NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2022
FENCIBLE LOUNGE, UXBRIDGE RD, HOWICK (NEXT TO THE HOWICK LIBRARY).
Demonstrating Artist: Karen Symons
Our next club night will be held on Wednesday, 28th September with Karen Symons demonstrating her charcoal drawing technique. “It has been said that you can take a woman out of Africa, but you can’t take Africa out of the woman. I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another, but I often end up painting something that reminds me of the land of my birth – South Africa. I have fond memories of the sights, the sounds, the smells and the vibrant colours.” You can learn more about Karen’s art on her website www.karensymonsart.co.nz.
Members and guests had a great time painting at the Plein Air Paintout at Whitford Village Green earlier this month. Thank you to Merv and Amanda for arranging this.
Dates for the Diary
Sunday, 25th September – Changeover at the Cottage Gallery
Sunday, 9th October – Oil Pastel and Gouache Workshop with John Heywood 10am to 3:30pm Uxbridge Art and Culture Centre, Studio 3
Registration form is at the cottage or please email Jennie Henry at email@example.com to secure your spot. Cost is $60. Please ensure those registering for this pay by Wednesday, 5th October.
Saturday, 12th November – Exhibition for members at Howick Information Centre during village
market. Set up will be the Friday afternoon before.
Wednesday, 23rd November – AGM and End of Year Party
Friday 2nd-Sunday 4th December – Exhibition for members at Bruce McLaren Village.
Friday, 2nd will be an opening cocktail night for artists and residents of the village.
Saturday and Sunday will be open to the public from 10am-3pm.
In other business, I am looking for someone competent in Word or Google Docs to take over formulating the newsletter each month. Maybe this could be something one of our newer members would like to help out with. Please let me know if you’re keen. I’d really appreciate the support.
Stay safe, and happy painting.
Elise De Silva
Our current 2022 committee members are:
President – Elise De Silva
Vice President – Merv Appleton
Secretary – Carina Sim-Smith
Treasurer – Liz Payne
Membership – Amanda Gleason
Art Programme – Jennie Henry
Gallery & Library – Janice Skinner
Off committee member is:
Website & Library – Wendy Oey
Our Changeover date this month is Sunday 25th September. Two paintings per artist at $2 a
Please make sure your paintings are properly presented by having the right tape used at the back and the correct cord.
Pam French and Jennie Henry have a very lovely exhibition in the solo room at the moment. This
exhibition is well worth a visit and Susan Wewege, a new member, will have her beautiful artwork on display for the month of October.
(535 9190 or 02102368667)
For those of you who may be new to the group, the Solo Room is available for any working member to book. It only costs $40 and means you have the whole room to yourself for the month. This is a great way to have your own exhibition. There is a board in the cottage, and all you need to do is add your name to the month that you would like to exhibit. I highly encourage members to take advantage of this unique benefit. – Elise
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.