Guest & featured artists

A new page on our website will feature the guests we invite to join exhibitions in Kapiti Gallery; sometimes members of the Society are “featured artists”, and we’ll include them, too. The new page is a work-in-progress as we bring it up to date. You can also see some of the guests who’ve exhibited with us on our Pinterest page.

Fine Feathers in fibre and birdhouses

The “Fine Feathers” exhibition in May-June 2022 showcases the creativity of our Spinning, Weaving and Knitting and Felting Group members: there are many fibre forms to work with!

We’re also enjoying the quirky crafts of Bill Davies, birdhouse maker.

About Bill – from the Art Shed, Napier:

After hitch-hiking around Australia and working in Western Australia with Aboriginal groups, Bill returned to New Zealand and started a family. As he was always interested in horticulture he ended up running a commercial organic vegetable farm in Te Horo. Back injuries put paid to that so he retrained as a potter.

After 20 years potting he started dyeing fabric using plants and pigments found locally. In the background he was making bird-houses and they have taken on a life of their own. He loves searching for odd bits and pieces to decorate them with. Most are donated by people who have bought houses before. His flock is huge now, and his own house has many sparrow apartments on it!

Morning Light or Evening Glow?

Come to Kapiti Gallery’s Exhibition & sale of work by Society members – and see how featured artists Marion Henderson, Pauline Medhurst, Heather Chambers have responded to the challenge of this first exhibition of the year, with the theme “Morning Light or Evening Glow“.

Storm Davenport guest at Clay Expressions exhibition

“Clay Expressions” exhibition is now open at Kapiti Gallery, featuring work by our Pottery Group members, including guest artist Storm Davenport. Storm, a painter and sculptor, has spent fourteen years exhibiting throughout the Wellington region and greater North Island with work being held by many collectors both nationally and internationally.

Showing work her in galleries, art shows, fundraisers, community events and awards, she has won awards in both painting and ceramics.

Specializing in ceramic sculpture, she works from her home studio in Paraparaumu Beach where she has a gallery open to the public by appointment. Her work is inspired by ancient lost civilizations, and traditional firing techniques used to create refined but rustic artworks that tell a story.

From small wall-hung works to seven foot tall outdoor sculptures her works include:

  • The Warrior series: life sized warrior heads, breast plates and weaponry
  • Oceanic Life series:  with whales, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and kina
  • Animal series: white Rhino, bulls, war horses, buffalo, bear, warthog, mammoth, bees

Large outdoor totem series:

  • Black Arts
  • Life’s Backbone

Paintings:

Current series exploring themes of human contact and connection

Collaborative lighting artwork series with artist Peter Robson

FUNDRAISING

Some examples of fundraising work are:

  • 5 years of gifted artworks to The Wellington Supper Club Auction for Ronald Ma Donald House with sales of over $10,000 gifted.
  • Ronald MacDonald Retreat Fundraising event 2015 gifted a painting which sold for
  • Wellington hospice Art from the Heart exhibition 2020
  • Kapiti  Vaulting art show fundraiser The Vault, set up plus donation of commission 2019
  • Wellington Free Ambulance Art Show Fundraiser Artrove 2017 & 2018

CURRENTLY SHOWING AT:

  • Red Peach Gallery, Ahuriri, Napier
  • Artmospere Gallery, Waipawa
  • Artel Gallery, Otaki
  • Kāpiti Gallery, Raumati Beach

Images below include Storm’s current work and items exhibited at Kāpiti Gallery 2017 – 2019.