Past Exhibitions

NSA Summer Members Exhibition

19th December to 26th February 2017

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Diversity by Riverside Painters

28th November to 18th December 2016

These local artists enjoy their individual endeavour in a group environment and have exhibited at Reyburn Gallery since 2011.

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Margriet Bruin ‘A Journey of Colour’

14th to 27th November 2016

“Painting on Canvas is a fantastic way for me to express myself. I totally love the endless use of mediums and textures that I can add or take away.”

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Whangarei Camera Club ‘Exposed’

31st October to 13th November 2016

Whangarei Camera Club : “Exposed” is an opportunity for all current members to share their work with our local community, friends and family. We hope to inspire more people to try photography as an expressive art form and showcase the talent and skills of our members.

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Lori Dods, Christine Halliwell & Gwynyth Connolly ‘New Horizons’

3rd to 23rd October 2016

From a young age I have always been interested in nature and form, initially this lead me into line drawing and illustration. My interest in painting, in particular landscapes has evolved over the last ten years, since moving to Ngunguru. I like to paint local scenes and places local people will recognise, the variety of light and weather conditions make for wonderful highlights.
I started my working career as a cadet cartographer and illustrator for the Automobile Association in Auckland. At that time we were producing a series of books about the Wildlife and Walking Tracks of New Zealand and I was delighted to draw many of the pen and ink drawings for these publications.
A twenty year career as a graphic artist followed this, mainly for food and wine producers. Graphic artists have moved rapidly from illustrating to computer generated images and this was not my preferred method. You can’t beat sitting in a field of waving long grass or a beach with bright sparkling seas.

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Remembering Fritz de Wit; ‘New Horizons’

3rd to 23rd October 2016

‘A walk through the memories’.

Every painting Fritz created has a story behind it of the wonderful days when he and his late wife wandered the North.

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Aotearoa Quilters; ‘Flight Challenge’

13th September – 2nd October 2016

Aotearoa Quilters, the National Association of New Zealand Quilters, is pleased to present the Flight Challenge travelling exhibition.

Twenty quilts, all 75cm square, were chosen from 62 regional entries throughout New Zealand, reflecting the theme Flight interpreted in a traditional or contemporary design. The quilts had to be original designs, made from any textile technique and the results are diverse, featuring birds, planes, butterflies as well abstract ideas.

The 20 selected entries were presented to the judges where a winner and 3 merits were awarded. Jeanette Gillies from Wanaka was the winner with her emotionally-charge quilt entitled ‘Gone’, which is a strong image of a padlocked door, suggesting the inhabitants had fled.

‘I’m Flying’ by Camilla Watson (Wellington);
‘KL1963 Departing Amsterdam by Shirley Sparks (Pauanui) and
‘Leaving’ by Mary Transom (Ohope) all achieved Merit awards.

Two quilt-makers from Northland have had work chosen for this exhibition.

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Don Caskey “From Don to You”

July 29th to August 21st 2016

Don Caskey, was such a private person, that it seems, many who ‘knew’ him, may not have known how prolific an artist he was, nor that he used so many different mediums. Don’s interest in drawing started as a young man and his training as an architect, resulted in pencil, pen and ink drawings, with clear lines, a great sense of depth and accurate perspectives. His sketch pads, are such a wonderful resource, some are to be used as teaching aids in Reyburn Studio. Many contain portraits, life drawing, and local sketches.

Don’s interest in travel, continued throughout his life, with regular painting trips overseas. The last excursion resulted in his exhibition ‘Greek Islands’ at Reyburn House in 2013. He also regularly sketched the coast at Sandy Bay, and Whananaki, and from these watercolour sketches he developed several oil paintings. He was a regular at the Scallop Room at the Quarry, and in the Reyburn Studio, with the Wednesday Painters and the Riverside Painters. He contributed to the Collaboration Fundraiser for Reyburn Studio in 2015 and his final works, the Sandy Bay, and Whananaki paintings were exhibited in “What we Love” with the Riverside Painters in 2015.

This exhibition is a commemorative one, for a very private man. His philosophy was to always paint and draw directly from the subject, and on the back of each finished oil painting, he proudly wrote ‘No photograph used – painted from a sketch done on site.’ Don came to Whangarei from Queensland in 2002. He was a member of the Northland Society of Arts for many years, and his quiet, unassuming presence will be sadly missed. Proceeds from the sale of Don’s work will be donated to charity.

