Archive for the ‘Waimakariri Community Arts Council’ Category

Jeff Bell Caricatures at Chamber Gallery

20 June 2016


Home  town caricaturist Jeff Bell is exhibiting his first solo exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in #Rangiora. Some well-known people!

Kris Waldin Exhibition: “Peninsula” at the Chamber Gallery

15 May 2015


A stunning exhibition of (mostly!) landscapes from local artist Kris Waldin is currently showing at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora library.  Mounted as loose canvases, I like the way the light seems to come out of the middle of the landscapes. This is her first solo exhibition and it is showing until 28 May.


Art on the Quay Shows Off Private Collection Pieces

2 April 2015


Art on the Quay at the Ruataniwha Civic Centre in #Kaiapoi is showing favorite pieces from the collections of various locals. As you can imagine, there is quite a variety!

Ph4 Collective – Photography in Rangiora’s Chamber Gallery

29 September 2014

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Ph4 (photography tutors from CPIT) are currently exhibiting at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library.  An interesting range of styles – pop in and have a look!


New Exhibition Coming to Chamber Gallery

2 October 2013

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Rangiora High School Exhibition at the Chamber Gallery – Amazing Young Talent

11 September 2013
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Work by Kieran Straw, Year 13

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library displays work by Rangiora High School students.  The talent of these young people is certainly impressive.

You check out the programme, including more on this exhibition at


Stephanie Sheehan Exhibition at Chamber Gallery

27 March 2013

130324 Stephanie Sheehan, Chamber Gallery 2 (250x188)The latest exhibition in the Rangiora Library’s Chamber Gallery is by Kaiapoi-raised Stephanie Sheehan. She has exhibited acrpss the length of New Zealand, and the current echibition shows a range of her works from throughout her career as an artist.

As with all exhibtions at the Chamber Gallery, this one is put on by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.

Alison Erickson and Sam Mahon Exhibition at Chamber Gallery, Rangiora

21 February 2013
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Sam Mahon – Southern Man

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library is “Endangered Species”, sculptures by Alison Erickson and drawings and scultures by Sam Mahon.

Exhibitions at the Chamber Gallery are organised by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.

Lots Happening in Waimakariri – a Community in Good Heart!

17 December 2012
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Kaiapoi Light Party

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Tree Planting at Rangiora High

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Plunket Stalls in Rangiora

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Morris Dancers at Ashley School Fete

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Sovereign Palms Family Fun Day, Kaiapoi

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Murals on Rangiora “Pop-Up” Shops

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Opening of Kaiapoi High’s Library Space

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Driving Waimakariri-Ashley Lifeboat, near Kairaki

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Road Crash Day at Kaiapoi High

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Kaiapoi Garden Club’s 90th Birthday

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Waimakariri Art Collection Trust Exhibition in Rangiora

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Oxford Garden Fete

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West Eyreton School Garden Tour

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Opening of Maahunui II at Tuahiwi

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Oening of Oxford Health & Fitness Centre

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Rangiora Christms Parade

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Oxford Christmas Parade


Peter Carson Exhibition at Chamber Gallery

21 September 2012

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library, is by Peter Carson of Cust.  A retired Rangiora postie (who first took on the job because it gave him time to paint in the afternoons), Peter’s latest exhibition is largely inspired by the views he gets looking out over the Cust Valley from his home. You will see that he is interested in the changes of light that occur – pop in, you’ll enjoy what you see.


Te Whai Ao at the Chamber Gallery – which is open again!

18 August 2012

The Chamber Gallery at the Rangiora Library is open again after extensive earthquake repairs to the building (which is a former Rangiora Borough Council Building). The North Canterbury Citizens’ Advice Bureau are also back in.

The first exhibition is called Te Whai Ao which in its own way acknowledges the importance of the  manaakitanga (support) and whanaungatanga (relationships) that have been so important in our District since 4 September 2010.

The artist who did a lot to bring this group exhibition together, along with Waimakariri Community Arts Council Chair Brian Hoult, was Areta Wilkinson, wh0 lives in Oxford.











