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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

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

NZ Art Guild Challenge #6

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our facebook group.
These challenges are completely voluntary. Submissions must be original and be completed during the 2 week time-frame. Participants may choose to interpret the theme in any way they wish.

The theme for Challenge 6 was MEMORY and the challenge component was to use a limited colour palette of 2 colours plus black and white.


WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE:

Marlene Faithfull - Islington Bay Rangitoto
WINNER - MOST CREATIVE:
Jane Bold - Hearts always Wins
Other Challenge Entries:
Cath Sheard - Purple and Yellow Pears
Melissa Muirhead - Watching and Remembering
Jane Bold - Lion Rock Sunset
Sophia Elise - Dance of Life
Sophia Elise - Forever
Sophia Elise - Passion
Sophia Elise - Lifes Crescendo
Sophia Elise - Stranger Things
Facebook Entries:
Beckie Saar Leone - Memory of a Rose


Cassandra Gordon-Harris - Memory of Flight


The seventh challenge is available now via our Facebook Page - check it out for yourself and give it a go!(you must be logged into facebook to view this page, if you are not currently a member of our group or facebook please feel free to join).

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Featured artist of the week - Ambury Hall

AMBURY HALL


Ambury Hall is a New Zealand artist who has recently moved from Auckland from Taranaki.

Ambury has recently prepared an exhibition to raise money for the Dyslexia Foundation. The Dyslexia Foundation is a charity deal to Ambury's heart when he found out that his son has the condition.

When Ambury's son, William, was at school he found it hard to read, but it was not until he went to university that he found out he had dyslexia. William has now completed his degree and helps people with the same condition. When Ambury found out about his son's dyslexia he felt that he had failed him. As a retired teacher, Ambury had devoted his life to teaching people with learning difficulties.

Ambury's exhibition will feature a painting named Confusion which represents his view of dyslexia. For more information about dyslexia email info@dyslexia.org.nz.

Shore Thing - 3/08/2009 to 29/08/2009
Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
The Phoenix String Quartet will entertain on Monday 3rd August 6:30pm Open Invitation Drinks & nibbles @ bar.
Contact: ambury@aol.c0.nz

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Feature Artist of the Week - RifRaf


RIFRAF


RifRaf born 1965 in Hamilton, New Zealand is an figurative artist and painter based in New Zealand. Known for monumental images of large women.

Life

During the early 1990s RifRaf reached a crisis point in life with a long period of obesity followed by a cycle of anorexia.Breaking free from this self destructive behaviour RifRaf produces art which glorifies the large woman.

Art

RifRaf's work celebrates the beauty and strength that is Woman Proof that she doesn't have to be a perfect size 6 to feel and be strong, self-confident, and desirable.Happy in her voluptuousness and not afraid to flaunt it."This is ALL me and I love it !”

Career

A self-taught artist. RifRaf cites primary influences as prehistoric venus figurines, and central American folk art.RifRaf has drawn regularly since childhood. And still always carries a sketch book, drawing, for example, customers in caf├ęs.

During the late 1990s RifRaf teamed with several musical groups, joining them on stage to paint as they played.

In mid-2007 RifRaf suffered a violent home-invasion during which many works in progress and stored completed works were destroyed.

2008 Featured on Air NZ in-flight entertainment 'highlights of New Zealand'.

RifRaf has been a contributing artist in all of the NZ Art Guilds collaborative art projects

RifRaf also contributed works to "Sukkot 5769" exhibition held in Jerusalem, Israel.


Contact RifRaf

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Melodious Art Exhibition

Melodious Art Exhibition

This exciting exhibition brings together music and art. Local Musicians Katharine and Peter Watts have hand picked four pieces of inspiring music for artist to visually illustrate.

Where: Uxbridge Gallery,
Howick's Creative Centre
35 Uxbridge Road, Howick

When: 31 July - 13 August
Opening night: 30 July at 6.30 pm with live music

This exhibition is by invitation only and 4 of our NZ Art Guild members are featured Kirsty Black, Sally Blyth, Sophia Elise, and Helen McNamara

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

NZ Art Guild Member makes Yellow Art Award Final

"Reflections" by Teresa Rodger


Teresa Rodger is one of 3 finalists in the Waikato, King Country & Thames Valley Section of the Yellow Art Awards with her work "Reflections". This competition helps determine what will be on the front cover of the White Pages.

We would like to congratulate Teresa on her achievement and ask everyone to take a moment to support her by going to http://www.ypgartawards.co.nz/vote.php and voting for her piece! Voting will be open until the 27th of July.

