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.
Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society member, Carol Prockter, was a winner at the NZ Doll Federation convention, with her beautiful Beatrix Potter themed doll. Carol, who belongs to the Dolls ‘n Bears group, was a winner at the Convention in Hamilton in September 2019.
As Carol’s theme was Beatrix Potter, the doll’s knitted toys are Jemima Puddleduck & Mrs Tiggywinkle, and Peter Rabbit is embroidered on her blanket. The lining of her carry basket also features Beatrix Potter characters. She is sitting on a hand knitted cushion with her knitted blanket next to her.
The reproduction porcelain doll is a German baby doll originally made by Kämmer & Reinhardt from years 1912 to 1928+. Carol poured her from a mould taken from a K*R 122 antique doll. She has sleepy eyes and a wobbly tongue.
Her clothes, with the exception of the material petticoat, are hand-knitted in 1 ply wool from a baby knitting pattern called “Princess Marina Layette” printed in the Australian Women’s Weekly of the early 1950s. Because the wool and needles were so fine, Carol reduced the full size baby pattern with modifications, to fit her doll.
Congratulations, Carol, from your friends and colleagues in the Society!
Follow us to see our calendar of upcoming events, explore the dozen or so groups who meet to “Create, Learn and Enjoy” our craft and art, and find out about joining and membership, and check the date and time each group meets.
You can find out about our Shop, browse our gallery of posters to see the variety of topics and themes of past (and current) Galleryexhibitions, and read a brief history of the Society.