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Newsletter Nov/Dec 2012

by Julia West

Mangawhai Artists Inc - Arty News - November 2012


Welcome to this our first newsletter on our new website.  These newsletters will be published bi-monthly to keep you informed of our activities here in Mangawhai.


Firstly some exciting news for the group came this month with the announcement from the Mangawhai Anglican parish that they would like to gift their old church building to the Mangawhai Artists.  We have been in discussion with the church, well known community leader Jim Wintle, and members of the Mangawhai Historical Society headed by Christine Bygrave to acquire this building and move it to a new site within the Mangawhai Park complex.  We are now waiting on the Kaipara District Council to announce where the building may be located if this proposal is accepted.  We will be relying on Mangawhai Endowment Fund to transport and re-establish the building to its new location.


The building was originally a school house built in 1868  for the Mangawhai community. In the 1950s it was converted to a church when the mangawhai Beach School opened on it's present site.  Now with the erection of  a new church in Molesworth Drive, the Anglican Church no longer has need for the building and the Historical Society is keen that it doesn't leave the area.  Our group would dearly love to acquire a building for gallery, workshop and community art activities, and this building may well be key to our sucess with this project. 


To raise funds for this development we will be holding an Art Auction at the new museum in January.  Over 35 artists have pledged to donate art works for this event which will take the form of a two week exhibition folowwed by the auction of works as a gala event at Anniversary Weekend.  More details to follow.


The Mangawhai Art Trail held over Labour Weekend was another success with 24 artists exhibiting their work in the new museum as well as thirteen other venues displaying artworks. There were a lot of visitors to each site and a good number of sales made by local artists.  Our next art trail will be held in conjunction with the Mangawhai Walking Weekend - April 4th to 7th 2013.




Dargaville Artist Pauline Gough is holding an exhibition of 40 of her ‘country scene’ paintings at the Funky Fish Cafe at Baylys Beach throughout November and December. Pauline has been painting seriously for three years and this is her second exhibition.


With the opening of Emily’s Gelateria in Bennetts courtyard, artists are now welcome to display their works and wares to the left of the main entrance. It’s an attention-grabbing spot and a shady location for the sizzling summer months (when they arrive!).

Remember to come along to our monthly coffee morning at Harvest on the last Wednesday of each month - everyone welcome. The next one will be on Wednesday 28th November.