Nearly Three Months On …

1 January 2011

I said I would keep this blog going.  This might have been a foolish promise, but my New Year’s resolution is … you’ve guessed it.

Obviously life has been busy, but since Christmas we have been able to get a bit of a breather.  Earthquake recovery has, of course dominated, and I’ll report on that in another post.  But also what has happened in the last three months has brought home the richness of community life in the Waimakariri District.

Richard and Dawn Spark and Phil and Jo Seal (Gulliver & Tyler Funeral Directors) have built a chapel at Rossburn Receptions that was opened in October by Hon Kate Wilkinson MP.

As well as funerals, the chapel will be used for weddings etc – in conjunction with the reception business the Sparks run.

On the same day, a concert was held to say to the people of Kaiapoi – hey! we’ve been hit by an earthquake but we can still have a good time.

One of the main organisers was Ben Brennan, newly-elected to the Kaiapoi Community Board.

Yes, a chain comes with the job!

The Rangiora A&P Show is always a highlight of the year and numbers weren’t too badly suppressed by the Earthquake Concert in Christchurch at the same time – although teenagers were noticeably absent in Rangiora.

The Kaiapoi Light Party, an annual event put on by local churches, drew a large crowd – especially of kids who were able to try everything out for free.

The Chamber Gallery in Rangiora staged an exhibition by Veronique Moginot who, although she is of French background, put on a show that had a strong Eastern Orthodox flavour.

This proved an ideal setting for Musica Balkanica who performed their Balkan repertoir in the Chamber Gallery in November.

Kaiapoi was the starting point for a group of peeny-farthings which headed for Oamaru via Oxford.  I presume they made it!

Both Kaiapoi and Rangiora High Schools had Road Crash days put on by the Police and Waimakariri Road Safety, with the help of many others, including the Kaiapoi and Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigades, St Johns Ambulance and Gulliver and Tyler.

The Kaiapoi Christmas Parade seemed to be bigger than ever and drew large crowds – as did the preceding market in Williams Street. A sunny day with everyone in good spirits!

Congratulations to the Kaiapoi Promotion Association.

I’ve been to North Loburn School twice, for an Enviroschools day and for the inauguration  of active warning signs.  They get a lot of trucks going past the school from the Mount Grey forest and from the Whiterock quarry – and while the trucking companies and drivers are working well with the school, safety is always a concern. Pictured is the principal, Simon Green.

Cust is seeing if a market can work for their community – those in places like Oxford, Ohoka, Woodend and Kaiapoi are going well.

Like Kaiapoi, the Rangiora Christmas Parade had a great day.  Here is the crowd in Victoria Park afterwards.

Our Town Rangiora did well.

Oxford, on the other hand, struck a wet day for their Christmas Parade.  Here the the Union Parish take shelter waiting for it to start – fortunately the rain did stop for the parade itself and all went well.

The Oxford Lions again put on a good community day for Oxford.

It was good to have a temporary library open in Kaiapoi – and the Aquatic Centre too.

The launch of the book Our Soldiers at the Rangiora RSA helped further the growing ties between the Waimakariri District and Passchendaele in Belgium.

I’m with the the author Paul O’Connor, Belgian Consul Lieve Bierque and Bill Whitehead, President of the Rangiora RSA. (Photo from the Northern Outlook).

Josh Smith of Kaiapoi received a Young Totara leadership award from the Rotary Club of Rangiora for the leadership and responsibility he showed working in the welfare centre in Kaiapoi after the earthquake.

Concert Coming Up At The Chamber Gallery

30 August 2010


Edith Salzmann, cello, and Iola Shelley, piano, play:

 Robert Schumann        Stucke im Volkston for cello and piano op 102

Zoltan Kodaly              Sonata 0p 4 for cello and piano

Frederic Chopin           Sonata in g minor op 65 for cello and piano

8pm Friday 3 September at the Chamber Gallery, Rangiora Library.

Tickets available at Rangiora Library 313 6135 –    $25;  students $10

Rangiora High School Art Exhibition

27 August 2010
Work by Nikki Murray, Year12

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library is one of Design, Painting and Photography folios from 2009-10 by senior students.

