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Thursday, 29 September 2011

New Books from NZ Art Guild Member Leo Cappel

Hi everyone,

It's finally happened, the books are on the market.

When Karen's mother, the Holocaust survivor and writer-in-exile, Elisabeth Augustin, passed away, she left us a vast number of manuscripts. Manuscripts of her novels and radio plays, and also of many hundreds of poems, both published and still unpublished ones. I really love her work, and to my surprise, she liked mine too. Soooo:

As a Holocaust survivor myself I felt privileged being able to translate some 80 of her poems from the original German and Dutch into English. I selected poems from her entire career, from her first published poem at age 18, to work she wrote when she was 96. A 'tri-lingual biographically oriented compilation: 'languageland'.

Unfortunately the publisher who was interested in publishing it had gone bankrupt in the meantime, so I have had the work printed by a commercial printer and will do the marketing myself.

I also gave in to pressure from family and friends to write my memoirs 'Like a Guardian'.

Because of the large number of colour illustrations 'Like a Guardian' is too expensive to have printed commercially, so I print and bind it myself, glued and sewn.

Both books are now available at $45 per (signed) copy, inclusive postage within NZ.

With greetings from both of us,

Leo and Karen

For more details contact Leo at:
Ph:  09 435 3461

Volunteers required - Kumeu Art in the Garden 2011

The NZ Art Guild is seeking expressions of interest from Volunteers who would like to assist with the Kumeu Art in the Garden Festival 2011 which is to be held on 29th and 30th of October in Auckland. This is a fantastic event which combines award winning private gardens, with artworks from over 60 artists, music and food. All the funds raised from this event are donated back to charities within the local community.

We are looking for people to help on Saturday 29th October (7:45am - 4:30pm) or Sunday 30th (8:45am - 4pm) October or maybe even both days? Alternatively if you are available for even half a day that would be great!

Volunteers would be working with an NZ Art Guild management team member and would help with

1) guiding, directing and assisting artists with setting up,
2) manning the sales table during the day and taking and recording payments,
3) answering some public queries,
4) relieving artists at their stands while they get refreshments or go to the toilet,
5) supervising and assisting with packing up at the end of the day.

Can you please contact Sophia Elise asap - stating your availability

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Request on behalf of the Kennedy Park WWII Military Installations Preservation Trust


The Kennedy Park WWII Military installations preservation trust is a Registered Charity formed to preserve the World War II defensive installation built at Castor Bay in what is now known as the JF Kennedy Memorial Park.

Our aim is to not only restore and preserve the gun emplacements, tunnel complex and other structures in the park but also to honour the men and women who served in the defence of New Zealand. It is our intention to mount a plaque honouring the members of the 63rd battery, 9th Heavy (Coast) Regiment who were based at Castor Bay.

Among the artefacts collected on site is a large steel door that was rescued from the sea, adjacent to one of the searchlight emplacements built into the cliff. Rusted, scarred and interesting, this object lends itself to being suitably mounted near the gun emplacements and becoming part of the plaque, or be the actual plaque.

Size: 1.34m high by 1.52m wide. The protrusion is 53cm, but I guess this should be cut off.

We are open to suggestions as to how to use this beastie (It takes four me to lift it) but have considered three options:

1 Engrave directly on to the steel plate. Cutting it to plaque shape may involve heavy engineering!

2. Make a sculpture out of the steel door, and incorporate a stainless steel plaque (manufactured by a trophy maker) into the design

3. Something else that my non-artistic mind is as yet unable to determine.

I believe the second option will be the simpler to achieve.

Our request
We would like to talk to an artist who would enjoy looking at the site, designing suitable placing and mounting and incorporating the plaque utilising the Artillery logo. We will organise the labour, attend to resource consent etc. and will carry our rust-inhibiting procedure as soon as the final design is known.

Please note that we are not flush with money and may need to pursue sponsorship for this exercise although we have had a $500.00 grant from Veterans Affairs towards the plaque.

For more information please visit  or contact:
John Pringle  09 410 5700 or 021 047 0557

Monday, 26 September 2011

Kumeu Art in the Garden 2011 - program guide

Kumeu Art in the Garden
29th - 30th Oct 2011 
10am to 4pm

Kumeu Art in the Garden Festival 2011 is taking place on October 29th and 30th in four award winning private gardens. This event is now in its 3rd year and has seen thousands of visitors enjoying Kumeu’s top gardens filled with artists and their creations. There will be over sixty artists from around New Zealand exhibiting and selling their work which includes paintings, sculpture, mosaics, photography, jewellery, glass art and much more.

