Painting and drawing

Kāpiti attracts and inspires creativity, it's a magical combination of lifestyle, environment and the innovative people who move here. From traditional to cutting edge, soul-soothing to challenging, comfortable to provocative, Kāpiti painters create works that speak to all of us differently.

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Gaia's Gift Otaki Theo Arraj
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Publically accessible art in Kāpiti is not limited to sculptures and installations, but also boasts a stunning array of mural art and beachside galleries.

Local artist Theo Arraj is particularly prolific in beautifying public spaces with his signature street art aesthetic. 

  • Arraj's mural Metamorphic revitalises the Kāpiti Lights complex (commissioned by KCDC). Accessible either from the Kāpiti Lights complex on Kāpiti Road or from the eastern side of Coastlands.
  • The Waikanae River has two new Guardians, and they are turning motorists' heads along the old State Highway 1. Two morepork murals appeared on the pillars of the Waikanae Rail Bridge, north of Wellington, in April 2017. Brothers Theo and Leroi Arraj created the artworks using spray paint. The pair painted a third mural, a kingfisher, at the rail bridge's southern end on New Year's Day.
  • A Huia on Huia St in Waikanae, also painted by Theo Arraj.
  • A Tui on the side of the Kāpiti Law building in Waikanae, painted by Theo Arraj.
  • Commissioned artwork outside Gorge Cafe, Ōtaki
  • Commissioned mural entitled "Gaia's Gift" representing Mother Nature and her giving nature" for Ōtaki Yard, SH1 Ōtaki

Mahara Place in Waikanae has recently been graced with a stunning new artwork. Kate Hartmann and Ruth Robertson-Taylor produced a mural based on textile patterns of internationally renowned artist Frances Hodgkins. The representation, on the wall outside the entrance to the former Waikanae library, is a large instagram image of Hodgkins based on a well-known photo from the 1920s but re-imagined for modern times. 

CJ's Seafood, also in Waikanae, brings a slice of coastal estuary life to the Main road with the scene painted by Dan Mills onto the South facing wall of the building.

Kate Hartmann Mahara Place mural

20 years of the Kāpiti Arts Trail

We are excited to be celebrating 20 years of the Arts Trail with a wonderfully diverse range of artists, and a chance to get close to many of our working artists as they create their artwork.

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1. Alan Weihipeihana Studio Gallery - Alan's varied work includes paintings, carvings, furniture, up-cycling and mixed media.
2. Dianna Fary Studio - Working with oils in an expressionist style, Diana mixes colour and texture to create strong atmospheric elements
3. Emma Hercus, Ivy and Willow - as a figurative painter Emma is often experimental using found objects to paint on and use within her art.
5. Sushei Hamlin-Sullivan - Sushei’s paintings are robust and vibrant, forcibly connecting us with the shocking beauty of our natural environment.

Raumati South and Beach

6. Luke Kelly - combines nautical and aeronautical forms to evoke themes of navigation, migration, and cross-cultural connections.
7: Marcus Ebbett - working with a wide range of materials on many subjects, including strong landscape and nautical themes. 
8. Rita Schrieken, Renown Studio - creates a range of indoor and outdoor pieces with a Pasifika feel to it, her strong design elements are contemporary and unique.
10: Vanessa Owens - Original acrylic paintings of native birds, including kingfisher, tui, kiwi, kererū, kea. Print blocks, art cards, limited edition prints, watercolour artworks also available. 
11. Jan and Marian Weststrate, Cloggy Art - create different, quirky artwork and mixed media painting, from materials such as upcycled pallets, jigsaw pieces, and hearing aids.
15: Roger Daniell - a wide variety of subjects, from the conventional to the challenging, in various media.
18: Tania Dally - The Boat Shed Studio. Multimedia artist who enjoys creating large abstract landscapes using a variety of materials including paint, ash, sand, and charcoal.

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Gingko Leaves Alan Wehipeihana
Loneliness Micheline Robinson 2019
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Storm Davenport

Paraparaumu and Paraparaumu Beach

22: Jaki Marston - Acrylic and mixed media paintings that are semi-abstract, driftwood and polymer clay sculptures and jewellery.
24. Ken Hunt - is primarily a portrait artist but is also known for his extraordinary copies of Goldie's works and his original Still Life paintings inspired by the old masters. 
25. Matt Comeskey - is a newly established Kapiti Coast artist, specialising in painting seascapes and landscapes.
26: Micheline Robinson - Contemporary artist creating sculptural glass-like worlds on 2D surfaces.
27. Sarah Pou - has a unique range of work from illustration and high detail portraiture to abstract paintings and wall art.
28. Storm DavenportStorm sculpts and paints. Her paintings are a series of textured, almost sculptural forms playing with light and shadow.
30. Tracey Devlin-BaileyTracey is a Kāpiti Coast artist who has exhibited in the Kāpiti and Wellington region. She is inspired by the surrounding rivers and sea and the garden. 
31. Debbie Graham, Bella Vista Studio - Debbie is predominantly a self-taught artist – living on the Kāpiti Coast since 2006, she relies mostly on her observation and instinct when creating. 
31. Lisa Call - Lisa's contemporary textile paintings explore pattern, structure, memory and adventure. 
32: Elisabeth Vullings, The Drawing Board - Elisabeth combines architectural drawing with mixed media painting to create original and detailed works of art.
33. Ellen Hodgetts, SweetArts StudioEllen is an experimental multi-media artist, mainly working in abstract techniques.


