Kia ora everyone. Hope you are keeping well and keeping distance in these days of COVID-19. At such a time it's worth remembering that a month of inconvenience is nothing compared to what we hope to achieve by it. Kia kaha.

The March AGM highlighted another successful year as shown in Larisse’s presidents report - see below. Her voluntary hours are greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed. The new steering committee would also like to express its gratitude to the other outgoing committee members. The new committee brings new blood and fresh ideas, let me introduce the 2020 make up.

I am Philippa Eberlein your newly elected NSAS President. I have been on the committee for 3 years as treasurer and have supported the activities of the committee for  its members and the art community. Since moving into our new premises in 2016, Larisse has grown the Society to a new level of recognition and I hope to continue in this vein. Unfortunately the Covid 19 outbreak has postponed the program we had lined up for the present.
  I am an abstract artist. A genre I used to have little time for but now greatly appreciate.  I  use many types of media, a variety of tools, limited colour palettes, pouring and moving the paint creating shapes and textures which I work with to achieve a painting that is open to interpretation and limited  only by the viewers imagination.  

Nick Duncan (Vice President)
 I have been a working member of the Art Society for ten years and a committee member for nine years and was President or acting President for three and a half of those years. I paint with oil paint and use still lifes and landscapes as my inspiration for finished paintings.  I also sculpt with wood.
 I have assisted with many of the functions that keep the Society functioning, but my main focus is with the hanging and take-down of exhibitions and all that that entails.

Kate Coote (Secretary)
At the age of 20 I embarked on a working holiday to the UK for three years and have also worked as a hospital administrator in a major tertiary hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for eight years. From there I traveled extensively to European and Middle Eastern destinations.  On returning to NZ at the end of 2010 I joined the NSAS committee as Secretary which has been my role ever since.  I was awarded Life Membership in 2018.
 My main functions are minute-taking at meetings, responding to and sending email correspondence, maintaining the membership database, inputting Catalogue information for exhibitions along with the creation of exhibition labels and sales folders.  I have administered 50/50 Fundraisers.
 I enjoy other voluntary roles as Minute Secretary for the Nelson Film Society and belong to the Nelson Cathedral Flower Guild.
 I live on the Port Hills with a magnificent panoramic view of Tasman Bay.  I enjoy trips away to Pakewau in Golden Bay to stay at the family Bach.

Jill Richards (Exhibitions Officer)
I was raised in Nelson but left when I was 18, returning in 2012 after about  40 plus years away.  Nelson has been the best place for me to develop my art and be involved with other artists, particularly after I joined the Art@203 collective.  Now known as Wall to Wall Art Gallery, the Collective has gone from strength to strength and it has been an excellent platform from which to sell my art and work collectively with the other 11 members.  
 I am primarily a textile artist who enjoys a range of mixed media options in my art and teach various mixed media classes as well. 
 I belong to Art Group Nelson and I was accepted into the NSAS about 4 years ago.  In the last year I have taken on the role of Exhibitions Officer.  If you want to know how the Society functions and be involved in its future - join the committee.  I am enjoying my involvement and have learnt a great deal in the process. 

Francie Heathfield – New Members Co-ordinator
I have been a member of the NSAS for about 8 years and on the Committee since the AGM in 2019 and have really enjoyed being part of what is involved with the running of the Society and seeing the amount of behind the scenes work done by the President and her team. I am continuing this year as the New Members Co-ordinator co-ordinating applications for new working artists. My art is abstract textured acrylic and am a member of the Wall to Wall Art Gallery Collective on Bridge Street.

Clare Williams, Newsletter Coordinator
Kia ora.  I'm new to the committee and fairly new to Nelson.  After living in Tokyo for 38 years I came back to NZ in 2019.  My husband and I chose Nelson because I wanted to live in the South Island but he doesn't like the cold.   Sunny Nelson seems to be the perfect compromise.  
 I love art.  I love craft.  I love creation and design wherever and in whatever form I find it.  Decisions I made early in life took me on a different path but now I feel I am where I should be.  I'm looking forward to working with everyone and to beginning my own artistic journey. 

