Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Kaiapoi Art Expo is on This Weekend

22 July 2016

One of the main arts events of the year in Waimakariri is on this weekend in Kaiapoi. A great range of talent is on display, including work from schools across the Waimakariri District.

Jeff Bell Caricatures at Chamber Gallery

20 June 2016

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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

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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.

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Prosser Quirke Creative Arts Exhibition at Rangiora Borough School Hall

16 April 2015

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An annual event – but be quick because it is only until Sunday. Painting, photography, fibre art, floral art, pottery, woodcraft.

Art on the Quay Shows Off Private Collection Pieces

2 April 2015

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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!

Another Earthquake Recovery Project Completed

6 March 2015

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The Rangiora Town Hall is about to reopen. The hopeless pre-earthquake backstage and foyer facilities are no more and the building has been strengthened to over 67% of New Building Standard. There are now two boutique movie theatres and a performance space that will often be used for movies. The latter will seat 150, although for movies it will be 93.

The auditorium is the same size as before but has been refurbished.

Final Touches to Rangiora Town Hall

28 February 2015

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External painting on the Rangiora Town Hall, one week to opening day.

Help Bring Fanfare to Canterbury!

29 September 2014

Fanfare, by renowned sculptor Neil Dawson, was originally hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a feature of the 2005 New Year Celebrations.  It has now been gifted to Christchurch by the City of Sydney and Scape Public Art are raising funds to install it at Chaney’s Corner.  It will be an amazing sight – as we in North Canterbury come off the Waimakariri Bridge, it will be right there – it will also be prominent as we drive on the Main North Road from the old bridge.

look on it as a symbol of Canterbury’s revival from the trauma of the last four years.

You can find out more at http://scapebiennial.org.nz/Bring-Fanfare-Home 

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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!

 

Rangiora Players to Stage “Death and Taxes”

30 July 2014

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Big Crowd at Waikuku Beach Sand Castle Competition

5 January 2014

140105 Waikuku Sand Castle Competion 2 (500x375)Today’s Waikuku Beach Sand Castle Competition drew a big crowd.  The judges (of whom I was one) had a difficult task. It was a wonderful hot day and a lot of people were enjoying themselves.

Well done to Waikuku Artists Incorporated (WAI) for organising this event.

WAI’s annual exhibition for local artists is coming next month – watch out for it!

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Paper Pigment Wax – Arts in Oxford Opens New Show

30 September 2013

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The Arts in Oxford Gallery has opened a new show by Celia Wilson, Casey Macaulay, Jane Thorne and Jo Campbell – Celia and Casey are Oxford locals.

It’s well worth a visit -and it costs nothing to get in! Have a look at Casey’s amazing paper sails using a diary one of her19th Century forbears wrote travelling by ship from Britain to Australia.  Celia works with the clays of the Oxford area.

Arts in Oxford is between Jo Seagar’s and the museum and has regular changes of exhibition. A visit to one of the local cafes in the weekend isn’t complete without popping in to have a look.

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 http://libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz/community/chamber_gallery.aspx

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Rangiora Players’ “Le Sud” is Coming!

8 September 2013

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Rangiora Town Hall Strengthening and Extension About to Start

24 May 2013

Town HallAlthough work was actually authorised and budgeted for a year ago, the Waimakariri Council has just considered submissions to this year’s Annual Plan and has further approved the work. It is hoped to call for tenders in July.  Expressions of interest from construction companies have already been received and there has been an impressive response.

Nearly half the cost of $11.5m will go towards strengthening the existing building, including anchoring the old part to the new extension.

The additions have received the approval of a heritage architect and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.  This was necessary because it is a Category 2 Historic Building.

