She’s shown her work internationally and around New Zealand, and now she’s holding her first hometown solo exhibition here in Whangarei.  Andrea Hopkins’ Modern Maori Part I exhibition opened at Tuatara on Friday, with 18 of her paintings on show, five of them already sold as she was hanging them.

Andrea’s art combines traditional Maori symbols with the modern, blending the old and the new, to create her works.  She spent three years at Northland Polytechnic studying art, two years at Gisborne’s Toihoukura, working with contemporary art and design, and a years residency in Hastings with well known Maori painter Sandy Adsett.

Last year she studied for a Graduates Diploma in Teaching majoring in arts, graphics and technology and is currently living at Bland Bay.  The exhibition will run till December 18