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

Monday, 29 November 2010

NZ Art Guild Challenge #38

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 a work of art inspired by Text and Imge


Sharlene Schmidt - It's written in the notes

Cath Sheard - I love Patea

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)

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Persistence pays off for Fiona Henderson

Congratulations to Fiona Henderson

Fiona has had a great story written by TLC

Follow the Link to read about her persistence and how it paid off.

Promise of Life by Fiona Henderson

Saturday, 13 November 2010

NZ Art Guild Proudly Presents "Small Packages"


NZ Art Guild Members:
Amy Mackiewicz, Caroline Viesnik, Chris Cruickshank,
Deanna Hulme, Dennis Clark, Jac Connely, Jane Bold,
Jo Mallinger, Lorraine Beattie, Marimba Powley,
Nancy Tschetner, Nanette Randall, Natasha Shackleton,
Paula Richa, Sarah Marks, Sharlene Schmidt,
Sheryl Eustace, Sophia Elise, Tanya Dann,
Teresa MacLean, Teresa Rodger, Veronica Young,
Victoria Anderson

Other NZ Artists:
Audrey Coles, Bev Goodwin, Deb Jardine,
Diane Gardiner, Elaine Law, Felix Torres,
Helen Parsons, Isla Osborne, Janis Vingrys,
Mary Prema, Nicky Hart, Rene Demegilio,
Rewa Walia, Shannon Olsen, Valentine G, Walter Scott

Monday, 8 November 2010

NZ Art Guild member in the news

Nz Art Guild member Tania Verrent was featured in the Kapiti Observer paper, October 28th 2010

Click on picture to enlarge

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Invitation - Pre Xmas Drinks and Nibbles

Pre Xmas Drinks and Nibbles : All Art Guild members and Arty People who feel like getting into the Xmas spirit Please join Sophia, John, Angela and Brendon for pre Xmas drinks and fun at O’Hagans Irish Bar at the Viaduct in Auckland.

When : 27th November 6.00pm onwards.
Look forward to catching up/meeting some of you for a fun night!

Spaces available for NZ Artists to exhibit with us in December

We have some space available for New Zealand artists in our up coming exhibition "Small Packages" being held in December - conditions do apply so please read the following information and email before Sunday (7th November) for full t&c's a registration form if you are interested.

Just in time for Christmas – an exhibition of small affordable art to tempt the Christmas shoppers. Cash and Carry exhibition.

December 1st - 22nd 2010

Bruce Mason Centre,
Cnr Hurstmere Rd and the Promenade
Takapuna, Auckland


All artworks have to be 25cm x 25cm (10"x10") exactly – no smaller – no larger
No diptychs or triptychs etc.
Artworks must be created to be hung in a square orientation only (i.e. artworks can not be hung in a diamond orientation).

They can be completed on boxed canvas, board, framed prints/drawings, made of metal, glass, photographs, fabric etc so long as they are the set size.

6 maximum per artist

$10 per entry
$35 for 4 or
$50 for 6

There is no where to store artworks at the venue nor is there anyone available to receive/send back artworks so this event is only open to those people who can deliver/collect your work in person on the following days.

Delivery of art: between 10am-12pm on Wed 1st Dec
Collection of art: between 10am-12pm on Wed 22nd Dec

If you have someone in Auckland who can deliver/collect artwork in person on your behalf you may arrange to do so.

IMPORTANT DATES:Contracts and Payments are due by Tues 9th Nov
Artwork details and price lists are due to the organiser by Fri 19th Nov

If you would like a copy of the contract/exhibition information or have any questions about this exhibition please email with "Small Packages" in the subject line.

Monday, 1 November 2010

He Panui — 2nd call for expressions of interest


He Panui — 2nd call for expressions of interest


PURPOSE — To reflect both internal and external processes that promote or restrict human diversity including personal, psychological, social, cultural and political factors.

AIM — To develop a more in-depth dialogue about diversity; to explore the idea that diversity exists in all people, in all places, at all times; to challenge humanity to recognise diversity and respond creatively.
Expressions should reflect the artist’s understanding of concepts of uniqueness, difference and abnormality in contrast to commonness, similarity and normality. Artists are invited to use diverse mediums (eg. painting, drawing, photography, moving image, multimedia, sculpture, installation, written/spoken word, performance), with the intent that the exhibition space will reflect the diversity theme.

