The Art Lounge NZ - A gallery & creative venue with "a sparkle of difference".
Whakatane-born artist - a descendant from Ngaiterangi, Tuhoe and Te Arawa Iwi. The family moved to Brisbane, Australia when she was four years old for 10 years. As a young adult, Arohanoa returned back to NZ to complete a four-year degree in Visual Communications Design and Visual Arts at Unitec, Auckland in 1991 and she has been practising as an artist ever since. Arohanoa has been teaching in secondary schools for 18 years as an Art teacher and is currently the Visual Arts Coordinator and art teacher at Mercy College Perth, Australia.
Arohanoa’s solo exhibition "Wahine Korero Ake" (Women Speak Out) - is a powerful collection of acrylic portraits to view and for sale from 7th July - 3rd August 2017.
Please join us and meet our artist Arohanoa for a friendly chat, a drink and nibbles on the exhibition opening on Friday, 7th July, 5-7pm.
"My acrylic paintings represent ‘who I am’ and ‘where I come from’ - clearly representing my cultural heritage ‘Maori’ through the use of the 'kauae' (chin tattoo). The notion of ‘empowering’ women to have and use their voice in their workplace, home life, relationships and in life generally, has close connotations for me. Married with children and having worked full time in mostly leadership roles, the motivation to empower women either personally and/or professionally is at the forefront of my work.
It is through my artistry in painting, that the aim to inspire other women to use their own voice to empower themselves, is key. I typically paint representational art of Maori artefacts seen through the use of piupiu (flax skirts), taiaha (weaponry), poi (ball on string), whakairo (carvings) and ta moko (native tattoo patterns) as the main subject matter in my acrylic painting compositions.”
The Gallery is open for viewing, cash & carry sale on: Tuesdays-Fridays, 11am-5pm and until 4pm on Saturdays. An exhibition with a such a powerful message not to be missed!
Presented by: The Art Lounge NZ