Splash® 2019 — Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition Results

Saturday 2 November - Sun 17 November 2019, open 10 - 5 daily
The NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington

From the Committee

After Kimbra Taylor’s popular and successful Watercolour Portraits workshop, the focus became Splash + Ceramicus 2019, our joint exhibition with the Wellington Potters’ Association where over 300
watercolours and 130 ceramic pieces were on show.

This year we had less time to set the exhibition up but a solid effort from the team, aided by two hangers provided by the Academy, resulted in our having the show hung in two days, ready for the opening – a most enjoyable evening of art, music, food and wine.

Guest artist Min Kim’s vibrant, colourful paintings provided a stunning centrepiece. Min’s demonstration on the first Saturday of the show attracted a large, appreciative audience.

Several of our regular visitors declared that the standard was the highest yet. A number of artists were exhibiting with us for the first time, notable among them Don McAra, Vicky Wang, Bianca Scrimgeour, Susie Millichamp, Kasia Wiercinska, Raewyn Harris, young Christchurch artist Caroline Kelly, who took out one of the five Merit Awards, and Emily Bergman, who won the award for Best Painting by a Junior Artist.

The combination of watercolours and ceramics again proved a popular drawcard. Splash + Ceramicus has firmly established itself as one of the highlights of the Wellington Visual Arts Calendar. As usual, the show was very well attended, attracting 4,000 visitors over its 16 day season. At a time when people have commented that the art market is difficult we managed to sell 67 paintings with a total value of $38,928 – a very successful outcome.

Thanks are due to you, the artists – we hope you will continue to send us your best work; to Alfred Memelink and Inga Clemens for their work on publicity; to Sue Wild for organising the troops; to members who travelled to Wellington to help our hard-working team of locals: Bernadette and Chris Parsons from Mercer who helped with layout and hanging, Judy Prictor from Rotorua who took a turn minding, Michael and Judy Barker from Te Aroha and Pete James from Blenheim who toiled on courier packing, and to all those others who volunteered their services to assist with the set up and pack out, demonstrating and minding. We’re grateful for your help – we couldn’t do it without you.

Committee, Watercolour New Zealand Inc.

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