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Talented artist and a gracious hostess

We don’t buy trinkets when we travel, but we do buy art, so when we read other favorable reviews of... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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Not to miss in Huahine

We were lucky enough to spend quite some time with Melanie having a great look around the Galerie... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2016
Sandy B
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11 Apr 2018
“Talented artist and a gracious hostess”
3 Dec 2016
“Not to miss in Huahine”
Galerie 'Umatatea is located on the Motu of Maeva, about 800 meters after the bridge, across from the Pension Delord/Camping Vana'a. Melanie works in a variety of mediums--primarily oils on canvas, framed in tropical woods hand carved by a...more
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BP 615 Fare Huahine ISLV | Motu de Maeva, Route du Sofitel, 98731, French Polynesia
+689 40 68 70 79
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We don’t buy trinkets when we travel, but we do buy art, so when we read other favorable reviews of this gallery we made a point of stopping on our self driving tour. I had previously written to Melanie to be sure she’d be open...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

We were lucky enough to spend quite some time with Melanie having a great look around the Galerie which is full of the most amazing paintings. Melanie is extremely talented and the art is varied and amazing for just one artist. You do have to...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Sandy B
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Although we had heard about Melanie's gallery from our guide book, we stumbled here while driving from the nearby marae to the beach at the old Sofitel site. Melanie's art is truly inspiring as she has definitely captured Huahine and Tahitian life during her 17+...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank TravelWithMarkyD
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Melanie's art is just beautiful. She captures the faces of the Polynesians perfectly and it was an absolute pleasure talking to her

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank jmm73
Reviewed 17 April 2016

Some wonderful art here. I particularly like Melanie's human subjects. Powerful. Very sorry we missed her.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank gypsy32320
polynesiapainter, Owner at Galerie 'Umatatea, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

I'm so sorry I wasn't there when you visited my gallery--and thank you for taking the time to write a nice review for me! Hopefully you will be able to return to Huahine and I will have the pleasure of meeting you! :) Melanie

Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

One of my all time favourite afternoon ride is to Maeva, pass the little town, left on to the bridge and right towards the old Sofitel Hotel ruins.. Stop for ice cream at Galerie Umatatea and check out Melanie's latest paintings, they are stunning and...More

Date of experience: December 2015
2  Thank FHazar
Reviewed 26 November 2015

Really lovely original artwork by Melanie. She was very welcoming and discussed her artwork, her muse and her background. Added bonus--she had made ice cream sandwiches for purchase ! : )

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Evelyn A
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I have so many of Melanie's wrt works that I pray I don't fall in love with more as the wall space is gone. She looks at the islands with artist's eyes. You have seen the same things, but voila! Melanie has translated the view...More

Date of experience: April 2014
1  Thank travellerMinnesota
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Amazing artwork that opens a window into the daily lives, sights and colors of this wonderful corner of the world. The only problem: hard to choose amongst all these wonderful paintings, I wished I had a lot more wall space. Hoping to return soon to...More

Date of experience: November 2012
3  Thank benoit256
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Spiritual, fun and talented....that is Melanie! Her litle "Local Style Gallery" on Maeva Motu, surounded by palm trees, open to the trade winds... where you can also enjoy in her company a fresh smoothie.... is a must not to miss on Huahine Island. You will...More

Date of experience: May 2013
2  Thank aurelia c
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