Organised by Cook Islands Training Institute (CITTI), the week-long exhibition will feature a number of paintings focusing on the island’s spectacular mountains.
CITTI tutor Lee Raela said the exhibition was something members of the public should look forward to and encouraged people to show their support.
“The public can look forward to seeing an exciting range of styles and media from the adult artists, with the added dynamic of paintings from our young artists from Apii Takitumu,” she said.
“These students were studying their heritage (toku kapuaanga) and it seemed like an ideal opportunity to introduce the painting of their local maunga (mountains) as part of their studies and to co-exhibit their work.”
The art show was also another way to engage local Cook Islanders in the art-making and exhibition process, she said.
Cook Islands Training Institute’s Violet Temeu-kura-ono Tisam said it was the first time the annual exhibition had concentrated on Rarotonga’s mountains.
“The public will see the artists’ impressions of Rarotonga’s stunning mountains. Many people take these mountains for granted and the art show might help them appreciate them more.”
She said the students had used a range of mediums including charcoal and pastel to paint their artworks. The result was an impressive variety of styles and approaches to the subject matter.
The exhibition will begin at 4.30pm at the National Museum.