Exhibition nearly upon us


Organisation for this year’s exhibition is nearing completion and the committee anticipates that the show will be one of the best ever. Artists from the society have been working all year in an effort to show their best work to the public.

The art is exhibited in three sections; the main section generally shows framed works and block canvases by members, while a workshop/tutorial section presents images created during the course of our tutorials and those created to fit our weekly themes. These works are mostly matted and it is often possible to purchase an exciting work at a really great price. The third section presents smaller works, which are ready to hang in the home.

Members work in a variety of media including acrylic, water colour, oil, pastel, pencil, ink and collage.

We are excited to have Corina Hazlett as our guest artist this year. She is an experienced artist with a strong interest in facilitating collaborative work created to raise funds for important causes. At our exhibition we will be running a ‘silent auction’ of a stunning butterfly hanging created by children working with Corina. Proceeds of this auction will go to the NZ Meningitis Foundation Aotearoa in memory of Courtenay Rushton who passed away after contracting meningitis.

In Corina’s words here is Courtenay’s story and the story of how the butterfly hanging was created.


In memory of Courtenay Rushton who passed away from contracting Meningitis.

  Courtenay Shavaughan Rushton died in Christchurch Hospital on Friday 3 January 2014 after being admitted with suspected meningococcal disease on December 30. Courtney was only 16 when she tragically died from a case of meningtis. She died within a week of feeling ill while on holiday with her family in Twizel over the New Year.

 I invited young artists to color in a butterfly and attach it to my butterfly tree in return they received a “every second counts” wristband in support of meningitis awareness.  The net falls from a small hoop that hangs from the ceiling. I could also then talk about how symbolism becomes important in some aspects of art. The journey of change that the life cycle presents, the beautiful butterfly is a symbol of Courtenay’s spirit.

The exhibition runs from Friday 2 until Sunday 4 September and is open from 10am until 4pm at the Rangiora Bowling Club in Good Street. Admission is $2 for adults and children are free.

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    2016 Spring Exhibition

    Our President, Ngaire Hunt, presenting the awards at last years exhibition.

    Our President, Ngaire Hunt, presenting the awards at last years exhibition.

    This year’s exhibition is coming up in September

    • Friday September 2    10am – 4pm
    • Saturday September 3   10am – 4pm
    • Sunday September 4   10am – 4 pm

    People who have been society members for more than six months are eligible to exhibit.

    Download application form (and June Newsletter). Remember applications close August 9

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      Coming Up

      TUTORIALS: The next tutorials are on Tuesday 14 June and Saturday 18 June with Galina Kim. These are at the Gospel Hall and run from 10.00am until 3.00pm. She is doing Acrylics using the palette knife. There are just two places left on each of those days, so if you wish to attend and are holding off, you will need to contact Viv Knowles, phone 310 8335 a.s.a.p. The cost is $30 and there are no refunds. For the workshop you need a 30cm x 30cm (12”x12”) or similar canvas, your own acrylic paints, and a medium palette knife. Galina will supply the medium, which is included in the fee. You are also welcome to take along your own recent work if you would like to discuss it with her.

      ART ON THE QUAY: If you haven’t as yet visited the Gallery at the Kaiapoi Library, now is your chance to do so and to view an exhibition by two of our own members – Carole Moffat and Ruby Whitty. The exhibition runs for the month of June and I’m sure will be really worth viewing. Carole’s main medium is water colour and Ruby’s is acrylic.

      ART GALLERY DAY TRIP: A number of you have put your name down for our subsidisied bus trip. We have decided to visit the Ashburton Society of Arts annual exhibition on the 7th of July and if time allows the Darfield and Oxford galleries on our way home. The price will be $30 per person but we will need a minimum of 15 people for this to be viable. Quilliam will be organizing this trip so please comfirm your intention. Unless we have 15 people paid up by Tuesday June 28 we will not be able to go ahead. Money will only be refunded in the event of our cancelling the trip. Cheques made out to Rangiora Art Society or cash to Quilliam. Ph 3138465

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        Annual General Meeting

        Our AGM will be at 7pm on Tuesday 10 May at the Gospel Hall. All nominations need to be in writing before the meeting. At the end of this newsletter you will find the nomination form. As you can see the role of Treasurer is vacant. Tracy Parker has agreed to take on this very important position, but it needs to be ratified at our meeting. All our other members are willing to complete another term if that is your wish, but we will need one more committee member to make up our full complement. Your present committee is Ngaire Hunt, Lyn Peckover, Quilliam Collister, Bob Cusdin, Viv Knowles, Pip Dobson, and Sylvia Potter. Our Guest Speaker this year will be our Patron, Mark Lander, who is always a joy to listen to.

