2015 Spring / Summer Newsletter

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Greetings from your President

The ANZAC and Gallipoli Exhibitions were very popular and we were very fortunate to have Linda Bullard show her striking paintings inspired by the Bible found in a First World War trench. The embroidered ANZAC quilt attracted a lot of interest. It was wonderful to hear Marian Maguire talk about her exhibition, ‘Titokowaru’s Dilemma,’ on Saturday 2 May. Her construction and research over a ten-year period has resulted in an amazing series of lithographic prints. The RSM Law Plunket Art Show was extremely successful this year and continued to attract viewers and buyers right up to the last minute. John Badcock’s powerful ‘Stations of the Cross', which was on show between June and August depicting a journey of tradition and reflection.

Last year we raised more than $6,000 to pay for restoration work and we’re currently raising funds to conserve more works in the permanent collection. The Brook, which the Friends helped restore, has returned from the conservator. The difference before and after conservation is truly remarkable with this piece. If you would like to help contribute to the restoration of art work please see one of our curatorial staff members.

- Neil McKinnon
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