Leslie Cleary – Dawn to Dusk
Donna Shadick - The Horse And Mankind
Opens Thursday 10 January 6pm
Leslie and Donna return to Mangawhai Artists Gallery with a celebration of landscape and man’s best friend, the painting of both of these artists is enjoyed by visitors to the Gallery.
In this latest exhibition, The Horse And Mankind, Donna explains “I am showing how the horse has been a servant and friend to man through the ages. I want to convey for the viewer the beauty, grace, power and mystery that surrounds this companion to mankind”. With evocative titles; French Ploughman, Gypsy Caravan, Circus Stunt Rider; these richly coloured and toned paintings are full of detail, each telling its own story.
The inspiration for Leslie’s Dawn to Duskcomes from many happy hours walking along local beaches and chatting to other beach goers. Leslie says, ‘there are many different ideas on what people love about their walks and the best places to get stunning views’. Leslie’s has captured the magical beauty and essence of those happy walks in a series of paintings ranging from dawn till dusk.
Leslie revels in the beauty of nature, and loves being able to celebrate it through her art. She especially enjoys capturing local scenes in oils on canvas, enabling people who have lived in the area, moved away, or visited and been captured by the beauty of these places, to take these loved views with them in the form of art to cherish for many years.
You are invited to attend the opening night, at 6pm on Thursday 10th January 2019. On until Wednesday 23 January; Mangawhai Artists Gallery is open 10am – 3pm seven days a week. 45 Moir Street Mangawhai Village 0505.
Opens Thursday 22 November 6pm
Friendship between artists has always been inspiring; in this marvellous exhibition we see two shows of stunning art bought together by friendship, celebrating people, family and place. Rebecca, fresh out of art school and teaching college, was Tracey's art teacher and set the foundations for Tracey's career in art (‘what a role model!’ says Tracey). Twenty one years of being friends, encouraging each other in art practice, working towards the goal of exhibiting has resulted in a remarkable, stunning exhibition at Mangawhai Artists Gallery.
The artists describe their styles as wildly different, however, their painterly mix of colourful familiar images, the love of people and place, unify this exhibition.
Tracey’s work in ‘Willow Garden’ stems from her journey from Auckland to Paparoa with her young family. Tracey explains ‘my husband and I moved back into my family home on the Kaipara Harbour and I found that old and new memories started to merge, flourish and grow much like an overgrown summer garden. I painted a botanical mural on my daughter’s wall that was the starting point and I found myself recalling floral bed sheets, retro sun umbrellas and wildflower arrangements from my childhood. The poignancy of memory with my new experience of motherhood is at the heart of my work’. Tracey paints with expressive, vibrant paint, cutting out and arranging images. She says, ‘the irregularity of the edges and imperfections are all part of the work which I think reflect flora and fauna as well as memories. The Kaipara harbour ebbs and flows outside my window and I am inspired by the shifting colours and contrasts of light on the water, mangroves and fields’.
In ‘Scratching the Surface’, Rebecca began by interviewing people to create a snapshot of the people we live alongside and for us, the viewers, to connect with the essence of humanity and share stories as we relate to the paintings. For Rebecca, ‘initially the idea came from thinking about where people are at in their own lives, the aspects of loss in cultural identity, in my own family through adoption and estrangement, and what has been gained through these events…this was my starting point’. Sourcing images was next. ‘The collection of images brings my creative perspective to the fore, ideas differed from person to person. While I have been preparing and painting these images, I feel like I have sat with people I admire and am thankful that they have shared something of themselves, trusting me to decipher their words into my own creative expression which is seated in being loved by God.’
This is an exciting exhibition by two local artists and friends who have decided to show together this year and hope to do so again in the future – we hope they do as well!.
Tracey Christie and Rebecca Barclay Clist invite you to preview their exhibition on November 22nd from 6. All welcome. Exhibition closes Wednesday 5 December.
Pauline Gough and Kathleen Reynolds
Susan Taylor, Pat Mortensen and Heather Carrigan
Opens Thursday 8 November at 5.30pm
Five artists, all friends, are embarking on a creative journey travelling with their art from their usual artistic home in Muddy Waters Gallery in Dargaville over to the East and Mangawhai Artists Gallery. Susan Taylor explained ‘we wanted to exhibit at the awesome Mangawhai Artists gallery and share our art and our story with our artist friends in Mangawhai’.
