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(only 12 minutes from Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand)
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Situated in New Zealand and the beautiful Bay of Islands, Opito Bay/Rangitane coast, my studio environment has strongly influenced my art practice, with each of my paintings inspired by the natural environment.
It’s also where I hold my in-person Learn to Paint Amazing Abstracts classes, Incredible Creative Writing Classes and wellness art retreats.
If you are in the area I’d love to meet you for a special studio visit.
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“Wonderful exhibition Cassandra Gaisford ….thrilled with our purchases and looking forward to many more …what an inspiring place to have a studio.” ~ Jo Seagar
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In this video, I share how I created an art gallery during Covid and created more joy for others
“A fine work of art—music, dance, painting, story—has the power to silence the chatter and lift us to another world.” ~ Robert McKee
I opened my studio, my home and my heart on Valentine’s weekend 2021, to launch my tiny gallery—Art@Rangitane. As we are reeled in the wake of the global pandemic I wanted to bring joy to my life and others. As a true champion of the positive power of art, and with a mission to attract people to the area and support local artists, I’m excited about the potential of this new initiative. Showing more of myself in life and art and sharing heaven on earth with tourists, locals and art lovers is an exciting new venture.
I’d never opened or run a gallery before, let alone during a pandemic! Was I confident? Heck no, I was sh*t scared. But I felt the fear, followed my joy, and opened the doors anyway. I’ll share more about this in a future book, in case it’s something you aspire to do.
Look who called in the weekend that I opened the gallery. The fabulous, talented and fun celebrity chef, author and patron of New Zealand Hospice, Jo Seagar. She didn’t mind that the gallery wasn’t even finished—and she fell in love with a special piece called Love Story which she was later gifted by her fabulous friend Jenny for Jo’s birthday.
I love, love, love meeting people who have come from all corners of the world to see my art and soak up the beautiful sea views and the natural environment which inspires my art.
Some of my own most memorable experiences have been purchasing art directly from artists whose philosophy and feel-good vibe I have enjoyed. Artists like Max Gimblett who I was also fortunate to study with during a workshop he held in Hawaii. It’s so cool meeting and purchasing art from the artist in person and I love that others feel that way