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    Visit and talk by Ruth Reid

    The committee have arranged for Ruth Reid to come and tell us all about her recent Scholarship to Venice. Ruth will be speaking from 10am at the Gospel Hall on Tuesday, the 3rd July. We will set up the hall to ensure that those who still wish to paint will still be able to. Ruth is a member of our society, and has been for some eight years, some of you might know Reid’s work. She describes her work on her website as ‘ Iconic Landscapes and Nature’s Gems in Oils ‘ do check it out . But her focus for this talk will be on the experience of being a scholar in Venice.

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      Coming up in 2018

      Keep these dates in mind and watch out for further details.

      • March 27 Ivan Button has agreed to take a Water colour tutorial. See attached entry form.
      • April 17 Rosie Pack has agreed to take a Drawing tutorial. See attached entry form. • May 1-30 Our 30-Day painting Challenge returns.
      • May 8 AGM (evening), guest speaker Linelle Stacey, speaking about life as a professional artist.
      • May 15 Gordon Harris product presentation.
      • June 5 Lloyd Harman has agreed to take an Oils for beginners tutorial.
      • July 3 Ruth Reid speaking about her one-month scholarship painting experience in Venice.
      • August 31 – September 2 RAS Spring Show, guest artist Lisa Jepson.
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        Ryman Exhibition and Christmas Lunch

        Last weekend a combined group of North Canterbury art groups held a very successful exhibition at the Charles Upham Retirement Village. This show was extensively advertised by Ryman Healthcare and we were all very pleased with the numbers who attended and the sales made. Rangiora Art Society members displayed some great work.

        Long term RAS member Ruby Whitty with her panel.

        Christmas Lunch

        On Tuesday 12 December the Rangiora Art Society will again have their Christmas lunch at the Five Stags in Rangiora. RAS members who wish to attend need to contact Tracy Parker to book their place. The cost will again be subsidized for
        members and is $20 per member which includes a free drink per member attending. Non-members may also attend but are asked to pay $22 and buy their own drinks. The menu provides choices and with notice the Five Stags will cater for gluten free and vegetarian needs. Apologies if the image of the menu is unclear in this newsletter.

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          2017 Spring Exhibition

          Spring arrived in a burst of colour for our annual exhibition at the Rangiora Bowling Club. Members gave generously of their time and contributed items for the raffles. Over the three days the exhibition was open we displayed the efforts of our members in the company of our guest artist, Gwyn Hughes, whose detailed oils and watercolour paintings deservedly garnered a lot of attention. Mike Larson, who has sponsored our signage over many years, displayed his delicate sculptures. As usual we had many goods donated by members which were gathered into prize lots for our raffle. Gordon Harris again donated a generous voucher for goods as a prize. A big thank you to all our helpers and contributors for making this another successful Rangiora Art Society exhibition.

          • 2017 Rangiora Art Society Prize winners:
            Russell Andrews Memorial Cup: Devon Houston for ‘Siesta at Waikuku’.
            Gordon Harris voucher: Dorothy Toulson for ‘Spring’.
            People’s Choice: Karin Werner for ‘Irishman’s Creek’.
            Merit awards:
            Acrylic/oil: Linda Wilson for ‘View of St James Range’; Diana Gillanders for ‘Landform’. Mixed Media: Carolyn Abernethy for Kereru I; Paul Smith for ‘Paint by Numbers’. Watercolour: Jane Thomas for ‘The Dervish Dancers’; Robyn Cassidy for ‘Rooftops’. Pastel/Pencil: Karin Werner for ‘Irishman’s Creek’.
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            Spring Exhibition

            We are all looking forward to our annual exhibition and are very excited to have Gwyn Hughes as our guest artist this year,

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              New committee takes over the reins

              New President, Mike Gilbert makes his maiden speech at our Tuesday group session.

              At the recent AGM we farewelled several hard working committee members, Ngaire Hunt, Quilliam Collister, Bob Cusdin, Lyn Peckover and Viv Knowles. Each outgoing committee member was presented with a gift and Ngaire’s hard work was also acknowledged with a bunch of flowers. New members to the committee are Carmen Smart and Russell Hobbs. Returning committee members are Jan Campbell, Margaret Stephenson, Tracy Parker (Treasurer), Pip Dobson (Secretary) and Mike Gilbert (President). The new team is hoping to continue the convivial spirit of the Rangiora Art Society. 

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                Waimakariri – Our Land

                Magpie view fromSummer Hill by Libby Handy

                Our exhibition in the Rangiora library Chamber Gallery opened last Sunday and runs until June 8 2017.

                The exhibition looks great and really showcases the talents of the members. Paintings were selected by the Waimakariri District Arts Council (who run the gallery) and unfortunately some excellent paintings entered by members were not selected for the show for reasons of space or because the curators felt that they may not fit the theme of the show.

                Attendance at the opening was very pleasing and photos of the opening from the Chamber Gallery Facebook page can be viewed by clicking here.


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                  2017 Annual General Meeting

                  Our AGM is to be held in the Gospel hall on Tuesday 9 May at 7.00pm. This year for a variety of reasons we have a number of positions to be filled, so please start thinking now if you are able to take up one of these committee vacancies. Ngaire, Quilliam, Lyn, Bob and Viv are all relinquishing their roles this year so we will need people for President, Secretary, and general committee members who take on roles such as Membership Secretary, Exhibition co-ordinator, Exhibition equipment administrator, Newsletter coordinator, etc. Our speaker this year is Peter Allen, long term Waimakariri Councillor and former Principal of Rangiora High School. To date we have seven nominations. If you feel you could work on the committee please let us know. Our constitution provides for nine committee members.

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                    Upcoming Chamber Gallery Exhibition

                    “The Waimakariri – Our Land” The Exhibition runs from Sunday 7 May to Monday 5 June.
                    As only a limited number of works can be shown this exhibition has to be pre-selected. Members will need to have their work ready by Tuesday. 25 April and, as it is Anzac Day, bring it to the Gospel Hall in the afternoon between 2.00 and 3.30pm please.
                    All works exhibited need to be of a high standard, ready to hang, and identified on the back. If you are exhibiting on canvas then your work must be dry.
                    Please fill in the form at the end of the March/April newsletter and return to the committee so that we have an indication of how many paintings to expect. Artist’s names and titles of works are also required by the Gallery for printing purposes etc, so this is an important form.

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