Promoting and supporting artists in the Rangiora area

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Outdoor Painting Days

The group at Ashley Gorge

The group at Ashley Gorge

Carolyn Abernethy and Lynette Rate have been pioneering an outdoor painting group on the first Tuesday of the month. Last week several of us joined them for a great day up at Ashley Gorge and came home feeling well pleased with our day’s efforts. It was great just to be out there in nature, breathing in good doses of fresh air and committing to paper the scene before us on an immediate basis.
The next outdoor painting day is Tuesday 5 April. Why not join them at Amberley Beach? Give Carolyn (03 132 8524) or Lynette (03 424 4665) a phone call to check out meeting place etc, pack your lunch and your Art equipment and you’ll be amazed at what you can produce.

First painting day for 2016

We’re off to another year of painting starting on Tuesday, 2 February in the Gospel Hall. Folk generally arrive around 9.30am and you are free to stay until 3.00pm. We give out the notices at 10.00am so it is best to have arrived by then! Please also remember your weekly $2.00 offering as this pays for the Hall hire. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also on tap. We look forward to catching up with you all again.

Christmas party winds up our 2015 year

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.



Gordon Harris Demonstration Evening

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.

Christmas Luncheon and Break-Up

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.

2015 Spring Exhibition – “the best yet”

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.

Lorraine Rooney with her painting "The Gorge" whick won the Gordon Harris prize

Lorraine Rooney with her painting “The Gorge” which won the Gordon Harris award


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



outlook final

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.

Susan-Ferguson-landscape-1 Susan-Ferguson-portrait

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.

Spring exhibition just gets better

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.

Our President (Ngaire Hunt) admires the work of guest artist "Vjekoslav Nemesh"

Our President (Ngaire Hunt) admires the work of guest artist “Vjekoslav Nemesh”


Sue Fergusson stands beneath her painting "Abstract Gloriana"

Susan Fergusson stands beneath her painting “Abstract Gloriana”


Prize winners

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”

Highly Commended

  • 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”
Libby Handy with her painting "Atmosphere"

Libby Handy with her painting “Atmosphere”


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

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