HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 570:29 June 2011

The charismatic quartet

If ever there was a need to purchase a classy item of clothing with a local punch there’s only one place that can guarantee you’ll get it. There is a small shop situated behind the Bergman and Sons Pearl Shop, where four multi-talented artists have established themselves a little business. The shop was previously occupied by Dr Losacker then the Cook Islands National Visual Art Society then Tattooist Stormy Kara.
Kay George, Rennie Peyroux, Bianca Whittaker and Anna Rassmussen are a very charismatic quartet. Kay George, ever innovative, specializes in hand printing her own clothing, which really brings out that island flavor. She uses a variety of aesthetics in her work and has a truly unique way with the paintbrush. Kay owns a gallery located in Arorangi where her paintings are exhibited.
Bianca Whittaker, the lovely and refined lady who tends to the shop, has distanced herself a little from painting and now focuses on designing clothing with local flavor ONLY. She has turned her hand to painting on clothing. This is a real hit with the tourists, who are always on the lookout for something different. They walk in with high hopes of finding something that was “Made in Raro” and they’re expectations are always met. They walk out with a bag of purchased items and a jolly smile. Bianca has “invented” this clever top, which could be worn as a halter neck, boobtube or just thrown over the shoulder and strapped tightly at the waist. It just gives you an idea of how creative these artists are.
Anna Rassmussen designs are really one in a million. You won’t find her style anywhere else. Even though the artists work with limited materials, she makes the best of it. It shows in her artwork that she likes to blend and have a play with color. She produces some amazing results that won’t disappoint.
Rennie Peyroux, our most prolific artist, is also in partnership with the three ladies. He designs some of the jewelry and a lot of the paintings in the shop. The price ranges from a handy $25 to a pricey $5000. It’s worth every cent that you spend.
They also specialize in personally tailored clothing and do export their items to New Zealand every now and then. The group has no intentions of expanding their current status at this stage.
So come and check it out. They open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and are always present at the Punanga Nui Market every Saturday.

Herald Issue 554 09 March
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- Briefs from PM’s media conference Tuesday
- Tourism Industry ponders $5 million draft strategy
- Norman George resigns from Cook Islands Party
- Letter of Resignation from CIP
- Norman selfish says Prime Minister

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