Invitation - 19th Sep 2016

Invitation Invitation

You are warmly invited to the opening of "The Mind's Eye" an exhibition of Robert Piggott's Art at the Robert Piggott Gallery, 8 Jetty Street, on Friday 23 September from 5PM to 7.30PM

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Great Reviews for Ron Esplin's Exhibitions "A Portrait of Dunedin" and "Visions": - 15th Sep 2016

Great Reviews for Ron Esplin's Exhibitions "A Portrait of Dunedin" and "Visions":

Having produced three other "Portrait of...." books featuring paintings of Ron's adopted country, New Zealand, Ron has turned his attention to the city that he and his family settled in from Scotland in 1954, Dunedin, "The Edinburgh of the South".
It seemed appropriate to launch the book of 90 paintings and accompanying editorial with an exhibition of Dunedin paintings, and that happened on the second of September 2016 at The Robert Piggott Gallery at 8 Jetty Street in Dunedin. In a second smaller Gallery the show was complemented with examples of Ron's ground breaking "Braille Art" under the title "Visions", and the two newspaper reports in the Otago Daily Times accompany this Newsletter.

Dunedin, "The Edinburgh of the South":

For those of you unfamiliar with Dunedin here is a brief synopsis. 
Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. The Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland, through a company called the Otago Association, founded Dunedin at the head of Otago Harbour in 1848 as the principal town of its special settlement. The name comes from Dn ideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Today Dunedin has a population of over 120,000. and is considered one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural and geographic reasons. For an artist like myself it provides an endless variety of subjects to paint given the unique and picturesque setting of this beautiful "Edinburgh of the South".

Ron Esplin "A Portrait of Dunedin" Exhibition and Book Launch. - 11th Aug 2016


"A Portrait of Dunedin"

"A Portrait of Dunedin" Exhibition and book launch opens on Friday 2 September from 5 to 7.30PM at The Robert Piggott Art Gallery at 8 Jetty Street. The exhibition and the book feature a wide range of watercolour paintings and subjects which celebrate the City of Dunedin in Ron's watercolour paintings . 

Launch of Ron's new book, "A Portrait of Dunedin"

Coinciding with the exhibition, will be the launch of Ron's new book, "A Portrait of Dunedin".
The exhibition runs until 13 September and is open during the Gallery hours, on weekends from 10AM to 4PM on weekends, and 12Noon to 2PM on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Working in the Gallery:

Ron will be working in the gallery during these times offering you the opportunity to see the artist at work.


"Visions" will be on display in the adjacent smaller Gallery. Ron has pioneered "Braille Art" inspired by his blind wife Julie Woods, and on display will be a number of his tactile mixed media works that are accessible to both sighted and visually impaired observers.
Ron is grateful to fellow artist and host Robert Piggott for supporting him in hosting this exhibition and book launch at his Gallery.

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Riversdale Arts Exhibition 2016 - 18th Jul 2016


Riversdale Arts Exhibition Invitation:

You are invited to the Riversdale Arts Exhibition opening on Friday, July 22 2016 at 7:00pm 
The opening night on Friday is a ticket only gala. Tickets cost $25 each and the evening starts at 7pm.
The exhibition runs from Saturday July 23rd - Sunday, July 31, closing at 5:00pm.
Each year between 70-80 artists get together and share in exhibiting their work. This year will be their 43rd year and I have been honoured with the invitation to run two watercolour workshops on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10AM and running through to 3PM.

“Wonderful Watercolour”

Wonderful Watercolour is a course that I have developed and used with groups in Otago, for example groups in Balclutha, Roxburgh, and in Dunedin The Green Island and Wakari Art Groups. When I opened a studio in Jetty Street 10 years ago, I started teaching water colour classes of between 3 and 6 individuals for 2 hours every Monday night and over that time I must have had in excess of 50 pupils come to the studio on a regular basis to take these classes.

I learned from teaching and enquiring of them what people wanted to learn, and from that information I developed a 15 page booklet that now forms the basis of “Wonderful Watercolour” Sessions.
I use the booklet as a guide through the session, and participants are welcome to take notes if they wish. The booklet is also available to purchase at $15.



Class Price $75
Contact Jodie for registration at
Payment confirms place in class. 

The Riversdale Art Exhibition 2016

The exhibition runs from Saturday July the 23rd until the 31st for free, but the opening night on Friday 22nd is a ticket only gala. Tickets cost $25 each and the evening starts at 7pm. For more info visit
Everyone is welcome.The venue is the Riversdale Community Centre, 73 Newcastle Street, Riversdale
"That Blind Woman" is giving a presentation on Saturday 23rd at a Wine and Cheese event beginning at 5PM.

