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Kia ora e te whanau Mahara

Since reopening on May 19 our visitors, community and artists have been very keen to reconnect and demonstrate how much they value their district gallery. Local artists and buyers have contributed almost $5,000 to the redevelopment project funds through the show re-framed//lockdown. Covid-19 has slowed news on our major funding applications but we continue to work hard towards our goal.

We are thrilled to have a new mural by artists Kate Hartmann and Ruth Robertson-Taylor interpreting Frances Hodgkins and her work now gracing two sides of the Old Waikanae Library building opposite us. View it on our Instagram site franceshodgkins@mahara if you aren’t able to visit in person. We have also felt blessed with many weavers working here during their exhibition. They are in the gallery for two more days this month offering korero amongst their exceptional weaving. Lastly, thank you to many who have recently renewed their Friends membership.

This is a very challenging time for the arts and we value your support very much. We remain open at Level 2 with contact tracing, extra hygiene measures and social distancing in place. Some events may be postponed, and openings are limited to 70, but may change again with developments around Covid-19. Please stay home if you are unwell, and contact us for clarification if levels change. Take care, stay well and keep the arts in your lives and close to your heart!

Arohanui: stay safe and well.
Janet Bayly, Director


EXHIBITIONS
Runs until Saturday, 29 August
Toi Whakarākai: Ngā Aho o Te Whenua with Te Wānanga O Raukawa.

8 September – 31 October
Living the Dream, Ben Caldwell.
The Bubbles of Paekakariki, Portrait of a Village in Lockdown, Bob Zuur, thanks to Paekakariki Community Board and Epson.
The Lockdown Alphabet, Joe Buchanan.
Frances Hodgkins & The Field Collection.
Courtesy of the Field Collection Trust, supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

7 November – 13 December
100 Days: a Journey
24 local artists present their work made over 100 days, in partnership with Tutere Gallery + Creative Space. The first two weekends span Kāpiti Arts Trail during which the gallery will be open both Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm, with artists available to talk about the process and their own and other artist’s work.


EVENTS
WEAVERS WORKING in the gallery during Toi Whakarākai: Ngā Aho o Te Whenua. Entry free, all welcome.  
Thursdays 20 & 27 August 10 am – 3 pm.


Kura Maukau singing in gallery.
Saturday, 15 August, 2 – 3pm.


Recorder quartet concert by Dulcis Tibia with Michelle Greenwood, Rachel Patrick, Roger Palmer, Katrin Eickhorst. Seating limited to 50 at Level 1 or 25 at Level 2. Entry by donation.
Saturday, 29 August, 3.30 – 4.30 pm.


FRIENDS OF MAHARA. Simon and Kay Brown will speak about locating a fountain painted by Frances Hodgkins in Martigues, south of France. Guests of Friends welcome, $10.
Saturday, 5 September, 3 – 4.30 pm.


OPENING for Ben Caldwell, Joe Buchanan, Bob Zuur, and Frances Hodgkins’ exhibitions with Mahara Board chairman Les Holborow and arts writer, editor and curator Mark Amery. All welcome, entry free.
Saturday, 5 September, 5 pm.


ARTIST’S FLOORTALK. Ben Caldwell, Joe Buchanan and Bob Zuur will discuss their shows. All welcome, entry free.
Saturday, 12 September, 2.30 – 3.30 pm.


RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP with Joe Buchanan, Diatom Press. Cut a stencil, print stickers, handset and print with traditional metal type. Bring an apron or an old top. For children aged 8 years and over, limited to ten. $5.00 to confirm your place. Contact gallery for bookings.
Wednesday, 30 September, 10.30 am – 12 noon.


LEAF STITCHING WORKSHOP with artist Birgit Moffatt. For children aged 12 and over, limited to ten.
Tuesday. 6 October, 1.30 – 3.30 pm.


ROW HOUSES WORKSHOP with artist Yvonne de Mille. For children aged 7 years and over, limited to ten.
Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 October, 1.30 – 3.30 pm.


SPECIAL EVENT in Frances Hodgkins & the Field Collection. Mary Kisler, Curator of Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys will give a talk on Frances Hodgkins’ travels. Entry free for Friends of Mahara, general public welcome $20, to support the Mahara Gallery redevelopment fundraising project. Wine and refreshments starting at 4 pm.
Sunday 11 October, 4 – 6 pm.

Mahara Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Thank you for our wonderful supporters; Gillian, Lady Deane and Sir Roderick Deane, The Deane Endowment Trust, The Philipp Family Foundation, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, Creative Communities, Kāpiti Beach FM 106.3, Westbury Pharmacy, Picture Perfect Framing, Kāpiti Signs, Coast Access Radio, MaxiMarketing Services, Breaden McCardle Law, Waikanae Community Board and private donors.