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February Arty News

by Julia West



Mangawhai Artists Exhibition and Auction a Success

The Mangawhai Art Exhibition and Auction was a great success with 75 artworks donated by artists from as far afield as the Kaipara. Hundreds of people visited the exhibition over the course of the two weeks it was held at the new museum. During this time many bids were placed through silent auction on artworks which included paintings, sculpture, handcrafted furniture and jewellery.

The exhibition culminated in a live auction of twenty artworks on Saturday 26th January with over 200 people attending the wine and cheese evening. Bidding was vigorous and all works were sold on the night with many going to local bidders in the audience, while one out-of-town bidder phoned in from Wellington to close a deal. The winning bids ranged from a few dollars up to $1,000. 

$16,000 was raised by the exhibition and auction including $1,500 from visitor donations alone which shows strong community support for the local artists.


Joy Agar

The Art Exhibition and Auction was made very poignant by the sudden passing of Joy Agar, who was a founding member and recently-made life member of the Mangawhai Artists group. Joy’s stingray sculpture overlooked proceedings. Joy’s funeral was held last Wednesday in the foyer of the new museum, with the community pulling together to make it a farewell befitting such a joyful local identity and artist. She will be greatly missed.




Update on the removal of the Church

With such a great boost to our funds from the Art Auction, the committee is working hard behind the scenes to negotiate with the Kaipara District Council and the Mangawhai Park committee to obtain land in Mangawhai Park for the relocation of the old Anglican church.

We have applied for funding for this major project with both ASB Community Funding and the Mangawhai Endowment Fund. Once both land and funding have been secured we will be able to move the church and have it remodelled as an Arts Centre which will house an art gallery and studio space for local artists. There are a number of hoops to jump through to make this happen, so we will keep you posted with progress.




Art Trail 2013

We are gearing up for our next Art Trail to be held on 6th & 7th April. Details will be posted on our website in the next couple of weeks.


Culinary Artists, Hairdressers, Musicians, Writers, Storytellers, Gardeners - all welcome

Would you like to be involved with the local arts scene, but don’t feel you’re an artist? Most people are creative in one form or another, whether it’s in the kitchen (culinary artist!), writing, telling stories, or perhaps you sing, play an instrument or grow wonderful creations in your garden. So why not become an Associate Member? Use the Contact Us page to sign up. We look forward to having you on board!