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Saturday, 7 May 2011

NZ Art Guild April Newsletter

NZ Art Guild

April 2011

Welcome to April's edition of the NZ Art Guild Newsletter.


Toni Dolan has won the Light, Space and Time Online Gallery monthly themed competition for the month of March. Toni took out the Animals themed challenge with her wonderful piece entitled "Big Red"

Big Red" by Toni Dolan

Ron Esplin had an article published in the Otago Daily Times about his recent exhibition "Southern Scenes"

Marimba Powley has been selected to be one of the 7 Guest Artists at 2011 Southland Festival of the Arts. Marimba will be giving a wire sculpting demonstration at Anderson Park Art Gallery, 91 McIvor Road, Invercargill, Sunday 8th May from 2-4.30pm

"Dickie Bird" by Marimba Powley

Lauryne Hart - is one of 7 artists invited as guest artists for the Ashburton Society of Arts 47th Annual Exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Ashburton Art Gallery, Baring Square East - 20 June - 08 July.

Antonia Luz Ines won the national "Environmental Photography Challenge" run by the Waitakiruru Sculpture Park for her photograph entitled "Glacial Landscape". She had a great article about her piece in the Hamilton Press.

Royal Easter Show Art Award Winners

This year was a great year for NZ Art Guild members at the Royal Easter Show with the following members receiving prizes:

Angela Laby
2nd in the Mixed Media section with "Ferocity" and 4th in the Oil or Acrylic - Open section with "Turbulence"

Angela Laby with her painting "Ferocity" at the Royal Easter Show

Angela Laby with her painting "Turbulence" at the Royal Easter Show

2nd in the Oil or Acrylic - Open section with "Heliconia's" and 4th in the Oil or Acrylic - Open section with an untitled piece

"Heliconia's" by Anita Madhav

Untitled by Anita Madhav

Donna Massey
3rd in the Oil or Acrylic - Open section with "Afternoon at Pautahanui Inlet" and 4th in the Oil or Acrylic - Open section with "Hope"

"Afternoon at Pautahanui Inlet" by Donna Massey

"Hope" by Donna Massey

3rd in the New Artist Award - Open section with her piece "Motherlove"

"Motherlove" by Ellen Eskildsen

4th equal in the Small Painting - Open section with her two pieces "NZ Kotare" and "Cup fever II"

John Towers
2nd in the Abstract section with "Brambles and Roses" and 4th in the Mixed Media section with "Auckland at sunset"


Workshops available by NZ Art Guild Member Olivier Duhamel, Fabulous opportunity for anyone wanting to learn Bronze Casting.

Course outline: This 5 days workshop teaches the lost wax technique and will have you cast your own small fist sized bronze sculpture.

The workshop is suitable for professional sculptors and hobbyist or as an elective for art students.

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Course Role: Minimum 4 - Maximum 8 students - $600

All materials included. No previous experience necessary. Dress appropriately. No particular physical strength required.

5 day workshop
Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June 2011
Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August 2011

2 weekends workshop
Sat/Sun7-8 and Sat/Sun 14-15 May 2011
Sat/Sun 23-24 and Sat/Sun 30-31 July 2011

Location: The Red Shed, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island.

More details are available on Olivier's website
or you can contact him directly 09 372 7220 09 372 7220 ,

Acrylic Adventures: Gels, Pastes, Mediums, Paints, Skins and Digital Grounds - do you know their creative possibilities?

Morag Stokes is one of only 7 NZ Artist to have been trained by Golden Artist Colours Ltd to run workshops for artists using their wide acrylic range. Workshops are now running from her studio in Khandallah, Wellington, and are aimed at people who have experience of painting, from hobbyists to professionals. All materials are provided.


POCKET ROCKETS 2011 - Dunedin

Helen Parsons - Collette Fergus - Amanda Cass - Tanya Dann

19 talented NZ artists come together at the Otago Art Society's Art Station Gallery, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, bottom of Stuart St (below the Octagon) between the 9th - 22nd of May to showcase a stunning array of small artworks.

This exhibition is an expose of the visual talent NZ has to offer, featuring 100 artworks from award winning and emerging artists.

Participating artists include: Amanda Cass, Amy MacKinnon, Anni Morris, Chris Cruickshank, Collette Fergus, Gerda Smit, Helen Parsons, Isla Osborne, Jane Bold, Jane Tan, Kylie Duncan, Lei Wen, Natasha Shackleton, Peter Augustin, Ron Esplin, Sofia Spirtova, Sue McPhee, Tanya Dann and Toni Dolan.

An exhibition NOT to be missed!!!


10 NZ artists spent time in Italy in May 2010. They were exhibiting artworks at the Legato Exhibition in commemoration of the Battle of Cassino. “Reflections of Italy” includes work by 8 of the artists who made that journey. The exhibition will be held at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queen's Wharf, Wellington from the 16th - 22nd May.

Participating Artists include: Jon Stevenson, Cath Sheard, Theresa Cashmore, Sharlene Schmidt, Sophia Elise, Frances Rookes, Lorraine Beattie and Margherita Giampietri

If you're near these take the time to check them out:

Rural Connections
When: 31st March - 5th May
Where: Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury
NZ Art Guild Member Participating: Amy Preston

Made by New Zealand
When: 14th April - 17th May
Where: Niven Room, Taupo Museum, Story Place, Taupo
NZ Art Guild Member Participating: Nancy Tschetner

Undy Four Hundy
When: April 29th - May 22nd
Where: Fusion Art Gallery, Lumsden, Southland
NZ Art Guild Members Participating: Amy Preston and Michelle Wallis

Past Memories, Future Keepsakes
When: 5th May - 3rd June
Where: Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury
NZ Art Guild Member Participating: Veronica Young

Waikato Sculpture Trust's Environmental Art Photography Challenge 2011
When: 29th April - 6th June
Where: ArtsPost Galleries and Shop, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton
NZ Art Guild Members Participating: Sandra Robinson

The Sketchbook Project - Exhibition
When: Various locations around the USA
Where: Feb 19th – July 31st
NZ Art Guild Members Participating: Tineswari Maruthamuthu

Thousands of sketchbooks are being exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the USA. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be cataloged and available for the public to view. 28839 artists from 94 countries were sent blank sketchbooks. Just under 10,000 books were returned completed — all of which will be on display.

Our venues specifically for member use:

Dedicated Venues
Nanette Randall - Apollo Cafe, 5 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Nancy Tschtener - Cross Cut, Antares Plaza, Apollo Dr, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Teresa MacLean - Direct Link Taxation, Apollo Dr, Albany, Auckland

ART BEAT - News for Artists

Artists Wanted! 13th May is the last day for artist applications for the 2011 New Zealand Art Show in Wellington. Apply on line now or email

20th Wallace Art Awards 2011 - Application information and entry form available at: and or email (closes 11th August)

Calling all artists: Feilding and District Art Society will hold their fourth annual art sale the "Manawatu Art Expo" at the Convention Centre 15th, 16th and 17th July, 2011.9am -5pm daily. enquiries to You can download a registration form from (closes 31st May)

Call for submissions - "One Size Fits All" 2011. A group exhibition and competition for New Zealand artists held at Thornton Gallery, Hamilton. Entry forms can be downloaded from the galleries website (closes 1st June)

Free Artist Directory Listing

All NZ Artists are entitled to a free listing in our online Artist Directory. If you are an artist and not currently listed in the directory don’t miss out on this great opportunity for free advertising! A free listing includes your name, art from and link to email. All we need is you to do is email the category you would like to be listed under eg. Painting, oil, landscape to Tanya Dann

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Tanya Dann
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