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Final Workshops

The final workshop at the Reyburn Studio is Elena Nikolaeva’s ‘Unfinished Works’ on Sunday 2 November 2014. Thereafter most tutors will be taking a break until early February 2015.

Calling for Volunteers

Volunteering has always been viewed as good for your soul. Now it turns out that it’s also good for your health and surprisingly, you don’t need to devote huge chunks of time to do well. Never doubt that a thoughtful and committed group of volunteers can make things work.
It is rewarding being involved with the beautiful Heritage NSA Reyburn House gallery with new exhibitions every month while interacting with local artists and local and overseas visitors in such a lovely setting.
The gallery is in a prime location in the Town Basin and regularly attracts visitors who enjoy hearing about the history of Reyburn House and who in turn share their stories and life experiences and why they are visiting the gallery.
The Northland Society of Arts has a core group of members who work hard to keep the gallery open however we desperately need to expand our numbers.

Apart from greeting visitors, there are many tasks that need to be done to ensure exhibitions and members works are displayed suitably, to ensure our records are up to date and to maintain the pristine appearance of the gallery and surrounds.

It would also be beneficial if we were able to expand our opening hours and give more exposure to the exhibitions and the Gallery. We currently open Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday & Sunday 1pm-4pm. Volunteers do a 3 hour shift: either 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm.

Ideally we want to have 2 volunteers together in the gallery at all times, to add to security and as supportive company for each other. We have introduced a mentorship support program for all new volunteers to ensure they feel comfortable in their new role. So if you want to give volunteering a go we will ensure that someone is here with you so you enjoy helping to run the gallery while being a member of a devoted group.

Please download the Expression of Interest volunteer form here and return to Reyburn House, alternatively ring any member of the sub-committee for volunteers: Beb Hearn 974 8860; Amanda Keir 432 9800 / 022 391 2650 or Els Van Drunen 027 467 9181.


Heritage Rose delegation to visit

Plan your entries now to contribute to this special November exhibition, which will highlight the visit of a large delegation from the Heritage Rose Society to Reyburn House and our own heritage rose gardens.  Last date for acceptance of work for this exhibition will be Given nearer the time in November. Get in touch with the Gallery for more info on this special occasion.

Unsung heroes; Jennifer Wilson-Stewart

Jennifer Wilson-Stewart, a member of our NSA Council, has committed hours and hours of work over many years to the photographing, cataloguing and general care and maintenance of our Permanent Collection and its associated records

She has also brought her well-known thoroughness to cataloguing, and making accessible, our extensive library of art publications and videos.  Besides her Council role as assistant Treasurer, she voluntarily turns her hand to a whole lot of other day to day administrative tasks.


2014 Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Northland Society of Arts will be held in the Reyburn House Studios on Saturday 24 May, 2014, at 11:30 am.

Nominations for Officers of the Council must be lodged with the Secretary by 1pm on the 21st of May, 2014. Nomination forms are available from the Secretary at Reyburn House.

A  light lunch will follow the meeting. Hope you will be there to join in and spend some time with other members.

At the Annual General Meeting it is proposed that a number of changes be made to the Constitution of the Northland Society of Arts especially as regards the make-up of the Council. Under the present constitution the entire Council is required to stand down at the end of each year, and it is possible that a Council made up of entirely new members be elected. The current Council feels that the needs of the Society would be better served if provision was made for a continuity of Council members over the course of several years.

Making changes to the Constitution is not an act to be taken lightly. It is vitally important that as many members as possible attend the AGM so that these proposed changes can be properly discussed and understood, and the decision reached be a convincing reflection of the intent of the Society.

Unsung Heroes; Virginia Holder & Tim Evers

Virginia Holder and her son Tim Evers are responsible for out Heritage gardens surrounding Reyburn House Gallery and Studio. Virginia has been planning and tending our gardens for 30 years.
We really appreciate her help and care over the years.

2014 is a very special year for our gardens. In November this year, the World Heritage Rose Society will be visiting Reyburn House, gardens and Studio as part of their pilgrimage north to celebrate 200 years since the arrival of the first heritage roses to New Zealand with Samuel Marsden.

In anticipation of this International Convention, the N Z Heritage Rose Society has donated a collection of heritage roses to add to the NSA’s existing heritage roses. Virginia and Tim are busy tending the roses and preparing for them to blossom “on cue” for November’s big event.

We plan to hold a special NSA members’exhibition of paintings of flowers and plants to complement the Convention.


Weekend Workshops

Book your places now for our first term, studio workshops. If you’ve not already received the workshop calendar, ring and we’ll post one to you. Enquiries to Pam Carson, 436 1607, or the Gallery 438 3074.

An Abstract with a Roller (Brier): Elena Nikolaeva, Sunday 6th April.

Exploring the Nuances of Colour Using Restricted Palettes: Elena Nikolaeva, Saturdays, 12th & 13th April

Keith Thomson

Sadly we have to report that Keith passed away recently. He and his wife Barbara have been supporters of our Society for many years and Keith volunteered as a sitter at the gallery until quite recently. Our condolences go to you, Barbara, at this sad time.


Thanks to the Unsung Heroes

Critical to our success are a dedicated team of volunteers. Two who work quietly and efficiently behind the scenes are Sue Buckeridge and Pat Smit.

Sue does a fantastic job of managing our accounts, receiving special mention in our last auditors report, while Pat helps with the typing, correspondence and myriad of office routines – bouquets for you both!

Hanging an exhibition is an art in itself. Long-standing member and exhibitor, David Cunis, hangs all our exhibitions and brings his special skills, to exploiting the variety of exhibition spaces Reyburn House offers, to show work to best effect. His work behind the scenes is recognised daily in appreciative comment from visitors about the look and feel of the gallery – intangibles that belie the work involved in doing justice to the artists and achieving a pleasurable visitor experience.

If you’d like to volunteer some of your spare time to help run our lovely gallery, please get in touch.

22 Workshops!

This year we held 22 workshops. Special thanks go to our tutors Elena Nikolaeva and Adrienne Dietrich for making these such enjoyable adventures. Both are widely experienced artists dedicated to helping students acquire the basics as well as explore new horizons and develop new skills.

The first term calendar for 2014 will be out towards the end of January.

Advance notice is given now, about a second “Nemesh Oil Painting Workshop” to be held over the weekend of 14th/15th February, 2014. The course is open to “first-timers” and those who have attended his previous workshops.

Cost $125 for one day, $200 for two days. 

Enrolments are invited now. Enquiries to: Pam Carson – Ph: 436 1607, or Reyburn House Gallery – Ph: 438 3074.

Pam will send you full details and a materials list. Further information about Nemesh is on his website: 


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