Pop in and have a look.  It’s great to see all this burgeoning talent on display.

“Two Beans” Entertain at the Chamber Gallery

15 August 2010

“Two Beans” (Lynn Timpany – vocals – and Ana Pearson – piano)  entertained an appreciative crowd in the Chamber Gallery this afternoon.  They gave us a mixture of old standards and new versions (Highway No 1 instead of Route 66!)  in a style that is very easy on the ear.

A good way to spend part of a dismal afternoon.

Llew Summers Exhibition at the Chamber Gallery

25 July 2010

The Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library is featuring recent work by the well-known Christchurch sculptor, Llew Summers.

You can also see one of his larger works on the lawn outside the Library.

Summers’ work has often sparked controversy, but many have found his work both beautiful and challenging.

The exhibition runs until 12 August.

Two Exhibitions: Oxford and Rangiora Galleries

20 June 2010

The current exhibition at the Chamber Gallery at the Rangiora Library features work by Albert McCarthy and Irene Shroder.

Both have national reputations, especially Albert McCarthy.  While some might find his work challanging (an example is on the left), the influence of both his Maori and Pakeha cultural backgrounds is very apparent. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand.

You can find out more at .

Irene Mura Schroder has held exhibitions over the South Island since she returned to Invercargill after many years in Australia.

Exhibitions at the Chamber Gallery are organised by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council. 

Hannah Riden of Pines Beach is currently exhibiting at the Arts in Oxford Gallery.

The Gallery, newly opened, has proved to be outstandingly successful.  Oxford is becoming a popular destination (parking problems!) and the Gallery is contributing to this.  It’s in Main Street, almost next door to Seagar’s.

Great Concert

30 May 2010

We went to the (free!) concert at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library today.  Anna Maksymova, a young University of Canterbury student, played Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff to a full house.  What an emerging talent!

It was yet another example of the healthy cultural life of this District when locals can spend a grey Sunday afternoon treated to such fare.

Celia Wilson Exhibition at the Chamber Gallery

3 May 2010

Oxford’s Celia Wilson is the latest artist to be featured in the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library.

For the last few years she has been exploring the pigments to be found in the soils (and some of the plants) of Canterbury, including the road where she lives on the outskirts of Oxford.

As she says, … I have deliberately kept gesture and mark making to a minimum when applying the paint.  Then I have allowed the pigment, of its own accord, to diffuse and settle on the paper support.

The exhibition, organised by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council,  lasts until 2 June.

Cultural Variety

15 March 2010

A lot happens in the Waimakariri District!

On Saturday evening, Marilyn and I went to the Kaiapoi Cooperating Church to hear a triple-harp concert by Robin Ward. It was a most enjoyable recital and I left knowing a lot more about triple harps than did when I arrived! ( ).  Robin is based these days in the UK, but is the grandson of the late Margaret and Lloyd Cleland, both prominent in the parish and in Kaiapoi civic life in past decades.

Yesterday, we went to a poetry recital by Leonard Lambert, Rangi Faith and Roger Hickin, and featuring musical interludes by Julia Holcroft (piano) and Keeneth Love (‘cello), in the Chamber Gallery.  Rangi is a Rangiora local. Again, an enjoyable experience sponsored through the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.

China Theme at the Chamber Gallery

24 January 2010

Last year, Bruce McMillan, the Head of Art at Rangiora High School, took some time in China.  There he found a changing country (as do all visitors) but with continuing acknowledgement being made to the legacy of Mao Zedong.  He has attempted to put this paradox into a series of works now on display at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library.

This exhibition has been organised by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.

John Key’s Left Leg

31 December 2009

….. is the title of a whimsical exhibition by Ashley Smith, currently running at the Chamber Gallery in Rangiora’s library.

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Oxford Area School Exhibition at Chamber Gallery

4 August 2009

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery at the Rangiora Library features recent work from senior students from Oxford Area School.  If you pop in, I think you will agree that the standard of the work is very high: a credit to the students and the Head of Art at Oxford, Brent Firkin.

