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Drawing Show 2012 – At Northart, August 12 until September 2

Northart’s very popular “July” exhibitions close in a few days. Photographer John Miller is showing three time lapse sequences which capture the people and work undertaken to prepare for a large marae event – shucking oysters, tending the hangi fire, making fry bread, serving food. Timed to coincide with Matariki, the exhibition provides fascinating insights into present day custom and tradition on the marae. The show closes on Sunday 5 August, as does an equally absorbing group show of painting by three artists, Sharon Vickers, Fiona Gray and Hank Groot. Lastly, Connections, an exhibition of the twenty finalists of the 2012 Aotearoa Quilters challenge finishes 4pm on Wednesday August 8th.
Replacing them is one of Northart’s most popular annual exhibitions – the drawing show. This time around twenty six artists have been invited to participate; each has been given two sheets of high quality drawing paper supplied by Gordon Harris the art and graphic store, sponsors of the show. The artists come from very diverse backgrounds as well as age groups; what they have in common is a love of drawing and a very high level of competency.
Drawing show 2012 promises to be a provocative (when is a drawing is a drawing, and when is it a painting?), exciting and challenging for all viewers and participants. And there will be an opportunity to purchase works by established senior artists as well as newly graduated emerging artists.  
South African trained Frank van Schaik, one of the artists involved is teaching a two day drawing workshop over the weekend of August 24th/25th. For further information and bookings, contact Northart. The opening function for drawing show 2012 starts at 4pm on Sunday 12 August. Visitors will have a further opportunity to meet and chat with the artists on the afternoon of Sunday 2 September, the afternoon the show closes.
Taking a line for a Walk, a drawing class for children of all ages, is a part of Northart’s new “Kids Hour at the Gallery” programme. It will be on Sunday 19th and 26th August, sessions at 11am and 2pm.  $2 per child includes all materials.
From September Kids Hour in the Gallery will be every first and third Sunday of each month, depending on demand at 11am and 2pm. Contact the gallery or visit www.northart.co.nz for further details.
The Northart winter seminar series continues on August 15 (speaker to be confirmed) and on the 29th with Dr Len Bell giving an illustrated talk on the contribution and influence of “Refugee & émigré artists, photographers & architects in New Zealand”.  7pm start, entry free.  
Looking forward to September we will be holding the annual Northart members exhibition, selected this year by Warwick Brown, as well as “Passage” by French born Florence Ichter-Simon. Florence spent a number of years living in the former French colony of  Ivory Coast, which sparked a strong interest in African primitivism, an influence which has been reinforced by the Pacific art of her new homeland. Her show opens on the evening of 5 September and runs until 20th.
Northart welcomes group visits from schools and social clubs. If you would like to have the curator or one of the artists talk to your group, please contact the gallery.  Evening visits by appointment.

For further information, contact the gallery or visit www.northart.co.nz.
Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street,
Northcote Shopping Centre
Phone 09 480 9633 northart@ihug.co.nz
www.northart.co.nz

Northart is supported by Auckland Council and the
Birkenhead Licensing Trust and is open 10am – 4pm daily, evening viewings by arrangement. Admission is free.

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