The five women are members of both Dargaville Arts Association and Mangawhai Artists Inc and are actively involved in the many creative endeavours both art organisations offer; Easter Art Trail in Mangawhai, Kaipara Art Awards, Members Exhibitions and recently Susan and Kathleen Reynolds had a dual exhibition in the Dargaville Muddy Waters Gallery.
This exhibition will be a visual feast because each artist has her own style and the art of each one is much loved and sought after. A taster of what you can expect to see:
Pauline Gough paints large vibrant colourful paintings, mainly in acrylics of subjects she loves; cows, roosters, landscapes and more.
Patricia Mortensen paints in acrylics and loves to depict her impressions of the local landscapes. She also does reverse painting on glass and her recent entry to the Kaipara Art Awards had wow factor with many intrigued by the technique.
Heather Carrigan’s Flax and Fibre works are beautiful! The colours, textures, skill and flair always thrill when people see her kete, flowers and more. Woven from the haraheke that grows on her property, Heather’s work is a real manifestation of home.
Kathleen Reynolds paints in oils and captures the beauty and character of our native birds and lovely landscapes on canvas.
Susan Taylor paints in acrylics and watercolours often in a realist style or semi impressionistic style. She captures the mood and feel of place, the charm and loveliness of where we live.
Susan and Kathleen are also involved with White Rock Gallery, based at the Matakohe Kauri Museum, yet another gallery – demonstrating just how vibrant and creative we are in the Kaipara.
For more information mangawhaiartists.co.nz and artist profiles:
Photo: Wendy Leach and Mary-Anne Boyd, with Awards Judge Graham Billings
Mary-Anne Boyd and Wendy Leach were delighted and proud to represent Mangawhai Artists Incorporated at the Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards functionin Whangarei on Friday evening, and hear that Mangawhai Artists Inc was short-listed for three awards!
They were then thrilled to accept two winning awards:
The Judge’s panel said ‘Mangawhai Artists are a deserving winner of the Not for Profit category. The unity with which they operate is clearly evident - a large group of people working co-operatively with a very clear focus to instigate and complete ambitious building programmes, run innovative exhibitions and workshops for the local community and support local artists both at home and away. The obvious enjoyment and efficiency of this group made it a pleasure to judge’.
The citation for the Micro Business Award noted that the top few in the micro category were all excellent, but the judges were particularly impressed with the scale and complexity of Mangawhai Artists Inc. From running exhibitions that appeal to all ages to negotiating with Council over a new building and an addition to the existing gallery, setting up a complex website to benefit local artists and provide an information base, the work is done smoothly with a great deal of focus and determination, delivering great outcomes.
Mary-Anne is Chair of Mangawhai Artists Inc and said ‘This is a tribute to the Committee's teamwork, commitment and foresight and to all our artists, Friends, supporters and sponsors. We entered for this award to make sure we keep learning and developing as an organisation. It has been a positive experience and this is very affirming for us all’.
The Originals Group.
A group show by eleven artists who meet to make art every Monday morning
Opens Thursday 25 October 6pm
Every Monday morning; rain, wind, sun – in all weathers, you will find a group of artists gathering to make art, be creative, share their knowledge, offer friendship and a cup of tea. Tucked away behind the Medical Centre, the Mangawhai Community Hall provides a welcoming space and on Monday mornings is turned into a studio for artists.
Ann Howard, the organiser says, ‘Our Monday’s are a bright way to start the week. We can have as many as 25 people painting, drawing, experimenting and teaching each other skills and techniques. Many of our group were new to Mangawhai and to art when they first came along. We are always thrilled to welcome newcomers to our Monday mornings and invite people to drop in for a look and to meet us – we love encouraging people to join us and become artists in the making’.
The exhibition ‘For the Love of...’ will showcase the art of eleven artists with their distinctive styles, approaches and topics. The artists enjoy the opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition. Visitors to the Mangawhai Artists Gallery in Moir Street will see beautiful skilful landscapes and seascapes; vivid abstracts, ‘wow’ factor portraits and much more.
Opening night will be a celebration of creativity with the artists (who are all members of Mangawhai Artists Inc), their families and friends – all are welcome.
