Remembering LEGACY: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet

Aug 21, 2017

Pictured: A mokopuna of Rangi and Erenora, Sophie Ani Owen, and her partner Dan Boyce in front of Te Kāwau Maro at the exhibition LEGACY: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, Dowse Art Museum 26 June - 30 October 2016.

A year ago we were celebrating the exhibition of our parents work. This September we are celebrating the launch of our NEW Website here at hetetschoolofmaoriart.com and we thought it apt to remember where this website and our online school began . . .

On a plinth, at the entrance to the six-gallery exhibition, a simple mussel shell and a mallet are displayed. Just beyond, a photograph of my mother Erenora and my father Rangi smiling on their 45th Wedding Anniversary welcomes visitors. The simplicity of that first exhibit belies the breadth of what is on show within: highlights from a creative partnership that spanned more than forty years.

As co-curator of the exhibition, my first job was to convince my father that an exhibition of his carving...

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