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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, 31 March 2010

NZ Art Guild Challenge #21

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our Facebook Fanpage

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.

For this challenge artists were asked to create artworks using one of the following 5 songs as inspiration:

"Vertigo" by U2
"Decode" by Paramore
"Sister golden hair" by America
"What I got" by Sublime
"Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5


WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE:

Mike Greenwood - "Memories"

WINNER - MOST CREATIVE:

Jane Bold - "Vertigo"

OTHER ENTRIES:

Tanya Dann - "Sunday Morning in Melbourne"

Stan Blanch - "Sister Golden Hair poses for Charity"

Amy Mackiewicz - "Sunday Morning Paper"

Amy Mackiewicz - "Sunday Morning"


The next challenge is available now via our Facebook Fanpage - 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)

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

International SLAM Magazine Feature!
















One of our Members, Michelle Thorby was featured in the February issue of International Arts publication magazine SLAM! This is such an great achievement.

To read the feature click on the images above.

Congratulations Legato Member Ira Mitchell-Kirk!


Ira was a finalist in a cover design competition for Avenues Magazine's Anzac edition.The painting she entered is one that will be featured in the Legato, Italy Exhibition in May.


Also, Ira is going to have an interview published in the up coming edition of the Southern View.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Another Cassino Exhibition Article!

Margherita Giampietri recently had an article written about her artwork and her contribution to the Cassino Exhibition in the Pensinsula Post. Awesome exposure for Margherita's artwork and the exhibition!
To read the full article click here
and go to 11 march 2010 edition

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Creative Commons vs Copyright

Here is some useful information that NZ Art Guild Member, Cath Sheard posted about Creative Commons and Copyright.

In copyright, essentially the rights are with the creator, but there all kinds of complications, as we all know. Creative commons is a way of addressing that and is easy to understand -

Being an artist this is very important information!

In Australia and New Zealand there are 6 levels of Creative Commons (in other parts of the world they come up wth a different but similar system). In basic terms, the levels work like this

1) Attribution.

Do what you want wth my work, remix etc, even commercially, as long as you say I made the original. Most free of all the levels.

2) Attribution/Non Commerical.
Do what you want with my work, remix etc, but NOT commercially, as long as you say I made the original. New creators can use any level of Creative Commons they like for new work.

3)Attribution/ Non Commercial / No Derivavtive works.

Toughest of the 6 levels. Share my work, but you must name as the creator and link the work back to me. Cant change my work or use commercially.

4) Attribution / Non Commercial / Share alike.

Do what you like with my work, remix, translakeetc, but NOT commerically. Must credit me as creator AND license under same level of Creative Commons.

5) Attribution/ No derivative works.

Lets you redistribute, comercial or non, as long as its credited to me and work is unaltered.

6) Attribution / Share alike.

Remix my work, tweak etc, even commercial use, but credit me as original creator and must use same level of Creative Commons.

If you decide to explore for your own use, check out their website here www.creativecommons.org.nz/

Friday, 19 March 2010

39 NZ Artists Spreading the Message of Peace

Media release March 10, 2010

39 NZ artists entered in Italian event to mark Kiwi involvement in the Battle of Monte Cassino Thirty-nine Kiwi artists have entered in the Italian art exhibition to commemorate New Zealand's involvement in the World War Two battle of Monte Cassino.



(Photo: Ira Mitchell Participating Artist)

Entries have closed for the May 15 to 29 event at Cassino. Organisers Kay de Lautour (in Cassino) and Auckland's Sophia Elise said the exhibition would be the biggest single New Zealand art event ever held in Italy.

Most of the artists have grandparents, uncles and relatives who fought in World War Two, or who fought in Italy and some have grandparents and relatives who were at the Battle of Monte Cassino.� A number of artists are heading to Italy for the exhibition in May and staying at nearby Roccasecca, a town over 1000 years old where the Kiwi soldiers are well remembered.

The commemoration art event has been labelled the Legato exhibition. De Lautour said legato in Italian meant intertwined, like strands of rope, giving it strength.

"Of course it is also a great song, and in that context the image is beautiful; and so it is with Italy and New Zealand, with so many friendships formed between families during WWII and maintained after the war.

"Now, two generations later, the grandchildren of the Kiwi soldiers are returning to Italy to visit these families, and young Italians are moving to New Zealand. Every year hundreds of New Zealanders visit the graves of their countrymen who remained here.

"The horror of war has passed into memory, but the friendships are alive and vibrant. Nationally this connection may feel stronger in New Zealand where almost every family has a direct link to Italy, whereas in Italy there are many areas where other nations played a similar role and have these same ties.

