Wellington Art Club


We had another very successful art exhibition at the Malvina Major Retirement Village back in June with 64 sales including cards. Results lists have been posted on the art club notice board for a few weeks now but I'll enclose them in the newsletter for those who haven't been able to get into the club.

We were able to afford two new 'three panel' screens for the exhibition this year which the van loading 'muscle' really appreciated; said it really cut the van loading down to half the time and made it so much easier overall. We'll be all set for Rita Angus on the 22nd -24th of November and the two exhibitions next year.

Sarah Free, our patron (on right in photo below) expressed a wish to get a little more involved with the club when she has the time. I've met with her to discuss various ways that the committee thought might be useful, like replacing the two old plastic skylights that are on their last legs. We'll wait and see, maybe it could be a project for next year?

Del Te Rito organised a very pleasant BYO luncheon on Saturday July the 13th. It was nice for the various groups to have a mid-winter catch up as they have traditionally done in the past.

Judy Langham


Abbreviated breakdown:

Including cards we had 64 sales and made a profit of over $2000!


Workshop by Robyn Eastgate-Manning

$80 for 7 hours
9am - 5pm, with an hour for lunch

Robyn, who studied art at the NZ School of Design (now Massey) plans to cover landscapes with BIG skies and moving still life, nothing stiff or boring!

She has been teaching art for nearly 20 years and presently teaches beginners through to advanced painters every week, so is used to teaching all levels and all mediums.

Robyn believes art should be fun and absorbing, ‘It’s all about painting the atmosphere and mood of your subject and not getting hung up on detail.’ Some examples of Robyn’s work below.

• Register on the list next to this poster and Robyn will tell you what to bring.
•Pay directly on line to 03 0578 0903273 00 and mention Robyn’s workshop.
•Contact Rita Quirke ph 388 9708, if you have any questions.

Some examples of Robyn’s work below

Transformative Art Workshop with Miranda Munro

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.


What relationship do you have with your ancestors? Relating in a conscious way with them can support your well-being.

In this mixed media workshop we will use our creativity and energy to explore this relationship and how it can lead to more confidence and self awareness.

When: Saturday September 14, 2019 1pm - 4.30pm
Where:Wellington Art Club, 27 Chelsea St Miramar

Exchange: $55

just a willingness to explore and try something new.

Art materials provided.

Anita Thompson (1934-2019)

Sadly Anita Thompson, a stalwart of the club, passed away in Wellington on July 8, 2019.

Anita was the editor of the newsletter after Phil Dickson and before Dale Sweeney, our last editor.

Anita's daughter Kelly provided us with a very interesting biography on her mother’s adventurous life, including a recent photo and painting of a pacific sunset displaying her mothers style...

A brief biography

Born in Los Angeles California September, 1934, she died peacefully in Wellington, July 8, 2019. Anita lived significant stages of her life in Santa Barbara, Hawaii, Waverley, Whangarei Heads, Opua, and Wellington.

She was a wonderful cook, potter, painter, gardener, bridge player and researcher into family genealogy. She is survived by a sister and family in the USA, son Tod & Robyn (Northland & Holland), Karuna and family (Wellington) and Kelly (Montreal).

As a child, Anita and her family lived in various cities in Southern California. She completed a degree in Zoology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she met Tucker Thompson. They married in September 1956 and lived in Carpinteria, where both Tod and Coral (now known as Karuna) were born, while Tucker initially taught Junior High school for a year, before getting a job as skipper of the yacht ‘Rejoice’ This became the first of many sailing adventures, sailing with small children in the South Pacific.

The history Anita has written from this time indicates initially a lot of sea sickness, difficulty for the children to get around on the yacht, washing nappies in a bag behind the yacht, beautiful star filled nights, warm weather sailing as they crossed the equator and sighting the volcanic tropical vegetation of the Marquesas. There are nice stories of meeting the locals, sharing meals, hiking up mountains to buy bread, and constantly being guided by locals and watched by children.

From 1961-1965 they moved at least seven times within California, buying , selling and renting houses, which must have been a huge organizational challenge for Anita, with three small children.

They bought the sailing vessel ‘Wandia’ in San Diego, which was then converted into an 1860’s whaling ship ‘Carthaginian’ for the film “Hawaii” and after filming ended they sailed the Carthaginian around Hawaii, and to San Francisco, Newport Beach, then onto the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Tahiti – a five month trip. They returned to Hawaii where the ship was sold to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation for use as a whaling museum.

In 1968, the Thompson family travelled in Ireland, England, Germany, Denmark, where they bought the ‘Argus’ a Baltic trader and spent nine months converting it to a sailing ship, then spent a year sailing from Denmark via the Mediterranean, West Indies, Panama Canal to California, where the ship was sold to the sea scouts.

The family emigrated to New Zealand in 1971 and moved to Waverley where Tucker and a partner built a Lucerne drying plant and they became involved in the farming community.

In 1974 Anita and Tucker bought a section in Little Munro Bay, Whangarei Heads and spent two years building a very unique and special house. Anita started pottery classes with Yvonne Rust around this time, building a kiln and making many ceramic tile components for the house – kitchen, bathrooms and drawer handles. There were always people coming and going from the house - Anita seems to have always been baking and preparing food, from her garden and keeping bees.

Tucker died in September 1978, at the age of 48 and Anita chose to be independent for the rest of her life. Anita was very active as a potter, with geometric forms in black and white, raku becoming a favourite. She was part of a pottery cooperative shop and later became involved in the Quarry Craft Trust in Whangarei.

In 1990 she moved to Opua, Bay of Íslands, where son Tod was running the “R.Tucker Thompson” sailing vessel, and she started seriously painting with Yvonne Rust as a mentor and sharing a studio with her for a time.

In 2002 she moved to Wellington to be close to Karuna and her grandchildren. She continued painting, was a regular at the Wellington Art Club, where she edited the newsletter for a period, and painting mostly abstracts or simplified landscapes.

Anita was a very elegant, private, self contained individual, interested in world politics and culture, and supportive and proud of her children in their diverse careers. The family had a private memorial in keeping with her personality. She is at rest now.

Kelly Thompson

The committee is concerned about the 30 or so framed paintings that seem to have been sitting in the office forever. Would you please collect what is yours before we have to dispose of them somehow. Maybe a small auction at Rita Angus with all proceeds going the club? If anyone has any bright ideas please let me or a committee member know.

Thanks, Judy.

A week at the Art Club...


When: Every Monday night
7pm – 9.00pm

Fee: $10 which includes tea/coffee/biscuits.

• Non-tutored, great atmosphere and friendly people.

• Life Model.

• All mediums welcome (odourless turps, please)

Call Mark Stanger: 021 0298 0424



When: 10am - 4pm

Fee: $5.00

Phone Del: 388 9232


When: 10am – 4pm

Fee: $5.00

Phone Judy: 934 3046 or 027 309 1888


Casual Working Group

When: 1pm – 3pm

Fee: $5.00
Phone Eric Dyne: 021 847 552

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd )

Back to News