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Artist Residency awarded to Ragen Gentry

Regan Gentry - Bound Around - 2015 (Tauranga Eastern Link Gateway Project)
Regan Gentry – Bound Around – 2015 (Tauranga Eastern Link Gateway Project)

We are pleased to announce that Regan Gentry has been awarded the first Dalton Trust/Wharepuke artist residency. His work is well known throughout NZ and ‘typically depicts the relationship of people to their environment and how this is acted out’. We are very excited to welcome Regan and family to Wharepuke and will post up-dates of his project as and when it develops.


Regan Gentrys website


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Jaboticaba at Wharepuke Kerikeri NZ

The Jaboticaba has a great crop on it here at Wharepuke at the moment.

The fruit cover the trunks and branches. The fruit are delicious but don’t last when picked and are best eaten fresh while standing next to the tree.

It has thick grape-like skin which has a lot of the flavour just near the surface but the skin itself most people spit out when you’ve got all the juicyness

The fruit can be used to make jellies, juice or wine

Apparently the skin can be used as a treatment for hemoptysis, asthma, diarrhoea, and gargled for chronic inflammation of the tonsils. Several potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory anti-cancer compounds have been isolated from the fruit.

Come and check it out!

Mark Graver Fenestra


Mark Grave Fenestra

This exhibition by Mark Graver is made up of four main bodies of work.  The Kerikeri River and So with Present Time prints are part of an ongoing series relating to water and the passage of time inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci quote

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time”.

The three larger works use images taken in Hobart, Tauranga Bay and Tonga.

The Façade Series were made by Mark Graver in Hobart, Tasmania on an International Artist Residency in Aug/Sep 2016.  The works began as collagraph plates made from paper and plaster.  These were printed and the prints then scanned.  The prints and plates were then digitally collaged – print 1 with plate 6, print 2 with plate 5, print 3 with plate 4 and so on.
The original collagraphs were abstract responses to the surfaces of the city, the buildings, walls, streets and textures.  Façade relates both to the front of a building and a deceptive outward appearance.

The Fenstra Series are made using photographs taken of light, shadow and foliage through the printmaking studio windows.  The images are manipulated, collaged and layered in Photoshop and printed as archival inkjets.

The final series Tree I – VII uses images of trees, ferns and textures from around Wharepuke and the surrounding area.

Mark Graver Trees

Leftovers VI

LEFTOVERS VI at Wharepuke

June 8 – July 3
Leftovers at Wharepuke

In 2010 Amy Nack, Wingtip Press, was cleaning out the flat files and wondered what to do with the little scraps of paper that were jamming up the drawers. She figured they weren’t the only printmakers with such delicious problems. So Wingtip invited a few printmaking pals to create prints from their scraps.

Since then Wingtip has exhibited Leftovers prints from hundreds of artists from around the world, made new friends and expanded their collection of extraordinary prints. Wingtip Press has been successful in arranging multiple international exhibitions of the Leftover prints and will continue to make sure that happens.

Emma McLellan

Emma McLellan – Artificially Translated

Emma McLellan

May 6 – June 5
Gallery open 7 days 10am – 5pm

For a long time, my work has explored genetic engineering through a blending of science fiction and reality; combining and juxtaposing literary fantasies with scientific possibilities.

Searching the internet, images of cloned animals and human medical stem cell research sit alongside photo shopped imaginings of hybridised dysfunctional animals. This melting pot of truth and lies reminds me of medieval printed bestiaries of imagined and real animals presented for examination and fascination.

This body of work explores an imagined representation of human organ cultivation and stem cell experiments.

All works are screen-printed and painted on panels, 2016.

Emma McLellan – 2016 

Elizabeth Dove


Elizabeth Dove at Art at Wharepuke Gallery



Gallery Open 7 days 10am – 5pm

Elizabeth Dove’s projects utilise varied forms of print media, photography, and installation. She is a Professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana in Missoula, USA.

Dove maintains an active exhibition record, with solo shows at the Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Prescott College Art Gallery, Arizona; DePree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, Michigan; and participation in numerous group shows including the International Print Center, New York; Cultural Centre Modern Gallery, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia; Lahti Art Museum, Lahti, Finland; and Kellogg Art Gallery, Pomona, California.

Her work is included in the publications Printmaking: A Complete Guide, Non-Toxic Printmaking, The Contemporary Printmaker, and the British journal Printmaking Today. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, her MFA from Vermont College.

4th International Open Submission Printmaking Exhibition PART TWO

4th International Open Submission Printmaking Exhibition


Richard Hricko



Part two of the 4th International Open Submission Printmaking Exhibition features Margaret Ashman, Tom Baggaley, Richard Hricko, Carolyn McKenzie Craig, Miwako Nishizawa, Sumi Perera, Joseph Ryan, Mustafa Sidki and Ella Weber.

carolyn meckenzie craig

A finalists shortlist will be drawn up and our international judging panel will decide the overall winner of this year’s show.
The judges are:

Anthony Holmquist (USA) – first prize winner of Art at Wharepuke’s 3rd international open submission printmaking competition. Tony is an assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design at Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado, USA, he visited Wharepuke as an artist in residence in May 2015 during his prize winning solo show Recurring Systems

Chris Pig (UK) – Award winning artist Chris Pig specialises in relief prints.  He is a member of the UK Society of Wood Engravers and was joint winner, with Hilary Paynter, of the Society’s 2009 competition.

Elizabeth Dove (USA) – Professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana.

Susanna Castleden (Australia) – Senior Lecturer and Director International in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.



The winning artist will have a solo show at Wharepuke.

4th Wharepuke International Open Printmaking Show

4th Wharepuke International Open Printmaking Show


Part One
Jan 14 – Feb 7

Gallery open 10am – 5pm every day


The 4th Wharepuke Open Printmaking show features 25 artists from 12 different countries selected from open submission.

The exhibition is divided into two parts.

Part One runs from Jan 14 to Feb 7 and features work by:

Eman Al Hashemi (UAE)
Ximena Bórquez (Chile)
Neala Glass (NZ)
Melissa Harshman (USA)
Sallyann Hingston (NZ)
Amanda Kralovic (USA)
Jakob Lee (USA)
Steve Lovett (NZ)
LUCE (Belgium)
Julia Ludwig (Germany)
Judy Major-Girardin (Canada)
Mia O (Japan)
Kavita Nayar (India)
Hamish Oakley-Browne (NZ)
Ruth Simons (UK)
Sandra Williams (Australia)


Part Two will take place from Feb 11 to March 6 and will feature

Margaret Ashman (UK)
Tom Baggaley (UAE)
Richard Hricko (USA)
Carolyn Mckenzie Craig (Australia)
Miwako Nishizawa (USA)
Sumi Perera (UK)
Joseph Ryan (Ireland)
Mustafa Sidki (UK)
Ella Weber (USA)

For more information