‘For the Love of...’ opens Thursday 25 October, 6.30pm with drinks and nibbles. Exhibition ends Wednesday 7 November. Mangawhai Artists Gallery 10 – 3 daily, Saturday 9am – 3pm
The exhibiting artists are: Marion Bilton, Janine Brougham, Ann Connew, Ailsa Dennis, Jean Fountain, Linda Hobbs, Ann Howard, Gordon McGibbon, Lynn Middleton, Tracey Scott and Chris Thomson
About the Artists
Opens Friday 12 October at 6pm
Mangawhai Artists Gallery is delighted to be hosting the second annual Mangawhai Printmakers Exhibition. Along with a display of printmaking tools, seven printmakers are showing original handmade prints. Each artist has a distinctive style and several methods of printmaking will be on show. Curator, Nicola Everett says, ‘we are thrilled that interest in printmaking is growing with more artists becoming part of the Mangawhai Printmakers’ group. Last year our aim was to show people a range of printmaking techniques, this year we are displaying tools used by printmakers; there is a fascinating variety and we have quite a collection from specialised Japanese tools through to homemade dollies and barens’.
Our environment and this beautiful place we live in is reflected in some of the work on show. Remembering ‘Gold and Oil – The legacy and Threat of the Niagara’ earlier this year, Nicola has bought her care and concern about our environment to the theme of tools and is showing print work that will be challenging for some people. Continuing an environmental theme, the group is delighted to be showing eco printing by Christine den Hartogh – beautiful work with intriguing colours and images from the world around us. Gayle Forster is a printmaker working in Japanese Ukiyo-e style printing with tools she has made herself, she explains ‘inspiration for my work comes from the environment. The air, water, and land in or on which people, animals and plants live’. Toni Smith has a collection of etchings whose images reflect her 30 years living in Kaipara, all with wonderful titles, for example, ‘Chook in the Kitchen’, ‘Cats in the Laundry’ and ‘Gathering Pipis, Journeys End’.
The tools on display are a starting point for some of the art work with the artists exploring tools in the widest possible context. Wendy Clifford and Lynn Middleton are exploring images of tools used every day, in the home, at work and by artists.
The seventh of the printmakers is artist Edie Chappell, who is new to printmaking. Exploring this form of creative expression Edie says, ‘I suppose I didn't have any intention with the printing for this exhibition because my prints are all just practicing with shapes and layering techniques, I find I like the simplicity of the works and even when layered up they still hold a simple shape or shapes.’
Edie Chappell, Wendy Clifford, Nicola Everett, Gayle Forster, Christine den Hartogh, Lynn Middleton and Toni Smithare exhibiting in PRESSED, an exhibition of handmade original prints in Mangawhai Artists Gallery from 6pm Friday 12 October until Wednesday 24 October. ENDS
For more information mangawhaiartists.co.nz and artist profiles:
Andy Griffiths and Mark Graham
Opens Thursday 27 September 6pm until Wednesday 10 October; 10 – 3 daily
An exhibition of contrasts; urban and rural, watercolour and acrylics, street art and landscapes; this exhibition of work by two Kaipara artists will intrigue and delight visitors to the Mangawhai Artists Gallery.
Andy’s landscapes and seascapes, his spontaneous use of watercolour captures the beauty of Kaipara. For Andy watercolour is the antithesis of the digital painting which has occupied him for the last 10 years. Having been a professional artist since 1990 working for large corporate clients like Warner Bros Consumer Products and small independent publishers, Andy explains ‘in 2017, I blew the dust off my 30 year old set of watercolour paints and made the decision to start “Real” painting again’. This is Andy’s first exhibition and he is excited about this new phase of his artistic career. Looking at his paintings you will be too.
A lover of street art combining graphic design, a love of street wear, an extensive collection of Nikes, Mark’s collaborates with local and New Zealand wide artists to sell artworks, products and apparel. Mark studied graphic design at Massey University and keeps his creativity flowing by regularly changing his art style.
Image is Andy Griffiths with two of his watercolours .
About the Artists
Mangawhai artists Nicola Everett, Lynn Middleton and Tatjana Panyoczki are joining other artists in marking the 125thanniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
Nicola and Lynn are joining 125 New Zealand printmakers in a project ‘125 CELEBRATE 125’. Printmakers throughout NZ have contributed A4-paper prints which make up two carefully collated boxed sets. The prints will be displayed and archived as part of New Zealand’s 125 Suffrage Celebrations.
Nicola explains her work is about ‘the resourcefulness of women, particularly my grandmother, Rosanna Sarah Partridge, who was constantly stitching. During the Depression she reworked clothes over and over’. Nicola says that being resourceful is becoming a more valued skill today especially considering the futures we may face.
