

Vjekoslav Nemesh COMPASSION 2019 oil on canvas, 1221 X 91 cm


(known simply as Nemesh) was born on the 14th May 1963 in Petrovaradin, the former Yugoslavia (Serbia now). Since early childhood he manifested exceptional drawing skills and interest in drawing especially comics; which naturally progressed into more detailed and graphic representations. His artistic direction however was about to change when in his early twenties a schoolmate commissioned him to create a large oil painting, an event that ultimately led him onto an artistic path he has been on ever since.

Having only been painting for a few years Nemesh was fortunate enough to win several local art awards; events which ultimately gave him the encouragement to pursue a career as an artist, a decision he has never looked back from. Events were also about to take a positive change for him and many other artists when in the early nineties there was a sudden reform in former Yugoslavia which saw a number of new private art galleries open.

This fundamental change offered Nemesh an opportunity to start building his artistic career but sadly this opportunity would be short lived as civil war soon broke out which eventually saw the breakdown of the entire country. Nemesh decided that he needed to leave the country and start a new life in New Zealand.

Today his artistic career spans over 35 years since he first put his drawings and sketches into a local exhibition back in 1984 (in former Yugoslavia). Nemesh has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, USA and New Zealand.

Nemesh has had his work presented in collections throughout Europe, Russia, Britain, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand and has established world-wide recognition for his unique, authentic and visionary artistic style of work.

February 15th – March 13th (A four week exhibition)

We had a packed house this month with exhibitions going up from Andrew Phillips, Amy Swanson & Nimmy Santhosh, Betsie Lombard, and the Friday Painters.

A little about Andrew Phillips:

Born in Australia in 1987, Andrew lives his life with cerebral palsy. Andrew’s family returned to New Zealand when he was 8 years old settling in Waikino on the waterfront where Andrew quickly made himself part of the local community. Andrew’s cerebral palsy has never stopped him following his passions and dreams. He has traveled to Hawaii to tell his story in an annual international disability conference, went parasailing in Paihia, competed in New Zealand and Australian national boccia competitions, started his own company ‘Andrew’s Native Nursery’ selling plants at local markets, and even rode a tandem motorcycle on a whim.

In more recent years Andrew built a friendship with a local artist who helped him to find a creative outlet. Through regular sessions Andrew found his flow in mouth painting and the direction he was to take in his art. A lot of trial and error has gone into building his technique, including a lot of modifications to brushes and tools. With the help of a friend Andrew has created his own set of painting tools that are safe and comfortable to hold in his mouth. Andrew’s home is surrounded by lush bush, stunning water views and gardens filled with different flowers and greenery. He uses this setting to inspire the direction he takes in each piece.

His show, “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS” was a series of abstract botanical works. Inspired by the gardens at his home, and the landscapes he has visited when traveling around New Zealand. Andrew has chosen this topic for his art as it allows him to use natural, unstructured movements while learning to paint by mouth. His style is created by using a combination of acrylic paints and texturising gels and pastes. He starts with wild and free strokes of similar colours and builds layers of contrasting tones, getting more refined as the layers build up.

Andrew was joined by:

Amy Swanson and Nimmy Santhosh and their Exhibition “SUNPRINTS”, a beautiful selection of delicate work with cyanotype to create images using the sun.


Betsie Lombard with her ceramic exhibition “A FEW PIECES IN TIME”.

Betsie has loved making things since forming her first rudimentary coil pots as a young child in Swaziland. Her life has taken many twists and turns since then and after an intense professional career, she has returned to art full time. This has taken the form of painting, sculpting, ceramics, soft stone carving, mixed media and glass art. She is eternally curious and passionate about human and animal forms, nature and colour. Betsie has called New Zealand home for more than 10 years and finds her adoptive country inspirational.


The Friday painters is a group that has been meeting for a couple of years now, every Friday morning they meet with the intention to create and explore. A lovely social group that support each others artistic journey. The Exhibition is a range of work from them that they have hand picked to show.

January/February 2022:

Elena Nikolaeva’s Sunday Group “PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES”


Dec 21/Jan 22:

Our very own NSA Members Summer Exhibition ran for six weeks over the Christmas, New Year period and took us into 2022. Over 90 artists took part!


November/December 2021:

We hosted two very different exhibitions, the Whangarei Camera club with their photographic show, “FRAMES EXPRESSIONS” and figurative and glass artist Linley Main with her exhibition “FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE”.



