Hello Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery Members,

The introduction for September comes from your membership secretary, Susan Speirs.

The membership data base is being changed over currently to a hopefully
easier and more efficient system to use so please bear with us until we have it

I joined Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery early into it commencement and feel proud that Tauranga has this fabulous facility. Your committee works very hard to always provide educational and interesting events and we love to see these enjoyed by you all.

Art in the Afternoon in September is to be held at the home of Isabel and Paul White, Rowe Road, Ohauiti. I am a member of this group called Hang-it-Art. The art which will be for sale next year has been collected over a period of 10 years as we are due to wind up this November.

This will provide a good opportunity to view the collection if you might be interested making a purchase.

My husband and I are away to Europe for a river cruise commencing in Amsterdam sometime soon so I can’t wait to get to that fabulous Rijksmuseum to view those Dutch Masters. They are truly masterpieces and I am absolutely fascinated by their skills.

Have a good month and hope to see you at the gallery.

Sue Speirs


An Evening with Friends

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

When: Friday 30 August 2019 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Come along and enjoy the company of fellow Friends members and meet our Gallery Director, Alice Hutchison. Delicious platters will be provided along with a complimentary glass of wine on entry and then a cash bar.


Please RSVP to by  Wednesday 28 August 2019!

AGM: 2pm Saturday 7 September 2019 

Our 2019 AGM will be held in the Education Studio, at Tauranga Art Gallery from 2pm, Saturday 7 September.

The Committee will be elected at the meeting and we are planning to review the activities of the Friends over the year.  

The Friends provide essential support to the Gallery and we are looking for a new committee member. John Beech has advised that he would like to step down. John has held many roles during his time on the Committee (including Secretary and Catering Organiser).

I welcome your interest in joining our friendly and busy Committee! If you would like to nominate yourself, please send us an email telling us a little about yourself and your experience. We will then arrange a time for you to meet with two of the existing committee for a coffee. f successful, the committee members will support your nomination and introduce you the rest of the team.

Please send your nomination by email to and note it for the attention of The Secretary, Alexander Sutherland.
At 2.45pm we have a presentation by our special guest speaker, Jo Bond, Director of the Tauranga Arts Festival. Jo will tell us how she came to have the best job in the world and give us a preview of events at the upcoming Festival.

Please bring a gold coin donation. Tea and coffee will be provided.

We encourage you to RSVP by Wednesday 4 September by email to or call Bridget on 0274 935782
SAVE THE DATE: Art in the Afternoon

Saturday 5 October, 2019

Save the date for a great Art in the Afternoon this October. More details to follow...

REVIEW: Art in the Afternoon with Alison Blain

"I love how Alison draws her inspiration from nature and her way of arranging her beautiful jewellery pieces using flowers or leaves for photographs." Kalou Koefoed

"I loved it! I was fascinated to hear about Alison’s wedding dresses and fashion designing in general and would love to hear more and in more depth, and that she was involved in ice breaker that’s just amazing." Jillian Peck

"Thank you Alison. Your presentation at Tauranga art gallery was amazing. You are so creative, with everything you do and have done. It was lovely to hear your journey. You are an inspiration and humble." Paula Harrison

What a treat to attend the July Art in the Afternoon presentation by the mega talented, Alison Blain. Close to 30 people attended and were all mesmerised by the stunning photography of intricate couture and gorgeous jewellery placed amongst nature; as well as Alison’s story. We started Alison’s journey in Wellington where she had a well-established (since 1986) couture studio, within which she created exquisite gowns.

Alison’s designs have won many awards and she is held in high esteem amongst the New Zealand bridal design elite.  Alison is extremely modest about her success and it’s only when you dig a little deeper that you find out what a truly special person we are so fortunate to have here in Tauranga.  Alison found that many clients she dressed couldn’t find the right jewellery to complement their gowns – so she started designing jewellery. Alison takes inspiration from nature when designing and photographs her creations herself.  We were treated to pictures of an amazing range of rings, earrings and necklaces beautifully displayed amongst Alison and Alex’s garden in Welcome Bay.

One small piece of information that stunned the audience was when Alison told us a story about an event that happened the day after she closed her couture boutique in Wellington. A man came in with a sample garment of experimental knitted fabric…it was New Zealand merino. He asked Alison if she thought it could be made into garments for outdoor adventures. The man was Jeremy Moon and for Alison, that was the start of a 10-year career with Icebreaker, working in fabric development, design and pattern making for seasonal collections.

An inspirational story, thank you Alison for a fabulous afternoon. 

Bridget Cummins

Disclaimer – I have two beautiful rings created by Alison 😊

Isabel and Paul White
Saturday 14 September – 1.30pm
Rowe Road, Ohauiti

Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery are invited to visit the home of Isabel and Paul White to view a collection of art prior to its sale. The collection is the result of an art group that has operated for 10 years and is due to wind up this November. 
Artists collected are considered emerging NZ artists who are represented by fine art galleries throughout New Zealand. The work is mostly paintings, two reclaimed timber ship structures and one piece of sculpture. Artists include Vivienne Worn, Melanie Mills, Kirsty Warman, Kate Small,  John Oxborough, Gavin Hurley, Andy Leleisi”uao, Mark Wooler, Phillipa Blair, Amy Melchior, John Walsh, Marie LeLievre, Tawhai Rickard, and Ben Foster (sculpture).
Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery are invited to attend this event for $10 per person. This visit is restricted to 15 people which will be divided into groups of 5 people at a time. The event concludes with a cup of tea or coffee.

Please RSVP by 9 September to
When: September 12, from 5.30pm
Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga Art Gallery director Alice Hutchison is pleased to announce the next guest speaker for the Claudia Jarman Memorial Lecture is Gabriela Salgado.
Salgago will discuss her perspective on the ‘Global South’ and the way that such a geopolitical trope has featured in her curatorial career abroad and in Aotearoa, including current role as Artistic Director at Te Tuhi in Auckland.

For more info and to book visit

Saturday 19 October, 2019

From 3 pm join us at the home of John and Briar Gordon. $10 entry. Limited numbers. More details to follow...
Friends Committee contacts: 
Chair: Bridget Cummins: 027 4935782
Treasurer: Emma Wright
Alex Sutherland 027 252 2601
Membership Secretary: Sue Speirs
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: Samantha Wilkie

General email:
Mail address: Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery, PO Box 13255, Tauranga, 3141

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