Okaioceanikart: March 2011 Exhibitions, Events, and News



Image: Courtney Meredith      


Alter-Native Surfaces
Monday, March 14, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
okai @ Reef Gallery
69 Beach Rd.
Auckland New Zealand

If you can’t make the Aotea Centre show, then you are invited to our okai@Reef opening down on 69 Beach Rd. It’s a fabulous space to see the artworks in a new light and catch up with friends and last opportunity to meet Sekio before he returns home.


Sunday, March 6th is a 2 hour Pacific performance in the Square with the Mayor Len Brown and cultural groups getting PASIFIKA week’s celebrations going. Alter-Native Surfaces will be open to the public at Aotea all week so you could take in the exhibition on Level 4 – and meet the artists, Okalana Niue Arts Group on Level 5, lunch time concerts outside.

Saturday night, March 12th is the Auckland Arts Festival White Night.

Saturday night, March 12th, okai will present original music by Nestor Opetaia from 7:30, Spoken Word Performance with the stunning Courtney Meredith 8:30 and then a chance for those present to win wine and supper with the artists!


Sale Pepe 2008 recipient of CNZ’s Salamander Gallery Inaugural Emerging Visual Arts Award back from a two year art making break and a honeymoon in France and Spain invited 3 other contemporary Samoan male artists to mount the first ever abstract Samoan artists exhibition that is part of the Auckland Festival of Arts Visual Arts Programme.

Image: Artists Nathan Suniula and Sale Pepe

He is joined by Sekio Fuapopo (here for 2 weeks from San Francisco), Nestor Opetaia and Nathan Suniula. At Art School before the others were born, Sekio’s works reflect his deep connection to nature and Samoan values in ways that will surprise viewers. Come see for yourself and meet the new generation who are equally unusual for their generation of artists of Samoan descent with their canvases.

Image: Untitled, Acrylic on paper by Sekio Fuapopo

Parliament’s Gallery Space opening of Resilience Exhibition     

Attended by a broad range of politicians, Samoan leaders, Pacific arts world movers and shakers, friends and most importantly artists Mikoyan Vekula of Waikanae and Leua Latai Leonard artist and National University of Samoa Visual Arts Coordinator, the evening opened with a prayer for the people of Christchurch. The Hon Georgina Te Heuheu Minister of Pacific Island Affairs spoke proudly of the talents of the creatives of the Pacific world who had overcome adversity to make take their place alongside other achievers in sports, the professions and politics in NZ. Fittingly Samoan children came with their parents to see the paintings of school pupils from the Samoa Tsunami ART Therapy Project curated by Leua and Florence Faumuina-Aino.

Image: Artist Leua Latai Leonard

Suzanne Tamaki Maori designer and Te Papa Museum staffer was keen to get hold of several piece of the kid’s art for her collection! The show runs until March 18 in Parliament’s Bowen House. Call Michelle Janse on 817 9036 to view. If you want to inquire about any pieces call Marilyn on 027 2854350. It’s a fabulous show of thirteen artists plus a moving image work about the tsunami by Leua Leonard. Images of the show sponsored by Kairos Oceania Trust will be on facebook shortly.

Image: The Hon Georgina Te Heuheu and Marilyn Kohlhase



Directors Bridget Marsh 027 5743 438 Marilyn Kohlhase 027 285 4350 
Okai @ Reef gallery
Reef Building
Level 1
69 Beach Road
Auckland New Zealand 
PO Box 67 153 Mt Eden Auckland 1349
Email: people@okaioceanikart.com