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Dream Catcher - Kay de Blaauw

Welcome to the Thames Art Gallery

by the sea

Come and see the creativity of our community of local Coromandel and nearby artists. Entry to the gallery is free. Find a beautiful work of art for your own home - or as a gift - and support our wonderful artists. All our art exhibits are for sale with Visa and EFTPOS facilities available.

There are no boundaries as to what our members can exhibit. From brush to chisel, we offer wonderful displays of;

We have several themed exhibitions throughout the year with a new artist featured each month. The Gallery is curated to give a fresh look for repeat visitors, so there's always something new to see!

This seaside art gallery is housed in what was once originally a school house built in 1878 known as Tararu School, then later as North School. The historic building is a registered Heritage New Zealand Category 2 place.​

Previously known as the Thames Society of Arts, the gallery was founded in 1974 with the aim of providing an arts centre for the wider community of Thames.

The Thames Art Gallery and Arts Centre is located just north of Thames, beside the sea, on the Thames coast at Tararu. 

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Artist of the month

Kay de Blaauw

"I am a mixed media artist known for a modern eclectic style, and use of bold colour, texture and free flowing form.

My artistic journey began in childhood. I grew up in a family that valued art and freedom of expression, and often had a paintbrush in my hand. 

in adulthood I have continued experimenting, both with textiles and paint. My formal training with water colour and life classes at the Waikato Society of Arts, progressing to modern art and abstract courses at Whitecliff. 

Lately, I have been experimenting with layering and mixed media as part of Printmakers Combined.

In keeping with my childhood, I am passionate about introducing people from all walks of life to the joy of art"


Kay de Blaauw

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604 Tararu Rd  Thames
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

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