Watercolour New Zealand is very fortunate to have as its retiring patron and as its incoming patron, two brilliant watercolour artists and wonderful New Zealanders, both of whom are featured in Denis Robinson’s book New Zealand in Watercolour.
Thanks to Nancy Tichborne
Earlier this year we said a heartfelt thank you to Nancy Tichborne. Nancy has been patron of Watercolour New Zealand for twelve years. She emphasises the great pleasure she has taken in the position, especially as she feels the standard of watercolour in New Zealand has improved significantly.
In 2012, Nancy was guest artist for the Splash exhibition which celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, sharing the honour with two other renowned flower painters, Susan Worthington and Sue Wickison. Nancy has regularly journeyed to Wellington to attend our exhibition openings. She remains a very enthusiastic member, watching keenly as the Society grows. Nancy and Bryan moved from their homeand magnificent garden at French Farm, across the harbour to the picturesque village of Akaroa. Nancy now has a lovely studio and a smaller garden.
Anyone interested in flowers and watercolour willbe familiar with the superb works painted by Nancy and reproduced in calendar format by Bryan for many years. She is happy to know that another fine artist is our new patron.
We welcome Adrienne Pavelka as our new patron. Art appreciators across New Zealand know Adrienne’s beautiful watercolour landscapes, painted with skill and passion for the glorious South Island back country. Adrienne has been a strong supporter of Watercolour New Zealand over the years. She has tutored workshops and imbued many students with the hope of emulating her skill – far more difficult than it appears!
For many years Adrienne has been organising painting trips for artists and is a delightful and inspiring host. She organised our 2017 autumn safari to Flock Hill Station in the foothills of alpine Canterbury. Adrienne was guest artist for the Splash exhibition in 2009. Each year, when we begin receiving works, we look forward to unpacking and viewing Adrienne’s entries. She loves to travel from her Lyttleton home to join the crew in Wellington as we celebrate the opening - she has already booked her travel for Splash 2018.