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July 2019 Newsletter
Hi Friends
Welcome to our July newsletter. 

I thought I would share with you some photos of my recent holiday to New York, Washington and Chicago. We spent a flying 2 week visit in April, myself, husband Murray and teenage son, Ethan. Along with all the tourist spots, baseball, ice hockey, theatre and such, we saw wonderful art in each city. We (well mostly me!) visited the Guggenheim and the MET in New York, the National Portraits Gallery in Washington, where I saw Michalle Obama’s amazing portrait by Baltimore-based painter Amy Sherald and the National Gallery of Art in Chicago. We were also able to admire many public art installations including Cloud Gate or ‘the Bean’ by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor, in Chicago. I found it particularly fascinating and loved how it reflected the cityscape and all around. Also in Chicago was the ‘Crown Fountain’ an outdoor video installation that shows the faces of Chicago locals and has water spouting out of their mouths, Fabulous! Yoko Ono’s ‘Wish Tree’ in Washington was a beautiful and peaceful idea. You whisper your wish to the tree. It is so inspiring to have these experiences and I hope more interactive public art installations become a feature of Tauranga in the not too distant future.

The opening of the Matariki exhibition last weekend saw a large crowd attend early Saturday morning.  Be sure you take a moment to visit, the photography, the pounamu carving, the video and ceramics are all stunning exhibitions and an amazing combination that just flows beautifully.

See you at the Gallery!
- Bridget


Alison Blain
Saturday 3 August - 2pm


For 25 years Alison Blain was a highly respected couture designer in Wellington. To complement the one-off gowns, she began designing and making jewellery for her clients. Now based in Tauranga, Alison is one of New Zealand’s best loved jewellers. Her gold and silver jewellery is sought after and held in private collections, in New Zealand, and internationally. Using custom cut stones, she combines her passion for colour with traditional craftsmanship. Alison skilfully uses texture and detail to enhance the natural beauty of the gemstones and precious metals.

Alison is an elected member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and is represented in commercial  galleries throughout New Zealand. A limited selection of Alison's work is available to purchase at the Gallery.

Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery are invited to attend this event free, a $5 charge applies for members of the public. The event concludes with a cup of tea or coffee. Please RSVP by 29 July. 



Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery will soon be moving to a new client relationship management (CRM) system and we hope this will proceed with minimal disruption.  We have been going through and checking our existing ‘data’ and  found some errors. So again, apologies to those affected. The transfer should be completed shortly and we are working hard for a smooth transition. If something should come to your notice, in regard to your membership, that is not correct, don’t hesitate to contact Bridget on 
027 4935782.



TERMINUS - Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

20 July - 27 October 2019

Prepare yourself for a slippage of time and space as you journey across five distinct realms.

With their pioneering use of virtual reality, artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, have created a mysterious universe of alien architecture populated by humanoid clones and cryptic symbols, traversed via a network of travellators and gateways.

Tauranga Art Gallery will be the first New Zealand venue to present this major virtual reality exhibition.



Don't miss your opportunity to take part in some fabulous workshops at the Gallery as part of Matariki.

July School Holiday Programme
Week 1: 8–12 July
Programme 1: Children will explore different techniques to create their own printed artwork
Week 2: 15–18 July
Programme 2: Children will experiment with the art of whakairo (carving) using soap, paua and shells Inspired by Gardiner’s pounamu (greenstone) work
Entry: $20 per person


Uku (clay) Workshop 
Saturday 10 August
Workshop one: 10am – 12pm (ages 15+)
Workshop two: 1:30pm – 3:30pm (ages 15+)
For this hands-on and creative adult workshop, artist Linda Munn will teach participants pinch pot and coiling techniques to create small sculptures using uku (clay).
Entry: $35 per participant. Cost includes materials.

Matariki Children’s Art Studio Workshops
Thursdays 1, 8, 15 August 
3:30pm – 5pm
Explore the land of paint: over three workshops your child will experiment with a variety of materials exploring landscapes, colour and texture. This exploration will form the basis of a landscape artwork with a sculptural element which has been inspired by Matariki. 
Entry: $60 for 3 sessions


Friends Committee contacts: 

Chair: Bridget Cummins: 027 4935782
Treasurer: Emma Wright
Secretary: John Beech
Membership Secretary: Sue Spiers 
Art in Afternoon/ Art Away Trips: Paula Harrison: 021 2744116    
Art at Home:/ Art in Studios: via Friends email
Art at the Movies: Alex Sutherland: 027 252 2601
Newsletter: Marama Mateparae: 027 222 0020 
General email:
Mail address: Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery, PO Box 13255, Tauranga, 3141

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