Topic: Mount Art Group: Rescheduled Exhibition

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The Mount Art Group's annual exhibition at the Mount Surf Club had to be rescheduled because of the Rena catastrophe.

For the last 6 years the M.A.G have run an annual exhibition at the Mount Surf Club to give members both an incentive and confidence in themselves to better their artwork.

Disappointingly last year's exhibition had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the Rena because the Mount Surf Club had to be used as a base for volunteer response crews.

With new dates the exhibition, named 'REna Scheduled' , will show this April at the same venue.

The Mount Art Group or MAG as it is sometimes known these days has been in existence since 1974.

In that year a small group of people attending art classes decided to form an official club under the name of Mount Creative Painters' Club.

They met on Thursdays twice a month, paid an annual subscription of $3 and membership grew to 21.

The name was later changed to Mount Maunganui Creative Art Club and in 2008 to the Mount Art Group.

Since then, membership numbers have increased to 30 with one founding member Joy Gosling still attending. Members are always very involved which says much for the friendly, sociable and supportive group atmosphere found at group gatherings.

In 2009 MAG celebrated 35 years with a reunion dinner and a special exhibition.

The Mount Art Group membership is a diverse cross-section of people from the Mount and further afield. They all have their own individual styles and are at different levels of achievement.

Several workshops are held through the year run by 'outside' artists and tutors as well as technique exercises led by group members. Outings to artists' studios, galleries and outdoor sketching trips are arranged. The MAG also have an annual exhibition and run an 'Open Day' art display in April to promote the art group to prospective members .

Newcomers are welcome at any time of the year. The current annual subscription is $40.


Members of the Mount Art Group.

In the photo we see members who participated in an 'in-house' competition for mini paintings depicting the theme 'around the Mount'. In the foreground is Shirley Frost who was voted the winner by all those who participated.

Frances Ransley has been a member of MAG for 14 years and is totally committed to the interests of the group. She was President for 8 of those years, organising activities, workshops and encouraging all members to express their creativity through art. Frances was awarded life membership in 2011.

As an artist she has developed her artwork in the mediums of oil , acrylic , pastel and pencil. Interested in both realism and abstraction she enjoys doing commissions and participating in exhibitions. 'Once Loved' is one of 10 paintings Frances will have on show at the 'REna Scheduled' exhibition.


'Once Loved' by Frances Ransley mixed media diptych 2011.

Shirley Poingdestre is one of MAG's newest members and has been painting enthusiastically to get ready for the exhibition. Painting in acrylics for eight years Shirley wishes she had started her artwork much earlier.

In 2010, The Mount College art students were invited to display their work in MAG's annual exhibition. This was an ideal way to showcase work by local students and their collaboration was much appreciated.

The Mount Art Group looks forward to displaying the student’s artwork again this year at the 'REna Scheduled Exhibition'.

Also as an added attraction, a painting table and canvases will be set up for both children and adults to 'have a go' and try their hand at painting.

The Mount Art Group 'REna Scheduled Exhibition' will be held on Friday 13, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 April (9am-6pm daily) at the Mount Surf Club at the Main Beach, Mt Maunganui. Admission is Free.

With over 100 paintings depicting varying subjects and in different mediums to view be sure to jot the dates down on your Arts Calendar.

For more details email Bronwyn Oldeman the Exhibition Coordinator at bronwyn_oldeman_@hotmail.com

by Pete Morris (April 2012).

Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover. He is a free-lance writer with a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

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Mount Art Group: Rescheduled Exhibition


Year:2012