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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

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Congratulations to artist Teresa Rodger

Congratulations to Teresa Rodger who recently won the Peoples Choice Award at the Tirau Artfest Exhibition. This piece was snapped up quickly. To view more of Teresa's art go to

Congratulations to Artist Helen Sherrock

Artist Helen Sherrock spent several weeks working on a creation for a Wearable Arts Competition held in Waikato recently. She competed against 32 other costumes which included individuals, groups and schools. Helen won 1st place in the Open Category and also won the major prize, 1st place overall.

Her son was her model and Helen's piece was made from re-cycled photography equipment including the light proof inners of photographic bags. The walking cane was empty film canisters joined together. She also recycled a ladies dress, curtains, tights, cowboy hat, scarf,and a few other small items to complete it.

Helen says "Creating this garment and entering the event was heaps of fun and definitely worth the effort. In fact this is probably my biggest achievement to date"

Helen has since been invited to our local art exhibition opening as they wanted her son in the outfit to be on show as living art. She has also been asked by 4 locals businesses/clubs to display the piece at their venues. This will be displayed in their local chemist from Tuesday onwards, as they kindly donated a lot of the materials to complete my outfit.

Feature Artist of the Week

Helen Sherrock

Helen is a multi talented, emerging artist living in Taumarunui, Central North Island, New Zealand. She works mostly in acrylics, painting a variety of subjects which generally have some form of animal/birds or butterflies in them, reflecting her passion for nature in art. She also has a tendency to paint artworks inspired by her children and the children around us. Hence some of Helen's imaginary work.

Helen prefers to paint art with meaning, and her pieces often have a story behind them, this makes painting so much more fun and from the heart - Art from the Heart

"I have been a member of the NZ Art Guild for the past year and am thoroughly enjoying mingling with like minded people and loving the opportunities the Guild has made available to me"

To View more of Helen's Artworks go to

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Exhibition With A Purpose

Where: Cambridge furnituretogo, 44 Duke Street, Cambridge
When: 31st Oct - 30th Nov
Participating NZ Art Guild Artist: Margo Lee
The artwork is intentionally diverse in both subject and style using both pastel and acrylic plus some creative leadlight work.
20% of each artwork sold will go to the Samoa Tsunami Fund
Preview evening on Friday 30th October
For more information email Margo:

Thursday, 22 October 2009

NZ Art Guild Challenge #11

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 last fortnight, the theme was MIXED MEDIA.

Winner - People's Choice
Winner - Most Creative Use of Theme

Cath Sheard - "Inspire me"

Friday, 16 October 2009

Feature Artist of the Week

Michelle Farrell

Michelle studied sculpture part-time at the Art School, Dunedin Polytechnic in 1987.

These studies opened the door to a passion and excitement that has continued ever since. Over the years since Michelle has continued to produce works mainly in bronze.

Her figurative sculptures have been exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Her works have been regularly shown by a number of well-established fine art galleries in New Zealand. Her sculptures are held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe, Greece, Asia and wider Pacific.

In her figurative works she seeks to express simplicity of form, lightness and energy.

As well as more "quiet" studies of form many of her more recent pieces have sought to bring the bronze "alive" - in uplifting and sometimes humorous portrayals of human nature. Inner intentions and states of mind are described within the body language of her figurative works. Michelle's love of dance as a form of expression and release influence many of her pieces.

Through her love of & lifelong involvement with horses, Michelle has also developed a body of equine pieces - of a more classical style. In recent years she has received several commissions, both public and private, to sculpt life size bronze horses.

Currently Michelle is working on a new series of mainly figurative pieces.
One of these pieces has been selected as a finalist in the North Shore City Art Awards

"Of particular interest to me at this time is the expression of time , energy connections and occurances such as synchronicity which point us to influences which underly & steer existence"

To view more of Michelle scultures go to

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Coming Soon.... Small Packages Exhibition

NZ Art Guild Small Packages Exhibition

Where: Ground Floor, Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
Hours: Mon - Fri - 9am - 5pm Sat 10am - 4pm
When: 3 - 30 November
Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Aisling Bourne, Ambury Hall, Amy Mackiewicz, Anne Lengauer, Anni Morris, Brian Norton, Caroline Viesnik, Caryl Watts, Cath Sheard, Chris Cruickshank, Christine Dempster, Dennis Clark, Helen Frost, Helen McNamara, Helen Sherrock, Jane Bold, Jane Santos, Janet Marshall, Jen Longshaw, Joanne Redshaw, Linda Lloyd, Linda Paul, Melissa Muirhead, Michele Courage, Michelle Whitehouse, Pam Tapp, Richard Leonard, RifRaf, Rochelle van der Werff, Sally Blyth, Sarah Marks, Sarah Marrs, Sharlene Schmidt, Shelly van Soest, Sheryl Eustace, Sofia Spirtova, Sophia Elise, Tanya Dann, Teresa Rodger, Tineswari Maruthamuthu and Victoria Anderson

Over 40 members of the NZ Art Guild members join together to bring you a fantastic exhibition of over 150 smaller, affordable artworks - just in time for Christmas shopping!!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

NZ Art Guild Wins Top Spot

NZ Art Guild
Most Community-Minded Business
The David Awards 2009

We are very excited to announce that the NZ Art Guild has won the Most Community Minded Business Award in The David Awards 2009. This category is for a business which gives back to its community, e.g. local, regional or industry sector, in ways, shapes or forms which benefit the community significantly.

The David Awards recognise the unsung heroes in small businesses throughout New Zealand, whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country. Just as David, an ordinary, unassuming young man, used shrewdness and a simple slingshot to conquer the giant Goliath, so these entrepreneurial Davids often punch well above their weight. The David Awards seek to honour these heroes in small business.

To view the video announcement, hear what the judges say and see some photos of the NZ Art Guild at work go to and select from the menu on the right of the screen to view the video clip Community Award.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Feature Artist of the Week

Joanne Wright

PixieMoonArts is all about making and creating enchanting works!!

I am a photographic artist. A faery wing and things creator.

Someone who is probably obsessed with anything Enchanting...

Oh and a real life pixie.


I am an odd real life faery, that loves jumping in puddles and dancing in the rain, nature inspires me, and I am forever searching for the faery groves around my beautiful country. I love sparkly wings and things, and purples, husky hues and bluesy tunes. I am often found sleeping in the magickal willow tree......Sometimes though, I am also found wandering through the misty valleys with the twist of the full moon, comfortably caressing the darkened shadows....But all in all, faery, light or dark, I am unique and at one.

My style of art is perhaps quirky, perhaps unique but that describes me, my beliefs are centered on nature and beyond, so it stands to reason my magical creations mirror my inner being. I always played around with a camera, I love to capture that special vision amidst the magic that I feel I have always had. My passion of fantasy and mythology has never waned much from my imagination,I guess it is deeply embedded in me. All my art is original, and I like to go out and converse with nature to get the background shots and ambiance I am needing for my art. I create my own costumes and props as often as possible, making the imagery with my own flavour of quirky. All talent shots are taken by me on location.
I also create and sell faery clothes - wings and skirts