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AWS News, August 2013, Page 1

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on 9th September 1pm at the Glenfield Memorial Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield. The meeting will be chaired by Dennis Clark, the speaker is Kathie Shaw. Kathie will also give us a demonstration and do the critique of the challenge. The challenge topics for the next meetings are:

Landscape with snow
Still life with ornaments (more on that at the September meeting)

Chairman's Column

Springtime provides so many wonderful opportunities to take a picture which can be the inspiration for a fresh watercolour painting. I encourage you to go out and find such opportunities. The Auckland Art Show earlier this month provided the opportunity for many emerging and established artists to show their inspirations and I thoroughly enjoyed all the surprises I found there.

The monthly meeting at Glenfield are now well bedded in and I am looking for a venue to have alternative meetings on the south side of the bridge. If anyone has a suggestion or is interested in such occasions please email me asap.

Another exciting development is Tim Feltonís initiative to organise watercolour workshops for advanced/professional watercolourists next year. Please register your interest with Tim at: Tim and Pat Felton (

I look forward to seeing you at the September meeting.

Gavin Fletcher

Report from the opening night of "Art On the Shore"

Our current art exhibition at the Takapuna Library started with a joyful opening night and a good turnout. About 20 percent of the sales go to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT), and Barry Watking from the Trust gave us a lively impression of what life as a Helicopter pilot is like - he almost got called out during the evening. So far we have sold 8 paintings; the exhibition will run until the end of August.

Art Prize for AWS member Claudia Slaney

We reported before that Claudia Slaney was selected as a finalist at the Cliftons Art Prize Competition in Auckland. It is a pleasure to hear that Claudia's work Mt Eden Luminous won the People's Choice Award. It is always nice to see a watercolour recognised! It surely shows that watercolours represent an artform that speaks to Aucklanders - especially if an artist such as Claudia captures the character of the city so skillfully.

Upcoming Workshops

28th September 2013: Bernadette Parsons, one-day AWS workshop.
At the Glenfield Hall, Hall Road, Glenfield, from 9.15am until about 4.00pm.
For inquiries and registration and please contact Joanne


Wed 28th August 2013: Claudia Slaney
10am-4pm at the Gifford Gallery in Poronui St
Mt Eden
For further information contact Claudia Slaney ( The workshop is open to non-members of the Fellowship of Artists.


5-6 October 2013: Artist's Retreat
Uxbridge Centre, Howick
For further information contact Amanda Brett (


Upcoming and current Exhibitions

AWS Library Show "Art on the Shore"

The AWS Library Show "Art on the Shore" will run until the 31st August 2013. Please click on the thumbnail to see the poster.


AWS Merit Awards

The Auckland Watercolour Society Merit Awards exhibition will be held in November. This is a judged exhibition and prizes from our sponsors will be awarded.
Set up day is 3rd November 2013 and the exhibition closes on the 24th November 2013.
Entry forms will be available shortly.