The current exhibition at the Muddy Waters Gallery is twofold.  Firstly, the story of how the Manchurian Rice Grass came to be on our shores, how it is made into paper, together with other fibrous plant materials, such as Kumara skins.  We have sheets of the handmade paper for sale so that you can create your own art pieces from this locally sourced, handmade paper.  Secondly, in the Kaihu Room the art pieces, which have been created by national and international artists using Zizania paper, are displayed.  

Opening Night was a lovely event, held on Friday night with approximately 50 people attending.  The exhibition is housed in two of our four gallery spaces and those two rooms are filled to bursting with great things to see and ponder.

Art Success Continues

Pauline Gough is one of our most successful members and recently she was presented with an opportunity to take her work south for a very successful in-home exhibition.

Pauline explains how it came about:

"One day about 3 months ago,  a lovely lady visited my studio, saying she'd seen my work in the Commercial Hotel.  Her husband turned up in his "Tour of NZ" car a little later and they bought 3 paintings and told me they wished they could take all my paintings down to Picton.  

About 15 minutes after they left I got a phone call from Peter asking if I actually would like to have an exhibition in their home in Picton to which I replied "That sounds wonderful"....

At the end of August I was invited to have an exhibition in Picton in the home of Peter Yarrell, race director of "Tour of New Zealand",  a bike ride/race that runs the length of NZ.  Peter Yarrell and his wife, Jill, kindly put my husband and me up for 4 nights and put on a fantastic exhibition night, inviting about 70 people.  Here I displayed the 50 paintings I'd put into the back of our car (removing the back seat in order to fit them all!)  I'm happy to say the night was a success and I managed to sell 23 paintings!  All in all a very enjoyable experience we hope to repeat in the future."

But the benefits of this for Pauline did not stop there.  

To read more on this story visit the Kaipara Lifestyler article about this incredible adventure.

 Lonely Boat by Pauline Gough

Lonely Boat by Pauline Gough

Reyburn House Exhibition

We are excited to present one of our first major exhibitions outside of the Kaipara district. Dargaville Arts Association Mixed Media exhibition at Reyburn House in Whangarei. This will greatly improve the exposure of our talented artists and show the high standard of work we produce locally. Show your support and encourage people you know to make an effort to visit the exhibition. 

Gilmore Brown 2014 Art Awards

The Gilmore Brown 2014 Art Awards were held on September 5th. What a fantastic result for our artists. A big congratulations to all those who received an award, the standard of work was very high. Check out the video below and the judges comments of all the award winners. 

Exhibition is open to the public at the Matakohe Kauri Museum until October 5th. Be sure to head along and check out all the incredible talent.

Judges Comments Per Category:


First                    Kauri Bowl Reflections                by Robyn Mitchell

Beautiful and sophisticated use of kowhaiwhai, and innovative presentation using a mirror base to reflect the intricate design subtly hidden on the under surface of the bowl.


Second               The Long Boat                              by John Whelan

Fun, entertaining, beautifully crafted and evocative of the ancestors of northern Europe, The Long Boat is a wonderful blend of craftsmanship and design.


Third                           A Simple Twist of Fate                by Elliott Freer

Sinuous and elegant a simple twist of fate suggests many influences from eels to taniwha. The darkly figured timber finds an echo in the finished design.


Highly Commended            Rangimarie                 by Liz Mulligan

A well-executed portrait of a woman with eyes closed in silent meditation or repose, with psychological depth and insight.



First                    Plate                                                      by Terry Haines

A stunning work of classical simplicity, gravitas and style where the perfection of the design transcends the excellence of the craftsmanship.


Second               Town House                                 by Carol Robinson

Paperclay and glaze slab built

An entire world of busy human activity mysteriously happening behind the scenes is evoked in this imaginative and engaging work, made with great skill and technical precision.


Third                           Untitled                                        by Amber Brownlie

Clay and cast glass

A lovely, well-controlled study of abstract forms in an attractive composition and appealing form, this work would be equally successful on a much larger scale. The combination of ceramic and glass elements is especially effective.


Highly Commended            Head                                    by Terry Haines

This number 5 pool ball has come to life in a quirky character with irresistible pop art sensibilities.



First                    Lord of the Forest                        by Pauline Gough

Virtuoso use of the palette knife and bold application of acrylic colour enliven a fabulous portrait of a mighty kauri. (It might look better in a dark wooden frame)


Second               Twins                                            by Keith Bell

Impossible to ignore, this arresting pair of portraits of a venerable couple combines sophisticated contemporary accents with strong traditional values in an intriguing blend of styles at once tender and slightly unsettling.


Third                           The Road North                                 by Christopher Hoult

Succulently painted in the authentic colours of the North, The Road North cleverly captures the essence of a Northland road trip on an appropriately undulating surface of corrugated iron.


Highly Commended            Tender                        by Rebecca Clist

Interesting use of a variety of mixed media come together in a well-realised and appealing psychological portrait.



First                    Strong Man                                  by Alistair Morrow

Silver gelatin print

A flawlessly executed portrait of the highest artistic and compositional integrity, with a magnificent subject and great insightfulness.


Second               Untitled                                        by Rebecca Clist

In the artist’s own words, waves and a half face have been juxtaposed for individual interpretation in this evocative, brilliantly composed and rendered dry point etching, with inventive use of coloured tissue paper forming an integral part of the image.


Third                           Blowing in the Wind                   by Barry Clark

An intriguing work with constant interest for the viewer as it gradually reveals the complexities of space and form hiding behind the deceptively simple surface motif of waving toi toi.


Highly Commended            Reflections                 by Kathy Strong

Polished, slick photograph which achieves surprising intimacy and detailed observation within a perfectly realized image that works on several levels to engage our attention.



First                    Swamp Kauri                                by Susie Petersen

A sensational, richly opulent and exquisitely crafted work of textile art, beautifully suggestive of the precious material from which it takes its name.


Second               Nautilus                                        by Jenny Crundwell

Inventive and sympathetic adaptation of material to subject in an intricate, nautilus-inspired piece. 


Third                  It takes a community to raise a child by Debbie Evans

Interest and drama abound in this elegant, intense work using traditional flax weaving motifs to give a sense of community and care.


Highly Commended            Untitled                      by Leon Weber

Unassuming yet richly invested, the selection of a beautiful piece of kauri gum and its simple presentation make for an especially lovely pendant.





Welcome to the new look Dargaville's Arts Association website. We hope this new site will be easier to use and show off the quality of our talented members. Please bear with us as we get everything up and running. We promise the wait will be worth it.

We aim to promote and inspire the vast variety of talented artists in the wider Dargaville community and provide a network for developing artistic talent to its full potential. We welcome prospective members to get in contact with us and enjoy what the association has to offer.