"Legato means tied together.� The legacy of war is part of our common heritage. Now it is our task to make a lasting peace the focus of that heritage.� Kiwis are held in high regard around here. They are remembered for feeding the children, providing clothing, stealing army blankets for the cold," de Lautour said.

The NZ art exhibition will be held in Cassino's public library complex in the centre of the town with a formal gala opening on May 15.

New Zealand Art Guild manager Sophia Elise said the guild was overwhelmed with interest from artists to take part in the special event.

Ends

Media advisory:
For further information, contact, photos or interviews contact
Kay de Lautour Scott on 0039 334 363 7018 or
Sophia Elise at 027 6301810 or
Kip Brook or Word of Mouth Media NZ on 0275033855

see: www.nzartguild.co.nz

NZ Got Talent!

Natasha Shackleton and former member Michelle Wallis' artwork

An article about the NZ Got Talent exhibition was recently published in the. There are 27 artists involved in this exhibition and 24 are members of the NZ Art Guild.

This is great exposure for the exhibition and the artists involved - well done!

More Cassino Exhibition Exposure!


A Non-member Janice Corbishley, has also had an article written about her artwork and her involvement with the Cassino Italy Exhibition coming up in May. Congratulations!

Cassino Gallery exhibition members getting media attention
















Sharlene and Rhonda's two page article

Cath Sheard

Many of the NZ Art Guild members involved in the Cassino, Italy Exhibition are getting a lot of exposure in the media. Cath Sheard, Sharlene Schmidt and Rhonda Turk are travelling to Italy to be part of the exhibition.


TLC also wrote articles about Sharlene, Rhonda and Cath.
Sharlene and Rhonda
Sue McPhee had an article written about her on the website stuff.co.nz.

Other NZ Art Guild members who are travelling to Italy for the exhibition include: Lorraine Beattie, Ronda Turk, Sharlene Schmidt, Sophia Elise, Theresa Cashmore and Cath Sheard.

Other NZ Art Guild members contributing artwork include: Angela Laby, Beate Minderjahn, Chrissy Brook, Gail Boyle, Pam Tapp, Sally Blyth, Stan Blanch and Sue McPhee.

Non NZ Art Gild Members who are also travelling over include Rachel Olsen, Jon Stevenson, Dave Fowell, Frances Rooke, Margherita Giampietri and Merv Appleton

Non NZ Art Guild members who are involved in exhibition include Ann Fletcher, Eleanor Wright, Frances Rookes, Francesca Gallo, Gidon Bing, Gilmore Wall, Helen Moore, Ira Mitchell, Janice Corbishley. Jenny Bennett, Kari Lindsay-Beale, Katherine Batchelor, Kay De Lautour Scott, Linda Dickens, Lisa-Jane Harvey, Margaret Piggot, Priya Makwana, Richard Zajkowski, Sarah Scott and Susan Edge.

Check out the official blog for the Cassino Italy Exhibition. This year's theme is Legato - Peace and Rememberance. http://www.newzealandcassinoexhibition.blogspot.com/

Looking forward to seeing everyone's artwork, what an awesome exhibition this is going to be!

Art Beat Article - LisaSarah

One of our NZ Art Guild members - LisaSarah had an article written about her in the Art Beat section of the North Shore Times Advertiser. Congratulations!

Exhibition now on at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland until 31st March

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

NZ Art Guild Challenge #20

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our Facebook Fanpage

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.

For this challenge artists were asked to create artworks using Photography as the medium to reflect the theme "Love of the land"


WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE:

Caryl Watts - "Glorious light"

WINNER - MOST CREATIVE:

Jane Bold - "Sheep May Safely Graze"

Other Entries:

Tineswari Maruthamuthu - untitled

Tanya Dann - "Out of the mist"

Tanya Dann - "The view ahead"

Tanya Dann - "Zipping past"

Jane Bold - "The Olive Grove"


Paul Kettel - "Oaia Island"

Paul Kettel - "Takapu Point"

Amy Mackiewicz - untitled 1

Amy Mackiewicz - untitled 2

Chelsea Davis - untitled 1

Chelsea Davis - untitled 2

Caryl Watts - "Rock challenge"


The next challenge is available now via our Facebook Fanpage - 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)

Monday, 15 March 2010

Coatesville Art in the Garden




NZ Art Guild members Caroline Viesnik and Sophia Elise are involved in this fabulous art event in Coatesville along with nearly 40 other artists. To see the profiles of the artists involved and read more about this event go to www.sourcedecor.co.nz and click on events.

Entry is by gold coin donation which will be donated to the North Shore Hospital Foundation

Susan Herbert is the organiser of Coatesville Art in the Garden and can be contacted by Phone: 021 862 123 or Email: susan@sourcedecor.co.nz

Feature Artist of the Month - Sharlene Schmidt

Click on the image to enlarge. Read all about our feature artist of the month Sharlene Schmidt.