“We have created an international event that raises awareness of the region, the artists and the creativity that flourishes in the area in some amazing garden galleries. It’s magic to see the interaction between the garden lovers and art enthusiasts” says Festival Founder and Event Director, Graham McIntyre of Kumeu. “It’s a charity event with profits benefitting local community groups such as Community Patrol, Hospice West Auckland and Kumeu Fire Brigade”

There will be music, food and beverages available in each garden and visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic and stay a while to enjoy the atmosphere. Be a friend online at

Bookings can be made by phoning the Kumeu Visitor Centre on 09 412 9886 or online at

The NZ Art Guild is a nationwide, award winning organisation that provides promotion, support, resources and opportunities to New Zealand visual artists of all career stages and mediums. Artists receive essential information and support, online promotion, opportunities to exhibit both collectively and individually, develop professionally, create networks and receive discounts on art related services and products. The NZ Art Guild has been instrumental in launching many part-time artists into full-time careers: many have been propelled onto the international market and others have gone on to gain highly recognised art awards.

In addition the NZ Art Guild provides opportunities for the whole community to see numerous different artworks at various events that include charity auctions and exhibitions, member exhibitions and community events. The NZ Art Guild also provides art hire services to venues, events and businesses and project and event management services to various organisations and individuals.

The Rotary Club of Kumeu has been serving the local Kumeu and surrounding community since it was established in 1994. The club is part of the worldwide Rotary International Organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 1.2 million people committed to providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards, and helping to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures. Rotary's main objective is service as signified by the motto "Service above Self".

Although Kumeu Rotary contributes to worldwide humanitarian projects through the Rotary Foundation, its main focus is on the needs of the local community. Through fundraising, it is able to help local organisations including the Fire Brigade, Muriwai Surf Lifesaving, Kumeu Community Patrol and Hospice West Auckland. The club also has a strong focus on youth, with support for projects at Kaipara College and local schools, assisting with sponsorships to Rotary youth programs and other personal development programs such as Outward Bound.

The club is pleased to be able to assist with the running of Kumeu Art in the Garden and acknowledge the very considerable efforts made by club member Graham McIntyre and L. J. Hooker Kumeu who underwrite and head the promotion and organisation of the event. Funds raised are channelled through the Kumeu Rotary Clubs Charitable Trust to local community organisations and worthwhile projects.

Kumeu Coast & Country Business Association is delighted to be a supporter of the third Kumeu Art in the Garden. We have been proud to be involved with this event from its beginning, our members are as varied as the gardens on display, and cover a vast array of the quality businesses that the area has to offer.

This annual event is a chance for visitors to access some beautiful private gardens that are normally not open to the public. It is also a chance for visitors to discover not just secret gardens, but an area that could arguably be, Auckland’s best kept secret! These gardens have been painstakingly crafted over many years to create a living work of art, and to top it off, there is also art of the more traditional kind displayed in these gardens creating - a feast for the senses!

Kumeu and the surrounding district also offers a feast for the senses, we have a huge range of world class food and wine attractions to appeal to all tastes, all within minutes of each other. Our most easily recognisable attraction is the wineries. We are blessed with the largest group of world class wine producers within 30 minutes of Auckland city centre. But it doesn't end there, around the wine there are some top restaurants, bars and cafes, clustered around SH16 from Riverhead to Waimauku. Welcome to Aucklands 'Green Belt' an appealing mix of rural charm with sophisticated food and wine, weekend markets, exciting food producers and wild West Coast regional parks with surfing, mountain biking, horse riding and other adventure sport destinations, throw in the historical town of Helensville 15 minutes north of Kumeu and you have enough to more than satisfy your senses!

