Come along and join us!
Here are a few examples of recent work by our members:
A new page on our website will feature the guests we invite to join exhibitions in Kapiti Gallery; sometimes members of the Society are “featured artists”, and we’ll include them, too. The new page is a work-in-progress as we bring it up to date. You can also see some of the guests who’ve exhibited with us on our Pinterest page.
See the latest works by local pastel artists at your local gallery on the coast:
Positively Pastels Exhibition
Thursday 4 – Sunday 28 August 2022
Kapiti Gallery, 198 Matai Road, Raumati Beach
Gallery hours: 10 am -3 pm, Thursday to Sunday
“Pastels are very versatile; they can be used as both a drawing and a painting medium. By twisting and turning the pastel stick you can create several different effects – fine, precise lines; broad, sweeping strokes, and solid dense layers of colours – and these can be combined in an almost infinite number of ways.
Pastels are quick and direct, have pure vivid colours and can be mixed with a variety of other drawing and painting mediums, for example: watercolour, acrylic and oil paints, pen and ink, monotype prints, pencils and ball point pen…
Pastel is an immediate, spontaneous and luscious medium to work with. It can be used in many exciting ways and, with proper care and attention, will never discolour or darken, crack or fade.” – Pastel Artists NZ
Congratulations to all KA&CS Award winners and thanks to everyone who entered work in the “New Zealand Icons” exhibition.
We had a good crowd of members, friends and family at the Celebration of the Awards on Saturday afternoon (despite the weather!) See some photos below, and more on our Facebook page.
Art Awards – Winner: Nancy Anderson, “Thermal Wonderland”
Highly Commended: Merlene Beard, “Anything Goes” and Valerie Falkner, “The Voyage”
Craft Awards – Winner: Pam Stapleton, “Piwakawaka (Small)”
Highly Commended: Alison Parsons, “Red Beech Forest” and Val Waugh, “Beehive”
Our special thanks to Harriet Bright for judging the work.
This year the Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society’s annual awards theme is “New Zealand Icons”. We are fortunate to have sponsorship, allowing the society to provide small monetary awards for first and second in each of the two categories, Art and Craft. This year our judge will be Harriet Bright.
While the exhibition will open on Thursday 16 June, we will celebrate the exhibition and present the prizes at a small ceremony and social gathering in the Gallery at 2pm on Saturday 18 June. All welcome.
We’re also enjoying the quirky crafts of Bill Davies, birdhouse maker.
After hitch-hiking around Australia and working in Western Australia with Aboriginal groups, Bill returned to New Zealand and started a family. As he was always interested in horticulture he ended up running a commercial organic vegetable farm in Te Horo. Back injuries put paid to that so he retrained as a potter.
After 20 years potting he started dyeing fabric using plants and pigments found locally. In the background he was making bird-houses and they have taken on a life of their own. He loves searching for odd bits and pieces to decorate them with. Most are donated by people who have bought houses before. His flock is huge now, and his own house has many sparrow apartments on it!
Opening on Thursday 24 March, our March-April exhibition is jewellery by local artisans – members of our Jewellery Group – and photographs by our guest, Vicky Brandt (more info below).
Here’s a sneak preview of some artworks to look out for:
Vicky is based in Paraparaumu on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast. Her love of photography came about after she and her husband closed their gift and homewares store in Johnsonville in 2015 and moved to Kāpiti. Taking long walks on the beautiful beaches and plentiful walkways in the area, Vicky started taking photos and soon became obsessed with learning more and more. She enjoys still life photography, bird, food photography and challenging herself to learn new techniques and different styles of photography.
Come to Kapiti Gallery’s Exhibition & sale of work by Society members – and see how featured artists Marion Henderson, Pauline Medhurst, Heather Chambers have responded to the challenge of this first exhibition of the year, with the theme “Morning Light or Evening Glow“.
“Clay Expressions” exhibition is now open at Kapiti Gallery, featuring work by our Pottery Group members, including guest artist Storm Davenport. Storm, a painter and sculptor, has spent fourteen years exhibiting throughout the Wellington region and greater North Island with work being held by many collectors both nationally and internationally.
Showing work her in galleries, art shows, fundraisers, community events and awards, she has won awards in both painting and ceramics.
Specializing in ceramic sculpture, she works from her home studio in Paraparaumu Beach where she has a gallery open to the public by appointment. Her work is inspired by ancient lost civilizations, and traditional firing techniques used to create refined but rustic artworks that tell a story.
From small wall-hung works to seven foot tall outdoor sculptures her works include:
Large outdoor totem series:
Current series exploring themes of human contact and connection
Collaborative lighting artwork series with artist Peter Robson
Some examples of fundraising work are:
CURRENTLY SHOWING AT:
Images below include Storm’s current work and items exhibited at Kāpiti Gallery 2017 – 2019.
“Fabulous Fibre” exhibition and sale of work, with guest artist Mary Moon, will showcase the work of our spinners, weavers, knitters, fibre artists and felters. Most of the work on display will be for sale.
Mary has been an artist all her life, trained in oils and watercolour, and also has a lifelong interest in crafts. Now retired, Mary is currently focusing on Raranga (flax weaving). She did a year long course with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, learning all aspects of Māori weaving and its cultural context.
All her weaving is completed according to tikanga, from the harvesting of the harakeke to the final whiri (plait). Mary says, “I love that the items are from locally sourced materials, hand processed and biodegradable. At the end of their useful lives they return to Papatūānuku.”
Mary will be at the Gallery each Sunday of the exhibition, demonstrating the art of Raranga.
As well as spun, woven, knitted, felted and hand-crafted fibre artwork, Vivien Adams‘ prize-winning machine knitting will be on display.
Kapiti Gallery: Thursday 3rd to Sunday 27th June 2021.
Hours: 10 am to 3 pm, Thursday to Sunday.