Mangawhai Artists Gallery
Mangawhai Artists Gallery becomes a community art space!
Mangawhai Artists Inc (MAI) 2018 creative community art project began today.
Magical Mangawhai Goes Bush was opened by Deputy Mayor Peter Wethey.
There was a hubbub of expectancy as people gathered in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Mary-Anne Boyd, Chair of MAI, welcomed the community to the Gallery and the art project which celebrates our native bush and the flora and fauna that make it so special. She acknowledged and thanked the sponsors. Rosina Kamphuis, who has created and leads this event, thanked the many people helping her and was thrilled so many people had come to paint on the first morning, encouraging them to tell their friends and come back again.
Rosina handed the Deputy Mayor a painting apron, he then declared the workshop open and was the first person to choose some bush material and paint. Peter Wethey remarked that ‘every year Mangawhai Artists go from strength to strength. The stingray project last year was wonderful, this year’s project will be too.’ He thanked Mangawhai Artists for their work encouraging and expanding the creativity of Mangawhai, ‘it’s extraordinary the number of creative and talented people here in Mangawhai, and Mangawhai Artists Inc is great in taking thatforward’he went on to thank Rosina and the artists supporting this project because ‘everyone has some degree of creative flair and needs occasions like this to be able to find it in themselves and demonstrate it’. The Gallery fell silent as people selected their tree, bush material, stones or banners and began to paint, concentrating at the same time as working together exploring colour and pattern.
Opening in time for the school holidays, the workshop is open every day from 10am, including ANZAC day and weekends up to Tuesday 1 May. The Mangawhai Artists Gallery has been turned into a community art painting centre for the duration of the workshop. All ages can come along, children, adults, family groups. No art experience or painting skill is required. Everyone is encouraged to work with paint and natural bush materials, river stones and paint on banners – call in and paint!
‘One moonlit night .....’will follow the many days of workshop; the Mangawhai Artists Gallery will be a creative experience evoking our beautiful native bush at night. Mayor Jason Smith will be opening the exhibition on Saturday 5 May at 3pm.
Why a community art project? Mangawhai Artists Inc promotes, supports and nurtures creativity of all art forms in the Mangawhai community. The vision for this project is:
Logos of sponsors can be found here mangawhaiartists.co.nz/exhibitions-current
Kaipara District Creative Communities
Resene the paint the professionals use
Mangawhai Landscape Supplies
Eagle Eye Trimming
Creative Community Arts
Magical Mangawhai Goes Bush
Magical Mangawhai Goes Bush is a free community art project led by Rosina Kamphuis (who led last year’s successful Stingray project) for Mangawhai Artists Inc. Magical Mangawhai Goes Bush celebrates our native bush and the flora and fauna that make it so special.
Opening in time for the school holidays, on Friday 19 April by Peter Wethey the Deputy Mayor, the workshop is open every day from 10am, including ANZAC day and weekends up to Tuesday 1 May. The Mangawhai Artists Gallery has been turned to a community art painting centre for the duration of the workshop. All ages can come along, children, adults, family groups. No art experience or painting skill is required. Everyone is encouraged to work with paint and natural bush materials, river stones and paint on banners – drop in and paint!
An exhibition in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery follows the workshop. ‘One moonlit night .....’will use all of the painted material from the workshop to make an exhibition and installation evoking our beautiful native bush at night. Mayor Jason Smith will be opening the exhibition on Saturday 5 May at 3pm.
‘We hope that lots of people from every age group will come along and paint, then come back and explore the exhibition’, Rosina says, ‘this art project is for the Mangawhai community, families, artists, businesses, EVERYBODY!’