October /November 2021:

“ART WITH HEART” a group exhibition

After three years of meeting and discussing one another’s art along with drinking copious amounts of coffee the ‘Art with Heart ‘group decided to take a brave and confirming step to exhibit their work.  It’s probably cliché to say their work is inspired by nature, but it can’t be helped, nature is fascinating.


September/October 2021:

A four week exhibition “TURNING HEADS” From the Whangarei Head’s Arts Trail.

Start My: 3D Interactive Tour

We created a special treat for this exhibition as we had a sudden level 3 closure but whilst we were unable to open we made a 3D interactive tour! Take a leisurely stroll around the gallery, zoom in for a closer look at the amazing Northland artwork.

Any enquiries about the exhibition, or the purchase of past artwork, please email the office:

August/September 2021:

Exhibition ran: Tuesday 63rd August – Sunday 26th September (Exhibition was extended by 4 weeks due to COVID)

This month we had our fabulous CALENDAR COMPETITON Exhibition!

Each year we hold a competition open to all our N.S.A. Members who would like to try to win one of the places in next years’ Calendar. We invite two judges to pick their top 12 artworks with the top three receiving cash prizes. We then make the artwork into a Calendar available to view or purchase from the Art Gallery.

This year we received a stunning 93 entries, of which were all on display around Reyburn House. At the opening night for the Exhibition the President of the N.S.A., Rod Cunliffe along with one of our judges, Hinu from Creative Northland, announced the lucky winners.

We hoped to were able to pop in to see the artwork and vote for your favourite to claim the one last prize, the “Peoples’ Choice Award”; See below for the winner announcements:

Winning entry picked by our judges for the front cover of the Calendar: , “Pataua Bay South” by Lori Dods

The 2nd place went to Diane Lawson with her pastel artwork “The Crab Hunt” and 3rd place was Di Badham with her oil painting “Quiet Walk in Reed’s Reserve”

Winner of the the People’s Choice Award this year was won by Robyn Harvey with her acrylic piece “Abandoned”

Thank you to all the artists who entered, make sure to get started on your entry for next year!

July 2021:

Exhibition ran: Tuesday 6th July – Sunday 1st August

Sarah Warrington

Sarah is a local photographer based in Waipu who has captured our Northland scenery with her exhibition of coastal landscapes. Although drawn to landscape she is also making waves in portrait photography.

“Smugglers” by Sarah Warrington

Yvonne Clapperton

Yvonne Clapperton, an amazing ambiance painter, whose work focuses on the flora and fauna of our beautiful Northland. Yvonne has been under tuition from Elena Nikolaeva and attributes her progress over the last six years to her.

“Quiet Reflection” by Yvonne Clapperton

Edie Chappell

Edie Chappell is a spiritually inspired, mixed media artist, whose distinctive style of work uses an intuitive layering technique. Her work incorporates different worlds, connections, communication, strength, journeys, light, dark and mystery.  This exhibition was a combination of all these portrayed in different styles and media.

“Floating” by Edie Chappell

Anne Evers

Anne Evers has been painting for over 15 years and has developed a style of her own using bright colours and bold shapes, colours and light are very important to her. She is constantly impressed with her achievements, only taking up painting after reaching retirement.

“A Ship in Trouble” by Anne Evers

June 2021:

This month we celebrated the retrospective work of Gerry Greenwood, lovingly presented by Janinka Greenwood, along with three other Northland Artists with their own exhibitions, Graham Rosenberg, Malcolm Burrell and Jenny de Weyer. 

Gerry Greenwood spent his life seeking to know the world through making art with a burning inner fire driving him to know, understand and engage. Although known predominantly as a potter, he loved playing with form using a wide variety of materials such as clay, wood, paper, metal and paint. Thank you for coming to celebrate with us as we took a retrospective look at his life’s work. 

Graham Rosenberg is a self-taught painter who enjoys both acrylic and oils. His work is predominantly general scenery centered around water, bush, and buildings but also enjoys doing portraits and surrealism. Graham has done some beautiful works from around Whangarei.

