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Our purpose is to promote Kapiti artists (contact as their paintings lend a cosy feeling to the Memorial hall.

Bob ZuurBob Zuur

Bob Zuur has been passionate about photography since his early teens, when he was the photographer for the school newspaper and his camera has rarely left his side. He studied marine biology and worked for local and central government and environmental groups on conservation in New Zealand and Antarctica. Photography was an important tool to convey environmental stories beyond cold, hard science. In 2018, his passion also became his career and he joined the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.  Bob describes himself as a "people and places" photographer, providing records of life in our rapidly changing world.  He recently held an exhibition of 55 self-isolation "bubbles" in Paekakariki during the last week of level 4 Lockdown.  His photos at the concert will be from the Paekakariki / Kapiti area, many of which were taken during lockdown. 

Harriet BrightHarriet Bright

Harriet Bright is an established Kapiti coast visual artist. She won the 2010 Adam award for portraiture and shows work in regular group and solo exhibitions. She has a focus on drawing, and a love of fluid line and movement, working directly from life, trying to catch telling glance, the energy of a figure, the personality behind what we see. For the last two years she has thrown herself into working with clay. Although the techniques of clay are very different to 2D work, her love for the creative process is the same. She finds joy in making pieces that are both beautiful and functional, and aims for her work to be held, used and loved on a daily basis. Harriet will be showing a combination of drawing, painting and pottery. Harriet's work can be viewed by appointment at her Paekakariki studio by calling 0272814040.

Robyn Eastgate-ManningRobyn Eastgate-Manning

Robyn's life is Art.....she paints from her Belmont, Lower Hutt studio, and has been teaching art classes there and running workshops also at Karori Arts and Crafts, Lower Hutt Art Society, Watercolour NZ,and Wellington Art Club during the past 15years. With a background in design [Massey School of Design], photography, textile design, and graphic arts, Robyn has worked in various media from painting, printmaking to 3D painting, bronze sculpture, stone sculpture . She favours watercolour for its unpredictability and excitement, mixed media , and oil painting for its lovely translucent glazes which enable her to imbue her landscapes with timeless mystery and spirituality, and her abstractions with depth and subtleties. She regularly exhibits work at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, The NZ Art Show, Watercolour NZ 'Splash' Exhibitions, Wellington Art Club Exhibitions, and the Lower Hutt Odlins Gallery.

Storm DavenportStorm Davenport

Storm lives on the Kapiti Coast where she paints full-time from her Paekakariki studio/gallery "ArtFelt". Her work was selected in 2012 and 2013 by the N.Z. Academy of Fine Arts, she shows with the N.Z. Art Show, numerous regional galleries and is a regular draw card on the Kapiti Coast Art Trail. Storm's next exhibition opens April 1st 2014 as guest artist at Kapiti Gallery. Predominantly self taught she works in oil.Often large, her contempory landscapes are filled with organic texture and many layers of glazing that slowly reveal elements coming from beneath. Facinated by tension and abstraction her work focuses on line, leading the viewer into and through the painting, often using constrained tonal variety to achieve strong works imbued with light and potency.

Dana JacksonDana Jackson

Dana Jackson is an experienced artist who travels extensively abroad and around her own country New Zealand in search of inspiring images to paint. Recent tours through Europe have given her a wide range of vivid images from coasts of cliffs and craggy mountains to lines of characterful buildings dappled with sun and shadow, narrow streets twisting their way between them. Dana has been painting since her earliest recollections and is involved in community arts in her home town of Raumati and also in Wellington. She regularly exhibits with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and has been an invited guest artist for both the New Zealand Water Colour Society and the KACS Society. Exhibitions of her work have taken place in Germany, France, Italy and London. Her paintings can be found in private collections all around the world.

Sonia SavageSonia Savage

Sonia works as a full-time artist from her studio, which is based on the Kapiti Coast. Her passion and her focus show in a strong and bold distinctive style portraying the world around her and events in every-day life. She depicts a range of subject matter. Landscapes, townscapes, portraits and still-lives are frequent and very often more than one of these elements can appear together in a composition. A unique trademark of Sonia's however, is "Snobby Susan". Snobby Susan is a fictional character who manages to have a scene in her life depicted once a year. The viewer gets to see a snippet of Susan's progress through her privileged journey. These depictions are humorous, anecdotal and portrayed in a stylised manner. Sonia's works are featured: On her website and in her home Studio for viewing, Art of this World Gallery, Devonport - Auckland, Van- Helden Gallery - Eastbourne, Pataka Gallery - Porirua, Jade Gallery - Paekakariki, Framework Gallery - Kapiti, Accademy of fine arts Gallery – Wellington Member of Kapiti Gallery, Raumati Beach.

Shirley SuttonShirley Sutton

Shirley is a contemporary impressionist artist from Wellington. She likes to create paintings 'en plein air' in both watercolour and oils that are spontaneous and vibrant. She exhibits with the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Watercolour New Zealand and a member of the Wellington Art Club. She has painted, taught and exhibited her work in Europe and New Zealand. Any enquiries please contact

Jon TrimmerJon Trimmer

Sir Jon Trimmer trained with Yvonne Rust at Wellington Technical College Art School in the early 1950s .He has painted for as long as he has danced. He has performed with Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn. He was knighted in 1999 for his services to ballet. He has had exhibitions with WAG, Wellington Artists Group, the Thistle Gallery, Wellington , St Arts Gallery in Cuba Street and at the Waikanae Hotel. His paintings and pottery are in various locations in New Zealand. Lady Jacqui Trimmer will exhibit some of her paintings of cats.

Gail Higgs-WestGail Higgs-West

Gail worked in the 1970's in London . She was employed as a colour consultant in interior design and antiques and associated with well known London outlets which included Mallets and Aspey's. On her weekends she spent her time attending lectures and studying the paintings of the masters at the various galleries throughout the London area. "There is a physical thrill observing the exquisite colouring and composition of the masters." she said.

On returning to NZ, Gail continued concentrating on oil painting. In l995 she set up her own art studio in Shelly Bay and started teaching painting to small groups. Gail has enjoyed success at many group art shows and her paintings are in many private collections.

Gail travels frequently, collecting ideas and images through sketching and photography for reference. She expresses her original emotional response to the subject in paintings through vibrant colour and bold brush marks.