Fabulous Fibre: basket weaving, wool craft and fibre artwork

“Fabulous Fibre” exhibition and sale of work, with guest artist Mary Moon, will showcase the work of our spinners, weavers, knitters, fibre artists and felters. Most of the work on display will be for sale.

Mary has been an artist all her life, trained in oils and watercolour, and also has a lifelong interest in crafts. Now retired, Mary is currently focusing on Raranga (flax weaving). She did a year long course with Te Wananga o Aotearoa, learning all aspects of Māori weaving and its cultural context.

All her weaving is completed according to tikanga, from the harvesting of the harakeke to the final whiri (plait). Mary says, “I love that the items are from locally sourced materials, hand processed and biodegradable. At the end of their useful lives they return to Papatūānuku.”

Mary will be at the Gallery each Sunday of the exhibition, demonstrating the art of Raranga.

As well as spun, woven, knitted, felted and hand-crafted fibre artwork, Vivien Adams‘ prize-winning machine knitting will be on display.

Kapiti Gallery: Thursday 3rd to Sunday 27th June 2021.

Hours: 10 am to 3 pm, Thursday to Sunday. 

Local artist guest at Kapiti Gallery

The Guest Artist at the Kapiti Gallery’s latest exhibition is Ernie Stevenson. Ernie’s work will be exhibited alongside work by members of the Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society members with a theme of “Water”.

Ernie will be at the Gallery on Saturday 8th May from 1.00pm and would love to meet and share his experiences of his painting travels in New Zealand.

Ernie was born into a family of seven siblings and parents who loved nature and a father who loved drawing country scenes. Throughout his working life of 44 years in engineering, wholesaling, retailing and electronics his passion for painting didn’t diminish.

In 2009 he spent 17 months travelling NZ in a caravan visiting back country and mountainous places that many New Zealanders have never seen.  He would sit, meditate, sketch and paint in watercolour and then return to his caravan and transform his watercolour sketches into oils on canvas. The reason for this double work was the rivers, lakes and forests attracted masses of sandflies and the oil and turps brought them to the painting.

Today he is greatly pleased if people seeing his paintings feel something of the beauty and splendour of his ‘soul’s experience’.

AGM 24 February 2021

The 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 February at 7.30 pm in the Matai Road workrooms. All members are welcome to attend and vote on nominations and other items of business. Roles to be filled for the 2021 year are Secretary and Deputy President.

Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society, Matai Reserve, 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach

Kāpiti Gallery and Shop holiday dates

The gallery will close at 3.00 pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and reopen on Thursday 7th January 2021 with our Exhibition themed “Memory”.

The shop will be closed on 25 & 26th December 2020 and 1 January 2021. On Wellington Anniversary Monday 25th January the shop will be open from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. Normal hours: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Between October and Easter, the shop is open on Sundays 11.00 – 2.00pm.

Kāpiti Arts Trail: join us!


Join Kāpiti Arts And Crafts Society while the Arts Trail is on, and your $85.00 subscription will last for the rest of 2020 and right through to 31 December 2021!

Our Gallery Exhibition, which opens on Thursday 29th October, spans both Kapiti Arts Trail weekends and is a great opportunity to see Artists in Action! Our Arts and Crafts shop will be open, too, as part of the Arts Trail.

“Before, during and after the Arts Trail” exhibition
from 29 October to Sunday 22 November
Kāpiti Gallery, 192 Matai Road, Raumati Beach
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
See artists and crafters in action in our workrooms and pottery and visit the exhibition in our gallery.

Arts and Crafts Shop
20 Raumati Road (next door to Raumati Road Pharmacy) in Raumati Village—close to specialty shops and the beach. A great place to find the perfect, locally made gift, or an artwork or craft item to treat yourself.

We’re in the Deane Room!

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.

Opening hours

Monday–Wednesday 9am–5pm
Thursday and Friday 9am–7.30pm
Saturday 10am–4pm
Sunday 10am–2pm

Daffodil Day “yellow raffle”

The Spinning, Weaving and Knitting group’s annual “Yellow Raffle” raised $120 for the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day Appeal on Wednesday 26 August.

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!

Painting in Pastels – opening 13 August 6.30 pm

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.