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Welcome to the NZ Art Guild blog - here you will find the news updates, links to members art, information about art exhibitions and events, art challenge winners etc.

For full information about the NZ Art Guild, its services and to become a member go to NZ Art Guild

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Shave an Artist Charity Art Auction and Exhibition

The NZ Art Guild and Leukaemia and Blood Foundation of NZ would like to formally invite you to the opening night of "Shave an Artist" Charity Art Auction which is being held at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland on Tuesday the 3rd of February at 6pm

Top NZ Artists - Sofia Minson, Tony Brown, Sally Blyth, Nancy Frazer, Sophia Elise, Tanya Dann, Beate Minderjahn, Helen Sherrock, Sharlene Schmidt, Marimba Powley, Jennifer Christiansen, Juliet Cryns and Victoria Anderson - have donated fantastic artworks which will auctioned off at a one of a kind, not to be missed charity event.

Watch while artists and friends have their heads shaved alongside their artworks being auctioned. To coincide with this event 35 artists from around NZ will be having a month long exhibition of original, diverse artworks depicting "life" in all its facets.

100% of the proceeds from the art auction and head shaves and 20% from all exhibition artwork sales will be donated to LBF.
"Life" Exhibition

Opening night: Tuesday 3rd February 2009 at 6:00pm - free entry - all welcome
Venue: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
Date: February 3rd - 28th 2009
Open: Monday to Friday 9 - 5 & Saturday 10 - 4

For more information go to and click on "shave an artist" button on the home page
Below are the paintings up for auction.

ARTIST: Beate Minderjahn
TITLE: "My Kind of Journey"
SIZE: 1520mm x 520mm
MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas

ARTIST: Helen Sherrock
TITLE: "The Beauty of Life"
SIZE: 620mm x 460mm
MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas

ARTIST: Jennifer Christiansen
TITLE: "Kia Kaha"
SIZE: 6 Canvases each measuring: 406mm x 305mm
MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas.

ARTIST: Juliet Cryns
TITLE: "Angel of Hope"
SIZE: 710mm x 910mm
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

ARTIST: Marimba Powley
TITLE: "When I Grow Up"
SIZE: 610mm x 760mm
MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas.

ARTIST: Nancy Frazer
TITLE: "Tranquility"
SIZE: Triptych each canvas measuring 380mm x 760mm
MEDIUM: Mixed Media and Acrylic on canvas

ARTIST: Sally Blyth
TITLE: "Meadows" from Vintage Voyage series
SIZE: 500mm high x 600mm wide
MEDIUM: Mixed media - acrylic, gold, crackle

ARTIST: Sharlene Schmidt
TITLE: "Generations"
SIZE: 508mm x 762mm x 40 mm
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

ARTIST: Sofia Minson
TITLE: "African Paean"
SIZE: 1300mm high x 1300mm wide x 40mm deep
MEDIUM: oil on canvas

ARTIST: Sophia Elise
TITLE: Journey of Life
SIZE: 1000mm x 400mm
MEDIUM: Mixed Media and Acrylic on canvas

ARTIST: Tanya Dann
TITLE: "Incoherent Metamorphosis"
SIZE: 600mm x 450mm
MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas

ARTIST: Tony Brown
TITLE: "Life"
SIZE: 900mm high x 1200mm wide
MEDIUM: Acrylic and pastel on wood

ARTIST: Victoria Anderson
TITLE: "The Eighties"
SIZE: 400mm x 500mm
MEDIUM: Acrylic and multi-media on canvas

Monday, 26 January 2009

Art Workshops

Lois Isaacs
Welcome Bay, Tauranga

Painting Workshops
4 per year with a maximum of 4 persons attending.
10% discount to returning students.

Workshops run from Friday night 7-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm
Dates offered are subject to alteration to suit, and could be a weekday workshop if that is more convenient, all within a similar timeframe.

FEBRUARY 20,21,22
MAY 22, 23, 24
AUGUST 21, 22, 23
NOVEMBER 20, 21, 22

If you are interested in attending a workshop please contact Lois directly for further information and a registration form.

Lois Isaacs
Phone: 07 544 6510


Kiln Fired Glass with Vivienne Bashford

Workshop Details
Date: 5 - 8 April 2009
Venue: Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre, Marlborough Sounds
Costs: material charge of $30 to $40, accomadation available (please contact the lodge for rates)

Course Description
This four day workshop covers decorating glass and kiln firing glass. The workshop will cover:
An introduction to kiln fired glass
Preparing sketch plans and mixing pigment
Application to recycled glass and creating a design plan
Working from different angles
Firing techniques and how to use a multi-purpose kiln
Using recycled glass and new glass
Discussion of possibilities for glass sculptures

At the end of the workshop, you will have several pieces to take home.