“The Old Boatsheds” by Graham Rosenberg

 Malcolm Burrell and Jenny de Weyer showed us a wonderland of wood in their exhibition. They met several years ago through Whangarei’s woodturning group and have regularly put on small exhibitions of their work together. You may recognise Malcolm’s work as he supplies our Art Gallery Shop with many beautiful wood pieces. Jenny is also a painter, working with both acrylic and oils and will had a selection of both her wood and paintings on display. 

“Rosewood Platter” by Malcolm Burrell and “Vase” by Jenny de Weyer

May 2021:

– A four week exhibition from 4 different artists including emerging artist Darren Beaudene-Hita, two Northtec Students, Isaiah Rameka and Ngawaina Grace-Timu along with established artist Suzanne Liddall.

This May we were privileged to launch emerging artist, Darren-Beaudene Hita (Beau). He started many years ago illustrating cartoon and anime characters but due to unforeseen circumstances was not able to pursue his passion. Now, after a few years, Beau is back chasing his dreams with his first solo exhibition here at Reyburn Gallery. His style focuses on character creation with fantasy, and surreal themes on both paper and canvas. He is also looking to expand into 2D and 3D animation along with digital artwork. 

“Meow Meow” by Darren-Beaudene Hita

Along with Beau, we were also very lucky to have two of NorthTec’s students opening shows in the front half of the Gallery. Isaiah Rameka and Ngawaina Grace-Timu are presenting a selection of their portraiture works for us.

Ngawaina Grace-Timu has recently shown at Megan Dickinson Gallery and with her ambition to push boundaries with style she is constantly searching to capture moments and emotions with her use of colour and textured layers. She is heavily influenced by the value of Wahine Toa and Te ao Maori and is delving deeper to connect more to her culture.

“Wahine Mao Moko” by Ngawaina Grace-Timu

Isaiah Rameka’s paintings revolve a lot around culture. Isaiah’s work is about how his own maori heritage is portrayed by non-māori but also explores the struggles of other cultures who have trouble representing themselves, which are similar to his own. Issues such as discrimination, racial profiling and stereotyping which create division within us but he hopes through his making, that the audience become aware and shows no prejudice towards these cultures.

“Self portrait” by Isaiah Rameka

The final artist that rounds off this fantastic four, is Suzanne Liddall. Suzanne has been painting in oils for several years, but also likes to experiment with acrylics, pastels, gouache and watercolours. Her palette is mostly vivid, strong, and energetic colours that ‘pop off the canvas’ but off the spectrum, she also delves into monochromatic art which she finds quite soothing to the spirit. She believes all art comes from the soul and that it shows one’s persona much more than their outward appearance does. Suzanne had limited prints available of all of her works alongside an original piece that was on display.

“Ford Country” by Suzanne Liddall

April 2021:

– A four week exhibition from Riverside Painters


March 2021:

– A six week exhibition from Vjekoslav Nemesh and students


– March 2 – April 11

– A three week exhibition from Donna Shadick, Jeanette Vickers & Leslie Cleary


– March 23 – April 11

We recently had a split gallery with two exhibitions running side by side, Vjekoslav Nemesh, with a few of his students were in the back half of the Gallery with the exhibition called “FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH, with the front half of the Gallery full of works of art from Artists: Donna Shadick, Jeanette Vickers & Leslie Cleary. Both Donna and Leslie are predominantly oil painters whilst Jeanette has developed a gel on glass technique that has been photographed, very interesting! Their exhibition was titled “THREE ARTISTS, TWO SHORES”.


If you love his work you will absolutely love Nemesh’s workshops! Take a weekend class with Vjekoslav

February 2021:

– A three week exhibition from the Bay of Island Painters


– Feb 2 – March 7

For the next four weeks we have the Bay of Island Painting Group on display at Reyburn House.

Please come and enjoy a gallery walkthrough with the group on Thursday 4th Feb from 10:30am.

The Bay of Islands Painting Group has been going for at least 40 years.
The members meet weekly on a Thursday at the Waitangi Yacht Club, from where there are beautiful views of the Bay. The members come from the wider Bay of Islands area, including Paihia, Opua, Kerikeri, Waimate North and currently Cable Bay. And in the past, also from Russell and Okiato.

Membership to the group is limited to thirty, and the age, ability and experience of the members is varied. Beginners and more professional artists work happily together, and because of the friendship and camaraderie within the group, help and advice is often asked for, and freely given to all who wish it. Most weeks see the “artists” working on their own paintings, but they do have the occasional workshop on a variety of mediums and topics. Also at least twice a year, we take the time to go on day trips visiting other galleries, which is an enriching experience.