Joanne Kouwenhoven, Facebook Coordinator
 Hi everyone
I have been persuaded to be the new Facebook Coordinator for NSAS and have been enjoying creating the content for this online social medium.  It has been uplifting to see the many artworks sent to me to upload during this time of the Level 4 lockdown.  I have been transported to many beautiful locations, seen thought provoking works, and been inspired by the creative skills shown by our many artists.
 I have been painting for many years and have had innumerable painting lessons from various tutors.  My interest in art began in earnest while working as a play centre supervisor while my children were young.  During this time I witnessed the enjoyment and development children obtain from art and I believe everyone has the potential to create art given the opportunity.

Peter Copp, Critiques
I first joined NSAS about 1975 and exhibited in the spring and autumn exhibitions for ten years or so. From the mid-1980s I had to concentrate on running our farm.
 Around 2005 I started exhibiting again and have also been involved with 4 joint exhibitions in the McKee gallery.
Two years ago I thought it was time to get more involved and give something back, and went on to the committee. This has been a rewarding experience and I strongly recommend it to other NSAS members.

Shirley Crampton
Due to Covid-19 I have not had the opportunity to meet some members being newly elected. I am in my late 70’s and have recently given up most of my volunteer work but still like to help where I can.
I have lived in Nelson since 2000. lost my beloved Roy in 2002 and then our only son in 2009. No family in Nelson but many lovely friends.
I reside in Summerset retirement village in Stoke, lived here for six years which is like a whole new family.
Drawing and painting have always played a big part of my life, while I love turning out my “Masterpieces”, I am totally useless in marketing myself.

Paul Deacon
Kia Ora. 
I’ve planned to retire in the Nelson area for some years and this came to fruition on retirement in January 2019 after working 25 years in social services with challenging youth around the Auckland region.
 I have a nautical background and am considered one of New Zealand’s leading marine artists with select gallery outlets here and overseas I also receive private commissions, which usually require the incorporation of specific historical requirements. In the last year I’ve taken up the challenges of ‘plein air’ painting…something far removed from the tightly controlled traditional approach of my studio painting.

My name is Akky Leurink, born and bred in The Netherlands. We emigrated as a family of 4 to Nelson in 2003.
Although motherhood was my main career, I also ran a business in ladies fashion and in my younger years I was worked as a model in front of the camera and on the catwalk.
 I expressed my creativity in a diverse range of mediums: ceramics, stone and wood carving, and painting, but that was not my favourite one. I did a 3-years study in art therapy based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, which I loved. Here in Nelson I did 2 years Art and Design at NMIT, in the third year my husband passed away. I havent finished the degree.
I have a passion for cooking and run ayurveda cooking classes from my home. Have a look at my website www.akkyskitchen.co.nz
I love the arts and cherish the fact that I live in beautiful Nelson where art is much appreciated. My favorite artists are: Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt and George O'Keeffe. I love the works of NZ artist Gretchen Albrecht.
At present I work with gourds and my work was exhibited in 2 exhibitions lately.

I hope that I can give a warm contribution to the committee and will get to know you all better.

Presidents Report (Larisse Hall)
AGM 2 March, 2020

Tena kotou e te whanau. Welcome and greetings to all Nelson Suter Art Society Members and supporters.

This has been a big year for the NSAS. Celebrating 130 years since Bishop Suter commenced the Bishopdale Sketching Club in 1889.

I am ecstatic to announce, in the last year, the NSAS recorded total sales of $93640 since the beginning of January 2019 until Year end 31 December. This resulted in payments of over $67000 going back to our artists! (that’s almost double sales figures for the previous year which sold $56000 with $39000 going back to artists). This year has been exceptional! Thank you, whole heartedly to all NSAS Volunteers, Committee members, the artists themselves, along with our supporters for enabling this!