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Rembrandt Remastered

June 18th to July 17th 2016

Come and see lifesize digitally reproduced copies of these three works by Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn here at Reyburn House with others on display at the Whangarei Art Museum.

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Whangarei Heads School

10th to 27th May 2016

The theme for this years exhibition from our talented junior artists at Whangarei Heads School is ‘Inspiration’. Such inspiration comes from themes such as kiwiana, Taonga, Ocean life and dreams.

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‘Beautiful Northland’ by Paul Kim

April 5th to May 8th 2016

Paul Kim has been painting in New Zealand since 2004. His painting express his new environment with charm and detail, balancing the discipline of his oriental background with a fresh & exciting new world of content. The artist is free to explore new ground, secure that his strong training will help shape his voice.
He moved to New Zealand in 2004 from South Korea(Deajon), where he qualified and worked
as a registered Interior Architect, designer and as a local artist.

His professional roles in his native land include:
• Head of the Daejon Design Academy (1986~2003)
• CEO of Korean govt organisation, CAC(Communication Art Centre) (1992~2003)
• Professor in Interior Design at Cheong Woon university (1998~2001)

Awards include:
• Short listed, BDO Northland Painting & Drawing Award 2010
• Winner, First Place, Traditional category, BDO Northland Art Award 2013
• People’s Choice Winner, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award 2014
• Finalist of NZPPA (New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award) 2016

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Members Summer Exhibition

22nd December to 28th of February 2016

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“What We Love” by The Riverside Painters

1st to 20th December 2015

The Riverside Painters are enthusiastic painters who meet every week at the Reyburn Studio.
Normally they work independently, each painter chooses his or her own subject matter and medium and what it is they want portray in their art.
When the need arises, a tutor is brought in to revise technical skills or to focus on a particular topic such as painting outdoors, or painting figures in landscapes. In the main however they either work alone or collaborate with each other to achieve their goals.

It is clear that “What we Love” is to paint aspects of the New Zealand environment, our flora and fauna, with the occasional human.

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“The Art of a Hut” by Felicity Deverill

10th to 29th November 2015

“I am a young and ambitious artist from the Far North. Beauty, Art, and Adventure are my inspirations. Learning the craft of painting and conveying, in the language of art, the beauty and emotion that I see and feel is my passion. I love landscape painting, and working en plein air (in open air) combines this perfectly with my love of the outdoors. I am at the beginning of my journey as an artist and already it has taken me places I had never heard of before. For the past two years I have been exploring the wilderness while working on a collection of drawings and paintings of North Island backcountry huts. I have tramped to and drawn or painted forty-five huts in the Kaimais, Te Ureweras, Kawekas, Ruahines, Tararuas Ranges, the Whanganui National Park, Orongorongo Valley, and sailed to a few down the coast of Northland. I aim to continue traveling to new places with my work, learning from the masters of the past and present, and, in turn, contributing my own visions of beauty and life.”

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Reyburn Studio Collaborations

7th September – 4th October 2015

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Wednesday Painters

13th July – 2nd August 2015

The Wednesday Painters are a group of diverse artists painting in all media. We are untutored but full of advice and range from learners to retired art teachers. We number from 10-18 and are a mixed group – men and women. Lots of laughter and all good friends

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Wot Knots 12×12 Quilt Challenge

5th to 28th June 2015

A creative collection of 169 12″ x 12″ art quilts made over a 24 month period by 13 members of the Wot Knot quilting group in Whangarei.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging process. Each person in turn chose
a subject with an overall New Zealand theme. The aim being to encourage all participants to step out of their comfort zone, try new techniques, incorporate different materials and extend their boundaries.

Inspired by the Waikato quilt groups display which we saw when visiting the Hamilton Craft Fair in 2012.

The original group of 12 International quilters started their 12” x 12” Art Quilt Challenge about 2007-2009 making one quilt a month over 12 months, with the Themed series then 2009-2011 followed the Colour Play series.

In 2012 they changed things a bit by introducing a new 20” x 12 “rectangular size.
They have a website: www.twelveby12.org and the New Zealand participant Brenda Gael Smith wrote a book about their experiences.

Not sure how far we will go with this but it seems the possibilities are endless

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The Northland Society of Arts presents a selection from our Permanent Collection

9th February to 4th March 2015

Created by Northland artists, as well as those associated with Tai Tokerau through work or holidays, many famous names are now represented. As the collection grows it reflects the evolving art scene in the North.