37. Jordan Harcourt-Hughes work is renowned for a vibrant use of colour and is a dialogue about nature, abstract beauty, spiritual experience and pattern making.

Waikanae and Beach

57. Diane Connal - Painting feeds Diane's soul. The environment and landscape greatly inspire her work, as she sees art forms and designs raging through the hills and over the sea.
59. Isabel Fernandes-Day - is influenced by nature, its patterns, flora and fauna, especially birds. The sea is also a great influence as is her Portuguese background and growing up in Africa.
60. Jenny Pritchard - enjoys experimenting with a variety of techniques, with an aim is to celebrate colour, nature and form.
61. Josh MacKinnonJosh enjoys experimenting with a wide range of materials over an eclectic range of styles and subjects. He is constantly exploring new ways of creating.
62. Owie Simpson - Owie’s paintings are inspired by what she sees, hears and encounters. She is interested in dramatic landscapes, concepts of spirituality and belief systems.
64. Sherelyn Harris, Rustic Repertoire - creates vivid oil paintings that tell compelling stories, and beautiful hanging gardens called succulent walls.
65: Audrey Moore, Audrey Moore Studio
 - paintings are inspired by patterns in nature, both in shape and colour, in flora, still life and landscape.
66. Betty BaldwinArt has been a lifetime hobby, finding much inspiration from photos taken on travels around New Zealand of magnificent scenery.

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Kāpiti Arts Trail - 7/8 and 14/15 November 2020

Hubs, Galleries and Societies

13. Kāpiti Arts and Crafts Society - This long-time Raumati Village shop has been serving our talented members for over 34 years, a must-visit for quality original knitting, sewing, pottery, and woodenwares, together with paintings.
14. Kāpiti Gallery - exhibits works by Kapiti Arts & Crafts Society members and guest artists throughout the year.
17. Te Ara Korowai Wellbeing Centre - is a peer support and wellbeing hub located in Raumati, showcasing a variety of artworks from members of all ages and abilities.
34. Kāpiti Youth Support (Hub) - is a youth one-stop-shop for young people ages 10–24. We provide a range of health and social services whilst supporting various youth activities including the arts.
39. St Paul's Church Hall (Hub) - Artists: Gill Allsop, Tim Allsop, Marion Henderson, Lydia McAllister, Lynda Richardson
40. Big Mac Slabs Creative Centre (Hub) - showcasing an extensive display of Kapiti Creativity, with over 40 Artists work & Creative Businesses on-site year-round to inspire you.
45. Old Courthouse GalleryLocal Art & Craft Cooperative including clay-works, textiles, photography, mixed media, paintings, sketches, natural fibres and steelwork.
49. Toi Matarau Gallery - is a Toi Iho™ licenced Māori art gallery of traditional and contemporary Māori art. A whare tapere – home for the Indigenous, the arts, a house of inspiration and storytelling where economic, social and cultural wellbeing is supported.
72. Mahara Gallerywill be hosting 100 Days a Journey – 2020, featuring 24 Kāpiti artists working across a wide range of media and content, in partnership with Tutere Gallery + Creative Space.

Kim Kobialko Encaustic art at Studio Reset
Ruth Cooper
Sonia Savage Oil on canvas

68: Diane Vassey - Diane Vassey Art. Bold floral, birdlife, and landscape paintings in mixed media. 
69: Emily Chippindale - Saturday Artists. A whimsical array of character illustrations, landscape images, and colourful mandalas with paints and digital media.
71: Julie Davidson - Julie Davidson Fine Art. Self taught, Julie is a photorealist pastel artist, specialising in, but not restricted to, animals. 
74: Ruth Cooper - Saturday Artists Studio. Moody landscapes painted in acrylic on canvas. 
76: Shirley Petkau - Kokopelli Art StudioShirley’s dramatic and intriguing abstract paintings pique the imagination. 
77: Shirley Sutton - SA Sutton Studio and Gallery. Atmospheric paintings capturing the colour, light and essence of the landscape on canvas.
78: Slim Petkau - Kokopelli Art Studio. Slim’s homey and heart-felt paintings include landscapes, seascapes and still life. 

Peka Peka and Otaki

43. Jos Smith - an enthusiastic watercolourist and mixed media artist who has had a life-long interest in painting and pursuing my love of creative expression.
51: Sonia Savage, SAVAGEART 
- A combination of rich textural paintings. Sonia’s works reflect a distinctive style comprised of collective icons and her own experiences.
54: Kim Kobialko, Studio Reset - 
 Using the ancient egyptian technique of encaustic painting, to create artworks with a unique dimensional quality and luminous colour for simple and timeless imagery.