Opening tomorrow at 10am at the Beachcomber Pearl Market’s Print Room, “Rarotonga, Things Sacred,” features a collection of watercolours based on the island experiences of Southgate and his wife May.
Gallery director Ben Bergman said their first visit to Rarotonga in 2011 had made an immediate impression on the Southgates.
“Given the title of the exhibition, it is appropriate that Southgate is holding his exhibition at Beachcomber, as this building was originally a Sunday school constructed by the London Missionary Society (LMS) in 1845.
“The LMS also built three of the four churches depicted in this series of paintings.”
Southgate says the Cook Islands inspired the exhibition’s title.
He said Polynesians were a very spiritual people, who despite huge historical changes had kept that spirituality alive.
“Their core values, pride, love for home, family, culture and religion, have not been diminished by time or by circumstances.
“Whether sacred buildings, cultural dance performances, or the natural beauty of land and lagoons, the Cook Islands offer an artist so much to celebrate, record and share.”