For more information mangawhaiartists.co.nz/upcoming-events
Friday 20 April – 10am doors open; Peter Wethey Deputy Mayor
Tuesday 1 May workshop closes
Saturday 5 May exhibition opens – 3pm by Mayor Jason Smith
Sunday 13 May – come and collect, exhibition closes 3pm
Mangawhai Artists Winter Workshop Programme
Beginning Saturday 9 June, there are nine weekends and eight packed weeks of creative workshops offered by Mangawhai Artist tutors. There are half day, whole day, weekend and weekday options. There are workshops on drawing, painting, mosaics, printmaking and more. ‘Nicola Everett, who coordinated the programme, explains, ‘we have something for all levels of experience, workshops are suitable for beginners, you only need an urge to learn and play. Our tutors are experienced artists and teachers and welcome people new to art or returning to art. With the range on offer there is plenty for more experienced artists as well – this is an opportunity to try something new; how about silver clay work or learning how to photograph your art work?’
For more information on the Winter Workshop Programme, the courses, tutors and how to book look at the Mangawhai Artists website mangawhaiartists.co.nz/learning-opportunities
Free Community Art Project 2018
Rosina Kamphuis and Mangawhai Artists
Thursday 19 April – Sunday 13 May
Remember Project Stingray held in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery this time last year? Remember all the wonderful stingrays painted by the Mangawhai community? Have you seen the resulting iconic Stingray installation on the exterior gallery wall? Rosina has created another exciting Free Community Art Experience from 19 April to 13 May 2018 for all ages! This year we invite the Mangawhai community to celebrate our native New Zealand bush with two weeks for the community to “drop in and paint” a bush theme on amazing natural bush materials, river stones and paper banners.
The Mangawhai Artists Gallery, on 45 Moir Road in the Village, will be transformed into a community painting studio. Then Rosina and her team of Mangawhai Artists helpers will create a spectacular two week installation of the community’s artworks: Magical Mangawhai Goes Bush! One moonlit night……… bathed in the night sky inside the Mangawhai Artists Gallery!
Come into our gallery, paint and create. Join Rosina and her team of artists and share your work within your community? Families, artists, businesses - everybody! All paints and materials provided. Just come in your painting clothes and enjoy a fun time for all. See you at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery for Magical Mangawhai Goes Bush!
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‘North meets South – Mangawhai meets Whanganui’ is a collection of art that chases away doubts about the standard and quality of local small town art. The 11 artists contributing to ‘North meets South’ show vibrant, diverse and eclectic art – stunning art work.
Pauline Neilson offered space at the Yellow House Café, Whanganui. Jeanette Vickers of Mangawhai Artists Inc had experience of the space from a solo exhibition in 2016. She loved the space and knew Mangawhai Artists could show well in the space available.
Curating a selection of art from the talented pool of Mangawhai artists was a significant challenge for Jeanette, and undaunted she narrowed her selection to 11 out of 130 artist members of Mangawhai Artists Inc.
All 11 artists have had successful exhibitions in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery over the last year. They are adept, technically skilled in their field, and importantly their work has flair, creativity and captures the viewer. Jeanette wanted a rich and diverse mix to show off Mangawhai art. She used colour and form as a selection guide to bind this exhibition into a strong showing of work.
The exhibition in the Yellow House Cafe is a fascinating taster into Mangawhai Artists Inc, an art association run by artists for artists. Mangawhai Artists has a thriving membership active in presenting their work to the community. Around 50 artists are exhibiting their work in this season’s busy calendar of exhibitions which change every two weeks; September to June each year. There are two members’ exhibitions each year open to all members, an annual art trail when many artists open their studios and a stunning website which profiles members showcasing a busy exhibition calendar, events and learning programme.
For more information and artist profiles www.mangawhaiartists.co.nz
Astonishing and Alarming! Mangawhai locals are moved by the powerful art and story of ‘Gold and Oil’
‘In 1940 they wanted the gold. Today we treasure our sea and all that lives in it from the smallest micro organisms to our fish, sea plants and birds. Today our priority must be saving what we have, not letting it be destroyed.’ Nicola Everett Artist.