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Herb Foley Exhibition at the Chamber Gallery

9 June 2009

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The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery, in the Rangiora Library, is by renowned artist Herb Foley.  It’s well worth a visit – and while you are there, look closely into the paintings. Herb Foley says that his main aim is to produce “a good painting” and that what you get out of his work is up to you and how you react to it.

Celebrating Rangiora High School’s 125th at the Chamber Gallery

15 May 2009
Robin White: Healing with Plants

Robin White: Healing with Plants

The latest exhibition at Rangiora’s Chamber Gallery features works from Rangiora High School’s collection – in recognition if the schools 125th anniversary this year.










Rita Cook (Angus): Wanaka series 1939

Rita Cook (Angus): Wanaka series 1939

Weaving at the Chamber Gallery

20 January 2009
Table Runners woven by Wilson Henderson of Loburn

Table Runners woven by Wilson Henderson of Loburn

A new exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library features work from the Professional Weavers’ Network of New Zealand.  This is a travelling exhibition and the District is fortunate to have it – it has come here from the North Island and is heading for Timaru after us.  Here it is supported by the D A Lewis company, who have provided furniture to help set off some of the displays.

Amomgst the featured artists is Loburn’s Wilson Henderson, a sample of whose work is pictured above.

“Biffed” at the Chamber Gallery

15 December 2008

081214-jan-robertson-exhibitionA sculpture exhibition that will intrigue and amuse you is now showing at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library.

Rangiora High School Art teacher Jan Robertson has called her exhibition Biffed because the materials are the sort of stuff you and I might throw out.

They are the sort of works that you look at and get a general feeling, but then when you get close, new details and messages start to emerge. 

At Sunday’s opening, just about everything was sold.

Works sold at Chamber Gallery exhibitions are subject to a commission which goes to the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust to enable it buy works for its District collection.

Talented Local Returns for North Canterbury Academy of Music Anniversary

6 November 2008

enigma-quartetLast night an appreciative audience in Rangiora’s Anglican Church listened to the Enigma String Quartet from Sydney.  One of them is Rangiora’s own Kerry Martin (that’s her at top left) who received her initial violin tuition through the North Canterbury Academy of Music.

After leaving Rangiora High School and gaining a Bachelor of Music at the University of Canterbury, Kerry went to Sydney to further her education and pursue her career as a full-time musician.  She is a previous winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and recently gained a contract with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

The North Canterbury Academy of Music is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week with a series of concerts and master classes.

The Enigma Quartet will be performing again in Rangiora as part of the Academy’s Gala Concert in the Rangiora Town Hall this Saturday evening (7.00pm, 8 November)  at  the Rangiora Town Hall.  Tickets can be obtained at Harcourts Rangiora.

You can find out more about the Enigma Quartet at

Photography at the Chamber Gallery

24 October 2008

The latest exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library features award-winning prints from the Photographic Society of NZ’s Southern Regional Salon.  It’s well worth a look if you are near the library – or make a special trip of it.

The exhbition has been arranged by the Rangiora Photographic Society.  The Chamber Gallery is run by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council on behalf of the Waimakariri District Council.

Corners of Waimakariri: the Ceiling of the Chamber Gallery

24 August 2008
The Glass Ceiling of Rangiora's Chamber Gallery

The Glass Ceiling of Rangiora's Chamber Gallery

Next time you are in the Chamber Gallery in Rangiora’s Trevor Inch Library, look up.  You will see the domed glass ceiling that used to be above the Rangiora Borough Council as it made its decisions.  The Council moved out in the 1960s to make more space for the town’s growing library. 

The gallery was created when the new library was built in the 1990s and is administered by the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.  There is a continuing rotation of exhibitions there and sometimes the space is used for small concerts.

Trevor Inch was Waimakariri District’s first mayor (1989-1995), having previously been Chairman of Rangiora County and Mayor of Rangiora District prior to the 1989 reorganisation of local government throughout New Zealand.

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