Beverley Smaill and her husband moved to Pakuranga in the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s Bev took some of Nanette Cameron’s interior design classes, and through those became involved in helping the Pakuranga Society of Arts fundraise for their planned gallery. After the Fisher Gallery opened Bev joined its trust board. In 1985 she became president of the Pakuranga Arts Society. She later, in her role as chairperson of the Pakuranga Arts and Cultural Trust, oversaw the amalgamation of the Pakuranga Community and Cultural Centre and the Fisher Gallery into te tuhi – the mark. In 2012 one of the two main galleries at Te Tuhi was formally named the Bev Smaill Gallery in recognition of Bev’s many dedicated years of volunteer work in support of Te Tuhi.
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