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The Hopeful Heart Bay of Islands Art Exhibition

The Hopeful Heart ‘flash’ contemporary art exhibition Another spell of wild and wet weather is forecast…but I’m still hopeful summer will come again! Meanwhile, I’ve decided to hold a ‘flash’ 3-day exhibition while the sun shines. I hope to see you here:) More details below…

Pictured; A Hopeful Heart:

 My new art exhibition, “THE HOPEFUL HEART”, shares a flurry of colourful, love-infused paintings inspired by my love of colour and flowers. A small collection of inspirational abstract landscapes will also be available to view and purchase.

Opens Friday 10 February at 10am until end Sunday 12 February 2022

It’s been said that art is the highest form of hope. Perhaps it’s because artists are sensitive souls, most often inspired by beauty, healing and peace. The exhibition’s name references the much-longed-for summer and how needful it is for our mental health and resilience to have love-inspired beauty around us.

There will be a range of small, medium and larger works available for sale—something for all budgets and the perfect opportunity to pick up a special Valentine’s Day gift (for yourself or someone you love).

Experience floral cheer at my THE HOPEFUL HEART exhibition. View the artist’s garden and take home some love-infused contemporary art by an award-winning local artist. There’s a chill-out area in the potager garden overlooking the sea and a huge lawn for kids to play on. Have a wander down the road to the local beaches afterwards or stop into our beloved Kainui Vineyard on your way through.


Opens Friday 10 February at 10am to 3pm

Saturday, 11 February, 11am to 3pm

Sunday, 12 Feb, 11am to 3pm

Private viewings welcome by appointment

(because apparently, a cyclone is coming.)Exhibition closes Sunday 12 Feb, 3pm


“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
Roy T. Bennett 760 mm x 760 mm. Acrylic on canvas.

I have often reflected that when it rains I paint summer. When I painted this abstract botanical that desire was at the forefront of my heart. I couldn’t control the rain, but as the flood waters rose and the gales intensified and a civil emergency was announced in my region, I shifted to creating a summer bouquet, “Summer Will Come Again.” 2023 has been the worse summer recorded and it would be easy to think summer will never come again—hence the painting’s name.

Feeling grateful for a warm, dry studio. A percentage from the sale of this painting or any others on my website (www.cassandragaisford.com) will be donated to assist those impacted by floods.

Layered in sultry glazes and gestural sweeps of colour, the palette embodies vibrant pinks and peaceful whites, Summer Will Come Again speaks to the heart. Inspired by the wild poppies and roses growing in the artist’s garden.

Opens Friday 10 February at 10am to 3pm

Only one spot left for my in-person fearless art retreat!

Who can paint?

It’s my belief that all of us can paint. It’s just that so many of us are afraid to face a blank canvas or pick up a brush. Fearful of being judged, fearful of looking foolish, we hang back…

But what if discovering your creative self is about finding the right teacher?

Come and paint with me. Cassandra, the joyful artist, award-winning painter and experienced creativity teacher. I’ve helped lots of want-to-be artists find their creative selves and create paintings they’re proud to hang on the wall

Enjoy the freedom of fearless abstract painting

Come to my in-person art retreat and experience three days of wonderful fun and play in my studio overlooking the sea and surrounded by beautiful gardens

I have one spot left for my 3-day art workshop 17-19 Feb. 

Plus, for those impacted by the horrid floods in Auckland and Northland I’m offering a massive reduction to make it more doable for you.  

The normal fee is $2495 but I am extending a special of $1395. It’s a huge discount to mirror the huge distraction our horrid weather is pouring upon us. Offer expires Waitangi Day. Don’t miss out! DM to take advantage of the special offer or email – feel free to forward to a friend

I don’t teach often. This is a rare chance to join me on my Bay of Islands property overlooking the sea. Come and paint with me. Learn my secrets with one-on-one time and get your questions answered, and demo’s shown.

We hope you join us and kindly help us spread the word! For more details>>

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The Hopeful Heart Bay of Islands Art Exhibition

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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