Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition and sale of artworks to benefit SPELADD New Zealand Inc. Based in the Manawatu, SPELADD is a registered not-for-profit organisation established in the Manawatu in 1999. The organisation provides support and services for people of all ages with learning differences such as specific learning difficulties (SLD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as their parents/families, educators, employers and the wider community. This Sale-a-bration is a fundraiser to recognise the 20 year history of this unique community organisation.

The ‘Cash & Carry’ sale will be conducted from the changing exhibition gallery of Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North. Proceeds from the sale of original artwork, prints, ceramics and other work will help to fund the administration of the SPELADD programme within the Manawatu/Horowhenua Districts enabling those individuals with Specific learning Disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia, difficulties with literacy and/or numeracy or having symptoms of ADD, ADHD or High Functioning Autism (Asperger Syndrome) to be assessed and treatments recommended. SPELADD looks at the whole person, from what they eat to how they move, feel, hear and see and how they cope with learning and developing their self-esteem and social skills. All these improved abilities for the child and the parents learning advocacy skills, means a happier family and a happier community. The aim of the organisation is to enable those with specific learning difficulties (SLD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to reach their full potential. SPELADD operates in the lower central North Island from its base in Palmerston North. The organisation’s vision is “That every individual with SLD or ADHD has their learning needs recognised and met; and for educators and other professionals to share expert knowledge in a collaborative way for the good of all.” Its mission is “to enable and facilitate the recognition, remediation and referral of those who ‘learn differently’ to encourage their success and enjoyment of life-long learning.”

The Sale-a-bration will include original etchings, prints, original artworks, ceramics and other artwork donated by regional artists to assist SPELADD in its fundraising efforts. Among the artists who have made work available for this worthy cause are Angela Walker, an etcher and print maker and Joanna Ward, a painter with a unique style on board and paper. Ward has also contributed prints featuring her naïve painting style. The sale will be run as a ‘Dutch Auction’ where the listed prices for each work will be lowered every week of the sale.  But let caution prevail…if you see something you like it might be better to purchase it when you first see it because it may have been purchased while you were waiting for the price to come down. And of course the more you spend the more money will be available to SPELADD to conduct assessments, workshops, teacher training and the like. We are encouraging SPELADD supporters, art lovers, art collectors and gallery goers to spend up large in support of SPELADD and the very important work that the organisation does in this region.

All funds raised will be used by SPELADD within the Central Districts to carry on the vital work that the organisation performs especially ‘early intervention’ for persons aged between 4 and 18 years old. It also provides a subsidy to allow children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to access individual tuition which targets the foundation level skills or processing deficits that these children may have. This tuition not only improves academic ability but also improves social skills and behaviour. The true cost of un-remediated learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD is reflected in the statistics of unemployment, imprisonment and mental health, especially depression and suicide.

Activities that SPELADD undertakes to fulfil its objectives include an annual Teacher Training Course to train teachers to work with students with Specific Learning Disabilities; monthly in-service training for SPELADD teachers; an annual seminar for parents, classroom teachers, home schoolers and other interested parties; the acquisition of library materials and the circulation of information via a bi-monthly newsletter and articles in the print media. SPELADD New Zealand Inc, a mainly volunteer organisation, works to achieve its mission by the in-depth assessment of needs and strengths by trained assessors; providing targeted programmes of tutoring for students who need individual help; holding in-depth training for tutors and other educators and encouraging access to information via SPELADD seminars, website, newsletter and its vital library of information sourced from around the world and available free to the community. The office of SPELADD New Zealand Inc is located in the Grand Hotel Building opposite All Saint’s Church.

Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15