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