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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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.
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.
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.
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
The dates for our exhibition are Friday 4th September to Sunday 6th September.
The entry forms for the exhibition are available from the newsletters page and are attached to the July Newsletter. Remember that your committee cannot manage all the tasks involved and your help with raffle selling and on the door at the show will be appreciated. Please help us make this years show the very best we can! This year our Guest Artist is Min Kim. She is looking forward to this opportunity to showcase her work in Rangiora very much. It would be great to have huge numbers come to see and buy our work, so please spread the word everywhere you can over the next couple of months. The day you will need to get your works to us for hanging and judging is Thursday, 3rd September.
This year the exhibition will be held on the weekend of 17 – 19 April with the opening at 7.30pm on the Thursday evening, 16 April. The venue will be the Borough School Hall in King Street, which allows us much more space; therefore, members will be allowed to enter up to five works. A lot of work is put into the organisation of this show and we would really appreciate your support with entries, by word of mouth advertising, your attendance and your help with setup/cleanup and manning the desk.
This year we are proud to have Susan Ferguson as guest artist and she will be showing a number of her inspiring works on canvas. Here are a couple of the paintings she will be exhibiting.
It would be great if as many members as possible could come to the opening at 7.30pm on Thursday April 16. The committee is trying to make this a gala event and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Our first Tuesday painting day will be on 10 February. As voted on at our last AGM the next Annual General Meeting will be in May 2015, Subs, however, will still need to be paid before 31 March. There are a number of members who are keen to paint outdoors and we will be looking for opportunities while the weather is good.
This year’s (just completed) exhibition felt as though the society had reached a new benchmark. It may have been the overall quality of the works shown, it may have been the weather or it may have been another intangible factor but the majority view was that the show was excellent. Our judge (Mark Lander) was extremely impressed with the quality of the work and put a real effort into coming up with the prize winners. Numerically the show was also a great success with exhibits and sales being up on previous years.
Guest Artist, Vjekoslav Nemesh, showed a number of his very colourful works which were almost universally admired and made a great entrance to this year’s show.
This year we decided that we would offer “Merit Awards” in three awards in three categories (watercolour, acrylic/oil and other media) along with “Highly Commended” certificates to those works that the judge deemed warranted them. This was in addition to our “Russell Andrews Cup” for the work the judge felt was the best in the show. We also were glad to add a new voucher prize donated and judged by Gordon Harris Art Supplies.
Russell Andrews Cup for best in show
- Susan Fergusson for “Abstract Gloriana”
Water Colour Merit Certificates
- June Mounter for “Picnic”
- Jane Thomas for “Consequences 7 We want to save this house”
Acrylic/Oil Merit Certificates
- Libby handy for “Atmosphere”
- Paul Smith for “Coastal Surge #2”
Other Media Merit Certificate
- Victoria Bennett for “Colourscape 3”
- Dennis Curran for “Christmas Delivery”
- Alice Harris for “Church Bay”
- Ann Filshie for “Sparrows in old shed”
- Andrew Martin for “Sasha seated”
- Lorraine Rooney for “Ruby Bay”
- Sarah Beal for “Modern Icons 2”
The Gordon Harris Prize
- Libby Handy for “Atmosphere”
Peoples Choice Award
- Kay Ridout for Pohutukawa
Raffle Prize Winners
- The Art Book – Book 2 – No 062 – Viv Knowles
- The Wine Rack and two bottles – Book 5 – No 038 – Betty Leech
- The Christmas Cake – Book 3 – No 045 – Yvonne Bresser
- The Christmas Pudding – Book 2 – No 080 – Viv Knowles
- The Chocolates and Sweets – Book 2 – No 163 – Lynn
- The Charles Pickworth Painting – Book 1 – No 031 – D Fenn
- The Ray Hastings Painting – Book 2 – No 058 – Anne Allan
- The Boxed Wine – Book 3 – No 180 – Wayne Geddes
- The Hamper – Book 1 – No 128 – Cena Moulson
This year we have a New Award – The Gordon Harris Award. Gordon Harris Art Supplies has very kindly said they would like to sponsor us and the lucky recipient of their
choice will receive a voucher to the value of $250, which will be valid for 12 months. Before the earthquakes Gordon Harris had a lovely, airy shop in Worcester St behind the
Cathedral. But this was munted and they have now set up in premises at 34 Southwark St, between Manchester and Madras St at the eastern end. They have very good stock and are excellent to work with.
On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of June watercolourist Angus Watson lead a workshop in the joy of playing with colour, putting one colour beside another and allowing them to bounce off and bleed into each other. Participants on both these days had great fun working with this enthusiast whose unique style produces lovely work.
Check him out on www.anguswatson.com