Welcome to Raukura Art Gallery
Raukura Art Gallery & Giftware is a New Zealand owned independent gallery located in Picton. We are a quaint and unique gallery, where we strive to create a space to not only connect with you, but a place you will remember. We pride ourselves on our wide range of art works created by local and regional artists in New Zealand. We also have a fantastic range of novelty gifts where we combine support for New Zealand labels along with some international labels. The selection on offer include, jewellery, ceramics, homeware, giftware, wood craft, fine art photography, sculptures and gallery merchandise art works. We hope that you choose to take home with you one of our original pieces of art, or simply a treasured gift for a loved one.
We welcome you to come view transformative works from paintings, drawings, prints and collage work to sculpture.
We represent a diverse range of New Zealand and Chatham Island Artists and Photographers.
We have expanded our gallery since opening, and have a beautiful backroom gallery which we use for exhibitions and to showcase our artworks.
In addition to exhibiting Art, Raukura also offers:
- Information about exhibited artists and their work
- Homeware, giftware and apparel
- A fully insured pack and post service on international deliveries
- Art Classes for beginners and intermediate
- Artisian Jewellery
- Giftware & Giftcards
- Kimono Robes & Ladies scarves
- Hand bags & purses
- Perfumed soaps, fragrance candles & body lotions
- Maori art & crafts (harekeke weaving)
- Lavender essential oils, hand creams, linen sprays & foot cream
- Gift wrapping
- Gift Certificate Vouchers
- Art Classes for beginners & Intermediate
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Meet The Team
Owner Proprietor - Ruth de Reus
About the Owner-Proprietor: Born and raised at the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, Ruth de Reus moved to South Island’s picturesque Queenstown, where she lived for 27 years before moving to Picton with her husband, and family of cats. Ruth’s connection with Picton dates back to her maternal grandmother, and great grand parents who were from the area. She still has immediate relatives who live in Picton today. However, her love for her homeland, the Chatham's, has a magnetic effect on her and draws her back to visit regularly. Ruth has always had a deep appreciation for art in all forms from Maori art/craft, paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, and design. Aside from her passion of art and decor, she has written and published 2 children’s story books. She has plan’s to continue with her writing in the near future. Raukura Art Gallery was named after her maternal Grandmother, Raukura Lockett.
Gallery Sales Coordinator - Maureen Allison
Maureen and her husband moved to Picton from Auckland in 2020 to be close to family. She has always loved colour and creativity, and after working in corporate offices for years, Maureen found her passion in helping women make the most of their appearances and mentoring consultants to personal success. This was primarily done through 32 years as a Mary Kay Cosmetics Sales Director. She is also a personal Colour Consultant. Cosmetics is just another medium for colour, contour and camouflage. Maureen is an art appreciator and want-to-be interior designer, which makes Raukura Art Gallery her ‘happy place’. Her flair for design and passion for colour and creativity allows her to make her stamp at Raukura Art Gallery.
Gallery Sales Coordinator - Marilyn Jessop
Painting has been my life-long passion – starting at the age of eleven when I fell in love capturing colour on canvas, which began my journey in becoming an artist. I have previously owned my own art gallery and exhibited my works at shows in both Marlborough and Nelson. I now primarily sell my works at Raukura Art Gallery, Picton, where I am also a Gallery Sales Coordinator. Part of my role at the gallery is sourcing new emerging artists throughout New Zealand which I find challenging and rewarding. I also hold workshops at Raukura Art Gallery teaching art for begginers and intermediate students. My life long passion is art, being creative and teaching.