5 days ago

Call for Submissions: Feilding and District Art Society Art Awards

The Feilding & District Art Society

The Feilding and District Art Society is seeking submissions for the 2022 Art Awards – a national competition open to artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. No matter your age, where you live, or where you are in your creative journey, we want to see your best work.

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The Feilding and District Art Society is seeking submissions for the 2022 Art Awards – a national competition open to artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. No matter your age, where you live, or where you are in your creative journey, we want to see your best work.

Thanks to the generous support of Gull and the Mazda Foundation, artists entering the 2022 Art Awards will be competing for $6,500 in prizes:


1. Mazda Foundation Youth Award: $2,000

2. 2. Painting - Oils and Acrylics: $500

3. 3. Painting - Watercolour: $500

4. Drawing and Painting (other): $500

5. Photography: $500

6. Sculpture: $500

7. Gull Supreme Award: $2,000


So, it’s time to make a start on that next masterpiece. For full terms and to register, visit www.feildingartsociety.com....


Entries close October 7.

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10 days ago

Small Works Call for Art Entries

The Feilding & District Art Society

Entries for our inaugural Small Works Exhibition close 4pm Monday!

Feilding and District Art Society want to see your tiniest creations entered into our new Small Works exhibition. Entries are open to artists working in all mediums... The catch? Each artwork must be no larger than 25 x 30 cm … View more
Entries for our inaugural Small Works Exhibition close 4pm Monday!

Feilding and District Art Society want to see your tiniest creations entered into our new Small Works exhibition. Entries are open to artists working in all mediums... The catch? Each artwork must be no larger than 25 x 30 cm (frame included).

It costs only $15 per artist to enter up to four artworks. Head over to www.feildingartsociety.com... to enter your miniature masterpiece.

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17 days ago

Roger Key Drawing Class

The Feilding & District Art Society

Now taking enrolments for Create with Paint – a portraiture class by artist and teacher, Roger Key.

Taking place at Feilding Art Centre on August 7 from 9.30am to 4pm, this class is an opportunity for beginners and experienced painters to learn how they can get the most out of their painting. … View more
Now taking enrolments for Create with Paint – a portraiture class by artist and teacher, Roger Key.

Taking place at Feilding Art Centre on August 7 from 9.30am to 4pm, this class is an opportunity for beginners and experienced painters to learn how they can get the most out of their painting. Using black and white paint, you will learn to use paint boldly with control and consistency, developing greater confidence and understanding of painting techniques, process and media. You are welcome to bring some colour to your work, if you wish. Bust out and discover what you can achieve with paint, it’s really about losing the fear through learning how to make the paint work for you. You won't look back!
For more information and to enrol, head over to www.feildingartsociety.com....

This full-day workshop is great value at $90. Feilding and District Art Society members are eligible to claim a 20% discount.

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23 days ago

Classes at Feilding Art Centre

The Feilding & District Art Society

The school holidays are nearly over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Feilding Art Centre has a full calendar of classes coming up, suitable for all ages and abilities.

From 26 July: Budding Artists – after school classes for ages 5-9 (SOLD OUT)

From July 28: Future Masters – … View more
The school holidays are nearly over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Feilding Art Centre has a full calendar of classes coming up, suitable for all ages and abilities.

From 26 July: Budding Artists – after school classes for ages 5-9 (SOLD OUT)

From July 28: Future Masters – after school classes for ages 10-14

August 7: Create with Paint – a full-day portraiture workshop with Roger Key, suitable for mature teens and adults of all skill levels - $90 for non-members and $72 for members

August 19: Spend the morning making a mixed metal feather cuff bracelet with local jewellery maker, Rholene Singleton - $175

August 20: Create a Landscape with Kylie Wardlaw, as she teaches beginner and intermediate artists the strategies needed to approach a landscape painting - $50 for non-members and $45 for members.



For more information and to register, be sure to visit www.feildingartsociety.com...

31 days ago

Manawatu Art Expo Begins Tomorrow!

The Feilding & District Art Society

It’s hard to believe that Manawatū Art Expo begins tomorrow!
From July 15 to 17, a $5 entry ticket unlocks the possibilities of seeing and experiencing great New Zealand art. You’ll also be able to get up close and personal with the artists behind the work, with talks and demos taking place … View more
It’s hard to believe that Manawatū Art Expo begins tomorrow!
From July 15 to 17, a $5 entry ticket unlocks the possibilities of seeing and experiencing great New Zealand art. You’ll also be able to get up close and personal with the artists behind the work, with talks and demos taking place throughout Expo weekend.

