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Growing from a small group of artists in 1975, Watercolour New Zealand is this country's only society dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of watercolour painting.

We have a diverse range of watercolour talents, and members, both professional and amateur, number about 450, take part in yearly events including workshops, critiques, painting days and major exhibitions. Whether artist, student, art lover or collector you will find much of interest here.

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Watercolour New Zealand Newsletter-2020
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From the Committee

THE WATERCOLOUR NEW ZEALAND AGM was held in March.

We are pleased to report that committee member Hannah Martis was elected as President and Caroline Hulse as the new Secretary, so we have new, younger faces at the helm. Our committee team now comprises a healthy mix of experienced folk like Alfred Memelink, Phil Dickson and Vivian Manthel-French, along with newer faces like Rod Weston and Charlotte Hird. Two Zoom meetings were a learning curve for us and while they were successful, we look forward to gathering again to plan the future.

When the world changed and we were asked to bide our time at home while the Covid-19 devil was reined in, many people found painting was a mind-absorbing peaceful activity in the lovely weather and new silence. Charlotte Hird took responsibility for running the Watercolour Challenge and changed the rules to fit the situation: a 3X3 Challenge ran successfully during April.

The five workshops advertised in the March newsletter were put on hold. We await clarity from the venue, the Karori Arts Centre, on how workshops will operate and what replacement dates are available. We’ll inform all those who have booked or expressed an interest as soon as possible by email.

The Methven Paintaway, scheduled for early May was not cancelled – just postponed. We plan to hold it at the same place, same time in 2021. Why delay a full year? Because May is the month for great scenery and accommodation is available before the ski season opens.

We wish you happy winter painting.

Committee, Watercolour New Zealand Inc.




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