Society of Brilliant Ideas Opens in Auckland



(This much loved, Art Deco building is filled with artistic and interesting businesses, Jewellers, Architects, Film Producers, Artists and of course, Rakino’s bar and cafĂ©.)

An eclectic collective of 19 Auckland creatives, artists, designers, a jeweller, craft artist, photographer, musicians, dancers, and writers have opened The Society of Brilliant Ideas.

The Auckland City arts collective plans to feature members work, performance and innovation in a refurbished gallery, workshop and Studio space at Historic 35 High Street (the iconic Rakinos building) in the heart of Auckland’s CBD.

Exploiting the collapse of Auckland’s commercial lease rates, the groups’ 19 Artists share the cost of running the space, each producing innovative and challenging art work across ten different media.

Collective chairwoman Rachelle Pederson says the space has huge potential to produce great local artwork and creativity. “It’s great to be in a space with 18 others…all of them talented, creative, and hungry, we’ve had a magical opportunity to move into a great space we can now afford to work in.”

The Society of Brilliant ideas officially opens at 6pm on the 19th of March… in celebration the collective invites the public to join them at level Six, 35 high street for performances by Buffy and Bimbo and St Janera, and artwork by all the members of the collective.

For More Information Contact:
Rachelle Pedersen 021 504 222
Claire Cowan 021 519 666
Ben Clark – 021 138 4403

Friday, 5 March 2010

NZ Blog Idol 2 - Finalist Chavah Kinloch

Congratulations goes to Chavah Kinloch who has made the finals of NZ Blog Idol 2. Out of 350 NZ bloggers Chavah was one of 10 selected to particpate in Blog Idol, a competition run by Stuff.co.nz The winner recieves a blog contract with Stuff, as well as a new Nokia phone.

The competition starts on Monday 8th of March with the 10 bloggers going head to head and eliminations happening every weekday until they reach the final four. The winners are decided by public vote - the blog writers with the most clicks on their posts will win the round.

So please help show your support for Chavah by stopping by and reading her fantastic musings, email your friends to let them know, retweet the links, comment and share the articles on your facebook pages.

Read more about it
http://blog.chavahkinloch.com/life/what-am-i-doing/
And
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/blogs/from-the-newsroom/3403479/Blog-Idol-2-The-Finalists-are-here

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

NZ Art Guild Challenge #19

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our Facebook Fanpage

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.

For this challenge artists were asked to create an artwork using the following reference photo as inspiration:




WINNER - PEOPLE'S CHOICE:

Caryl Watts - "Big Tom"

WINNER - MOST CREATIVE:

RifRaf - "Tomato"

OTHER ENTRIES:


Tanya Dann - "Tomato"

Anni Morris - "Tomato Town"

Helen Sherrock - "Tempting Fruit"

Cath Sheard - "Granddad's tomatoes"

Jane Bold - "Santa Gnome by the Tomatoes"

Julie Sills - "Still Life with Tomatoes"

Paulette Shepherd - "Tomatoes"

Stan Blanch - "Braised tomatoes"


The next challenge is available now via our Facebook Fanpage - 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)

Join us at New Zealand's Got Talent




"New Zealand's Got Talent" is an exhibition which features both award-winning and emerging artists.

It showcases a broad range of styles and is an expose of the upcoming visual art talent that New Zealand has to offer. From abstract to landscapes, mixed media to mosaics the lineup of 29 amazing artists is sure to delight viewers from all walks of life. The month long exhibit will be held at City Gallery, Don Street, Invercargill and opening night at 7pm, March 5th 2010. The exhibition itself is open to the public and will run from March 5th-31st.

Participating NZ Art Guild Artists: Janet Marshall, Sophia Elisa, Kirsty Black, Tanya Dann, Jane Santos, Natasha Shackleton, Chavah Kinloch, Sally Blyth, Robyn Robertson, Amy Mackiewicz, Sharlene Schmidt, Michelle Wallis, Suzanne Carter, Marimba Powley, Cath Sheard, Ambury Hall, Lyn Hurring, Pam Tapp, Ana Te Huurne, Sofia Spirtova and Rachael Inch.

Non- NZ Art Guild Artists: Philina Den Dulk, Tracey Strenhouse, Denita Tizard, Kay Ward, Alfred Memelink,Theresa Cashmore, Melissa McCreanor, and Erika Husselmann.

Monday, 1 March 2010

NZ Art Guild Newsletter - Feb 2010

Check out the latest NZ Art Guild Newsletter www.nzartguild.co.nz and click on the news on the right hand side of the home page - or click this link http://www.nzartguild.co.nz/NewsStoryID=2575