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          Outdoor Painting Days

          The group at Ashley Gorge

          The group at Ashley Gorge

          Carolyn Abernethy and Lynette Rate have been pioneering an outdoor painting group on the first Tuesday of the month. Last week several of us joined them for a great day up at Ashley Gorge and came home feeling well pleased with our day’s efforts. It was great just to be out there in nature, breathing in good doses of fresh air and committing to paper the scene before us on an immediate basis.
          The next outdoor painting day is Tuesday 5 April. Why not join them at Amberley Beach? Give Carolyn (03 132 8524) or Lynette (03 424 4665) a phone call to check out meeting place etc, pack your lunch and your Art equipment and you’ll be amazed at what you can produce.

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            First painting day for 2016

            We’re off to another year of painting starting on Tuesday, 2 February in the Gospel Hall. Folk generally arrive around 9.30am and you are free to stay until 3.00pm. We give out the notices at 10.00am so it is best to have arrived by then! Please also remember your weekly $2.00 offering as this pays for the Hall hire. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also on tap. We look forward to catching up with you all again.

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              Christmas party winds up our 2015 year

              An excellent lunch in great company was held at Pukeko Junction again this year. It was great to see so many members attending. here are a couple of pictures of the event.



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                Gordon Harris Demonstration Evening

                Our final demonstration for the year is on Tuesday 10 November, 5.30pm to 7.30 pm at the Gospel Hall. Our sponsor, Gordon Harris Art Supplies, is conducting this. We have also invited members from the Kaiapoi and Waikuku groups to join us for this.

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                  Christmas Luncheon and Break-Up

                  We are having this at Pukeko Junction on Tuesday 8 December at 12 noon. The cost will be $20 to financial members and $35 to those who are not paid up members. Your committee is subsidising the meal and providing one free drink for each person. There will also be a number of very good lucky prizes as usual.
                  The menu is suited to those of you who are gluten free as well as vegetarian, etc. There is a choice of four mains, three desserts and tea/coffee is included.
                  If you would like to attend we will need to have your payment no later than Tuesday 1 December. No refunds will be able to be given.

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                    2015 Spring Exhibition – “the best yet”

                    What a grand Exhibition we have had. The standard of art keeps getting better every year and consequently the numbers we have through, the raffle sales and the art sales all reflect this. It was great to have some expensive sales this year, too. Min Kim’s work was a joy and then Dennis Curran’s life cycle of the butterfly, Paul Smith’s abstracts and Karin Werner’s works also commanded high prices and people bought. About 25% of our paintings went this year – congratulations everyone. It does give you a real boost when you sell, but whether you sold or not all are winners for you have put yourself out there before the public.
                    Min Kim was our judge and she thoroughly enjoyed this exercise. She was a meticulous judge and really looked carefully at everybody’s works right across the main section, the small paintings and the workshops. And it was great to see that she was able to give awards across all the sections.
                    Peter Smith came out from Gordon Harris and judged the work for the award they now give us, and he, too, really gave thought and time to all the paintings before making his decision.

                    Lorraine Rooney with her painting "The Gorge" whick won the Gordon Harris prize

                    Lorraine Rooney with her painting “The Gorge” which won the Gordon Harris award


                    Russell Andrew Cup: Sue Ferguson

                    Gordon Harris Award: ($250 voucher) Lorraine Rooney

                    Peoples Choice: Ann Filshie

                    Merit Awards: Victoria Bennett, Dennis Curran, Diana Gillanders, Viv Knowles, Karin Werner

                    Highly Commended: Quilliam Collister, Ann Filshie, Jill Johnson, Carol Moffatt, Peter Mallinson, Ann Sherlock


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