North Waikato artists given spotlight with Ngaruawahia pop up art gallery

Ngaruawahia artist Lyndy Wilson says the pop up art gallery has turned some heads in the town. She is pictured with Arthur Mahutariki's piece Tangaroa, God of the Sea and Fertility.

An opportunity has arrived for North Waikato artists to have their work displayed in a Ngaruawahia pop up art gallery. 

Run by Ngaruawahia artist Lyndy Wilson, the gallery on Newcastle St was previously occupied by the ANZ Bank.

The building is owned by her friend and Wilson was given the chance to use it until it is leased. 

"If there is any aspiring young artists, this gives them an opportunity."

She said reaction from the public had been positive and the gallery was unique for the town which didn't have anything like it.

"There's the art centre but that's more for creating and this is for displays."

It's been open for about three weeks and so far eight paintings have sold, she said. 

She was open to artists featuring their work in the main gallery depending on what they create, she said.

Initially it was filled with her own creations but once it gained traction, there became more variety.  

 A lot of those featured are from Ngaruawahia including her neighbour Huia Koreheke whose talents weren't known to Wilson.

"I didn't even know she could paint."

And the likes of Arthur Mahutariki with his piece Tangaroa - God of the Sea and Fertility on display and made from number 8 wire. 

One of the rooms features art from Newcastle Kindergarten children.

It had given them a buzz seeing their work displayed, she said

"They come in and say that's my work."

Wilson hopes to include more local artists and wants to reach out to Ngaruawahia High School students. 

The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. 


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