January 2021:

– A three week exhibition by two separate artists


“Strength and Freedom”

– Jan 12 – Feb 1
“Treasure”- Kellie Edwards

I am a figurative and landscape artist based in Northland producing work in both oils and soft pastels.

Auckland Technical Institute is where I studied Art and Design full time, then took up a scholarship at Auckland Society of Arts majoring in painting. I have won awards in national and international art competitions and this year have been juried an associate member of the Pastel Society of America.

My aim is to create beautiful reminders to prioritise the moments in the everyday that give some lift and nourish our spirits.  Moments of awe in the landscape, moments of connection, special quiet moments of reflection and moments celebrating big leaps of faith – all points to remember and treasure. 

Art isn’t only a means of expression, it is also a means of exploring and learning.   This exhibition “Strength and Freedom” is a collection of pieces predominantly using female figures, fabric and light to express abstract concepts.  Created both as personal messages and as encouragement to others, these paintings are intended to inspire the viewer to think compassionately and encouragingly toward themselves.



– Jan 12 – Feb 1
“Parihaka” (2012) – Sandra Meyst

I’m a Wellington born, Whangarei artist, using sculpture and oil painting to express ideas. I completed the Northtec Visual Arts degree in 2008, majoring in sculpture. I was a finalist in the Objective Art awards 2009. I was a participating artist in Collaborationz 2011, and a participating sculptor in the first two Whangarei Sculpture symposiums. My public sculpture “Parihaka” (2012) is based on the historical Pa sites of Parihaka. It references both a toki (adze) and the profile of the summit. The desire to create a wider narrative steered me from sculpture to painting in 2012. The Origins exhibition includes oil paintings from the last 8 years. The title refers to the journey towards knowing one’s genealogy/ whakapapa and hence belonging.

December 2020:

– A six week exhibition

Our annual summer Art’s Society Exhibition. Members are invited to submit up to two pieces that they have completed in the last year to be a part of this exhibition. The exhibition is open to anyone with a current membership with the Northland Society of Arts. If you are interested in becoming a member check out our sign up page. Annual costs are kept low and the community of artists are always willing to help support others on their creative journey.

November 2020:

– A four week exhibition

Whangarei Heads Art Trail! (W.H.A.T)

Due to COVID and the March lockdown the W.H.A.T. team couldn’t have their normal open studios all over the Whangarei Heads so they did the next best thing and held a group exhibition here at Reyburn House!

It was a wonderful, variety filled, exhibition and the Reyburn Crew were very happy to be able to help all the artists to showcase their work all under one roof for this year.

November 2020:

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– A three week exhibition

In a celebration of creativity, the Whangarei Camera Club chose images of their choice in this three week exhibition.

Whangarei Camera Club meet twice a month and provide a space for learning new camera skills. There is ample opportunity to learn and be inspired to try taking photos of something different. Images can be submitted for critiquing and feedback is often invaluable to help photographers progress.  

The Camera Club had an official opening night where potential members were welcome to join them.

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– A two week exhibition

Pottery Exhibition by the Firebirds group

Official opening with wine and nibbles was on Tuesday 20th October @ 5pm, all were welcome.

The challenge was to create pieces that represented a film, book or play. It did not have to be literal. It is amazing what the creative artistic mind can conjure up! Caution was thrown to the wind and humorous, serious and out of the box interpretation were created.

The Firebirds is a thirty strong group of beginners and experienced potters meeting a few times a week in smaller groups to socialise and have fun with clay.

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– A nine week exhibition

Anne Hui put together a unique collection inspired by the pandemic that is ravaging our world

She has created COVID cards, to send a positive message in a time of turbulence.

The collection is available in its entirety for purchase to symbolise community and a response to the call for us all stand together.