The auditorium will receive some upgrading, such as a new orchestra pit and audience seating, but will essentially remain as it is. What the extension will give the community is a flexible 150-seat smaller theatre alongside, greatly improved backstage facilities for performers and crews (the current facilities are awful), much better foyer space both upstairs and downstairs, better toilets for audiences and four smallish rooms that can be used for music tuition, meetings, etc. The movie theatre will be moved downstairs. untitled

While the extensions will take up some of the car-park space, we need to remember that the Council car-park is only 2-3 minues walk away – and it is largely empty in the evenings when most large Town Hall events occur. There is now a footpath beside the driveway connecting the Council car-park with King Street.

Thousands of people used the Town Hall every year before it was closed, either as performers or audiences. This upgrade will meet their needs a lot better. The enhancemen of the town Hall will also help in the revitalisation of the Rangiora Town Centre.

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Waimakariri Council Gives New Kaiapoi Library Final Go-Ahead

23 May 2013

New Kaiapoi Library The Waimakariri Council has given the final go-ahead for the new Kaiapoi Library. It will also include the Council’s Service Centre, the Kaiapoi Museum and an art space providing a similar facility to the Chamber Gallery in Rangiora.

The Library and Service Centre have been closed since the September 2010 earthquake and were demolished a few months ago.

The Museum was formerly housed in the old Kaiapoi Court House. Badly damaged in that quake, it was demolished shortly afterwards. The collection is currently housed in the Air Force Museum at Wigram.

Tenders will be called next month and will include a remodelling of McAllister Square in front of the building and turning Raven Quay on the north side int a one-way pedestrian/vehicles “shared space” connecting the library to the riverbank.

The first floor of the two-storeyed building will afford views out over the Kaiapoi River, which is so central to Kaiapoi’s history.

The design will look something like the early concept shown here.

Last Day for Rangiora Photographic Society’s Exhibition

1 April 2013

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Rangiora Photographic Society Exhibition

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.

Rangiora Photographic Exhibition Coming at Easter – in Waikuku!

28 February 2013

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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.

Sharon Earl Exhibition in Rangiora – Catch it!

25 December 2012

When the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora Library 121204 Sharon Earl Exhibition, Chamber Gallery 1 (600x800)opens after Christmas, catch the Sharon Earl exhibition there.

Sharon works with a welding torch in her hand and does some amazing work.  She tweets as @weldagirl so you get the idea!

You might have seen the moa sculpture in Waikari, near her Hawarden home. That’s her work!

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

 

“Market Forces” Looks Like a Great Show!

8 October 2012

“Girls’ Night”. Sorry Folks – it’s Sold Out!

20 August 2012

 

   Obviously the word got around, and the show is now sold out.

   Well done to the Rangiora Players!

Want a Good Night Out? Go to Girls’ Night!

18 August 2012

It’s on at the Rangiora Players’ Little Theatre in Northbrook Road.

It’s a real laugh, with a bit of sadness too – and it’s well acted and a great all-round production.  Congratulations to Ang Reeves and the rest of her team.

“Blood Brothers” Has a Great Opening Night

16 March 2012

The Blood Brothers opening night got a stand-up ovation from a very full Chervier Centre in Rangiora last night.  I have to confess that we knew nothing about the show beforehand (even although there is a billboard on my fence!) but Marilyn and I throroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The production was professional and fast-paced.

Well done, too, to the North Canterbury Musical Society for going ahead with the show despite the closure of the Rangiora Town Hall.  The Chervier Centre works well, although there must be a lot of constraints.

Blood Brothers is Coming Soon …

6 March 2012

The North Canterbury Musical Society’s Blood Brothers is opening soon at the Chervier Centre in Rangiora.  You can book on-line at www.ncms.co.nz or at Harringtons Jewellers.

 

Flaxwood Festival was not to be Missed

27 February 2012

The recent Flaxwood festival in Flaxton was a great afternoon.  Carolyn Schuitman and her team did a great job rasing a lot of money for a variety of charities, including the Woolston Brass – who, incidentally, are as good a Big Band as you’ll find anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rangiora Photographic Society’s Exhibition is on this Weekend

24 February 2012

Serious Repair Work on the Rangiora Library Started Today

16 February 2012

A lot of noise and a lot of dust …


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