Come along and join us!
Here are a few examples of recent work by our members:
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!
Our group is having a monthly challenge to paint or draw subjects we don’t usually paint.
For February it was a self portrait. We had produced some lovely ones and had a lot of fun showing them to each other. The March subject was a bird and some found that hard but all the same did some great paintings and drawings.
See more of our artworks on our Oil Painting page.
“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.
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.
In the interests of our members and the general public, Kāpiti Gallery and our workrooms at 192 Matai Road will also be closed in the meantime, and we have decided to close our arts and crafts shop at 20 Raumati Road for at least the next 4 weeks.
As soon as we’re “open for business” again, we’ll let you know!
Many of our shop’s volunteer minders are seniors, and with other society members compromised health-wise, we do not have the numbers to keep the shop open just now. (We thank all who have worked in the past week and all have said they were happy with the precautions we put in place.
We wish our valued Shop customers and Gallery visitors good health and hope you remain in good spirits.
Keep in touch with us and each other via Facebook – share photos and updates of your art and craft projects https://www.facebook.com/kapitiartsandcrafts
New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system specifies public health and social measures to be taken against COVID-19.
There was a great response from members of the Society about forming a Portrait Group. Its first meeting was on Thursday 4th July, from 1.00 – 4.00 pm.