Should you wish to find out more or join the business association further details can be found on


This is an international event that encourages interest in the region, our artists and our culture”. Executive Director of the NZ Art Guild, Sophia Elise says “This event is a fantastic opportunity for not only local artists but artists from other parts of New Zealand to showcase their art direct to the public. Last year we had artists demonstrating their techniques onsite including painting, drawing, mosaicing, jewellery making, which adds a whole new dimension to this event” We encourage artists that would like to participate in future festivals to contact the NZ Art Guild directly on or visit the web site for the NZ Art Guild at For full list of artists go to

Below are a selection of artists that are exhibiting at Kumeu Art in the Garden.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Kumeu Art in the Garden 2011

Images: Top row - views from last years gardens. Bottom row Richard Leonard, Steve Hoskin and Pam Olver, view of  one of last years gardens, Ross Melles ,Valerie Le Blanc

Kumeu Art in the Garden 2011

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of October, four of Kumeu’s stunning, award winning gardens will be showcasing art from the best of the region’s artists and sculptors. Almost eighty artists will be showcasing art for sale over 1000 works of art in four fabulous garden galleries.

This charity event celebrates the blending of art and culture, in four outstanding garden galleries, some of which are being opened to the public for the very first time.

The ticket cost is $20 (or $15 early bird to October 2) for the full, two day event. Gate sales are not guaranteed due to limited ticket numbers (due to parking and road control) we strongly urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Kumeu Art in the Garden raises funds for charity. The beneficiaries will be Rotary Kumeu, with proceeds split between a range of local community charity groups. Organisers are hoping to raise over $15,000 through ticket sales.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for not only local artists but artists from other parts of New Zealand to showcase their art direct to the public. Last year we had artists demonstrating their techniques onsite including painting, drawing, mosaicing, jewellery making, which adds a whole new dimension to this event”
Sophia Elise- NZ Art Guild.

“We are excited to welcome public to a high quality event that raises money for local groups and regional causes through Rotary”.
Graham McIntyre – LJ Hooker Kumeu.

Every year Kumeu has a Best Garden competition which is supported by LJ Hooker Kumeu, Westpac and the Weekend Gardener magazine. Some of the region’s very best gardens are entered into the competition, and it is from these that the magnificent gardens in this year’s Kumeu Art in the Garden Festival have been selected.

This year the gardens include:
Brookvale - Taupaki
Special Place - Kumeu
Totara Waters - Whenuapai
Ashcombe - Riverhead

About the artists
Kumeu Art in the Garden have partnered with the New Zealand Art Guild for this event. The artworks are all originals and include paintings, mosaics, photography, sculpture, jewellery and much more. You can meet the artists, see them create their artworks and purchase direct from them. This event attracts artists from all over New Zealand not just the local area. There are artists who have been involved every year since this event started as well as artists who are exhibiting for the first time this year. Artists who would like to participate in this festival please contact the NZ Art Guild

NZ Art Guild
The NZ Art Guild is a nationwide, award winning organization that provides promotion, support, resources and opportunities to New Zealand visual artists of all career stages and mediums. Artists receive essential information and support, online promotion, opportunities to exhibit both collectively and individually, develop professionally, create networks and receive discounts on art related services and products.

The NZ Art Guild has been instrumental in launching many part-time artists into full-time careers, many have been propelled onto the international market and others have gone on to gain highly recognized art awards.

In addition the NZ Art Guild provides opportunities for the whole community to see numerous different artworks at various events that include charity auctions and exhibitions, member exhibitions and community events. The NZ Art Guild also provides art hire services to venues, events and businesses and project and event management services to various organisations and individuals.

Booking tickets
Entry to the festival costs $20 per person/ticket. The ticket allows entry to all four gardens for both days and is non-transferable. Tickets are available to under 15 years of age at $10 per ticket. Under 5’s are free of cost and must be accompanied by an adult.
No animals will be permitted onto the properties with any ticket holder.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at or via the Kumeu Visitor Information Centre located, main road, Kumeu or phone 09 412 9886.

Hosts include members of Rotary, Kumeu Fire Brigade, Kumeu Community Patrol. There will be a variety of services and facilities at each garden. Maps showing the location of each site, and the services available at each, will be issued with your tickets.

Music in every garden
A number of young local musicians have been selected to perform at each garden around lunch time. The schools supporting the event including Kaipara College and Massey High School. In addition the local big band is performing to provide a spectacle and some good cheer in support of the event.