One of the artists you’ll get to meet is not only the subject of our final Artist A Day post, but our 2022 Guest Artist: Vonnie Sterritt.

Though born in Otago, it’s difficult not to claim Vonnie as a Palmerston North icon. As a landscape painter, scenes of the Manawatū feature heavily in Vonnie’s oeuvre. She explains that “growing up within the surrounds of the Clutha and now the Manawatū rivers mean water described gorges and plains are so much a part of who I am […] I am convinced there is a connection between painter and landscape that is emotionally intimate. My particular connection is the Manawatu river and the way old macrocarpa and Nikau punctuate this regions' landscape.”

Vonnie works from her studio right here in Palmerston North, but her work appears in collections around the world. She has exhibited as far afield as Canada in the United States, and she’s been showing her work at Manawatū Art Expo since its inception in 2007.

As our 2022 Guest Artist, Vonnie hopes to “wow” visitors. She will be doing this not only by exhibiting her work, but also holding talks and live painting sessions.

You can learn more about Vonnie’s work at www.artsterritt.co.nz... but nothing can compare to meeting Vonnie and experiencing her work in-person!

You’ll find Vonnie right by the entrance to Manawatū Art Expo – Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre – July 15 to 17 – Open from 9am to 4.30pm each day – Entry is $5 with under 14s free

32 days ago

Opening next week at Feilding Art Centre!

The Feilding & District Art Society

On July 21, Auckland-based artist Sam Hickson unveils Mechanical Art: an exhibition of new works inspired by the machinery many of us take for granted.

Mechanical Art explores the idea that mechanical objects are integral fixtures in our lives, but that we don’t often realise our dependence … View more
On July 21, Auckland-based artist Sam Hickson unveils Mechanical Art: an exhibition of new works inspired by the machinery many of us take for granted.

Mechanical Art explores the idea that mechanical objects are integral fixtures in our lives, but that we don’t often realise our dependence on them until they break down. Using his background as a portrait artist, Sam lends a sense of humanity and dynamism to his inanimate subjects, encouraging us to consider the relationship between human and machine.

Sam Hickson is an oil painter from Auckland with a diploma in fine arts from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. He works as a volunteer at Upstairs Gallery in Lopdell Precinct arts centre, Titirangi where his paintings have also been exhibited in group and solo shows.

In lieu of a formal opening event, Sam will be holding a ‘meet and greet’ at Feilding Art Centre on Thursday July 21 between 10am and 4pm. Come down and meet the artist behind these fantastic works before he heads back to Auckland!

34 days ago

School Holidays at Feilding Art Centre

The Feilding & District Art Society

It’s set to be a rainy, grey school holiday break. Luckily, Feilding Art Centre is offering plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn new skills over the next two weeks.

Tomorrow, come along to Colour and Collage: Kids aged 8-12 will work with artist and printmaker Katie Russell to make a… View more
It’s set to be a rainy, grey school holiday break. Luckily, Feilding Art Centre is offering plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn new skills over the next two weeks.

Tomorrow, come along to Colour and Collage: Kids aged 8-12 will work with artist and printmaker Katie Russell to make a mixed media artwork.

Friday July 15: The teens and adults among us can learn to make Leaf and Feather-inspired earrings with Rholene Singleton.

Tuesday July 19: Bee Creative will show your 8-12 year-olds how to make a mask inspired by the Day of the Dead Festival.

Wednesday July 20: Bee Creative returns to make felt toys with kids aged 8-12.

And of course, there’s always our ever-changing schedule of exhibitions taking place in our downstairs gallery!


To see everything that’s going on and register for any (or all) of the above classes, be sure you visit our website.

35 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

Just 5 days until Manawatū Art Expo opens at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre! We cannot wait to showcase more than 300 pieces of excellent, original New Zealand artwork by our 99 exhibiting artists.

As we count down to Manawatū Art Expo, we’re putting the spotlight on an … View more
Just 5 days until Manawatū Art Expo opens at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre! We cannot wait to showcase more than 300 pieces of excellent, original New Zealand artwork by our 99 exhibiting artists.

As we count down to Manawatū Art Expo, we’re putting the spotlight on an Artist A Day. For today’s feature, we’re focusing on the work of Graham Christensen – an artist who lives on a farm just outside Palmerston North, where a converted room at the back of a barn serves as his studio.

Graham did not pick up a paintbrush until his early 60’s, but he quickly showed a natural talent with oils and a great affinity with the rural landscape. It is this affinity which Graham depicts in his paintings. Each work communicates a life-long love of farming and the rugged landscape that New Zealand offers. Graham’s latest works are a reminiscence of rural life and moments in time that make up the rich tapestry of our farming communities and their significant place in our country’s history.

