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
Vivid – pure – luscious – exciting
“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.
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:
- The Warrior series: life sized warrior heads, breast plates and weaponry
- Oceanic Life series: with whales, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and kina
- Animal series: white Rhino, bulls, war horses, buffalo, bear, warthog, mammoth, bees
Large outdoor totem series:
- Black Arts
- Life’s Backbone
Current series exploring themes of human contact and connection
Collaborative lighting artwork series with artist Peter Robson
Some examples of fundraising work are:
- 5 years of gifted artworks to The Wellington Supper Club Auction for Ronald Ma Donald House with sales of over $10,000 gifted.
- Ronald MacDonald Retreat Fundraising event 2015 gifted a painting which sold for
- Wellington hospice Art from the Heart exhibition 2020
- Kapiti Vaulting art show fundraiser The Vault, set up plus donation of commission 2019
- Wellington Free Ambulance Art Show Fundraiser Artrove 2017 & 2018
CURRENTLY SHOWING AT:
- Red Peach Gallery, Ahuriri, Napier
- Artmospere Gallery, Waipawa
- Artel Gallery, Otaki
- Kāpiti Gallery, Raumati Beach
Images below include Storm’s current work and items exhibited at Kāpiti Gallery 2017 – 2019.
If you join the Society later in the year, the subscription from 1st August 2020 is reduced to Single – $60.00 : Double – $115.00 : Student – $45.00
An amended Groups list is posted, with a new convener for the Embroidery Group and the Portrait painting group deciding to meet once a month rather than twice. You can pick up a copy of our monthly newsletter from the shop or gallery, along with the updated groups list.
Kāpiti Gallery reopened with a successful exhibition of “Lock down work”. The current exhibition inspired a range of artworks with “Drip, Dribble and Splash” as their theme! See more on our Facebook page.
Kāpiti Gallery is re-opening on Thursday 11th June. Our “A Song in Art” exhibition was cut short by the lockdown, so it’s continuing until Sunday 21st June. Winter opening hours are 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
The next exhibition is “Lockdown 2020”, opening on Thursday 25th June for all Groups’ members to display work done during the lockdown period.
“Drip, Dribble and Splash” begins in July, and the revised programme for the rest of the year is on the Gallery page.
It’s great to be getting back to normal! We look forward to seeing you.
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:
- Website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UniteAgainstCovid19/
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/uniteagainstcovid19
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