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Newsletter January 2013

by Jenny Ashford

Arty News        



It has been a very busy time lately with so much good news. The biggest news and the reason we are moving forward with a fundraising venture of an Exhibition/Auction in January is that we have been gifted the Anglican Church.  This news was excitedly received, once we got over our shock, by Jan Grover and Jenny Ashford at a meeting with Truby Bull and Diane Hawkin.

Jan and Jenny explained to them that although we are thrilled, we are dependent on obtaining land in the Mangawhai Park to re-house the building and also on obtaining funding for its removal and restoration.  We expect to hear from the Council in due course about the land.

In the mean time as a small gesture of thanks to the Anglican Church, Marie Flavell wove a flax floor mat for use at the entrance of the New Anglican Church for when it is completed. This was presented at the beginning of their church service last Sunday, the 9th of December to Diane Hawkin by Jan Grover, Marie Flavell, Jeanette Vickers and Jan Clark. Barry Clark took the photo.





Plans are in full swing now for our Fundraising Exhibition and Auction (called “New Beginnings”) which will run from the 13th of January until the 26th of January with the Auction Night being on the Saturday 26th January.  This is the Saturday of Anniversary Weekend so we hope there will be plenty of visitors and bach-owners in Mangawhai over this time.  Over 50 artworks have been donated by members so far. It is heart-warming that so many members of the Mangawhai Artists Incorporated are as enthusiastic as the Committee and have donated so generously. The artworks are of an excellent standard so the exhibition will be outstanding.  Brochures and the advertising campaign are currently being organised.

Photos of the donated works will be presented on our new website as the photographs of these works come to hand.




Several art members enjoyed a Christmas Party at Jen Colgate’s house on Sunday, the 2nd December. Jen and Bruce were wonderful hosts and a very pleasant afternoon was spent playing golf in their park-like grounds, playing petanque and generally relaxing and eating.