In a work called ‘Forget me Knot’, Lynn has used women’s hair and cotton threads to represent the strength that comes from working together, shared energies and collective strength. The forget me knot is set within embossed grid lines to illustrate the opposition faced by Suffragettes and remembering the imprisonment of UK Suffragettes.
Organised by the Franklin Print Group, imagery in the prints celebrates the lives, roles, presence and influence of women, inspired by history, our national story, and each artist’s personal experiences or thinking. The printed imagery is primarily generated by a hand-made print process. One box will be displayed in Pukekohe on 15 September as part of the Franklin Suffrage Celebration Day ‘Suffrage 125 - Kiwi Women Lead the World’. The second boxed set will be gifted to the Auckland Museum and archived as part of their collection.
In 'Stories of Hankies and Heroines', Tatjana Panyoczki has joined other artists in an exhibition ‘Empowering Women - 125 Years of Women's Suffrage in Aotearoa’ at Masterworks Gallery Auckland from 26 August - 19 September.
Nicola, Tatjana and Lynn are members of Mangawhai Artists Inc. There is an opportunity to see more of Nicola and Lynn’s work when, and along with five other Mangawhai printmakers, they will be exhibiting in the Mangawhai Artists Gallery from Friday 12 October in an exhibition of printmaking; PRESSED.
About the Artists
Tatjana Panyoczki in masterworksgallery.co.nz/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/125-years-women-s-suffrage/
IMAGE is a collagraph print by Nicola Everett
Opens 6pm Friday 14 September until 26 September 2018
Barry Read’s work is “about the way something is transformed by light, whether that’s a film or an art work”. Barry explains “designing for film isn’t architecture, it’s about designing for the camera. You can create something quite abstract on a film that then translates as realism on screen. It’s translation of ideas”.
Barry’s first solo exhibition in Mangawhai Artists Gallery concentrates on two elements; drawing and painting. Barry describes his process for the work in his exhibition. “I’ve restricted the drawings to pencil on paper. The process is not as important as getting the idea across. With the paintings I carried on an experiment begun ten years ago - much more textural - it’s that thing about light. I start by drawing with texture and it’s an exciting process because things that aren’t obvious in the under painting can appear through the layers of translucent paint. So when I start that process I have an idea of where I’m going, but not the specifics.”
Interested in landscape and the interaction of the straight-line mechanical with nature, Barry also explores the ideas of colonialism and tribalism “because we live in disturbing times and the politics of fear. Where anybody different is ‘stranger’ and ‘danger’”.
Barry has exhibited throughout NZ and when living in London he exhibited in the UK, Barcelona and St Petersburg. He says; “the major influence for me, and my greatest stroke of luck, was going to the BBC, there I met some great draughtsmen and draughtswomen, fantastic, beautiful, stunning, unbelievable work. So I learned to draw in a way I’d never drawn before. I got less precious I guess!”
‘Zone C’ by Barry Read opens in Mangawhai Artists Gallery at 6pm Friday 14 September and Barry looks forward to the exhibition because “the space and lighting is so good. To have the works shown together should be interesting.”
For more information mangawhaiartists.co.nzand artist profile:
Angela Buchanan and Edie Chappell
Opens Thursday 30 August 6pm
Two artists combine in this exhibition expressing their diverse creative techniques and subject matter with paint and mixed media. Abstract design by Edie Chappell sits alongside formed designs and clean lines by Angela Buchanan.
In her out-of-world vision, Edie encourages viewers to see, to look and be intrigued by the visions they see. Loving semi abstract landscapes, Edie mixes both smooth work and a chunky look, exploring different subject matters. Edie explains, ‘Art for me is very therapeutic; I love the process, and love seeing the end result. Hours can vanish quickly when I’m in my studio. It’s a continual learning experience; you discover new ways of expressing your feelings when you put them onto paper.’
In this exhibition, Angela Buchanan produces paintings with formed lines and clean designs with a comical edge and local scenic, photographic print works.
Angela established her art career on completing her apprenticeship as a traditional sign writer, making traditional hand painted signs using multiple techniques and in varying and sometimes challenging positions and places. Her canvases include honours boards and window sign painting, airport towers and fixed wing planes.
Angela now paints using her dreams as her main inspiration, focusing on incorporating her brush skills into her artwork.
More about the Artists
The Diverse Creative Universe is at Mangawhai Artists Gallery until Tuesday 11 September. 10am to 3pm daily, entry free.
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