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