Art Tuition and Lessons Available





Dennis Clark is a new member of the NZ Art Guild and has recently immigrated from South Africa where he has been involved with the arts including teaching for over 60 years.

Dennis specialises in teaching oil painting although he does have extensive experience in other mediums as well including acrylic and watercolour. The studio caters from absolute beginners to advanced artists. From college students to 150 years old! Age is no problem and no artistic ability is required to start. They teach you how!

He now has his Auckland studio open for lessons at 14 Ian Sage Ave, Torbay, Auckland. For full details and fees contact Dennis or Anna on 09 4733402 or 021 1295 122. Weekend Workshops starting soon - bookings essential.

The Torbay studio and details about Dennis can be viewed on this link: www.paintbasket.com/wordpress-mu/torbay/category/torbay-art-studio/

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

NZ Art Guild Challenge #5

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our facebook group.

These challenges are completely voluntary. Submissions must be original and be completed during the 2 week time-frame. Participants may choose to interpret the theme in any way they wish.


This week the challenge was to use one of the following 5 songs (all by New Zealand musicians) as inspiration for their artwork:

1) Hayley Westenra - Never Say Goodbye
2) Autozamm - LongDays
3) Crowded House - Its Only Natural
4) Scribe - Dreaming
5) Shihad - Run


WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE:

Jane Bold - "Never Say Goodbye"


WINNER - MOST CREATIVE:

Cath Sheard - "My Husband, My Hero"


Other Challenge Entries:

Sharlene Schmidt - "Long Days"


Helen Sherrock - "Life Goes On"

Jo Wright - "Never Say Goodbye"

Marimba Powley - "Breaking Point"

Marlene Faithfull - "It's only Natural"

Marlene Faithfull - "Never Say Goodbye"

Paulette Shepherd - "Tui amongst Kaka Beak"

Facebook Entries:

Cassandra Gordon-Harris - "Left Behind"

McKenzie Sherrock - "My imagination of Long Days"



The sixth challenge is available now via our Facebook Page - check it out for yourself and give it a go!
(you must be logged into facebook to view this page, if you are not currently a member of our group or facebook please feel free to join)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Feature Artist of the Week - Tanya Dann



TANYA DANN

Self-taught, Dunedin Artist Tanya Dann and has always been artistic in nature. Her passion started as a hobby, while playing the part of the poor science student she used her talents to create gifts for friends and family. But it didn't just stop there, the paintings became larger and more numerous. In 2004 she sold her first painting, and she hasn't looked back.

Tanya is first and foremost a painter, with bright, bold, acrylic, abstracts being her signature work. More recently she has started working with a variey of other media and diciplines, in particular Textiles, Photography, Digital Art and Ceramics; and has also dabbled in Sculpture, Prinkmaking and Jewellery. 2009 will see her carry on developing new techniques and styles in her work, moving away from what she has produced in previous years.

Tanya is heavily involved in the NZ Art Guild, having been a moderator for the past 3 years, she is also responsible for the NZ Art Guild News Blog. In 2007 she completed a Certificate in Creative Studies, and in 2008 attended Art School in Dunedin before returning to her scientific roots and starting her Masters Degree in Forensic Textiles at Otago University in 2009.

Contact:
Tanya Dann

Friday, 3 July 2009

Limited Edition Prints of Ngatahi for sale

Limited edition prints of the NZ Art Guild collaborative artwork Ngatahi are available for purchase. Be in quick as the print run is limited to only 100.

$5 from the sale of every print is donated to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.

The print run is
- Printed by specialist fine art printers
- Limited to 100 and all prints are numbered.
- Choice of un-mounted so that you can choose your framing orframed by specialist fine art framers.
- Framed prints are suspended in a white, wood boxed frame and covered with glass.
- Printed on archival quality acid free art paper
- Comes with a certificate of authenticity
- Size: 410mm x 410mm unframed or 540mm x 540mm framed
- $85 unframed or $199 framed excl. postage.
- Postage: North Island - $8 South Island Postage - $12 Rural Deliver - $15

Follow this link to view image and to order http://www.nzartguild.co.nz/Ngatahi-Limited-Edition-Print.html or email admin@nzartguild.co.nz

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Ngatahi Revealed

We are very excited to be able to reveal the NZ Art Guild 2009 Collaborative Project "Ngatahi"


for more details about this artwork and our current exhibition including the charity auction please visit our website www.nzartguild.co.nz