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Spring Exhibition follow up

Another successful RAS Spring Show has been achieved with plenty of colour to feast our eyes on. Lisa Jepson’s works helped set the scene with visitors enjoying the full experience, taking time to appreciate the art on display. Our thanks go to the judges, Jackie Watson and Brent Firken who carefully considered the works.
We congratulate the following members who were successful:
Russell Andrews Memorial Cup: Oliver Ryan for his oil painting ‘Paradise’.
Gordon Harris Award: Chris Heaphy for her acrylic painting ‘Oystercatchers’.
Merit awards went to Oliver Ryan for ‘Paradise’ (oil); Paul Smith for ‘Flash point’ (acrylic), Karin Werner for ‘From West to East’ (water colour); Jill Johnson for ‘Poppies’ (mixed media); Mandy Palmer for ‘Delicate Strength’ (pencil); Ngaire Hunt for ‘In the Garden’ (workshop/tutorial); Rosie Pack for her 30-Day Challenge folder.
Highly Commended awards went to Ruth Reid for ‘Braided River’ (oil); Victoria Bennett for ‘Feathers’(acrylic); Rosie Pack for ‘Warsash Pickers’ (mixed media); Jan Clark for ‘Leucadendron’ (pencil); Quilliam Collister for ‘Café scene, Nuremberg, Germany’ (water colour); Jan Campbell for ‘Bright Gems’ (workshop/tutorial); Sheryl Price-Hall for her 30-Day Challenge folder.

Spring Exhibition coming up quickly

Members are reminded that entries for our annual exhibition are due on August 14. the entry form may be down loaded from this link.

It promises to be a great show again with exciting artist Lisa Jepson as our guest.

Coming up

Spring Show: We hope you are all preparing for the Spring Art Exhibition. To help you plan for this exhibition the entry forms and rules are attached to this newsletter. The committee is working away behind the scenes to ensure we have another successful show. The big stands have been repaired. Our wonderful team of Russell Hobbs and John Paul have repainted the stands so that they are ready for our Spring Show. Replacement advertising boards to go out on the streets have been purchased and will also be available in time for the Spring Show.
RAS Raffle: We plan to run a raffle again this year and ask that members be ready to donate items for the raffle prizes. In the past these baskets of goodies have proved popular and proceeds from raffle sales help pay our annual costs. This is a small way in which members can help the committee
Linelle Stacey’s tutorial ‘Painting with Acrylics’: Linelle advises us that artists will need to bring a 300 x 600 canvas painted black, several fine long brushes (Linelle will bring a few for those who don’t have any) and Linelle will supply the rest of the brushes needed and all the paint. Cost for paint will be $5 per person (this is an extra charge). The tutorial will be in the War Memorial Hall. Entry forms can be found in the newsletter.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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,

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. 

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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