Olivia Spencer Bower

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1905, d.1982

Harbour, Akaroa

For the exhibition Picturing the Peninsula (21 April - 22 July 2007), this work was displayed with this label:

Akaroa has long been a favoured retreat for Christchurch’s citizens and is equally popular with out of town tourists. Its close proximity to the city makes it an easily accessible haven from the hectic bustle of city life. Many of the towns historic buildings have survived which give the town and the centre of Akaroa is now registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a national Historic Area.

Olivia Spencer Bower often painted out in the open and had a very vibrant approach to her work. In Harbour, Akaroa she seemingly revels in the peaceful summer setting of Akaroa and the tranquil view across the harbour.