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The Riverside Painters group presented;‘Collaboration In Colour’

13th January to 8th February 2015

An exhibition at the Northland Society of Arts, Reyburn House Gallery by a group of art enthusiasts who meet weekly in the Northland Society of Arts Reyburn House Studio. The group is currently untutored and was formed when they decided to continue painting together after their tutor retired in 2013. The members have many years of life and painting experience which they willingly share to develop their art.

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Water colours byPhil Hulse

April 29th to May 29th 2015

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56th Annual NZ Potters Exhibition

4th to 22nd April 2015

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Di Badham, Kirsty Peters, Sean Hurst and Vjekoslav Nemesh presented Beyond Reality

3rd to 22nd March 2015

Painting invisible things like vibrations, emotions, spirits and soul is something that this group of artists wants to represent with this exhibition. The connection between them is that all have been Vjekoslav Nemesh’s students at some stage.

Kirsty Peters was the first, ten years ago. She was already on her own spiritual path and wanted to better bring her passions, creations of mind and soul and love of life onto canvas. Kirsty wished to continue on this path, but a health condition did not allow for this. As another form of expression, Kirsty discovered jewellery as a way of bringing together the healing and spiritual aspects of crystals. She has created something unique that is made with love and soul and will be showcased as part of this exhibition.

Di Badham was encouraged back to painting five years ago by Kirsty and started coming to Nemesh’s classes two years ago. Some of Di’s paintings use Nemesh’s technique as a background and she brings a touch of reality with the New Zealand birds.

Sean has a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art with a focus on 3d form. Vjekoslav encouraged him to try his style of painting. Sean and Vjekoslav later collaborated several times and exhibited on a couple of Interconnection exhibitions, organized by Nemesh. Sean has brought a very different element to this exhibition which is more abstract and puzzling. Sean likes to use found objects incorporated in his work. Objects that have a meaning which is different for each person and influenced by their own experiences with that object. Meaning triggered by memories and emotions from childhood and throughout life.

This year Vjekoslav is celebrating a thirty year career and this is the first of his celebratory exhibitions, so who better to celebrate with than his students and friends. His roots are in comics, however he was never interested in the realistic way of painting. He has developed a very specific style of painting which is a reflection of his beliefs. Influenced by his practise and investigation of spiritual techniques, he has been able to draw on this inspiration for his work. As a result, Vjekoslav’s artwork has a strong Universal, spiritual message.

Vjekoslav crossed paths with Kirsty, Sean and Di who were on their own spiritual journeys. It was natural that they would form a common bond and work together expressing their stories through art.

This is not the first time that Vjekoslav is exhibiting with his students. In thirty years of painting with oils, he developed his own unique technique which he has been sharing and teaching for 15 years. He enjoys to share his knowledge with his students and to nurture their talent. Nemesh is not only teaching but also helping his students promote themselves. On his website you can see a number of artworks done by students especially after the Summer School.

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The Northland Society of Arts presents a selection from our Permanent Collection

9th February to 4th March 2015

Created by Northland artists, as well as those associated with Tai Tokerau through work or holidays, many famous names are now represented. As the collection grows it reflects the evolving art scene in the North.

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The Riverside Painters group presented;‘Collaboration In Colour’

13th January to 8th February 2015

An exhibition at the Northland Society of Arts, Reyburn House Gallery by a group of art enthusiasts who meet weekly in the Northland Society of Arts Reyburn House Studio. The group is currently untutored and was formed when they decided to continue painting together after their tutor retired in 2013. The members have many years of life and painting experience which they willingly share to develop their art.

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The Annual Members Exhibition;‘Floral Delights’

November 10th – January 12th 2015

The Annual Members’ exhibition at the Northland Society of Arts, Reyburn House Gallery coincides with the ‘Pilgrimage North’ of the Heritage Rose Society. The Society is celebrating 200 years of Heritage Roses in New Zealand. Virginia Holder a life member of the NSA, has been planting Heritage plants in the Reyburn Gardens for 30 years. These include many gifts of Heritage Roses from the Society.

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Mixed media paintings from our studio group “Oh So Arty”

October 21st – November 7th 2014

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso

This group of artists meet every Wednesday to do just that, wash the dust away. In this exhibition they reveal works that go beyond the daily drudge and take you a little way into their own personal nirvana.
Colour, colour and more colour from subtle countryside scenes to abstract oasis – art weaves its way into all our lives, tastes may differ but the nourishment to the soul leaves us all a little better.