A unique set of 100 New Zealand Limited edition COVID-19 cards: $10,000

If you do want to break the “bubble” individual cards are available for $100 each

Anne Hui is available for a variety of one off cards, individually and in sets of 10, if you would to get in touch with her please message or email:

Anne Hui

Phone: 027-AHA-4050


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October 2020:

– A three week exhibition

“In my latest exhibition Animals And Mankind  I wanted to convey for the viewer the beauty, grace, power and mystery that surrounds many of the large animals, significant to mankind through the ages. This includes some fun paintings I really enjoyed creating, featuring birds wearing jewellery.  Adorned with these emblems, they are an allegorical look at the way we often anthropomorphize birds we include in our lives.” – Donna Shadick

– A three week exhibition

Melissa Bell only exhibited solo for the first time last year but since that successful exhibition she has thrown herself into her work and came back this year with a larger schedule of solo exhibitions in Northland and Auckland. Melissa owes her success to her own enjoyment of nature and by capturing as much detail as she can.

Along with receiving a couple of awards for her work, Melissa has also been in demand for tutoring art classes, which she could be possibly persuaded to restart.

Her exhibition at Reyburn House was called “Inspired by Nature” in which she shares her love of the natural world with viewers.

Melissa Bell


September 2020:

– A four week exhibition

Gwyn has been associated with the Northland Society of Arts for a couple of years now and is a familiar face around Reyburn Gallery and Art Studio. Gwyn has put together a body of work that gives viewers multiple interpretations so that each painting can involve the viewer in a unique and changing journey into their own story.

“Art can constitute a dialogue between the abstract inner world of thoughts ideas and emotion and the outer world of form, and structure. It can form a bridge between the inner worlds of two or more separate consciousness’s. My intention is always the creation of experience through art that stimulates, intrigues and invokes response and participation within the viewer. I aim for a moment caught between the work and the viewer that imbues a sense of ‘transcending    the ordinary’ and confers ownership of the experience back to the perceiver.” -Gwyn Connolly



A three week exhibition of Fun, Fancy and Frivolity

Lynda Bell may be a familiar name to many of you, and so she should! Lynda was the overall winner of last year’s Calendar Competition who has worked furiously from her studio, over at the Quarry Arts Centre, over the past year to create a whole body of work for this exhibition.

“Picnics are a time to relax and enjoy life. They are a great way to come together as a family, a group of friends or to have a romantic tryst. My memories of picnics are always embedded with fun and joy. The food is tasty, the people are relaxed and smiling and the scenery is inspiring” –Lynda Bell

This exhibition plan sparked when Lynda painted the painting: ‘Forest Picnic’ for the Northland Arts Society Annual Calendar competition. It won first prize and ended up on the cover of this year’s calendar. As soon she I painted it, she wanted to paint more. Forest Picnic is focused on animals that live in New Zealand, so she decided to paint groups of animals from various parts of the world – all coming together for a picnic of sorts – a gathering in celebration of life, oneness and liberation. The food within the paintings, symbolise sweetness and joy, with fruit in particular symbolising abundance.

This exhibition is for people of all ages. A love of colour, joy and cuteness should never leave us as we grow older, and can always come back to us, to bring new light and happiness into our lives.




August 2020:


NSA Members came together with an exceptional exhibition of colourful artwork. Each piece of artwork in the Gallery was initially entered as a digital photograph to be judged by, Dr Maggie Buxton and Juliana Hoogenveen. Between the two of them they decided their top 13 favourite entries which Reyburn House has made into a Calendar of Northland Artwork. The artists selected were kept in the dark until opening night where the winners were announced along with a presentation of the finished calendar for them. Calendars are now on sale at Reyburn House, why not pop in and have a look at all the original artwork alongside the digital images that Northland Artists have produced.

1st Place Prize Winner

Sharen Watson

I start a painting by playing with colours and lines. Marks are made, the canvas turned, the evolving image viewed up close and from a distance. Eventually subject matter begins to evolve. This may reflect places I’ve visited, things I’ve seen and heard, and sights and senses of everyday life. Or, it may just be purely imaginative

Acrylic -“Hinterland 2020”

2nd Place Prize Winner

Ross Mann

The old truck wreck in my painting is symbolic of the step back in time which one feels when driving through Kauri Mt Reserve and on down to the beach

Oil – “End of the Road”

3rd Place Prize Winner

Alice Furrell

I’m a Whangarei based Mixed Media artist. My inspiration comes from the beauty in nature, and I often paint from images of my garden (or others gardens). I enjoy extremely textured works and love to incorporate stitching and fabrics. “Winter From My Window” captures the highlight of winter in my garden, wax eyes devouring Aloe Thraskii, an amazing burst of colour and energy on a tranquil winters day

Mixed Media – “Winter from my Window”

The above are the top three cash prize winners for the competition and below are the artists who also won a place in the Calendar this year. Congratulations!

