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Gallery owner pays tribute to legendary artist

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Art, Features

Internationally-renowned Kiwi artist Billy Apple had been scheduled to land on Rarotonga today for his second exhibition in the Cook Islands. Apple died after a short illness at his Auckland home on Monday. Rarotonga Bergman Gallery owner Ben Bergman connected with Apple over several years and shares his memories of the artist with Al Williams.

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Everyday phrases help Mike Tavioni teach Maori

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Art, Features, Weekend

An unconventional, fun approach to teaching Maori has taken off at Gallery Tavioni, taking place every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks in an attempt to preserve the important role of language in culture.

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Christianity created a nation

Saturday 21 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Features

“Christianity created a Nation” is a book about the arrival of the Gospel and the early Mission Years among those islands later to be known as the Cook Islands, writes author Howard Henry.

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Aspiring artist paints her own path

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Art, Features

An eighteen-year-old aspiring artist has used her love of drawing and art to create her own business, painting henna designs as well as commissioning her own paintings to make a living for herself through creative expression. Alana Musselle reports.

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Carving a life in stone

Saturday 15 May 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Art, Features

Deeply respectful of the richness of Polynesian culture, a Rarotonga-based French stone carver feels his talent is his way of showing respect and adoration for the island which has not only become his new home but has given him a fresh lens on life.

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Fit for a Queen: Cook Islands art in the Royal Collection

Saturday 15 May 2021 | Written by Rod Dixon | Published in Art, Features

With the recent passing of Prince Philip, we wondered what official gifts had been presented to Queen Elizabeth II, her consort, and other royals during their Cook Islands visits. This is what we found. By Jean Tekura Mason and Rod Dixon.

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‘Work here and enjoy living here’

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Art, Features

Artist Joan Gragg reveals the beauty of everyday life in the Cook Islands in her latest collection of paintings.

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Underneath the Mango Tree

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Features

Mango trees, like their famous palm tree counterparts in Pacific folklore, are a quixotic icon of Island fantasy, their imposing physical stature and delicious, fragrant fruit have few equals.

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Local gallery participates in Auckland Art Fair in the midst of Covid pandemic

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Features

Cook Islands’ Bergman Gallery was again the only Pacific based gallery that took part in the Auckland Art Fair at the centre of the community Covid-19 outbreak. By Rachel Smith.

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‘We honour you and we make a promise to remember’

Saturday 27 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Features, Weekend

Knitting was introduced to Cook Islands Girl Guides in 1936. In 1940, a great deal of work was undertaken by the Girl Guiding Company in Rarotonga that included knitting comforts for men serving in the forces. For years the Guiders knitted garments for children overseas. This week those involved in the project were honoured at a special event.

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A journey of modern Pacific art

Saturday 13 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Features

The logistics of taking part in an international art fair when you are an art gallery based on a small island in the Pacific is challenging at the best of times. When you add the year that has been into the mix, it all gets very interesting. By Rachel Smith.

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Keeping art of tivaevae alive

Tuesday 24 November 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art, Features

The outer island travel experience is helping revive traditional art making in the Pa Enua.

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‘To change the world, we must change the way we see it first’ - Photos expose controversial industry

Wednesday 11 November 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Features

Local photographer Alex King's recent exhibition in Rarotonga sheds light on the environmental effects of the palm oil industry.

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A US election like no other

Wednesday 4 November 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Art, Features

Former Cook Islands News editor Richard Moore was in Manhattan this week, capturing the mood on the streets of New York.

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Sumatra: The last place on Earth

Monday 2 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Art, Features

A local photographer hopes to bring Cook Islanders closer to an experience that will open their eyes to what many describe as one of world’s worst industries; the palm oil industry in Indonesia.

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Keeping his comics on the down-low

Saturday 31 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art, Features

Young Cook Islands comic artist Montel Williams hopes to one day show his art to the world but only when he’s ready.

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‘Island Blues’ at art exhibition

Thursday 29 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art, Features

Young and talented Rarotonga artists will be showcasing their unique work this evening at a special exhibition themed ‘Island Blues’.

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In a time of darkness, local artist sees light

Saturday 24 October 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Art

In her latest exhibition, artist Mahiriki Tangaroa was able to channel the adversity and despair felt during the Covid-19 pandemic into artwork that she says embodies optimism and hope.

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For the love of cooking

Thursday 22 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art

Mou Trego loves cooking. For him, cooking is not just a hobby, it’s an art he tries to master every day. Losirene Lacanivalu went along to World Food Day to check out his culinary delights.

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Chef Ngametua Tariau: A 'cheeky' chicken dish

Thursday 15 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Art

RECIPE: Chicken tastes better when roasted over a beer can.

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