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Mixed media paintings from Dargaville Arts Association

3rd – 19th October 2014

Members of the Dargaville Arts Association won seven awards at the recent 2014 Gilmore Brown Art Awards. Take this opportunity to view, and perhaps invest in artwork created by our exciting emerging artists.

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Hidden Treasures of Aotearoa’ by Elena Nikolaeva

5th March to 28th September 2014

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‘Fibres to Style’ by Sandra Thompson

7th to 31st August 2014

The Ancient Art of Weaving and Felting combined with colour and design . It is the freedom to be able to make my own fabric. I am fascinated by almost every traditional handcrafted textile technique. It is the real thing and every thing the fashion Industry of today is not. All the levels of skills. For me it is the absolute challenge. At the centre of my work is a profound and ever growing interest in fibre, colour and design. I am engaged closely and intuitively with the varying characteristics of each medium I use. Combining Art with design & design with the needle

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An exhibition of painting by Whangarei artists entitled ‘If We Shadows’

6th – 27th June 2014

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An exhibition byWhangarei Heads Scool

5th – 31st May 2014

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‘Shared Perspective’ from Neil Beart

8th – 27th April 2014

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‘Flowers & Birds’ by Paul Kim

8th – 27th April 2014

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‘Corrugation’ by Miriam von Mulert

4th – 23rd February 2014

Miriam von Mulert was born in Germany in 1970 where she trained as a wood carver. In 1994 she came to New Zealand and has been here since. During this time she has been working at different museums throughout New Zealand, including Te papa, as well as doing her own work, commissions and taking part in 
sculpture symposia. Her latest exhibition is called ‘Corrugation’. The concept for Corrugation’ derives from the idea to use a traditional building material and transferring it into a contemporary context by carving corrugation into timber and limestone. Fascinated by the way light and shadow is cast over the ridges and grooves of corrugation which is further enhanced by the subtle chisel marks on the timber surface.

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An exhibition by South Korean sculptor Young Nam Park

4th – 16th February 2014

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“Summer Reflections” by Nicola Joy Sharma, Robyn Grant & Di Badham

14th – 31st January 2014

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The Northland Society of Arts Members’ Exhibition

7th December 2013 to 12th January 2014

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Anna Scott-Davidson presents; ‘Come Fly With Me’

14th November to 1st December 2013

Lisa Austin, Debby Keay & Lynne Dahl present;‘Spot X’

18th October to 10th November 2013

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The Northland Society of Arts presents a selection from the permanent collection.

1st – 17th of October 2013

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The New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guild presents;‘The Embroiderers’ Art’.

5th – 29th September 2013

From The Northern North Island Regional Exhibition of the Embroiderers’ Guild comes an exhibition of amazing skill in this ancient craft. Opening will be noon on the 5th September.

A selection from our Permanent Collection

4th – 29th August 2013

A selection of works from our own Permanent Collection featuring works from: Bev Truloff, Robin Rogerson, Thyrza Bindon, Jenny Bennett, Xavier Meade, Jan Gillespie, Jocelyn Crawford, Alison Pickmere, Stanley Palmer, Michael Nettmann, Peter Griffen, Mina Papadopoulos, Tom Burnett, Shirley Cole, Rothay Bailie, Foster Clark, John Speedy, Joan Lindsey.

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Frits De Wit – ‘Bits of Frits’

2nd – 28th July 2013

Frits de Wit is a founding member of the Northland Society of Arts and has always been very involved in the development of the Reyburn House Art Gallery. He paints predominantly in watercolours and oils and draws inspiration from the eternal rhythms of Northlands beaches, headlands and estuaries. This current exhibition shows just some of the works this artist has produced over time.

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Don Caskey – ‘Greek Islands’

1st to 23rd June 2013

An exhibition of pen & ink drawings plus watercolour and pencil done while on holiday in the Greek Islands in 2009 & 2011. Don never works from photographs, all his work is created while out in the hot sun and dust.

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‘Connections’ – Aotearoa Quilters Challenge

6th May – 28th May 2013 Quilts from the Aotearoa Quilters 2012 challenge will be on show at Reyburn House Art Gallery during May 2013. The theme, ‘Connections’, was selected by the Quilters Association, entrants in this eighth biennial challenge were asked to create a quilt measuring 60cm wide by 120cm high. The interpretation of “Connections” could be literal, abstract, traditional or contemporary.

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