Some 15 art and craft groups meet regularly in our workrooms – weekly, fortnightly or monthly, to suit participants, and Society members can join as many or few groups as they choose. Our Gallery displays members’ work in exhibitions that change each month. The Society’s Shop and Gallery are run by volunteer members, who are welcome to submit items for exhibition and sale.
Kapiti Arts and Crafts groups are once more displaying and selling their work in the Roderick and Gillian Deane Community Art Space at Paraparaumu Library in September.
Painting groups members are displaying their art from Saturday 19th September, and Kāpiti Spinners, Weavers & Knitters and Felters—plus jewellery & other craft from Saturday 26th September to Friday 2nd October.
The opening hours are set out below, although it may not be possible to staff the display until 7.30 pm on the late nights.
Monday–Wednesday 9am–5pm Thursday and Friday 9am–7.30pm Saturday 10am–4pm Sunday 10am–2pm
The group has a Daffodil Day fundraiser in the Kāpiti Arts and Crafts workrooms each year and Pottery Group members from ‘next door’ in the pottery room join in, too. Raffle tickets are 50 cents each, and some people make a donation as well.
This year, yellow goods covered a worktable with flowers—daffodils, of course, and other blooms—hand-dyed wool, yellow duck and mesh sponges, soup, biscuits and potato chips in yellow packets, a picture frame, rain cape, measuring tape, and a package of scented soap donated by Trudi of Jenoa Clothing Shop in Waikanae. And inevitably, at this time of year, enough grapefruit and lemons to fill a large basket!
Exhibition opening with drinks and nibbles! Thursday 13th August 2020 6.30 – 8.00 pm at Kāpiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach.
The members of the Kāpiti Arts & Crafts Society’s Pastel Group would love it if you could make it along to the opening of our annual exhibition on Thursday evening. This is a rare opportunity to see the versatility and bright colours of the pastel medium.
If you can’t get to the Opening, please drop in to the Gallery on Thursdays through Sundays until September 6th, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
The Kapiti Woodworkers’ Guild will also have a wonderful display of their woodturning and woodcraft.
If you join the Society later in the year, the subscription from 1st August 2020 is reduced to Single – $60.00 : Double – $115.00 : Student – $45.00
An amended Groups list is posted, with a new convener for the Embroidery Group and the Portrait painting group deciding to meet once a month rather than twice. You can pick up a copy of our monthly newsletter from the shop or gallery, along with the updated groups list.
Kāpiti Gallery reopened with a successful exhibition of “Lock down work”. The current exhibition inspired a range of artworks with “Drip, Dribble and Splash” as their theme! See more on our Facebook page.
Kāpiti Gallery is re-opening on Thursday 11th June. Our “A Song in Art” exhibition was cut short by the lockdown, so it’s continuing until Sunday 21st June. Winter opening hours are 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.
The next exhibition is “Lockdown 2020”, opening on Thursday 25th June for all Groups’ members to display work done during the lockdown period.
“Drip, Dribble and Splash” begins in July, and the revised programme for the rest of the year is on the Gallery page.
It’s great to be getting back to normal! We look forward to seeing you.
We are delighted to be back and able to provide our art and craft to the local community.
We’re renowned for the quality of our members’ work – so make this your first stop for your new baby, warm woollies for you and growing children, toys – including robust wooden trucks, cars and trains – unique gift ware, one-off jewellery items, pottery and paintings.
Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society Shop, workrooms and Kapiti Gallery closure
In the interests of our members and the general public, Kāpiti Gallery and our workrooms at 192 Matai Road will also be closed in the meantime, and we have decided to close our arts and crafts shop at 20 Raumati Road for at least the next 4 weeks.
As soon as we’re “open for business” again, we’ll let you know!
Many of our shop’s volunteer minders are seniors, and with other society members compromised health-wise, we do not have the numbers to keep the shop open just now. (We thank all who have worked in the past week and all have said they were happy with the precautions we put in place.
We wish our valued Shop customers and Gallery visitors good health and hope you remain in good spirits.
A message from Rosie Salas, Arts, Museums & Heritage Advisor at Kāpiti Coast District Council (extracts):
As you will be aware, the COVID-19 situation has evolved rapidly and we will be in lockdown very soon. It has affected all Council staff and operations, and right now our focus is on our general community response and following all Government guidelines.
We have put our normal planning for the Arts Trail on hold for now, and will not be opening applications in March/early April as signalled earlier.
We will keep you updated as best we can through email and on our website about the Arts Trail.
In the meantime, we encourage you to share your art and your stories via social media, virtual shows, and displays in street-facing windows. I am putting together a document with some useful links and helpful hints to send out to you shortly. I encourage you to support each other at this very testing time.
You may also have seen that Creative New Zealand has announced a support package for artists – see Creative NZ support package – which I encourage you to follow up if your art is an important part of your income.
The best source of information continues to be official government information sources:
An incorporated society is required to hold at least one general meeting a year, at which the members approve the society’s annual financial statements. This meeting is usually known as the annual general meeting (AGM). In addition to approving the annual financial statement, the meeting will elect officers (for example, a secretary) and approve any necessary rule changes.