Hokianga people are getting their first chance to see the work of local hero Ralph Hotere.
A major work by the Mitimiti-born artist, Song of Solomon, is on display for a month at the Village Arts Gallery in Kohukohu.
There's also supporting work by five other artists with Hokianga connections.
Curator Marg Morrow told Waatea News that the 1991 paintings, which were done in response to the first Gulf War, are on loan from a private collection.
She says the chance to see work by the reclusive artist, who's lived in the South Island since the 1960s, has brought out the community.
The exhibition Hotere Country is open till 5 November.