Art Centre Helensville

It’s been a difficult year, so winning the Not for Profit category in the 2020 North West Country Business Awards was a real boost to our morale. Thanks especially to manager Heather Steadman for winning over the ‘mystery shopper’ with her professional customer service. Thanks also to BID for hosting the Awards. Those attending at the Riverhead Hotel event had a great night.
The current exhibitions, which are up until Saturday 19th December, are the cash and carry Something to Celebrate for Xmas gifting and the Kids’ Exhibition, featuring art from local children and Parakai Kindergarten. Our After School Art and Craft classes in November were popular and the kids created some nice work. Following on from the sell-out success of Janet McLeod’s gnomes in the current exhibition, a make-your-own gnome workshop, guaranteed to help preserve the declining gnome population, was held in early December.
The exhibition programme for 2021 is almost finalised and we’re looking forward to creating a lot of community interest. The first exhibition in 2021, Wood and Wool, will feature the beautiful work of Ray Scott, wood artist, and Fiona McBride, wool artist. Other events, including workshops and interactive community happenings, are also in the pipeline for next year.
The first of three plinths, with appropriate security, has been installed on the bank outside

Jeff Thomson with Treasure hunt winner Yoshi Abraham

Art Centre for members and others to showcase 3D works. Contact the Art Centre if you have a piece you wish to exhibit.
A lot of interest was shown in the Art Centre during Arts in the Ville. Board member and local artist Jeff Thomson’s treasure hunt was again popular and was won by nine-year-old Yoshi Abraham, who attends Timatanga Community School. Yoshi’s completed and correct form was drawn from a large number of entries in the bird treasure hunt. The prize was a white corrugated iron hen made by Jeff. Second, third and fourth prizes of plywood birds as viewed in the hunt went to John Scott, Eli Scott and Anita George.
Art Centre closes at 2pm on Saturday 19th December and reopens at 10am on Saturday 23rd January 2021.

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