The exhibition of watercolours, titled “Rarotonga, Things Sacred,” feature familiar local scenes painted in Southgate’s distinctive style, with subjects including The Boiler and four of the island’s historic churches.
The informal opening was attended by Southgate and his wife May and will run until January 11.
Originally from South Africa, the artist now lives in Australia, and says he would have loved to have brought his painting gear with him.
“Unfortunately it’s just a bit too bulky to travel with,” he said.
Beachcomber Pearl Market director Ben Bergman said he was very pleased with the paintings and presentation of Southgate’s work.
“This is his first time showing with us.