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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’.

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.


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.

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.

Opening Day 2017

Welcome to our 2017 Painting Year. A number of folk are so keen to get back that I have booked the Gospel Hall for us to start early this year. We begin next week, Tuesday 17 January 2017, at the Gospel Hall 9.30am to 3.00pm. You will notice that I’ve said 9.30 to 3.00. This is because rather than run two different sessions the committee has decided that instead of set two distinct time limits we’re going to let people’s time preferences merge one into the other. This means that if you’re a morning person but want to stay on longer you are most welcome to do so, and just because some folk are packing up to leave by noon you don’t have to do so if you want to keep on painting, while the folk who like to come in the afternoon can come in later in the morning, see friends and what others are doing and keep going until 3pm. We are hoping this will work out better for all. Over our trial three months last year it always seemed such a pity that there was a great hiatus over the lunch hour when virtually no one was painting. Let’s use all the time we have!

Exhibition in conjunction with Gardens of Fernside

The Society is showing with  this event, which includes: stalls, a café and a silent auction at the school in addition to our exhibition is very popular with a large attendance, (many people come out from Christchurch) and should result in good foot traffic for our exhibition.


Spring Exhibition “Extremely Impressing”

Peter Smith, manager of our sponsor Gordon Harris, judged the works and was extremely impressed with the variety and standard of work.

Our major winners this year were;

Russell Andrew Cup 2016 was awarded to Lynette Rate for painting No M145 “Bronzed”

The Russell Andrew Cup for “best painting in the show” was awarded to Lynette Rate for painting No M145 “Bronzed” (inset)


The Gordon Harris Award was awarded to Carol Moffatt for "Spring on the 15th Tee”

The Gordon Harris Award was awarded to Carol Moffatt for “Spring on the 15th Tee”


Karin Werner was voted Peoples Choice winner for "Railroad Crossing”

Karin Werner was voted Peoples Choice winner for “Railroad Crossing”

Merit Awards:
Water Colour “Lunch, Amsterdam” by Quilliam Collister and “Waikuku Lagoon Sunset” by Karin Werner
Acrylic/Oil “Café Culture” by Chris Heaphy and “Galina Kim Tutorial” by Viv Knowles
Pastel/Pencil “Birds”  by Jan Campbell and “Birds” by Lyn Peckover
Mixed Media “Umbra” by Susan Roxborough and “Abstract”  by June Mounter

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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