Bookings may be made direct to Lochmara Lodge Reception
Ph 03 573 4554

Enrolments close on the 2nd March 2009

Vivienne Bashford
Ph 03 3766320

NZ Art Guild Members In The News

Sharlene Schmidt and Helen Sherrock both gearing up to shave their heads for the NZ Art Guild Shave An Artist and Auction event on February 3rd to raise money for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation of NZ. Sharlene (top) and Helen (bottom) are both photographed with the paintings they will be donating to be auctioned.
For more information click on the following link:

Guild Members Exhibitions - February 2009

The following are some of the amazing exhibitions being held by NZ Art Guild Members during the month of February. If you are in the area please stop by and have a look - support New Zealand Artists!!!

Catherine Outwin - Monmo Gallery
When: 19/01/2009 to 1/02/2009
Where: Monmo Gallery, Orewa
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Catherine Outwin


First off the Block
When: 20/01/2009 to 31/01/2009
Where: Mairangi Art Centre, Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Victoria Anderson, Sophia Elise

Opening Night: Tuesday January 20th 5:30pm
All artworks in this exhibition are painted on 25cm square canvas donated by Gordon Harris Art Supplies.


Solo Exhibition
When: 28/01/2009 to 15/2/2009
Where: Tara Poolman Gallery, Matakana
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Damian Barnshaw

Opening Night: Wednesday 28th January 6pm - 8pm
First solo exhibition featuring the work of Damian Barnshaw


Joy Finney and Judith Meakin
When: 31/01/2009 to 13/02/2009
Where: Matakana Country Park, Leigh Road, Matakana
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Judith Meakin

Opening Night: Saturday 31st January 4pm - 6pm
Local Omaha residents present their new collections at a joint exhibition


When: 3/02/2009 to 18/02/2009
Where: Mairangi Art Centre, Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Kirsty Black, Lauren Worsley

Several artists exhibiting different series of artworks.


Life Exhibition and Shave An Artist Charity Art Auction

When: 3/02/2009 to 28/02/2009
Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Amy Mackiewicz, Beate Minderjahn, Cath Sheard, Catherine Outwin, Christine Dempster, Helen Sherrock, Jane Bold, Jane Santos, Janet Marshall, Jen Christiansen, Julia Dungan, Juliet Cryns, Kelly Poulton, Kirsty Black, Lauren Worsley, Linda Lloyd, Linda Paul, Marimba Powley, Melissa Muirhead, Michelle Whitehouse, Nancy Frazer, Natalie Makeef, Rachael Inch, Robyn Robertson, Sally Blyth, Sharlene Schmidt, Sofia Minson, Sophia Elise, Suzanne Carter, Tania Verrent, Tanya Dann, Tines Maruthamuthu, Tony Brown, Trish MacReady, Victoria Anderson

Opening Night: Tuesday February 3rd 6pm

Join us for a one of a kind not to be missed charity event. Watch while artists and friends have their heads shaved alongside their artworks being auctioned. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation of NZ (LBF) and 20% of the Exhibition sales will also be donated to LBF. For more information click on "shave an artist" on our home page

To support our shavees by placing a dontation please visit

NZ Art Guild Member makes Yellow Art Awards Final - Marlborough Region

Amanda Cass is one of 3 finalists in the Marlborough Section of the Yellow Art Awards with her work "Planet Marlborough". This competition helps determine what will be on the front cover of the White Pages.

We would like to congratulate Amanda on her achievement and ask everyone to take a moment to support her by going to and voting!
Voting will be open until the 6th of February.

If you live in Southland - Christchurch - Taranaki - Nelson & Bays - Northland - West Coast & Buller, entries are currently being called for your areas now! Be in quick as entries close on the 20th of Feb.

If you live in Waikato, King Country & Thames Valley - Otago - Timaru & Oamaru - Wellington - Wanganui - Hawke's Bay, entries for your areas will be open from the 30th of Jan until the 22nd of May so get your thinking caps on now!

Saturday, 17 January 2009

2009 Lawrence Summer Art Festival Winners

Congratulations to the following people who have both won prizes in the 2009 Lawrence Summer Art Festival. As part of their prize they will also recieve a membership to the NZ Art Guild.

BEST THEME: Marie Reid "Snapshots"
The Judge, Kelly Aitken says in her own words: " Bright, fresh, snappy! I can taste the coffee! No question the painting captures the look of Lawrence

Marie Reid with her winning painting "Snapshots"

BEST LANDSCAPE: Sue Mcphee "Vintage Gold"
Comments from Kelly Aitken: The painting radiates a vintage golden glow! Imaginative composition.!!
Sue used old newspaper print and historic stories on the background of the painting. She painted a landscape of Gabriels Gully on the canvas , consequently every scene "reflects" - a different angle for the observer.

