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Featured artist of the month

Svetlana Orinko is a master of watercolour, her chosen medium because of its transparency and luminosity.

Her works cover a diverse range of subjects reflecting a mastery of form and intricate involvement with light. Her astonishing realism comes from skilful washes of colour, edges and her knowledge of the properties of the water and pigment. Each painting holds a mystery that is also a personal story about the artist, the issues she is struggling with and how she feels about her place in the world. Her works catch the eye and hold your attention; brilliantly crafted and refined.

Gallery Lavaud is privileged to have a number of Svetlana’s paintings for sale and on display.

Welcome to Gallery Lavaud

Welcome to the Gallery Lavaud on Rue Lavaud in the charming French character seaside town of Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch in New Zealand. 

Gallery Lavaud is home to top quality Fine Art created by some of the best New Zealand resident artists. On our walls you will find oils, watercolours, acrylics, ceramics and mixed media art works ranging from modern abstracts through to more traditional works, many featuring scenes from around this delightful harbour basin community, and others featuring scenes from further afield. We aim to bring you the best and welcome your comments on just how successful we are in doing this. 

Gallery Lavaud has been established for more than 25 years.  The gallery has changed hands and addresses several times, but has always remained true to its commitment to quality. Now, it returns to Rue Lavaud and again to a classic historic yellow cottage at number 35:  just across from the playing fields as you first enter the business district. 


Many of the eighty or so artists whose work hangs in the gallery have been supplying their original work over many years.  This makes for continuity of artists and customers who return regularly over the years to see the latest from their favourite artists.   Many who have holiday homes in the area return again and again to see, and buy, what is new. With over 100 works on full display and as many again on our shelves, the gallery is alive with imagery and colour. 

Akaroa, with its unique French colonial heritage, is only one hour's drive from the edge of Christchurch City and is a delightful destination on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.  Come and check out our wonderful selection of original artwork while you enjoy your visit to the town. There is so much more here than you can fit into just one day. 

We invite you to regularly visit this site and our Facebook site, and hope you come to the Gallery to see for yourself. We take great care in packaging your purchase for transport to your home, anywhere in the world, and we are constantly improving our products and service. Please use our feedback form to let us know how we can improve your art-purchase experience.