If you’d like to know more about Graham’s work, be sure to visit www.grahamchristensen.co.nz... and come down to Manawatū Art Expo, where Graham will be holding demos throughout the weekend!

Entry to Manawatū Art Expo is only $5 and under 14s enter for free. It’s a great opportunity to experience excellent, original artwork from around the country, and meet local artists like Graham.

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

36 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

Less than one week to go until Manawatū Art Expo! When our region’s premier art event begins on July 15, you will have the chance to see original artwork by 99 artists from all over New Zealand.

Among them, today’s Artist a Day: Jin Hou.

Born in Beijing, China, Jin came to New Zealand … View more
Less than one week to go until Manawatū Art Expo! When our region’s premier art event begins on July 15, you will have the chance to see original artwork by 99 artists from all over New Zealand.

Among them, today’s Artist a Day: Jin Hou.

Born in Beijing, China, Jin came to New Zealand in 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from the University of Canterbury and is currently based in Palmerston North, where she creates watercolour paintings inspired by travel and meditation.

Of her work, Jin says that painting allows her to express herself. She also finds painting to be a kind of spiritual practice, allowing her to experience a sense of oneness with the universe. When painting, Jin invests her energy and emotions in an effort to construct paintings that trigger memory and feeling: bringing viewers love, peace, and light.

Jin will be exhibiting five artworks at Manawatū Art Expo. To experience these works, be sure to visit between 9am and 4.30pm, July 15 through 17 – Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre.

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

38 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

Only 8 days to go until Manawatū Art Expo begins! To count down to our region’s premier art event, we are showcasing an Artist a Day. With more than 90 exhibitors taking part in Manawatū Art Expo, these posts are just a snapshot of the range of brilliant New Zealand artists whose work will be … View moreOnly 8 days to go until Manawatū Art Expo begins! To count down to our region’s premier art event, we are showcasing an Artist a Day. With more than 90 exhibitors taking part in Manawatū Art Expo, these posts are just a snapshot of the range of brilliant New Zealand artists whose work will be on show between July 15 and 17.

Today’s feature artist is Andrea Connor, an artist whose work conveys the patterns of nature using layers of acrylic paint. Each time Andrea produces a work, she says learns something new about the rhythm of nature and her medium of choice, saying, “the surface is only the beginning, as there are multitudes of layers to explore.” She enjoys looking at ways to express these multitudes by combining multiple layers and combinations of colour.

Andrea’s primary source of inspiration is the natural world: the ever moving, ever-changing, ever-growing thing in which we all live. As such, her work has an organic, flowing theme at its the core.

She believes that it is the nature of art and the way of nature to push us beyond narrow realities, to find new or forgotten realms of pleasure.

If you'd like to see more of Andrea’s work, join us at Manawatū Art Expo - Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre - 15-17 July. It's only $5 to enter, and under 14s can come along for free!

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

41 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

Manawatū Art Expo is less than two weeks away! For each day in June, we’re showcasing one of the 98 artists whose work will be on show at this year’s Manawatū Art Expo, taking place at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre from 15 – 17 July.

For our fourth Artist a Day post, … View more
Manawatū Art Expo is less than two weeks away! For each day in June, we’re showcasing one of the 98 artists whose work will be on show at this year’s Manawatū Art Expo, taking place at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre from 15 – 17 July.

For our fourth Artist a Day post, we’re excited to share with you the work of Val Jones. Val is a Foxton Beach-based artist working primarily in acrylic paints. In her works, Val seeks to capture the beauty of the natural world - birds, insects, landscapes, flowers and seascapes – all rendered in bold, bright colour. Val says she enjoys photographing her subjects prior to painting them, as the painting process enables her to interpret the beauty of the scene into her own, unique style.

Val will be exhibiting five artworks at Manawatū Art Expo 2022. Be sure to visit between 9am and 4.30pm from July 15 and 17 for your chance to see these vibrant artworks in person! In the interim, you can learn more about Val’s art by perusing her Instagram feed @val.jones.art.

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

42 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

We're 12 days away from Manawatū Art Expo! When the doors open at 9am on July 15, one of the artists whose work will be on show is Natalia Vidyakina: a Masterton based artist and author.

Natalia describes herself as an impressionist painter, but one whose work is also imbued with a style … View more
We're 12 days away from Manawatū Art Expo! When the doors open at 9am on July 15, one of the artists whose work will be on show is Natalia Vidyakina: a Masterton based artist and author.

