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IMPORTANT UPDATE.....Shows, Sale and Seasons Greetings!

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

The BSA year 3 (Browne School of Art) show will be running this week to showcase the work of 26 students, myself amongst them. Unfortunately now due to restrictions we aren't now able to have more than 100 people on site for the opening. So with family coming we aren't able to really invite anyone else. Believe me we are all a bit guttered. But we would love you to come along to the Exhibition, which runs all day this Thursday 8th Dec till 5pm Sunday 12th December. Vaccination certificates needed upon arrive please.


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Well, how do I start, after the year that's been and continues to give in very strange and new ways?


Firstly I hope this finds you well and safe. I hope you have managed to enjoy some of this time at home (in varied amounts depending on where in the world you are) and have found some goodness in this strange situation we find ourselves in. Here in Auckland we are in a half way holding pen it seems, between true freedom & complete Lockdown, currently in Level 3 pt. something🧐. How easily it all becomes normal until a new rule or new privilege is introduced and and then our responses all become very personal. The main thing I take from all this is you cant assume to know why anyone does what they do, their reasons are very individual. Their health history or protocols, their family circumstances, research, age and relationships, income streams, religion and home life all come into play is such potentially life altering times.


The 2nd half of 2020 has been strange creatively for me; after such an industrious first half of the year; one I still cant quite believe and feel so grateful to be able to say was my 2020, Lockdown came as the enforced breather I needed. But then the waves of angst around covid, vaccines and politics begun and my hope to reignite my flow quickly wavered and then wavered some more.


But, as often happens deadlines have pulled my out of my funk and the brushes are firmly back in hand.

As some of you know I've been doing year 3 studies at BSA Browne School of Art under the careful guidance of Matthew Browne, Director & Founder, Artist & Head Tutor and esteemed Artist & Tutor Kathryn Stevens. It's been an incredible year. I've loved my Wednesdays at school, in the company of the tutors and a charismatic bunch of talented fellow students and I've learned more than I could have imagined. We continued our weekly classes on Zoom through August to November, and tried to work at home, in kitchens and dining tables and in spare rooms, garages and bedrooms, though it definitely has not been the same as being at school, I can tell you! I will miss this beautiful bunch of people as we go our own ways next year. But the very good news is it now looks likely that we can have our end of year art exhibition on site and in person and celebrate some new found freedom and our exhibition in one champagne laden swoop!


OPENING NIGHT, BSA End of Year Exhibition

Would love for you to join us to celebrate opening night:


Weds 8th Dec, 5-7pm


Exhibition will be open daily Thursday 9th Dec till Sunday 12th Dec, 10-5pm Daily.


Love to see you!




A little bit of other exciting news......


I found out last week I have been excepted as one of only a handful of new artists into the

Bay Of Plenty Garden & Art Festival for 2022, 17th to 20th November 22.

In its 13th year, the festival takes place in beautiful private gardens around the Bay of Plenty, opened to the public for just this very special weekend, once a year.

I'll be matched with a garden that relates to my artistic style and will be exhibiting within that garden space, so very much looking forward to it!


https://www.gardenandartfestival.co.nz/ is a very popular event, so if you are interested I suggest you join the mailing list for information about ticket sales etc.



Framed Print Sale!


A perfect time for a wee sale, I think we deserve it and I know I really feel like doing something fun!

I have a few pieces I would like to release in time for that special Christmas gift, at a 20% discount to my lovely subscribers, ahead of their general release to my Instagram feed next Saturday (Nov 27th).

The sale will run until Sunday 5th December (or till sold out, if earlier).


I have limited numbers of framed (signed and numbered) prints.

  • all are Giclee Printed on 310gm German Etching Paper

  • A2 size

  • limited addition total of 50

  • framed behind glass with a wide white matt board

  • These can be delivered anywhere in the Auckland Bubble


"Pink Peonies in Full Bloom"

no.s 4/50 & 5/50

White box frame

Frame size: 837 x 834 mm

Usually $650, now $520





"Billabong Retreat"

no.s 3/50, 4/50 & 5/50

Oak Box Frame

Frame size: 720 x 550 mm

Usually $750, now $600







'Fresh Flowers!'

2/50 only

Framed in white.

(Archival UV Clear Protective Glass) with even wider than usual white matt board for maximum impact

Larger than usual frame size: 630 x 745mm

Usually $850, now $680






'From Here On In"

3/50, 4/50, 5/50

570 x 723mm

White box frame

Usually $750 now $600






'Hydrangea Blue'

3/50, 4/50 and 5/50

Frame size:555 x 687mm,

Oak Box Frame

usually $750 now $600






"Waratah Shadows'

3/50 & 5/50

Frame size: 556 x 692mm

Oak Box Frame

usually $750, now $600






'All In!"

2/50 & 3/50

560 x 565

White Box Frame

usually $695, now $520






"Banksia in Metal Jug"

558 x 664mm

Oak Box frame

Usually $750, now $600



If you would like further details of any of these, I am happy to video or send further photos or measurements through on any of these. Phone, text or email me on:

sarahbartonhills@gmail.com

Ph +64 22 320 3342


I also do have limited stock of a few of my A2 sized prints (unframed) that can be mailed out well in time for Christmas if you live outside of the Auckland area or Australia. Just shoot me an email (probably this week to insure timely delivery in the xmas rush) and I can let you know what I have or may also be able to put in an order for you with my wonderful printers.


Well, thank you to you for reading to the end. As you know I am not one to flood you in box unless theres something worth saying. Let me take this opportunity to wish you and those you love a very Merry Christmas.


Much Aroha to you all.


Sarah xx


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