Sue Mcphee and her painting "Vintage Gold"

Maureen Cummings, Committee Members of the LSAF alongside Art Exhibition Co-ordinator and NZ Art Guild Member Sharon Ann Burger

Opportunities for Artists

The following opportunities, exhibitions and awards are currently calling for participants. Please refer to the website or contact details in each listing for more information.


Art Workshops - Express Stationary New Lynn

Express Stationary New Lynn will be holding a couple of art workshops and a calligraphy demonstration in February. These are designed to cater for beginners.

Also if you know of anyone with artistic talent and/or enthusiasm who would like to share their passion with others with a 1-2 hour demo please contact Dianne
Xpress Stationery New Lynn
2/25 Veronica St
New Lynn
Ph 826 4646


The Original Art Sale 2009 Registrations for this annual event open on 19th January 2009. You can apply online from this date at


New Zealand Affordable Art Show 2009 Registrations for this annual event are currently being called for and are open until the 1st May 2009. For more details and entry forms go to


Tongan Cultural Heritage Exhibition

The Tongan Ministry of Education, Women’s Affairs, & Culture in conjunction with The Tonga Traditions Committee presents Au Mei Moana – Returning Tides: The Tonga Cultural Heritage Exhibition. Hosted at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, from July 27 – August 1, 2009.

The Ministry and the Traditions Committee seek to help the public understand Tongan cultural experiences and in this instance are using objects and ideas to interpret the past, document the present, and explore the future of the Kingdom of Tonga. The goal is to strengthen ties between the local and overseas Tongan communities by presenting artistic examples of quality, diversity and spirit from our society for locals and visitors of all ages.

This exhibition will be a point of contact between the public, artists and museums. The stories shared through this exhibition and performances will highlight who we are as individuals within a local, national and global Tongan community.

Tongan artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration in the exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Au Mei Moana – Returning Tides’ seeking to forge between the island and the diaspora. It is a celebration of Tongan culture by Tongan artists through contemporary media including the visual arts, dance, and music.

Deadline for submission is February 28, 2009.

Please contact the following people for more information or to submit works:

Christina Jeffery
Artist Liaison Officer
Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Tel: 09 3761665

Hilary Scothorn
Exhibition Advisor
Tel: 09 5255964

Filipe Tohi
Exhibition Co-ordinator
Tel: 09 5255964


HAMILTON GARDENS SUMMER FESTIVAL - art & craft stalls wanted

The Right Bank Arts Festival is part of the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival. It will be held 10am - 4pm Saturday 28th February at Hamilton Gardens.

Always popular, the Right Bank Arts Festival is the one day a year when Hamilton Gardens turns into a market for all things arty and crafty. Featuring an extensive range of stalls by local and national artists including sculptors, potters, painters, weavers, jewellers and more. Registration is free for "working artists" who demonstrate their art or craft at their stand during their day.

Applications due by Friday 13 February 2009

Contact Nadine Lee
07 859 1317


Estuary Artworks Competition 2009

This competition aims to raise the profile of the Tamaki Estuary and encourage the people of Auckland to protect the Estuary against all forms of pollution. All entries must be in response to this theme and supported by a brief explaination. Up for grabs is $4,000 cash for First Prize and $1,000 cash for People's Choice Award.

Applications due by Wednesday 4 February 2009

All works must be received by Wednesday 4 February 2009. Evening preview and announcement of winner will take place Thursday 12 February 6.30pm and the exhibition will run until Monday 2 March.

For more information and an entry form contact
Melissa Guy
(09) 535 6467

Monday, 12 January 2009

Art in the Park

Albany’s Art in the Park-
Art, music and culture in beautiful Kell Park.

Visitors to Art in the Park at Albany Village this summer will be treated to a very special exhibition. For the first time artists from Paremoremo, Mount Eden and Spring Hill correctional facilities will be exhibiting a range of their work. Some of the carvings, canvases and drawings will be for sale to the public, along with work by the many local artists who will exhibit. Many of them will paint on site, enabling the public to see art in progress.

Albany Community Coordinator Robynne Pringle says funding from Creative New Zealand has allowed her and local artist Adrien Jennings, to expand the annual event on February 14th and this time the public can try their hand at painting workshops taken by Adrien and sculpting workshops taken by stone carver Margot Symes.

“They will be able to take home their very own work of art,” she says.” Kell Park is a beautiful place to appreciate art and I hope people will bring their lunch, sit under the fruit trees and really make a day of it. I am delighted to have on display some of the wonderful art coming out of our correctional facilities and I hope local art lovers are as interested as I am.”

Live jazz bands ‘Maria O’ Flaherty and the Ben Fernandez Quartet’ and ‘Good Oil’ will entertain the picnicking public and children can enjoy a bouncy castle and play equipment.

Art in the Park is free to the public from 10am to 3pm; with just a $15.00 fee for the Have a Go workshops. Artists keen to exhibit and sell their work can register for $20.00 by contacting Robynne Pringle at or by phoning 4485363.