Happy birthday to Art Matakana!


17th September marks an important 10-year milestone for this well-loved contemporary art gallery in the heart of Matakana Country Park. 19

Leading the celebrations are gallery owners Bronwyn and Bill Harris. To mark the occasion, Bronwyn will be releasing new work by Matt Payne who specialises in seascapes, Rudi VanDerPol’s beautiful copper wall hangings and Sue Willis’s innovative mixed media sculpture. In fact all their artists are focused on this special anniversary. Expect to see exciting new paintings, prints, ceramics, glass and jewellery.

“I can’t believe it’s been a decade,” says Bronwyn. She has never found the gallery a chore – in fact quite the opposite. The place keeps her buzzing and her love for the art has never diminished. Just as well since arty types surround Bronwyn, husband and daughter are both well respected artists too.

Art Matakana opened the doors in 2006 with about 30 or so artists. The gallery now features work from about 100 artists. Growth has been steady with high standards of work being displayed. For Bronwyn, her first exhibition will always stand out. It was celebrating Pakiri artists with Star Gossage as curator. The gallery was jammed-packed – and it placed Art Matakana firmly on the map.

Bronwyn says, “We have held about 80 exhibitions, each one special in their own right and visited by many art lovers from all over New Zealand. The Country Park is a beautiful setting and we’ll always hold tight to our vision of exhibiting quality art.”


www.artmatakana.com  |  Country Park, Leigh Road Matakana  |  T: 09 422 9790