“The Kauri Museum Art Trail”
As you walk into the main foyer of the museum, you arewelcomed by nine inlaid wooden marquetry panels depicting historical events that shaped Northland. These were commissioned in 1962 by The Kauri Museum and took Mr LJ Cox seven years to complete.
Adjacent to the special exhibition, is a corridor uplifted by a series of native bird paintings on wooden panels by Margaret Baines.
Tudor Collins Wing:
The Tudor Collins Wing houses a collection of hand-painted early New Zealand (NZ) photographs by Tudor Washington Collins, a highlight of the Museums large photographic collection.
A staff favourite in this gallery is a marquetry triptych carved by Mel Wilkinsonmade from native NZ timbers. Above the doorway is a “painting” in wool, a woven piece titled Kaipara Wairua (Spirit of the Kaipara) by Grace Rushton, depicting the clean straight trunks of a Kauri Tree.
Downstairs to the Gum Room:
The Gum Room is a treasure trove of art work. Contemporary and pioneering Kauri gum carvings turn the natural resin into works of art.
Not to be missed is a Gumdiggers mural painted by the famous NZ artist Garth Tapper and Peter Reid. Two of Garth Tapper’s pencil sketches may also be found in the one of the display cabinets.
Of special mention is an original oil painting by James Turkington, renowned as a tutor for 32 years at Elam School of Art.
In the Volunteers Hall you may view prints by notable NZ artists including Rei Hamon, famous for his ink drawings NZ bush.
On the mezzanine floor, you will discover aJohn Holmwood mural, featuring NZ Birds and trees.Holmwood was part of a group of artists in search of NZ motifs in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
One of our largest artworks is the Dennise Brownlie Mural depicting a life-size bullock team.
Open daily 9am-5pm/ Closed Christmas day