Expressions of interest close 31 January 2011.

Works will be selected for online or gallery exhibition at ArtStation, Auckland from 16 August to 3 September 2011.
For more information and to submit an expression of interest,



Some of Auckland’s hottest, up-and-coming and established poets will be performing as part of Kumeu Art in the Garden Festival this weekend.

The poetry bouquet ranges from lyrical to improvisation, performance poetry with music, to post modernist word play. Each poet will also bring their favourite poem about art and gardens by another poet for an outing at Waimauku’s lovely Dharamkot garden.

Spoken word ensemble Printable Reality and guests present a rich and varied line-up for lovers of literature, art and gardens, Saturday and Sunday between 12 PM and 2pm.

“You don’t have to be ‘literary’ to enjoy poetry,” says Gus Simonovic from Printable Reality. “Love of language is a basic human pleasure, and poetry, art and a garden, that’s an irresistible combination.

“There is an active poetry community in Auckland and this will be an amazing opportunity to be entertained by some of Auckland’s most original voices. It’s great to be able to take poetry into a new setting and to a new audience.” Printable Reality produces multimedia performances that have strong poetry/spoken word elements enhanced by combinations of music, dance and visuals.

Art in the garden poets include Siobhan Harvey, poetry editor of Takahe magazine and a consulting editor of the International Literary Quarterly; Auckland performance poet Gus Simonovic; Literatti performers Christian Jensen, Miriam Barr and Daniel Larsen; Kirsten Warner and Jerry Beale from Printable Reality; Poetry Live MCs Penny Somervaille, Kiri Piahana-Wong and Ila Selwyn; Metonymy organiser Rosetta Allan; poetry slam champion Michael Rudd.

Kumeu Art in the Garden festival of creativity showcases the arts in some of the West’s finest settings.

At Dharamkot, 90 Waikoukou Valley Road, Waimauku.

• Saturday: 12 PM Kirsten Warner; 12.15 PM David Taylor; 12.30 PM Miriam Barr; 12.45 PM Siobhan Harvey; 1 PM Daniel Larsen; 1.15 PM Ila Selwyn; 1.30 Christian Jensen; 1.45 PM Michael Botur.
• 12 PM Gus Simonovic; 12.15 PM Penny Sommervaile; 12.30 PM Jeremy Roberts; 12.45 PM Kelly Malone; 1 PM Jerry Beale; 1.15 PM Kiri Piahana-Wong; 1.30 Michael Rudd; 1.45 PM Rosetta Allan.

POEMS – 4 short poems attached (below).

Night swimming
I saw lights in the water
while I was swimming in the sea
one night.

They stuck onto my arms and legs.
Light streamed from the ends of my fingers and toes.
I flicked my feet like a fish
I drew circles with my hands
I shimmered like a star falling
in the deep dark water.

Kiri Piahana-Wong

Leaving Diamond Harbour
We emptied the garage in half a day
finding memories like gathering mushrooms.

The old wooden pegs you hung
our outer lives by, privately,
on the retractable line.

We made puppets or dolls out of them
with fine long legs and crew cuts.

The signal house from the train set,
empty and the signalman
just a stern paper peeling from the upstairs window
all his signals
empty too.

Each object a struck match:
something old flared and gone dark.

David Taylor

It’s a girl
At first she just slept
grey and sweetly furred
with John Lee Hooker eyes
and finger pads.
I knew I could love a kitten
and was reassured,
even grew to like
hooks of mother of pearl
and teeth to nipple.

By the third month
sharp, hard words
replaced purr and mew.
How advanced, the other mothers said
thinking, what a cat of a kid
what tom fathered her?

Kirsten Warner

If the words are the stars
Poems are constellations.
You need to know the figure
To shape out meanings.
And wherever you move
every nightsky speaks
a different language.

I crossed the line -
and left my northern stars
at that invisible border.
They were confiscated by
equatorial customs office.
But I smuggled my poems with me
so I can still speak to you.

I exchanged my Little Dipper
for Magellanic clouds.
Instead of Polaris
Sigma Octanis brightens my horizon

And I reach up high and I dig down deep
as every plant that has been
pulled out by its roots.
Lucky to have Leo and Orion
To help me bear my Southern Cross.

Gus Simonovic