The Mid Winter Exhibition is held at the Fencible Lounge in July each year for four days from Thursday to Sunday. This is a members only exhibition. Exhibitors are required for 2-3 hourly roster duties during this exhibition.
New Classes for Midwinter
Things will be slightly different for our next Midwinter so we would like to give our members as much
notice as possible. In short, we will be moving from medium based categories to genre based
The classes will be as follows:
Class 1. Landscape.
This includes Cityscapes, which covers our urban environment and architecture, it also covers farm
buildings and equipment, garden scenes, lakes, and rivers.
Class 2. Seascape and Marine.
This includes the ocean, ships, small boats, sail boats, coastal, beaches, harbours, wharves and
Class 3. Portraits.
This includes figurative work, and the human form studies.
Class 4. Still life.
This includes objects, floral arrangements, indoors or outdoors, pot plants etc.
Class 5. Abstract.
This covers contemporary, and modern art.
Class 6. Wild Life.
This covers all animal life including pets and bird life.
NB. We have dropped mixed media as this is included in any genre.
Reason for Change
One of the main purposes of the committee is to advance the group. All major exhibitions are moving
towards this kind of categorisation, so your committee felt the Howick Art Group should align with the
best. It doesn’t matter what medium is used; it is the genre that counts. When judging, you are looking
at composition, tonal values, techniques used and what the artist is trying to say. In other words, it is
the painting that counts. If we stick to medium, then it is all about how the artist used their particular
medium etc. not the painting. We feel it is better and fairer grouping genres together as is the trend
If you have any questions, or are unsure which class to enter your work, please phone:
President, Elise De Silva 0273288760
Vice President, Merv Appleton 0272460929
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 1 merit for each category
Overall Best in Show Award
People’s Choice (to be awarded at the end of the exhibition after the count of votes)
Entry forms come out with the June Newsletter
2021 Howick Art Group Mid Winter Exhibition Registration Form (copies are attached to your member’s June Newsletter, are available from Green Gables Art Gallery or also available at our June Club Night.)
2020 Mid Winter Exhibition – Competition Prize Winners
1st Prize David Szeto – Pine Harbour in Auckland, NZ
2nd Prize Neville Rider – Staithes Bec #4
3rd Prize Steve Dymond – Howick Market
1st Merit Mary Maxwell – Yellow Rose
Merit Louis Hsu – Tukutuku Valley
1st Prize Rick Julian – Mysterious
2nd Prize Jan Porritt – Reflections
3rd Prize Steve Dymond – Dog with a Hat
Merit Pamela Julian – Oyster Catcher Trio
1st Prize Ken Tanner – Day at the Beach
2nd Prize Pat Neilson – Stop the World I want to get off
3rd Prize Val Lofthouse – A pleasing Palette
Merit Cecilia Liang – Forest
1st Prize Lesley Keane – Old Season/New Season
2nd Prize John Heywood – Sunset Shelley Park
3rd Prize Mirene Gebbie – NZ Bird
Merit Dell Ruskell – This is Love
1st Prize Janice Skinner – Peaceful Morning
2nd Prize Carina Sim-Smith – Blush
3rd Prize Masami Ichikawa – First Feeling
Merit Mavis Huff – Edinburgh Castle
1st Prize Joan Hickman – Autumn Colours
2nd Prize Jess Kang – Muriwai
3rd Prize Joan Lu – Prince Charming
1st Merit Pam French – Pretty Little Poser 2nd
Merit Lesley Keene – Dry Old Barrier at Lockdown
Best in Show – David Szeto – Pine Harbour in Auckland, NZ