4th Place: Patricia Brickell “Tea and Toast”
5th Place: Di Badham “Keeping Watch”
6th Place: Graham Rosenberg  “Old Houseboats Whangarei”
7th Place: Robyn Hallberg “Northland Treasurers”
8th Place: Pamela Harden “Early Morning Low Tide”  
9th Place: Tina Seifarth “Laundry Day – Gone with the Wind”
10th Place: La La Land “Cows”
11th Place: Alan Jones “Reconstructed Life”
12th Place: Jane Gavin “Colourscape”
13th Place: Janice Clifton-Wykes “Untitled”  

While the exhibition was on we asked members of the public to vote for their favourite piece of artwork. When the exhibition closed the votes were counted and the people chose …. it was a tie!

“Words on Fire” – June 2020



Many years of struggling to make sense of the world has led Graham to express himself in poetry and in pictures. From a store of thousands of photographs that he has built up over many years, he has begun, through digital manipulation of these photos, to try and show something of the portals into other worlds and other states of being that he experiences.

“I hope that others who view my creations will find worlds of their own to explore” – Graham Johnson

Graham was joined by fellow artist Winslow who had a selection of his colourful watercolours on display also

“Road Trip” June 2020


“Road Trip”

Matt Hudson is an avid photographer and motorbike enthusiast. His exhibition detailed in pictures his story of an epic three month journey across the USA along Route 66. He was lucky enough to have a few friends and relatives join him at various stages to ride with him. Matt’s actual bike was on show here in Reyburn House but with only half the luggage he carried as he said the whole amount looked too comical for his exhibition.

Matt’s photographic work is a beautiful balance of man-made and the natural world and well worth a look!


Sharing the exhibition space was Maggie Cross who had our central corridor. She updated her work for the final three weeks of her exhibition. Maggie is downsizing her home and needs to find new forever homes for her artwork.

“Standing Tall”


Patricia Brickell had the final exhibition space this month with an exhibition titled “Standing Tall”. Patricia’s artwork is larger than life, vibrant and colourful. She purposefully took the back rooms of the gallery to create an intimate setting for you to be immersed in her work.

Three Different Exhibitions on for Three Weeks only!

Friday Painters – “Well-Oiled

Maggie Cross

Patricia Brickell – “Standing Tall”

We split the Gallery into thirds, for an exceptionally colourful packed set of exhibitions.

Patricia Brickell’s artwork is so large and colourful that we overflowed onto the veranda, you would definitely not have missed her artwork as your walked the Whangarei Town Basin loop walkway.

Inside Reyburn House, the first two rooms were taken by a lively group of oil painters with their exhibition titled “Well-Oiled”. They showed for the first time as a group a selection of their artwork. This group also made prints of each of their artwork into exhibition special gift cards and have a great display on the wall as you enter Reyburn House.

At the very centre of Reyburn we had wonderfully creative Maggie Cross whose collage and mixed media works invite you in for a closer look. The Corridor exhibition space lends itself well to Maggie’s style of work and as she has cut prices dramatically her work is set to fly off the walls.

Another artist whose artwork everyone just can’t get enough of is international artist Patricia Brickell. Her exhibition titled “Standing Tall” is larger than life, vibrant and colourful. She purposefully took the back two rooms of the gallery to create an intimate setting for you to be immersed in her work. With crafted music softly playing and a screen displaying her poems it is an immersive experience to walk around her exhibition.

Patricia will be at the Gallery on and off during her exhibition which will be up for a total of six weeks. If you do pop down to Reyburn Gallery to have a look you may catch Patricia just ‘finishing’ some work!

Beaches, Boats & Birds

Beaches, Boats & Birds at Reyburn House featured four Bay of Island painters, Judy Hunter, Sandy Wright, Beryl Edwards & Zandra Pirie.

This show is joined by a selection of work from our Arts Society members.

VISION 20/20

The CollaboratioNZ trust run a ten day art camp at Mt Manaia and auction off their creations once every two years. Artists come from around the world to work together in stone, wood, metal, clay, paint, fibre, glass and precious metals.

The Collab group obviously inspire each other so much that in their “down” year they have decided to hold a special exhibition here at Reyburn House.

