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.