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Here are a few examples of recent work by our members:
The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday February 23rd from 7.30 pm.
We will be electing a new President and Vice President, and the newly amended Constitution will be presented. If you would like an advance copy, please email the Secretary Anne White.
Notices of Motion should be with the Secretary 14 days prior to the AGM (by Wednesday 9 February).
A copy of the reviewed accounts for the year will be on the notice board in the workroom 14 days prior to
Address and COVID-19 requirements here.
Congratulations from Kāpiti Arts and Crafts Society to Vivien Adams, trophy winner in this year’s NZ Machine Knitter’s Society (NZMKS) competition.
Vivien won the Novice Cup in the 2021 competition which is part of the NZMKS festival, held this year in Stratford. The Machine Knitter’s Society includes members from Australia as well as New Zealand.
To win the cup, entrants have to enter four items: Baby, Adult, Non-garment, and competitor’s own choice. Entries are judged on presentation, fabric and seaming, finishing, design and degree of difficulty. The person who has the most points wins the trophy.
(“Novice” means the member hasn’t entered or won previous competitions, not that they’re a beginning knitter.)
You can see Vivien’s prize-winning work in Kāpiti Gallery’s “Fabulous Fibre” Exhibition in June; it will showcase the work of Kāpiti Arts and Crafts Society spinners, weavers, knitters, fibre artists and felters. Most of the work on display will be for sale.
Vivien, who is a member of Kāpiti Arts and Crafts’ Spinning, Weaving and Knitting group, is also newsletter editor for the NZ Machine Knitter’s Society, and her wonderful children’s knitwear is available through the Kāpiti Arts and Crafts Shop in Raumati Village.
As well as highlighting Vivien’s award-winning creations, the “Fabulous Fibre” exhibition will include traditional kete and other work by our guest artist, basket weaver Mary Moon from Ōtaki. Mary will be at the Gallery on Sundays during the exhibition, demonstrating basket weaving.
Fabulous Fibre exhibition and sale of work – Thursday 3rd to Sunday 27th June 2021
Kāpiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach.
Gallery opening hours: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Thursday to Sunday
Group visits can be arranged outside these hours by contacting the gallery manager.
If you’d like to come to our Spinning, Weaving and Knitting group but can’t make it during the daytime, we’re beginning evening sessions, fortnightly from Thursday 4 March at 7.00 pm. Click here for details
We don’t hold formal classes, but our more experienced members are happy to share their knowledge—and if you know the basics, or are an experienced spinner or knitter, you can work at your own pace in friendly company. (We’ve called it a knitting group to begin with, but spinners, weavers and crocheters are welcome, too.)
Join during March 2021 and you’ll receive FREE a pair of knitting needles, an easy pattern and wool from our stash to get you started. If you’re a spinner, you can bring your own wheel, or borrow one from the group.
Once a core group forms, the time and frequency can be adjusted to suit members. Modest fee per session in 2021, or join the Society as a full member. Great location in Raumati Beach at the Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society workrooms.
The Oil and Acrylic Painters had a very successful Exhibition in Coastlands Shopping Centre in November. Most of group’s members had paintings on show and they received a very positive reaction from the public – along with a pleasing number of sales.
The group is especially thankful to Lynda Price who organized it and to everyone who participated and staffed the exhibition.
Join Kāpiti Arts And Crafts Society while the Arts Trail is on, and your $85.00 subscription will last for the rest of 2020 and right through to 31 December 2021!
Our Gallery Exhibition, which opens on Thursday 29th October, spans both Kapiti Arts Trail weekends and is a great opportunity to see Artists in Action! Our Arts and Crafts shop will be open, too, as part of the Arts Trail.
“Before, during and after the Arts Trail” exhibition
from 29 October to Sunday 22 November
Kāpiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
See artists and crafters in action in our workrooms and pottery and visit the exhibition in our gallery.
Arts and Crafts Shop
20 Raumati Road (next door to Raumati Road Pharmacy) in Raumati Village—close to specialty shops and the beach. A great place to find the perfect, locally made gift, or an artwork or craft item to treat yourself.
A message from Rosie Salas, Arts, Museums & Heritage Advisor at Kāpiti Coast District Council (extracts):
As you will be aware, the COVID-19 situation has evolved rapidly and we will be in lockdown very soon. It has affected all Council staff and operations, and right now our focus is on our general community response and following all Government guidelines.
We have put our normal planning for the Arts Trail on hold for now, and will not be opening applications in March/early April as signalled earlier.
We will keep you updated as best we can through email and on our website about the Arts Trail.
In the meantime, we encourage you to share your art and your stories via social media, virtual shows, and displays in street-facing windows. I am putting together a document with some useful links and helpful hints to send out to you shortly. I encourage you to support each other at this very testing time.
You may also have seen that Creative New Zealand has announced a support package for artists – see Creative NZ support package – which I encourage you to follow up if your art is an important part of your income.
The best source of information continues to be official government information sources:
For up-to-date information about our Council’s response to COVID-19 and how this impacts our services and facilities visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/covid19