Mangawhai Artists Gallery has been a buzz of activity as local Mangawhai people visited the ‘Gold and Oil’ exhibition. People told their friends to go. Facebook messages urged ‘If you haven't been to the current exhibition at the gallery in Mangawhai Village, I'd like to recommend that you do so...!!! Even if 'art' is not your thing, it will blow your mind!!’
Strong reaction came as people studied and enjoyed the art on display and understood the creative way Nicola tells the story of the Niagara. Paintings, multi-faceted prints, ceramics and bitumen installation; astonishing, beautiful and disturbing, amazing art with a powerful message. Belinda Vernon of Mangawhai and Deputy Chair of Maritime NZ, congratulated Nicola on, ‘your thought provoking and dare I say it confronting exhibition. Art is a powerful communicator – it speaks in a way words cannot! Your art gets the message through!’
Visitors to the exhibition were shocked and dismayed to learn about the Niagara with oil sitting in corroding tanks and that no action is being taken to prevent damage to our sea and coast.
Nicola Everett, the artist responsible for the exhibition has been overwhelmed by the reaction of people visiting her exhibition. ‘I wanted to increase awareness, and this has happened, people cannot believe this danger sits so closely to our shore. Mangawhai locals and visitors from Auckland and Northland have been astonished and in many cases, shocked to learn a huge amount of oil is still on board the wreck of the Niagara. Shoals of fish currently live happily in the Hauraki Gulf and many make their home in the waters around the wreck of the Niagara unaware the oil tanks are corroding. I want the New Zealand Government to identify options to safely remove the oil and regularly monitor the wreck of the RMS Niagara rather than rely on contingency plans for when oil leaks. My exhibition is a creative response to what the Niagara oil could do.’
Councillor Mike Lee. Waitemata and Gulf of Auckland, visited the exhibition and he said; 'I was impressed at the turnout and the depth of concern in Mangawhai about the threat the oil from the wreck poses. I guess it’s not surprising because the wreck of the Niagara lies only about 20 nautical miles away. Nicola Everett’s exhibition is a virtuoso display multi-disciplinary art. ‘Gold and Oil’ presents the beauty of the natural world she is clearly close to, with the unseen menace that threatens it. The work leaves no doubt that the artist is also driven by a deep sense of looming disaster. This is a woman who has worked so hard to ‘hammer out of warning’, to her community and to the government. Unfortunately the silence from Wellington remains deafening.’
After viewing the art work, people have been writing letters to local MPs and the Minister of Transport. As Minister for Transport, Phil Twyford has responsibility for Maritime NZ who has oversight of the Niagara. Nicola has written to all MPs and the Board of Maritime NZ to ask the New Zealand Government to identify options for the safe removal of the oil and to regularly monitor the wreck of the RMS Niagara rather than rely on contingency plans for when oil leaks.
Josie Gritten Photography www.josiegrittenphotography.com 021 234 0519
Mangawhai Artists Gallery
Sea, Water and Jewels
Opened Thursday. 25 January till 7 February
Sea, Water and Jewels opened in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery on Moir Street, Mangawhai Village on Thursday evening and is on for two weeks.
Three Kaipara artists are exhibiting work inspired by the beauty of our region. Jeanette Vickers, Leslie Cleary and Donna Shadick are offering an exhibition of paintings and jewellery.
Leslie’s meticulous seascapes rendered in oils, shine on the walls. ‘If you’re not on the beach, you can gaze at a painting and just walk into it’ said Leslie who captures the beauty of our beaches so there will be a record for future generations.
Silver, shells, pearls and precious stones; jewellery by Donna Shadick shimmers alongside Leslie’s paintings and the gallery is glistening with the atmosphere of sunrise and sunset.
Simmering summer! In the heat of opening night, water-glass photography by Jeanette Vickers is ultra-bright, vivid and colourful – celebrating summer heat. A room of colour, pattern and energy with intriguing rhythm and flow.
There are large works of over one metre alongside small pieces of precious jewellery. A visit to the gallery is highly recommended.
