Newsletter - June 2016


We had a good turn out at the meeting which could have turned into a boisterous sing-along at any moment. The Music & Drama group was rehearsing for their production of Grease next door, so I am not sure that whatever I said at the meeting was indeed heard!

Suggestions from the floor included:

  • More frequent newsletters, including more information re members achievements and events.
  • Improved publicity.
  • Create a Facebook page whereby members could contribute, publicise events. (Anyone like to run with this...give me a call 8688155.)

Lots of other very, tricky and interesting stuff was also discussed, but if you weren't there you missed out on a ripper of a meeting and will have to read the minutes next year. Thanks to Peter for setting up the nibbles and cherry. I didn't realise folk still drank cherry! It tasted okay!

The Committee remains the same:
Heff as President,
Phillipa- Vice President,
Peter – Secretary,
Dennis -Treasurer
and committee members Skotty, Jeanie-Marie, Andi, Sheryll and George.


Gentleman Dennis 'Bounty' Raines is collating the 22nd exhibition for the Thames Library.

Dates to remember: Work required by Thursday 7 July – no frames, no canvases. If you are unsure or wish to know more Dennis is at the Gallery every Wednesday around 11 am. The exhibition will be installed in the Library on Saturday 9 July and runs until the 29th.

Barbara Von Seida recently featured in an Australian arts programme Put Colour in Your Life. Check it out on YouTube - note the fabulous spot where Barbara lives and the size of her paintbrush. Well done Barbara!


This is a new feature where I pick on someone at random. Probably not our most famous folk but rather a lesser known mortal beavering away in the still of the night, maybe even drinking cherry, painting, potting etc under the moonlight (more of a challenge).

This month's artist is ceramic artisan, potter, cake maker Kate Ellin, also known as Kathryn Gervase or Coca-Cola Kate. The reason I chose Kate is because she is an interesting, young lady who is undertaking a three-year Diploma in Ceramic Art. This is a split programme between the Otago University and the Waikato Potter's Association. Kate also works with her tutor Duncan Shearer every Thursday at the Gallery. Pop along and visit Duncan's gallery in Rahu Road, Paeroa. Kate's goal is to teach at a tertiary level. She has certainly come a long way since being adopted by French Nuns. Initially, the Nuns thought young Kathryn was retarded because even the chickens spoke better French than she did. The chickens will soon be featured on Britain's Got Talent.


If you feel that you would like to take a workshop at the gallery you would be most welcome. Just give vice president Phillipa a call 8683544 or me 8688155 and we can make it happen.


The Gorgeous Pottery Ladies and Mr & Mrs President celebrated Barby and Ursula's birthdays at the Melbourne Cafe. Great, company and food. Well organised by Pauline.

newsletter june 2016

Yes, I know this photo is not right but I just couldn't rotate it. I suggest you lie on the floor with a glass of sherry in front of a log fire to view the photo.

Paul Heffernan