This CollaboratioNZ exhibition has given the artists the opportunity to collaborate over a longer period of time. Some pieces were made by artists working together at the same time, others were passed from artist to artist as they progressed and others were made in pieces in different mediums by different artists to be assembled. Also included are some individual artists works to show how styles transform as artists work together.

Collaborating is a transformative process that helps artists to connect with each other and develop their own style and processes. If you would like to apply to be a part of Collab 2021 contact them at or visit

“Light, Earth & Fire”

This exhibition explored the colours, landscapes, legends and life of New Zealand through the eyes of five Whangarei Artists. These dynamic elements were brought together through print, paint, photography and ceramics, each artist bringing their own special insight into the beauty and culture of our native country

Below are examples of the work we had on display from each of the artists

Sheila Blackburn – Ceramics

Leslie Cleary – Oil Painting

Dulcie Hering – Printmaker

Shelly Linehan – Photography

Kathryn Millard – Pastel & Watercolour

Whangarei Heads School

The Children worked hard all year designing and making some very awesome pieces of artwork. The gallery was full of fun and colour with all of it for sale.

We were also joined for this short two weeks by a special group of people that have put some great time and effort into a project called ” Fantasy Houses”. They have worked with ‘The Papermill’ to produce some beautiful paper houses.

Di West & Judy Hunter

Di West presented “I Look You, You Look Me”

Di West presented a unique exhibition of dramatic portraits. What did the eyes tell you? What were they thinking?

Di did a one-off Artist talk at Reyburn House. Many came along and joined Di as she took them around the Gallery on a special tour!

Judy Hunter presented “Ashore Now”

Judy is an experienced world sailor who came to shore to showcase her beautiful beach landscapes in her first solo exhibition. Many came and enjoyed her work as she came “ashore now”.


August 20 – Sept 29

The Gallery was full of colour and variety!

The Northland Society of Arts hosted our annual Calendar Competition for all the members of the Society with all entries being judged and the winners made into a calendar.

We had a great number of entries this year and such a variety of work. The judges had a hard time deciding but in the end awarded their top 13. The top three won cash prizes and all entries were on display in an exhibition here at Reyburn House.

During the exhibition we ran a “People’s Choice Award”, where visitors could vote for their favourite artwork. The winner of this award went to Gitte Dibley for her painting “Waiting for the Storm”.

Well done to all that entered, we hope to see you all again for next years Calendar competition.

First place winner – Lynda Bell

Second place winner – Adrienne Dietrich

Third place winner – Janice Clifton-Wykes

People’s Choice winner – Gitte Dibley

“Paradise lost” and Photographic Exhibition

July 15 – August 18

This month was quite special. We had the travelling Solander “Paradise Lost” exhibition alongside Whangarei’s Rotary Club Rural School Photographic competition

We celebrated the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook arriving in New Zealand with a special dual exhibition. We had the honour or showing the travelling exhibition “Paradise Lost”, a group exhibition to commemorate the contribution naturalist Daniel Solander made to New Zealand’s history. Alongside this we had our own Rotary club of Whangarei who have organised a fantastic rural schools photographic competition whos photos will filled the other half of the gallery.

Winners of the Rotary competition

June 18 – July 14

Patricia Brickell

International Soundpainting artist Patricia Brickell filled the walls with an amazing intuitive colourful journey. We were immersed into Patricia’s colourful world. Patricia’s work sold like hotcakes!

Ann Montier

Ann Montier’s beautiful artwork is instantly recognisable and very memorable. Her style is unique and has a vintage feel to it. We love having her work on display and she often displays as part of our Member Gallery displays.

Malcolm Burrell and Jenny de Weyer

Two great artists who are primarily wood turners filled a gallery room with a mixture of wall and table art. The time and level of skill to produce these works is very noticable with the high standard of output

Vicki Leeuwenburg & NSA Members

May 28 – June 16

This was an amazingly colourful exhibition. Local talented figurative artist Vicki Leeuwenburg took up half the gallery with a stunning solo exhibition whilst the other half showcased our amazing talent from all over Northland with our NSA Members.

Douglas Chowns

May 1 – May 26

“Enduring of Suffering”

This solo exhibition by the international artist Douglas Chowns is a
“hommage to those who hurt physically or mentally and expect no help or change”

The works on display here at Reyburn house were completed within a year and a day and started on the Celtic festival of “Beltaine” on May 1st 1993.

