Newsletter: May - July 2016

Find us on Facebook -
A message from Lucille Cash

After attending a Miramar Business Group meeting with Olympia in 2015 I became aware of the importance of social media to promote our Art Club. I set out to learn about Facebook and set up our page. It's proving a successful way to get messages out to a wider public and to promote our club’s activities. In just a year we have many followers and, if members have paintings in local exhibitions I can post a photo of their paintings.

During the MPAT weekend I posted progress of our mural, and local people became involved. We recently lost a treasured member of our club, Evelyn McCutcheon, and I posted a message which had over 1600 views. If you have items of interest relating to our club I will be happy to post it. Images must be good quality and I'm happy to take photos of art work for you. If you have work you want to put on Facebook please contact me on my

Transformative Art Workshop
Our Future Selves

Saturday October 29 1-4pm
Wellington Art Club, 27 Chelsea St, Miramar
Exchange: $35

In this fun, interactive workshop we will consider our future selves.
What will we expect to see?
Using words, collage and paint we will explore just who we might become.

Transformative Art workshop processes and techniques focus on our wise, deeper selves.

These processes engage the right, intuitive, creative brain, opening up creative channels and freeing us from old thought patterns and behaviours.

All art materials and tea provided. Bring a snack for afternoon tea.
Contact Miranda Munro 0211169107 to book a place

More information about Transformative Art workshops can be found at

Miranda is a qualified Transformative Art practitioner, holistic colour consultant, artist and registered teacher.

Happy looking Art Club members hold their part-finished paintings at the clubrooms

In July we attended a workshop held at the Blackmore and Best Gallery at Shelly Bay under the guidance of artist, Julia Best. We learnt different techniques and all produced work we were proud of. We found Juliet to be a very helpful and encouraging tutor and she in turn, was very impressed with the Wellington Art Club, saying there was lots of talent on our walls.

We hope to have Juliet back next year for a block course as there is a lot of interest.
Del te Rito

Items of Interest

The recent exhibition at Malvina Major Retirement Village was reasonably successful for the Art Club.

Our paintings were hung on our screens in one of the very attractive atriums where we shared the space with some other artists and a photographer who was a resident, as was one of the other artists. The photographer sold four framed photos and the artist sold two paintings.

I’ve contacted the sales person at Malvina Major asking if we could hold another exhibition there next year, and run it the way we do at Rita Angus this time as she was much more involved than she need be. I haven’t heard back yet, but here’s hoping.

Christmas advertising:

I noticed in Watercolour NZ’s latest newsletter that NZ Artist magazine are advertising a Christmas Advert special with a 50% discount for artists to advertise their art for sale in the November/December issue. Phone
NZ Artist on (09) 434 0096 or details will probably be on their website
Linda Smith


Evelyn Scott McCutcheon passed away peacefully in the presence of her adoring family after a short illness on 2 August 2016.

It was a great romance and love at first sight. Sixty eight years ago a young Ian McCutcheon set off to Edinburgh to study the railway system there and a seventeen year old Ev elyn Tat e met hi m of f the train. Romance blossomed and future plans were made for Evelyn to make the long journey to New Zealand, and after Mr Tate told Ian that if he’d known that he would be losing his daughter so far away he would not have let him set
foot through the door. But when Ian promised to give Evelyn two years before leaving Scotland and one year
in NZ before they married, Mr Tate had nothing to worry about and 65 years of married bliss followed.

Evelyn joined the Wellington Art Club in 1981 after successfully raising a family of four. The club was then in the old brick fire station in Miramar Avenue. She and Del Te Rito first attended Helen Wilson’s Thursday morning classes and later Evelyn joined the Tuesday group, making lifelong friendships with other artists. The Wellington City Council had plans to build a library in Miramar Avenue so the club had to find new premises – so being married to the Town Clerk was a help. Mr McCutcheon and his team worked on the Club’s behalf to make available a plot of land beside the old Chelsea Street Librar and, in 1984 the new Club Building became a reality, paid for by the members. A wonderful achievement and a permanent home at last!

Evelyn joined the committee in 1988 and, as Vice President, was involved in the Centenary celebrations. She became President in the 1990s. Evelyn attended various workshops. She learned the technique of palette knife which made a big impression on her and she produced amazing skies, seas and floral

Over the years she successfully exhibited at the Wellington Art Club and Seatoun Arts and Crafts, and showed her work in the Wellington Cathedral, the NZ Art Show and The Academy of Fine Arts. Her paintings were purchased by visitors from Britain, the USA and Europe as well as in NZ.

Evelyn was always welcoming and encouraging to new members and more recently was voted to become a Life Member of the WAC.

We will miss our great lady Evelyn McCutcheon, and each week, in our minds we’ll still see her in the corner of the club where she loved to sit and paint. Evelyn’s corner.

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