A Slice of Aotearoa in Los Angeles

2015 Air New Zealand Kiwis in LA Art Show and Wine TastingThe amazing art of Maori artists resident in both New Zealand and the United States will be the first thing people will see when they arrive at the Air New Zealand Kiwis in LA Art Show and Wine Tasting.

This year’s show will be the eighth annual Kiwis in LA show, which has become one of the largest annual New Zealand events in the United States. The one-night exhibition will attract between 800 and 1,000 people, both Kiwis and locals, and will take place on Saturday, October 10, 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Santa Monica Art Studios in Los Angeles.

Toi Maori will create an impactful centerpiece of the show. and will feature the work of Aotearoa-based artists Johnson Witehira and Phil Belcher as well as the art of United States-based Jimmy James Kouratoras, Eruera Napia, Moana Nepia and Damon Mueli. Witehira’s work Land of Tara, which has appeared on Courtenay Place in Wellington, can be seen on the invite for this year’s show, and will create a stunning setting for Toi Maori.

The work of 20 other Kiwi and Kiwi-connected artists and craftspeople, along with superb wines from eight outstanding New Zealand wineries will create a true slice of New Zealand in Los Angeles. The art in the exhibition ranges from dramatic oil on canvas pieces to contemporary digital art and jewelry.

Since half the people that come along to the show are non-Kiwi, the event has become a showcase for Kiwi art and wine.

Wineries who will be tasting their wine at the show include Tohu, Te Kairanga, Astrolabe, Cable Bay, Clifford Bay, Esk Valley, Giesen, Mt Beautiful, NZED, Sileni and Trinity Hill. And while tasting some of New Zealand’s top wines, guests at the show will also be able to enjoy other iconic Kiwi fare, such as Mainland Cheese, RJ’s Licorice, Zespri, and of course, meat pies. Kiwi-owned El Segundo Catering Company will also be serving some Kiwi favorites, as they have in previous years.

This year’s show has been made possible by the generous support of Air New Zealand, Mainfreight, Seasonz Travel, the New Zealand Consulate-General in Los Angeles, and Rob Good of Keller Williams Realty.

People wanting to attend Kiwis in LA’s largest and most popular event of the year should RSVP to info@kiwisinla.com. There is no charge to attend, just a small suggested donation, and there is plenty of parking available, a rarity in Los Angeles.

Please contact Keith Flamank, President of Kiwis in LA if you have any questions about the show. You can reach Keith on info@kiwisinla.com.

View the event on Kea’s event directory here.