Creative Rangitīkei

The Rangitīkei is home to many professional and emerging artists/creatives who enjoy connecting with local and visiting arts lovers. 

Based locally, those listed here are members of the Marton Arts & Crafts Centre. They are happy to be contacted directly about their work.

The Marton Arts & Crafts Centre is keen to support all Rangitīkei district artists and makers with an online directory, we could also develop a district wide creative events calendar if there is enough interest in us doing so. Please see details at 2024 Directories.




John Archbold


Painting has been a fascination for most of John's life, he enjoys depicting skies and water, and everything in between. John's paintings tend to have landscape or transport themes. 'I love the ever changing light on the landscape, that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, and try to capture this in all my works.’ 

P: 027 489 6101 

Lorraine Barnett


Lorraine has been potting since her children were little. She is self taught and has both attended and taught many different workshops and classes over the years. Lorraine loves playing with clay and sharing her knowledge. She believes that learning is constant and people that come into life teach you. She finds that life’s many challenges often propel her creativity. Lorraine works in both hand building and wheel work enjoying both equally.

P: 021 062 6140 

Francien Connelly


For over 30 years Francien has been honing her skills as a textile artist, using a range of techniques and materials to add interest to her chosen subject. Each piece is as unique as a fingerprint and depends on the scraps of fabrics she finds in her baskets. 'Currently I’m focusing on smaller pieces mainly featuring NZ birds - just for the pure joy of it.’


Maren Domke


Maren joined the Marton Arts and Crafts Centre in 2018 to learn pottery and found a love for sculpture especially creating hares and rabbits, functional pottery and exploring our local clay and glazing materials. In 2022 she joined a class to learn watercolour painting and fell in love with that as well. Her inspiration comes from painting hares, her rabbits and years of tramping New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes.

P: +64 21 339 967

Sharon Gordon


Based in the Rangitikei for 12 years, Sharon finds much inspiration close to home, and from her travels around NZ. Within Sharon’s exploration of watercolour and acrylics, her landscapes become moody and ethereal, an expression of the world around her. By contrast her mixed media works are a bold and distinctive exploration of shape, colour, line and texture, each with their own story to tell.

P: +64 21 0240 8590

Marion Grinstead


Marion has been working with fused glass since 2015, she loves to experiment with patterns and try new techniques. Marion produces work that sells at markets, group exhibitions and gallerys.  Based in Marton - Marion welcomes visitors to her studio by arrangement.

P: 027 221 9776

Belinda Howard


While Belinda Howard loved art at school, she was unable to carry on with it. Looking back she believes that this was probably a good thing as she has come to art as a mature woman with a stronger sense of self. Belinda was a student at the Learning Connexion for three years and has completed a Level 4 certificate and a Level 5 diploma in art and creativity. These programmes have encouraged her to play and find her own unique path. Belinda works in a wide range of media, including paint print and clay

P: 027 357 6668

Sam Lewry


Originally from the Kapiti Coast, Sam’s art practice began in Napier in 2009. She relocated to the Rangitīkei in 2017, and now works from her studio in Marton. Her work primarily focuses on stylised and imagined landscapes painted in oil, the work has evolved into a meditative process, an escape, and a deeper connection with the natural world.

P: 021 022 66 771

Rosemary Mead-White


Rosemary rekindled painting in 2021, by joining a class at her local arts centre. Watercolour and acrylic are her preferred mediums in which she likes to explore and experiment. Inspiration is drawn from rural architecture and the country lifestyle. Rosemary’s favourite subjects include vistas, rustic buildings, and people. She has enjoyed showing her work in regional events. In 2022 Rosemary was the overall winner of the Douglas MacDiarmid Art Competition, which was a huge boost to her confidence.

P: 021 049 9232

Julie Oliver


Specialising in commissioned heirloom works that celebrate the rich history of rural New Zealand. Julie creates detail bespoke artworks on historical sawblades, she also enjoys creating larger expressive works in acrylic. Julie is an experienced mural artist and will travel to do these works. 'Saw blades, murals, fine colourful works on large canvas are what I enjoy creating for my clients.' Julie paints at the Marton Arts Centre and at her studio at the foothills of the Ruahine Ranges. 


Desiree Singer


Open by appointment, Desiree’s home based, studio and gallery is located in Marton. Her limited edition, hand pulled prints are produced using varying printmaking techniques.  She considers her work to be a mix of contemporary, abstract and somewhat impressionist themes. Her endeavour is to provide affordable art to decorate one's life. See Instagram/Facebook ‘PrintygirlNZ’.

P: 027 275 3613

Anne Weymouth


It was a bit of a dream come true for Anne when after returning from twenty years working overseas in 2018 she found herself able to spend some time developing her artistic skills. At the moment Anne is particularly enjoying using watercolour in still-life painting and using soft pastel in portraiture. 'Capturing the magic of a moment or a scene that evokes a response at an emotional level is probably what I'm aiming for most in my work.' Anne is a tutor at the Marton Arts and Crafts Centre.

P: 021 022 91344

Vivian Yuan


Vivian Yuan is an artist working in oil and watercolour. She started painting in 2016 while living in Hawkes Bay, and then moved to Rangitikei in 2019. Though her style is evolving, Vivian’s favourite subject is always people, followed by flowers and landscapes. She wants to express mood and emotion with her paintings, and hopes that her work might also evoke the viewer’s own experience and memories.

P: 027 535 5885

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