Wasn’t it fantastic to be able to enjoy our exhibition after all the stops and starts over the past two years? It was a colourful display and a joy to see. The new venue proved a good space and already the committee has ideas about improving the experience at the next RAS exhibition. Constructive feedback is welcomed by the committee.

Sharon Soderberg-White receives her award from Waimakariri District Mayor, Dan Gordon

This year we were privileged to have Adrienne Pavelka as our guest artist and we were delighted that six of Adrienne’s paintings were sold during the exhibition. Although the number of people attending the exhibition was fewer than in the past, the sales were comparable to our last exhibition in 2019. Our Treasurer reports that overall takings from paintings, raffle and door entries gave us $11,500, a very good result considering the difficulties we are all experiencing due to Covid’s impact on society. However, our expenses were greater than usual, due to the extra advertising required when dates had to be changed, the lock down and the loss of the opportunity to sell tickets outside the New World supermarket, due to Covid restrictions. Congratulations to the artists whose paintings sold during the exhibition. We are advised that payments will be made to the artists over the next two to three weeks.
Rangiora Art Society 2021 winners:
* Russell Andrew Memorial Cup: Libby Handy, Afar and Above
* Gordon Harris award: Mary Fraser, Briar Rose
* People’s Choice award: Sarah Beal, Pastures Green.
* Acrylics/Ink: Linda Wilson, Piwakawaka (Merit); Ruby Whitty, Boat by the Lake (Highly Commended).
* Oils: Sarah Beal, Pastures Green (Merit); Graham Williams, Mt Thomas Road (Highly Commended).
* Mixed Media: Victoria Bennett, Peonies (Merit); Tracy Parker, Day/Night/Morning After (Highly 
* Drawing: Ann Filshie, Still Life with Fruit (Merit); Ruby Whitty, Bunny III (Highly Commended).
* Pen & Wash/Watercolour: Quilliam Collister, Lake Alexandrina (Merit); Carol Moffatt, Day’s End 
(Highly Commended).
* Workshop/Tutorial: Margaret Stephenson, Bob Geldof (Merit), Sharon Soderberg White, Fall (Highly 
* 30-Day Challenge Folder: Roberta Smith (Merit).