Pauline Mann, Judy Wood, Samantha Minnery, Emma Caiman
Opens Thursday 24 May 6pm to 6 June 10 – 3 daily
On Fire! Energy, creativity, dynamism and drama – fire is the theme of a collaborative exhibition by four artists. ‘Women on Fire’ is a thrilling finale to the Mangawhai Artists Gallery 2017-18 exhibition season. The works are in glass, clay and a multi media presentation combining charcoal work with original song writing singing and recording.
Established ceramic artist, Judy Wood was the impetus for this show. She is joined by Mangawhai artists in glass, Pauline Mann and Samantha Minnery and Tomarata’s Emma Caiman who is presenting in charcoal and music. The art works are deeply personal reflections on the qualities of their materials - mediated by fire - and the metaphysical and literal journey it takes us on.
About the Artists
Pauline loves translucent colour and materials, teaching herself to paint with glass, allowing her to express the colour world as she sees it. She uses kiln formed glass in the slumped and fused methods.
Pauline and Emma have had many creative endeavours. Emma was intending to illustrate her children’s stories with her beautiful line drawing, then, once Pauline introduced her to a transformative charcoal technique, she began a whole new creative adventure, combining it with her recording, song writing and singing skills.
Judy has been making pots since 1969 and met Emma and Pauline in the late 80’s.They have worked, played and travelled together ever since and watched Judy build on her original production pottery skills—teaching, painting, healing and now a clay sculptor - free to explore, break the rules and create. Judy and Pauline will show some of their collaborative work in this exhibition.
Samantha is the most recent addition to the group. She was drawn to Mangawhai nearly three years ago and has found her place in the Rakaunui Art Village. Samantha uses flame working techniques to create her delightful glass assemblages which vividly express her soul connection to this medium.
The exhibition collateral (poster, cards and biography notes) were put together by another Mangawhai newcomer, Susan Dugdale, who met Pauline in the early 2000s in the Wellington Steiner School where they worked together, Susan in theatre production and Pauline on set and costume design.
This journey of fire and spirit ignites them on their journey into the unknown, and propels them into a letting go that allows the creative processes to unfold.
Winter Workshop Programme. Saturday 9 June until Sunday 5 August 2018
The first week of the Winter Workshop Programme gives a taste of what will be an enriching and stimulating eight weeks in Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Elena Nikolaeva, well known for her stimulating workshops and skill and positivity as a tutor is offering ‘Aerial Perspective in Landscape Painting’, this is a one day workshop and is the first of four that Elena will lead in this package of workshops. A three day ‘Mosaics with Found Objects’ workshop, Friday to Sunday, will be taught by Pat George who with over 30 years as a ceramic artists is hooked on the challenges and inspiration possible with modern mosaic art.
Beginning Saturday 9 June, Mangawhai Artists Inc are using their gallery for workshops during the winter months. The programme of creative workshops has lots of variety and opportunities to learn in a supportive environment. There are 13 workshops plus demonstrations and other occasions to learn new things as well as to develop your own art knowledge and skills. There are half day, whole day, weekend and weekday options. Workshops on drawing, painting, mosaics and more, with six days of printmaking to chose from. The tutors are all practising artists and experienced tutors.
Print week, 14-19 July, provides several opportunities to explore various printmaking techniques, with participants able to choose workshops; collagraph, lino cut, monotype and drypoint. The six day programme is being run by Wendy Clifford, Nicola Everett and Lynn Middleton. There will be a variety of printing presses available and the final two days are for self managed printing with tutor support. Lynn explains, ‘we hope that people will come and try out different techniques and then on the last couple of days take the opportunity to print an edition of a print, perhaps 5-10 copies or develop one of their own printing plates in a variety of ways’.
Other highlights of the Winter Workshop programme include charcoal and pastel drawing with Wendy Clifford, dramatic drawing with Wendy Leach, exploring colour with Lynn Middleton, a one day silver clay workshop led by Jenny Crundwell and Gayle Forster is leading an opportunity for those interested in understanding the process of creating a series of artworks.
Saturdays are busy days at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery. The gallery sits at the heart of the Mangawhai Village Saturday Market. Mangawhai Artists Winter Workshops have planned some drop in events for Saturday mornings (no bookings are required). There is a free workshop by Carol Marianne of Plastic Free Mangawhai so people can make their own t-shirt shopping bags and customise it with a print (Saturday 30 June). There will be demonstrations of artists at work who will be keen to talk to people about their processes for making art and being creative (Saturday 9 June and 21 July). ‘Fish Print’, a repeat of last’s years’ most popular fundraiser; choose your fish, choose your paper and PRINT (Saturday 23 July).
Nicola Everett, of Mangawhai Artists Inc is coordinating the programme, ‘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 and be creative’’.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.