Mangawhai Artists Inc Gallery
45 Moir Street
Open seven days; 10am – 3pm. Free entry
Email: Mangawhai Artists email@example.com
Exhibition: Sea, Water and Jewels
Easter Art trail, members’ exhibition and learning programme
Mangawhai Artists’ gallery has been busy over the holidays with lots of visitors. ‘People are always surprised and delighted to learn that we change our exhibitions every two weeks’ said Mary-Anne Boyd, chair of Mangawhai Artists Inc and ‘they often comment how fabulous it is to have such a variety of wonderful art to see and buy.’
The next few months for Mangawhai artists continue to be focused on creativity and to showcasing Mangawhai art. There are five exhibitions between now and Easter with one opening on 11 January and a new one starting on 25 January.
East West is on now showing paintings and prints by Wendy Clifford that reflect Mangawhai’s eastern landscape and John Ecuyer’s beautiful wood turned objects.
Sea, Water and Jewels opens on Thursday 25 January at 6pm featuring the work of Jeanette Vickers, Leslie Cleary, Donna Shadick. Sea, Water and Jewels celebrates all things beautiful; whether it is a seascape rendered in oils; beautiful jewellery; or ultra-bright water-glass photography that is bold, vivid and unmissable! The range on display will amaze you. Large works over one metre alongside small pieces of precious jewellery. ‘All the work will delight, our inspiration comes from our beautiful world’ says artist Jeanette Vickers, and ‘this exhibition is all about something new, something different, and something polished’.
Easter planning has begun. While the exhibition calendar keeps local artists busy they are also preparing for Easter. Over the Easter period there will be a member’s exhibition opening on 22 March. The annual Easter Art Trail around artists’ studios on Easter Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April, as well as launch of the learning opportunities programme for the winter of 2018 at the gallery 6pm on Thursday 22 March. For more information people can visit www.mangawhaiartists.co.nz.
Below: Lesley Cleary left and Jeanette Vickers, right – exhibiting in ‘Sea, Water and Jewels’ opening 6pm Thursday 25 January. Photograph by J M Vickers - photographic artist Mangawhai.
December in the gallery
Mangawhai artists are thrilled by the support of local Mangawhai patrons and wish them all a happy Christmas and a wonderful summer. The Christmas exhibition is selling very well and every day new work is being delivered to the gallery on Moir Street. Jeanette Vickers, for Mangawhai Artists Inc, explained, ‘the art is flying out the door – people are buying art as gifts and for themselves. We have regular customers who are building collections of work done in Mangawhai and work by their favourite artists. First time visitors are blown away by the high standard of work available’. Nothing is priced over $150 and there is a good range of pieces below $50. You can buy and take it home straight away, ready to wrap for a gift or hang on your wall.
‘We wanted to let people know that new work comes to replace the work sold so people can call in any day and see exciting affordable art’
Jeanette reminds us that the gallery is open every day except Christmas day. Open between 10am and 3pm, ‘Call in on Christmas Eve, for a last minute purchase or a bit of aesthetic quiet time, then come again on Boxing Day and the 27th - the last opportunity until Christmas 2018!’.
January in the gallery
Straight after the Christmas show finishes the gallery celebrates summer and Mangawhai with work from two well known local artists. Inspired by the beauty of our area, ‘This is my Rock’ by Sarah C and ‘Form and Flow’ by Elena Nikolaeva opens 6pm on Thursday 28 December, all are welcome to the opening. The exhibition will show how each artist expresses their connections with Mangawhai. The exhibition will inspire visitors with abstract paintings and landscapes, with the two gallery spaces offering distinctive images and use of colour. Elena’s much loved quirky sculptures made from used objects will be on show as well.
Exhibitions change every two weeks up until June 2018.
Photo: The gallery team. Jeanette, Brenda and Lynn manage the Mangawhai Artists Gallery with the support of many volunteers; the gallery is run by artists for artists.
From left; Lynn Middleton, Jeanette Vickers and Brenda Adams.