The Society also deposited the returned loan from The Bishop Suter Trust with First Finance, as directed by members at the last AGM. In addition to the returned sum of $103,000 we added a further amount to raise the total invested amount to $116,000. The purpose of this fund is to provide 'security' for the potential cessation of our lease with The Suter in the future. A month ago returned investment was at 11% for an 8 month period. (This may differ today)

We featured our NMIT Graduate Award Winner, Charlotte Blythen nee Hutton, as 2019's  NSAS / NMIT Graduate Award recipient. Three new Graduates were awarded the 2020 Graduate Award. Winners and will exhibit later this year. Watch this space!

I am happy to announce we have been inundated with new members with an unprecedented 25 new member applications during the year. Of these, 16 have been accepted. Welcome to all of our new members!!!  For those who were not accepted, I strongly encourage you to reapply, as many of our successful artists were rejected first time around including Georgie Hoby Scutt.

Who I need to highlight and congratulate!  As Georgina Hoby Scutt had an almost sell out exhibition 'Queens Greens'!!!  Only 1 work of 16 remained unsold. It was well conceived and beautifully hung showcasing her new works exquisitely.

We also held the 50/50 fundraising auction. This was another success with over $13000 raised – split equally between the Suter Art Gallery and the Nelson Suter Art Society.  The NSAS are currently sourcing quotes for updating the exhibition space with new installation fittings. Watch this space.

Following the 50/50, the annual Spring Exhibition opened with Guest artist Cathy Carter, speaking. Giving an in depth peak into her practice and process. Wild Tomato featured this exhibition in the October issue. Another NSAS success, with over $12000 in sales recorded.

Our Autumn guest artist, Lee Woodman stunned us with his 'escape plan'. Thank you Lee. Margaret Fairs had her first solo exhibition with us. Congratulations. Perception 6 welcomed 6 new artist members and Kathy Reilly's retrospective was simply divine.

Another popular NSAS initiative, was the stunning bus trip to Picton. Visiting both the highly coveted Mark Stevenson Collection and Barbara Speedie’s Diversion Gallery. Three bus trips in 2019 – all resulting in rave reviews.

We also continued a new Critique series. David Ryan, treating us to a Critique of the entire Autumn exhibition, followed by another series of individual critiques. Due to demand, keep an eye out for more this year!

These stunning exhibitions / opportunities could not happen without the many volunteered hours by our members. Especially our Committee members. The Society exists for its members, both exhibiting artists and art supporters alike. And is run voluntarily by these amazing people. All time given is greatly appreciated.  So please remember to thank them when you see them.

As such, I would like to formerly acknowledge and Thank all those who have been on the Committee and are resigning or who have already resigned for various reasons:

Cathy Jones                          Thank you!
Georgie Hoby Scutt               Thank you!
Jimena Johnston                   Thank you!
Rachel Waddy                       Thank you!

Thank you to all those staying on, especially Kate Coote and Nick Duncan who have now devoted 9 years to the NSAS Committee.

Thank you also, to our Patron, Gabrielle Coote who as The Patron for the last three years, I warmly welcome back as Patron for 2020.

Thank you also to All of our volunteers – your time is beyond appreciated! A huge Thank you also, to The Suter staff, Julie Catchpole and Sarah McClintock for working in with us on the Spring and Autumn exhibitions, and your advice when sought. This is warmly appreciated.

Here's to another successful year ahead.

The NSAS focus is on giving artists and art lovers new opportunities and art adventures... and as such, are happy to take on new ideas and initiatives Please direct these to the newly elected committee and / or volunteer yourself to activate something exciting for us all to enjoy.

Thank you for having me as President for the last three years! It has been a pleasure.

I wish the new committee another stunning year! And now I would like to welcome and hand you over to Philippa as the new President for 2020. I know she will be awesome given her impressive track record with the Society to date!