Natalia describes herself as an impressionist painter, but one whose work is also imbued with a style that is just her own. As an artist who admires nature’s ability to care for its inhabitants, Natalia says she draws inspiration from the natural world, but her goal is not to achieve realism or a naturalistic finish. Instead, she explains that she strives to “paint [her] emotions into each subject” so that her paintings provide a form of visual healing for the viewer.

You can learn more about Natalia by visiting her website: www.nataliavidyakina.com... and If you'd like to see more of Natalia’s work, join us at Manawatū Art Expo - Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre - 15-17 July.

It's only $5 to enter, and under 14s can come along for free!

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

43 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

Just 13 days to go until Manawatū Art Expo begins at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre. To count down to Manawatū Art Expo, we’re sharing the story of some of the artists exhibiting at this year’s event.

In our second Artist A Day post, we introduce you to Gill Allen. … View more
Just 13 days to go until Manawatū Art Expo begins at Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre. To count down to Manawatū Art Expo, we’re sharing the story of some of the artists exhibiting at this year’s event.

In our second Artist A Day post, we introduce you to Gill Allen. Working from her studio in the Horowhenua, Gill’s creative practice focuses on semi-abstracted landscapes and still life compositions. Her paintings are a mix of landscapes and flowers, drawn and painted in both full colour as well as black and white.

Gill considers soft pastel her main medium but says she also loves “dark line, inks”. She explains that her mark-making and drawing style emulate the movement and life found in nature and the natural landscape that surrounds her. This is a style she first began developing at art school - where she fell in love with the linear work of Vincent Van Gogh - but one she has developed and refined throughput her career.

Gill holds a BFA from Otago Art School, as well as a City and Guilds qualification in Further Education Adult Education. As well as seeing Gill’s work at this year’s Manawatū Art Expo, you can explore her art at gillallen.co.nz or follow her on Facebook @gillallenNZArtist.

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

44 days ago

Countdown to Manawatu Art Expo

The Feilding & District Art Society

It's July already… and that means Manawatū Art Expo is only two weeks away! For the next 14 days, we're going to be counting down to Manawatū Art Expo by sharing the stories of some of the artists exhibiting at this year's event.

With more than 90 artists involved, we … View more
It's July already… and that means Manawatū Art Expo is only two weeks away! For the next 14 days, we're going to be counting down to Manawatū Art Expo by sharing the stories of some of the artists exhibiting at this year's event.

With more than 90 artists involved, we won't get through everyone. Instead, these Artist a Day Posts will give you a little preview of the brilliant artwork set to go on show when Manawatū Art Expo goes on show from 15-17 July.

Our first Artist A Day for 2022 is Palmerston North-based painter, Katharine Collin.Katharine is an artist who loves detail. Drawing inspiration from her European travels, Katharine finds satisfaction in painting scenes with bright red bricks, crowded cobblestone streets and ivy-covered buildings. As she paints each stone, each leaf or brick, she is transported back to those places and the precious memories she made there. And so, in her works the viewer too is transported to faraway locations, sharing the moment that inspired each painting.

In discussing her works, Katharine explains that she hasn't always been a painter. In fact, she spent a lifetime admiring the watercolours produced by her sister, Rosemary Powell. It was only 10 years ago, during a visit to her sister in the UK, that Katharine finally decided to dabble - first with pencil sketches, then with ink and watercolour pencils. Nowadays, she works primarily with acryics, explaining that ""after seeing a demonstration at the Art Expo by the amazing Vonnie Sterritt some years ago, I signed up for her classes. Vonnie introduced me to acrylics and I now enjoy working with them [because] they're so versatile.""

Katharine describes her art as a journey, one where she is is still evolving, still learning, but loving every moment.

If you'd like to see more of Katharine's work, join us at Manawatū Art Expo - Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre - 15-17 July. It's only $5 to enter, and under 14s can come along for free!

To see more Artist a Day Posts, and to stay in the know about all things Manawatū Art Expo, make sure you 'Like' Feilding and District Art Society on Facebook.

45 days ago

School Holiday Art Classes at Feilding Art Centre

The Feilding & District Art Society

It's only a matter of days before the school holidays begin. That's a full 14 days to fill with fun activities for the young people in our lives!

Thankfully, there are plenty of fun things to do at Feilding Art Centre these holidays. We'll have Katie Russell's Colour and … View more
It's only a matter of days before the school holidays begin. That's a full 14 days to fill with fun activities for the young people in our lives!

Thankfully, there are plenty of fun things to do at Feilding Art Centre these holidays. We'll have Katie Russell's Colour and Collage class on July 13. Then on July 19 and 20, Bee Creative will be running Mask-Making and Felt Toy classes.

For all the details, visit: www.feildingartsociety.com...

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