What's On at Northart in March

IN THE GALLERY NOW
SUMMER MEMBERS’ SHOW
Daily until 14 March
 
Northart’s twice-yearly Members’ Shows are always much anticipated and very special events, highlighting as they do the considerable achievements of the painters, photographers, print makers and craftspeople who make up the dedicated group of artists associated with the gallery. Already underway in galleries 1,2 and 3, this year’s Summer exhibition is particularly diverse and lively, with 58 artists participating.

ALSO ON SHOW
FOUR PAINTERS
Daily until 14 March
 
The painting style of the talented women in the current group show in galleries 4 and 5 can be loosely labelled as abstract, but their interpretations are quite different. Mixed media artists Jo Dalgety and Cath Williams take inspiration from the landscape, and while Karenna Mollard’s paintings are geometric and hard-edged, Suzanne Vesty’s approach is more organic and expressionist

IN THE WINDOWS
XIV STATIONS OF THE CROSS
3 March to 2 April
Opening event 5pm Friday 2 March
 
For the sixth year, Northart marks Lent by inviting 14 artists to each create a work that depicts one of the Stations of the Cross, producing a contemplative meditation on the last hours of Christ’s suffering and death. Thanks to the gallery’s excellent lighting system, this poignant exhibition is viewable day and night in the windows, and seems to gain focus and drama in the evenings. It will remain in situ until Easter Monday.

GALLERY TIME FOR KIDS
YEAR OF THE DOG
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March
11am to 1pm
 
Children get to celebrate Chinese New Year in this month’s workshops by creating their own dog print, using Styrofoam, pencils, paint and paper. These regular drop-in art-making sessions are suitable for children aged five and over accompanied by a guardian, with entry by gold coin donation.

LATER IN MARCH
DRAWINGS
19 March to 8 April
Opening event 5pm Sunday 18 March
Meet the artists 2pm Sunday 8 April
 
Now an annual event, Northart’s popular contemporary drawing exhibition provides 17 invited artists with the opportunity to explore line and form, each using two pieces of the same high-quality paper supplied by Gordon Harris: The Art and Graphic Store. The resulting collection – all of which is available for purchase unframed – attracts a strong following among art students and practitioners, as well as the local community. The full list of participating artists, which includes well-known names such as Robert Ellis, Simon McIntyre and Ross Ritchie, can be seen here.  

ALSO OPENING
OF VEILS
19 March to 8 April
Opening event 5pm Sunday 18 March
Meet the artists 2pm Sunday 8 April
 
An intriguing two-person show presents the works of art lecturer Salama (Moata) McNamara alongside those of Northland Polytechnic arts graduate Shannon Gleeson. Salama’s pieces for the exhibition developed from a research focus on veils and unveiling. Her Maori heritage provides a deep understanding of a world ‘ki tua o te arai – beyond the veil’, and her religion sees her taking on the hijab. The resulting collection provides insights into cultural and religious difference and in/exclusion. In her first significant Auckland show, Shannon plays with her “curious admiration for chaos”. She chose to work with wax, “one of the most chaotic materials I have ever used”.

MOVIE NIGHTS
MR TURNER
7pm Sunday 25 March
$10 members/$15 non-members
Cash and EFTPOS accepted
 
Northart’s Studio Space will be transformed into an intimate art-house theatre as we resurrect our very popular monthly movie nights. First up in a stellar line-up of art-related films is Timothy Spall’s excellent depiction of eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. Drinks, nibbles and comfortable seating are provided and there is no need to book.