Douglas is celebrating his 82nd Birthday with his revisit to this series on social realism.

At the opening night, on the significant date of May 1st, Douglas performed a ritual where the paintings, which cover very powerful themes, were slashed in order to release the suffering bringing peace to this section of his life’s work.

To Douglas, art is life. He is a realist, painter and thinker who remains true to his heritage.

Bay of Islands Painting Group

9 April – 28 April 2019

The Bay of Islands painting group has been meeting regularly for over 40 years.

“We usually have around 30 talented members who share a passion for art. A few of those members have been involved right from the start and still pass on their knowledge and experience to the rest of the group.”

The group meets weekly at the Waitangi yacht club, an amazing venue. They meet to share ideas, workshops and their love of painting and drawing and of course the occasional group lunch.

For more information about our group please contact;
Sandy      021 1828199

Mandy Wood – Stained Glass

19 March – 7 April 2019

Mandy Wood, well known for her beautiful hand painted stained glass work, set up some magnificent pieces and priced them to go! it was well worth a look at her gorgeous work. We were also lucky to be able to extend the exhibition held by the NSA members for another three weeks and so the other half of Reyburn House continued to be blessed with quality artwork produced by our local Northland Artists.

NSA Members Exhibition

25 February – 7 April (including extension)

We had an amazing selection of new and unseen artwork from the members of the Northland Society of Arts on show at Reyburn House.
If you are interested in becoming a member with pick up a form when you visit or apply online in the “Membership” section


5 – 24 February 2019

Three artists have come together to exhibit their stunning work!

Adrienne Dietrich, Deva Prem & Maggie Cross showcase a selection of their favorite work here at Reyburn House Art Gallery. Interesting techniques and a variety of medias highlight the various talents of these ladies.


Members Exhibition — 18th December 2018 – 12th January 2019

Members of the Northland Society of Arts  (NSA) have come together to produce a fantastic array of artwork that is now on display at Reyburn House Art Gallery. As always, it is free entry, but we welcome any donations.

Members “FLORAL” Exhibition — 27th November – 16th December 2018

Members of the Northland Society of Arts have put together a fantastic array of floral themed artwork.  Come support and buy from your talented local Northland artists by visiting Reyburn House Gallery.

If you would like to be a part of our next exhibition it’s open to all members of the Northland Society of Arts (NSA). Subscription is only $35 with added discounts for family, seniors and students. Apply online or collect a form when you come view the latest “Floral” exhibition. (



“CELEBRATING 60 YEARS” — 30th – 25th November 2018


A special commemorative exhibition highlighting the Northland Society of Arts’ (NSA) history through the lens of its permanent collection – a historical sweep of artists and styles from the 1890s.

ART OF DISTINCTION  — 9th – 28th October 2018

A selection of fine oil artwork from the winner of the people’s choice, Janice Clifton Wykes.

Old Bedford

CALENDAR COMPETITION — 3 – 30th September 2018

This exhibition is showcasing all those entries that were submitted for our 2019 calendar. Dougie Chowens selected 13 from all the entries to make up the calendar, which is available for purchase now. Please join in and fill out your People’s Choice vote.

Calendar Competition

Sunday 8th July Aoteroa QUILTERS

19th June to Sunday 8th July 2018

Natural wonders of the World Quilt Challenge

Some of the 90 Quilters exhibiting using their own personal artistic quilt style. Extended due to popularity . . .

10 JULY: “Rotary Club of Whangarei South – Photographic Winners and Commended Exhibition”

10th July to Sunday 29th July 2018

Tauraroa Area School and Nga Kura mo Te ako O Whangarei Kahui Ako 4 (community learning 4).

The Competition aims to encourage young people to experiment with photography, use digital or traditional methods of photography, show interpretation of topic and express their ideas through the medium of photography.

The works shown are the Winners and Commended from the over 60 photographs submitted.

 10 JULY: Artist Adrienne Dietrich  Exhibition “RUST 

10th July to Sunday 29th July 2018

“I began painting in the early1980’s as a raw beginner, “couldn’t draw a straight line”. l started by using oil paints, then graduated with pastels and now  . . . .anything goes!

In recent years, the works of the Expressionists, their strong use of colour and line, has given my work a new vibrancy and strength. l use a variety of paint mediums nowadays, my favourites being watercolour, gouache, pastels and pen& wash”.

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