New market gallery to be launched

Tuesday June 10, 2014 Written by Published in Culture
“Under the mango tree” – one of the marvelous images created by Valerie Beale. 14060903 “Under the mango tree” – one of the marvelous images created by Valerie Beale. 14060903

An exciting new venture for Nga Bates, who is better known for her keen interest in body building and all things physical, is the opening of a gallery in the Punanga Nui Market with exclusive rights to sell Valerie Beale prints in the Cook Islands.

She has an eye on including local art at a later stage.

Valerie is a self-taught simplistic styled artist whose inspiration has come from her strong links to the Pacific Islands. 

Her original paintings feature in prominent private collections in New Zealand and around the world.  Valerie has had sell out exhibitions since 1983 and has a number of accolades to her name including: Winner of best portraiture (2008), NZ favorite artists book (2008), Women’s Refuge calendar (2010), Finalist Molly Morphett awards (2013) and Clifton Asian art awards (2013). 

“I find the women of the islands to be serene, shy and peaceful.  I have painted the eyes closed as it gives the paintings a sense of calm.  The prints capture the slow pace, heat and sleepiness so reflective of island life,” Valerie says.

Nga first talked the idea over with Donna Fox, who contracts on the island as a consultant and mentor.  Donna has had 30 years of experience in small business initiatives and has many successful outcomes with Maori women small business programmes in New Zealand.  With Pacific Reflections engaging Donna as a consultant for the business, Nga is confident she will learn the ropes very quickly.

The gallery is mainly aimed at tourists but has a wide range of appeal for local islanders, resorts and corporate organisations. Nga has been quickly supported and wishes to thank Telecom for placing the very first order for prints in their Avarua premises.

The gallery will be open on Saturdays in the Punanga Nui Market with private viewings being arranged by appointment.  There is, however, a viewing this Friday at the Manuia Beach Resort, who have kindly offered the opportunity Nga to launch her new venture there. The showing will be open from 4pm to 6.30 pm with wine and nibbles available. A percentage of sales will go to Mental Health as the charity of choice.

Contact Nga 51673 or Donna on 79681 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out the website pacrefprints.com

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