Beauty and the Feast

Theresa Sjoquist

A passion for our natural heritage, an imaginative artistic vision, and some determined scrounge-hounding has resulted in the destination café that is Eutopia, in Northland’s Kaiwaka. Here’s to checking the coffee and finding out what’s behind the scenes. First opened in 2001, Eutopia Café had fallen into disrepair when Marijke Valkenburg and her husband Robert […]


Juxtaposing Social Comment – Michael Rowland, Painter

An eye hunting artistic content with sufficient challenges to drive intense work has drawn Michael Rowland more determinedly into the realm of surrealistic fantasy. Generally a landscape artist and architectural documentarian, the fantasy element has provided him with a new mode for social commentary, and sparked a passion for the exploration of expression itself, and […]

The Original Hundertwasser Project – Jo Hardy (Joanne McNeill)

This article was published in the Northern Advocate’s Weekend Features section, 48 Hours, 15 July 2017. It’s an interview with Jo Hardy about her involvement with the original Hundertwasser project in the early 1990s. The Jo Hardy restrospective, Not Now Apocalypse, is still running at the Whangarei Art Museum in the Town Basin until 20 August. A […]

Chris Talbot Wilkie – Loss and Redemption

Chris Talbot Wilkie is respected for his oil paintings and drawings which frequently deal with New Zealandness – landscapes infused with lost species and ghostly ancestry – but it was producing immense murals which initially distinguished him. His art is also the story of a small town New Zealand boy whose interests became powerful statements […]