NEXT MEETING CANCELLED: WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020 AT 7.00PM CANCELLED
FENCIBLE LOUNGE, UXBRIDGE RD, HOWICK (NEXT TO THE HOWICK LIBRARY).
With full support of the committee, I have decided to cancel our upcoming club night. I had no intention of doing this, and have not wanted to succumb to the overall panic and fear that is creeping across the world. However, as you are no doubt aware, the government has taken a strong stance to quash the corona virus, and after considering that many of our members fall into the category of those most vulnerable, I thought it prudent to cancel our meeting this month. Your health and well being are of the utmost importance to me, and while I know it is a bit of a pain, it’s only temporary.
We will be back with bells on next month! In the meantime, we can enjoy lots of quiet time at home, doing what we love, painting! And while this weather continues to be good, some of us will be out plein air painting, so keep an eye out for announcements on our Facebook page.
Speaking of our Facebook page, please don’t be shy to share your artistic joys, successes, or failures on there. It’s another way we can share our journey and support one another. It’s not my page, it’s everybody’s, so if you feel you have something to say that other members would like to hear about, go for it!
I would also like to say a big thank you to Carina Sim-Smith for answering the call, and stepping up to be our club secretary. We know you’ll be great!
Elise De Silva
Our next Changeover Date in the Gallery will be Sunday, 29th March.
Remember to have the correct D-rings, cords, and swing tags attached. Present your paintings in the condition you would expect them to be in, if you were the buyer.
There is no volunteer artist for the Solo Room this month, so it will be open to all artists. The theme for the solo room for April will be “Water”. Boats, Coastlines, Streams, Rivers etc will be applicable.
There is a copy of this month’s New Zealand Artist Magazine in the cottage for all to peruse. Our President Elise’s beautiful painting graces the cover and there is a lovely article about her artistic journey within. She even subtly advertises our group and the gallery. Thanks Elise and Congratulations!
Saw this quote from Marc Chagall and thought it very clever and true “All colours are the friends of their neighbours and the lovers of their opposites.”
Take care everyone,
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.