Monday, April 25, 2005

Art group

Today was art group day. It comes around every 2 1/2 months or so and is always very convivial.

Art group consists of 5 couples, and we all buy a piece of art a year. It then gets shared around the group for a year before returning to the roost. There is no money making agenda to the group. It is purely an opportunity to share in other peoples taste.

This time we've scored something from Locust Jones at Grodentz. They have a website so if you wanna nose you can check it out. I tried to create a frickin link. Usual story.

The pieces we've bought over the years have been by Saffronn Te Ratana (, Sam Broad ( and our latest is by Karyn Stevens at Grodentz (

The group started off with quite an earnest agenda of talking about art and exhibitions, but since there are now 9 children amongst us it has deteriorated a bit. Today was very sophis though with oysters and bubbly and chocolate cake and yummy yummy dips.

I recommend everyone has a lovely rainy holiday afternoon like it.


Mr Reasonable said...

Wow, checked out the Ferner site - loved the darkness of "Landscape with Craggy Rocky Outcrop (Port Hills, Christchurch)" by Petrus Van der Velden. What a great site - liked the way it picked piccies at random when you refresh.

Not sure what I think of Locust Jones. What were his/her parents thinking?!

Mike said...

Very nice, like the idea and I think I'm gonna do something similar over this winter.

Rebecca said...

That does sound like a good idea. I don't know if I could find people who want to play though. :(

Martha said...

Yeah, the petrus Ven der Velden is cool eh? Very dark. 1890 - shows a lovely bleak side of Canterbury (which by the way is where I grew up).

Mike and Bec, it took a few years to find the right people for our group. Most people seemed to think they couldn't commit to the money side of it, but it only works out to about $10 per week. There is no administrative type cost because it is all very friendly and informal. That said, we do have a couple of lawyers in the group so everything is in a contract. Bit hilarious, as it will only come into force if someone dies...