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Owning a great work of art is both achievable and effortless thanks to a fantastic Papamoa Kindergarten fundraising event to be held on Saturday 15th June, 2013. This event has been very well planned and it's clear that this is going to be another boost for art in the Bay of Plenty as well as a successful fundraiser. It will also be an entertaining evening out with friends and a chance to meet new people.

Please note: This article was originally part of Tauranga City Library's 'Tauranga Memories' website (2011-2020). To your right the 'Archived Kete Link', if present, will take you to a snapshot of the original record. Tauranga Memories was made of several focus areas, called 'baskets'. This article was part of the Tauranga Artists basket. It was first licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License at Initially created 9/06/2013, it underwent 191 edit, the last edit being 10/01/2017. Editors included: Tauranga City Libraries staff (Harley Couper). The original article may have included links, images etc that are not present here.
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The Beachside Art Auction, to raise funds for Papamoa Kindergarten, is being organised by an enthusiastic team of parents and many well-known local artists are giving it their full support.

The money raised will help pay for the costs of running the kindergarten. It will also support various educational projects which focus on teaching children about respecting their environment and giving back to the community.

'Reach For The Sky' by Doreen McNeill 750mm x 1200mm

The event celebrates many of our best artists and will give them and their work much needed exposure.

Featured above is an abstract landscape painting by respected and sought after Tauranga artist Doreen McNeill. This painting and over thirty others will be available at auction on the night.

There will be something for everyone from original paintings in oils and acrylics, accomplished drawings, intriguing mixed media pieces and photographs of Mount Maunganui .

After seeing the list of accomplished artists involved I know the event will be a huge success.
I'm particularly looking forward to seeing works offered for auction by artists Constanza Briceno, Heidi Borchardt, Richard Smith, Glenda Jarrett, and one of Papamoa's own, the remarkable Peter Cramond.

Imaginative works by Timo Ranalli, Becky Popham, Lisa Christiansen and Joyce Van der Lely will add variety and even more interest to the auction.

You can preview the artists and the work up for auction at

Joyce Van der Lely's beautiful 'My Water Serpents' will be up for auction.

Joyce's mixed media piece on hand stretched canvas is a homage to Gustav Klimt and will be one of the many accomplished works of art to choose from.

The art evening and auction will be held Te Akau Ki Papamoa School Hall on Doncaster Drive with viewing from 6:30pm. The auction starts at 8pm.

Tickets are $10 each and this includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and finger food. There are no door sales and this is an age 18+ event.

You can order tickets and obtain more information about special prizes at or by emailing

BTW - one of the many good things about this particular auction is that the organisers have allowed the artists to set the reserve price on their works.

Most professional artists are generous by nature and many are asked repeatedly to donate works that otherwise provides their income and livelihoods.

Thankfully the misconception that art is only a hobby for all artists is gradually disappearing and the organisers of this auction are to be fully commended for their enlightened approach when they decided on having an auction of this type.

By Pete Morris (June 2013).

Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover. He is a freelance writer with a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.
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