Topic: Pete Morris: Promoting the Visual Arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty
Many artists have problems writing about themselves and their work. They often find promoting themselves and what they do is an awkward and difficult task.
It is for this reason that Pete Morris has been writing his art articles since January 2010.
Pete, who is an occasional painter and an art-lover, hopes to help promote our artists and the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.
To date he has written about artists Owen Dippie, Nick Eggleston, Janice Giles, Nic Clegg, Joyce van der Lely and over 70 others. His promotional writing has also included local gallery exhibitions and a number of Art Group exhibitions.
Pete has written for Sunlive online, ‘Bravado’, ‘Creative Beat’ and ‘Overdue’ magazines.
Late in 2010 Pete took the idea of turning Tauranga’s CBD into a large art market to Creative Tauranga.
On 19 March 2011, with the help of the Creative Tauranga Team, he co-ordinated the hugely successful Art Fair 2011 where 87 artists set up art-spaces for a day and turned Red Square, parts of Willow and Wharf Street into a bustling art market. Another 20 artists displayed their work in shop windows making this one of Tauranga’s largest visual arts events.
Pete enjoys meeting artists and visiting their studios. This access has been made possible by his writing, positive attitude and general enthusiasm for the visual arts. He also enjoys seeing their work in the many Bay of Plenty exhibitions on show throughout the year.
“There is tremendous creative talent in our area and we can be justifiably proud of all the artists engaged in making Tauranga a more colourful and interesting city to live in. Art enriches us all in many ways and makes our city more attractive to visitors who bring economic benefits with them. Exposure through a wide variety of media will help focus attention on the artists and wonderful art that is happening in our region", says Pete.
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