For further details

To access images click on this link: Riversdale Arts Exhibition 2016

Otago Access Radio Fundraising Art Auction 6PM 23 March: - 3rd Mar 2016

Otago Access Radio Fundraising Art Auction 6PM 23 March:


Otago Access Radio Fundraising Art Auction 6PM 23 March:

In support of 'Youth Zone' on 105.4FM & 1575AM Wednesday 23 March at 6pm
at the Community Gallery, 20 Princes St, Dunedin

Invitation to You to The Community Gallery:

Otago Access Radio and the Otago Community Broadcasters Society warmly invite you to a fundraising art auction in support of 'Youth Zone' - free training and airtime opportunities for young people aged 7-22 years.

Notable Artists Work on Offer:

Included are more than 70 works by the likes of Jeffrey Harris, Ewan McDougall, Heather Dunckley, James Robinson, Anne Baldock, Janet de Wagt, Manu Berry, David Corbalis, Robert Scott, Jan Ingram, Emma Milburn and many other established and emerging local artists.

This is a great opportunity to buy quality artworks at an attractive price, and to support a worthy cause.

Works on Display from Saturday 19 March:

All works will be on display at the Community Gallery, 20 Princes St from Saturday 19 March (gallery hours 10am-5pm). Book bids will be accepted.

Hoping to see you there!

See Images on the following link:

Ron Esplin releases a new Book "A Portrait of Europe" - 10th Feb 2016

Ron Esplin's new book "A Portrait of Europe":

Subtitled an artist's view of the European Continent, Ron has travelled extensively having visited 65 countries around the World to date. Ron has focussed this book on Europe in particular, representing 14 countries with 62 watercolour paintings over 20 pages.
Countries represented are Scotland, Ireland, and England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Order "A Portrait of Europe" from the website and get FREE Postage and Packing:

The book measures 200mm x 200mm, is a talking point on the coffee table, and hopefully stirs memories of your own European experiences or inspires you to extend them.
If you order the book from the website I will send it to you for the introductory price of $28 and include FREE Postage and Packing throughout New Zealand.

Follow the Link to see images of the book cover, and some of the content of "A Portrait of Europe":

OAR Art Auction Invitation for Thursday 5 March at 6PM - 31st Jan 2015

OAR Art Auction Invitation for Thursday 5 March at 6PM

OAR FM ‘Youth Zone’ Art Auction Thursday 5 March 2015: 

Put this event into your diaries if you are in Dunedin on that date, it is our second Art Auction having held a successful Art Auction in 2013 and it is to be held at the Community Gallery in Princes Street on Thursday 5 March 2015 at 6pm with auctioneer Warwick Grimmer at the podium.

In support of Youth Zone Programming on Otago Access Radio:

The auction is in support of Youth Zone Programming on Otago Access Radio and proceeds from the auction will support the continuation of OAR FM’s Youth Zone (weekdays 4pm-5pm) - where volunteers aged 8-22 years are provided free-of-charge with the broadcasting skills training, mentoring and airtime to make radio shows, by, for and about the young people of Dunedin and Otago.

The event also supports local artists:

The event also supports local artists as 70% of sales is returned to artists who contribute, and we are delighted with the quality and caliber of the artists who are contributing.

We have works by David Corballis, Alf Berland, Jenny Longstaff, Nic Dempster, Robert Scott, Heather Dunckley, Jacky Pearson, Janet de Wagt, Gillian Pope, and Pauline Bellamy to name a few of them.

I look forward to seeing you there for another great event.


Click on this link to see invitation image OAR FM �Youth Zone� Art Auction Thursday 5 March 2015:

MERRY XMAS and A THANK YOU OFFER - 26th Dec 2014


Exclusive to Ron Esplin VIP Newsletter readers, as a thank you for your loyalty, purchase copies of  "A Portrait of Otago" at the special price of $25 postage free in NZ, and receive a bonus 2015 Calendar plus an A4 signed print of the painting "Middlemarch" that features on the 2015 Calendar.

Twenty pages in a soft cover in full colour:

"A Portrait of Otago", subtitled "A Personal View of the Region", is a soft cover book, ideal for postage, and measures 20cm x 20cm, (8 inches by 8 inches if you prefer).
There are twenty pages in full colour and there is a biography on the back cover. I have refined the publication from my first editions, and this is the 2014 edition. It is now available directly from me through, or through the website at

Offer closes January 31 2015.

View the full colour illustrated version of this letter by clicking on the following link.

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