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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.

The society is based in Wellington but new members from throughout New Zealand are welcome.

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Despite the weather and the pandemic our annual joint Splash and Ceramicus exhibition again attracted about 4000 visitors over 16 days. It kicked off over Labour Weekend with 30 sales on opening night and continued steadily. We sold a record total of 90 paintings, with a value of $45,241. Visitors commented on the high quality of work and guest artist Svetlana Orinko's body of paintings made a masterful centrepiece. It truly was another outstanding display and I personally was very proud to show it off to family and friends. Thank you to the 100 members who sent their paintings.

The high standard didn’t make judging easy, as I am sure many of you experienced when making your own people’s choice vote. Congratulations to those who had their work recognised. Thank you to our sponsors Gordon Harris Ltd., Bryce Gallery and Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery. A big thank you to the committee and volunteers, particularly Pete James from Blenheim, for help over the days of set up and pack down. It takes huge effort from receiving to collection, with long days and late nights but the enthusiasm and support makes for a lot of fun and the final result makes it worthwhile!

Since the last newsletter, despite postponements and cancellations we were able to run some very successful workshops. Min Kim came from Christchurch twice to tutor members on the Power of Tone and Charlotte Hird ran two weekends on Perspective. Workshops are a wonderful opportunity for our members to develop skills and connect with other artists.

Our Paintaway to Ruapehu is happening in December and is much anticipated. Look out for highlights of this trip in the next newsletter. With that I say goodbye to an eventful but, despite the odds, successful year and I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.

Hannah MartisPresident,
Watercolour New Zealand Inc.

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