NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE 2020 AT 7.00PM
FENCIBLE LOUNGE, UXBRIDGE RD, HOWICK (NEXT TO THE HOWICK LIBRARY).
I must say, I heaved a sigh of relief when it was announced the Fencible Lounge would be reopening. It’s been four long months, but our country is now back on track and I’m sure you’re all looking forward to enjoying the wonderful things our art group brings to us as individuals, and to the community.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 24th June in the Fencible Lounge with Evan Woodruffe demonstrating in acrylic painting mediums & additives. Some of you will remember Evan from the critique evening he gave us at the beginning of the year. While we have moved to Alert Level 1, please continue to observe the guidelines around this level by staying at home if you are sick or unwell. Also wash and dry your hands, cough into your elbow, and don’t touch your face.
The Midwinter Exhibition is all go, and your committee is working hard to bring this together, a little last minute. The exhibition will host its opening and prize giving on Wednesday, 15th July at 7pm with the exhibition open to the public from Thursday, 16th July to Sunday, 19th July. Be sure to invite all your friends and family. With the community embracing #buylocal, now is the time to promote our group like never before, and encourage people to support their local artists and economy.
You will find an entry form for the exhibition attached to this email. If you are unable to print out the entry form, copies will be available at the cottage.
It was wonderful to see our cottage gallery open for business once again. I will be talking on Howick Village Radio 88.1fm on Wednesday, 10th June about our gallery and to promote our upcoming exhibition. I’ve always been told I have a great face for radio.
We now have an Instagram account, so if you use this media platform, be sure to like and follow us at @HowickArtGroup. And once again, I encourage you to join our Facebook group. Many other members have said how wonderful it is to see one another’s work and our celebrations and the odd failure.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all once again at our upcoming club night.
Elise De Silva
Green Gables is now open and although it has been a slow start, I am sure it will improve as people get more confident to venture out.
Please note the gallery hours for Fridays are 10 am to 12.30 pm for the whole of June. Saturday remains at 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday remains at 10 am to 12.30 pm (changeover Sunday until 3 pm).
We have had a cancellation in the solo room for August so if anyone is interested please contact me.
Changeover is on Sunday 28th June and paintings can be dropped off anytime over the weekend. No more than 2 per artist.
The author John Maxwell said “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional” and Brian Tracy said “The comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
Happy painting Janice Skinner (535 9190 or 021 023 68667)
GALLERY RULES (FOR ALL TOO READ)
ORIGINALITY – (New Zealand copyright law and excerpts taken from Landscape Painting Inside and Out by Kevin Macpherson)
Many artists are not aware that painting from a photograph taken by someone else is copyright infringement. The same goes for painting from another artist’s painting. Photos or paintings by others may inspire you to see a subject a different way, but please do not copy them. To do so is illegal. Copying a painting can help you grow as an artist, but the results should never leave your studio. If working from someone else’s photograph the painting must be so changed that it is unrecognisable as a copy. Copying paintings of the Old Masters is allowed as copyright falls away after they have been dead for 50 years but the original artist must be acknowledged on the artwork.
When putting your signature to a painting, it means that you are the sole artist. No work that has been worked on by a tutor should be entered in a competition or sold. No work that has been done at a workshop from the demonstrator’s photo, or that the demonstrator has worked on, should be put up for sale.
For your own work, find and research your own subjects, including taking your own photos. Make it your view, your idea. Herman Melville said: ‘It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation’.
FRAMED PAINTINGS AND PAINTINGS ON STRETCHED CANVAS – Are to be written up in the Painting Register at a cost of $2. Paintings are hung for one month but can be hung again after a waiting period of at least 4 months.
PRICE – All works including miniatures and unframed items must be for sale and 20% commission added on.
FRAMING – Artwork must be soundly framed with the correct rings and cords attached ready for hanging. The correct picture framers tape must be used. No badly damaged frames will be accepted.
LABELLING – Put your name, title, medium, and price on a card (swing tag) affixed to the back of each painting.
UNFRAMED WORKS – All unframed Watercolours must be mounted and covered in plastic or cellophane. All these works must have stickers on top of the plastic, stating title, name, medium and price. These paintings must be entered into the Miniatures/Unframed register (no cost) and they can stay in the gallery for a period of 6 months.
MINIATURES – These works should be no higher than 7”. A card stating title, name, medium and price must be affixed to the back. These paintings must be entered into the Miniatures/Unframed register and can stay in the gallery for a period of 6 months. There is no cost in hanging miniatures in the gallery.
Janice Skinner – Ph 535 9190 (021 023 68667)
CRAFTS FOR THE GALLERY
We are able to display ceramics, glass, pottery, woodwork and sculptures. Any of our working members who are involved in the above arts please bring your creations to the next changeover. The cost to display for the month is $2 per item and 20% commission must be included in your pricing.