Food and beverage
In every garden community charity groups will be busy serving up a storm. From beverages to hot scones and treats, including morning and afternoon teas and lunch. Take some money and shout yourself a hot cuppa and treat as it all goes to local groups that all have worthwhile local projects that they need funds for.

Stopping for lunch or dinner?
Hallertau - Riverhead Ph 412 5555
Soljans - Kumeu Ph 412 5858
The Tasting Shed - Kumeu Ph 412 6454

For more information visit:

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

TOI ORA LIVE ART TRUST - Mental Health Awareness Week and Beyond - some dates for your diary

Kia ora

Mental Health Awareness Week 2011 is only a few weeks away so here's a little heads-up for you and your diaries.


Fiesta in the Park - Saturday 8 October, 10am to 4pm - Western Park, Ponsonby
Enjoy an outstanding line-up of bands, musicians, food stalls, circus performers, and other entertainment in a celebration of community, and promoting wellbeing and understanding. There will be an information tent within to promote services.

interpretations of text - opening Tuesday 11 October, 5pm - Toi Ora Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn
Artist Tricia Hall has a solo exhibition at Toi Ora that will run from 11 October to 11 November. All are welcome at the opening on Tuesday.

2011 October Gig - Thursday 13 October, 8pm onwards - The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Road, Newton
A celebration of musicians and performers from the sector, and a great opportunity to enjoy the amazing talent who're amongst us.


Samoan Market Day - Thursday 22 September, 4pm-9pm - Grey Lynn Village
Toi Ora and CrossRoads Clubhouse will jointly hold a stall at the market day.

I for Invisible / I for Inclusion - Wednesday 26 October, 5pm - Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Road, Newton
Toi Ora's group exhibition for 2011 is an exhibition with a difference.

InterActing Festival 2011 - 28-30 October - Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Henderson
Toi Ora will have performances and artwork exhibited, as well as running three workshops each day of the festival. Look out for a collaboration between Toi Ora and CirQ Group.

David Mamea
(Monday, Wednesday, Thursday only)

6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021
09 360 4171 

NZ Art Guild Art Challenge #51 - get inspired, get involved!!!

Challenge #51
Theme: Animal Antics
Due Date: 21 Oct 2011

It is not compulsory to participate in these challenges, they are just a bit of fun. We give you a challenge/theme to work with and create an artwork in accordance with the challenge set. New Challenges will be loaded monthly.

How to get involved:
Create an artwork inspired by the theme or images provided before 5pm (NZ time) on the due date. You may use any media you like to create your artwork.

Images of your finished works can be submitted via the wall of our facebook fanpage - remember to include the challenge number in the description of your image along with the following details: artist name, artwork title, medium, size, date of completion and your website address (if you have one). Or email your images to with the above details.

NZ Art Guild members (ie those who pay subscriptions) are required to submit their works on the members only forum if they wish to be included in the voting for Members Choice and Most Creative. Only NZ Art Guild members artworks will be up for voting.

Entries will be displayed on this blog after the challenge has closed with links to artists websites (where they are provided), along with the results of the members vote.

Artworks MUST be created between the time the challenge is announed and the due date. Please do not submit works created prior to the challenge announcement (21/9/2011), if the NZ Art Guild management team feel this has occured they reserve the right to remove the images at their discression.

You may use the images below for inspiration if you wish - although this is not compulsory for this challenge. The images may be recreated using another medium, digital reproductions will be accepted as long as obvious editing has occurred. The images below may not be reproduced as they are or sold by anyone other than the person who took them, you may however sell artworks created from them.

Images for inspiration:
(taken at Melbourne Zoo by Tanya Dann - NZ Art Guild Administration Assistant)

"Taking the plunge" - An exhibition by NZ Art Guild Member Jane Tan

Well-known artist releases exhibition at Franklin’s new art gallery

September 19th 2011: Recently opened ‘Art-rageous Gallery and Gifts’ is proudly owned by well known Kiwi artists, Jane Tan, Helen Parsons, Yvonne Small and Elise Smith. From September 29th until November 5th Jane Tan’s exhibition “Taking the Plunge” is on show for all to view at Artrageous Gallery and Gifts, 5 Mauku Road, in the small town of Patumahoe, Franklin.

“Taking the Plunge” is a powerful and eclectic collection which will inspire the greenie within, with its inherent sustainable agenda flowing naturally throughout the pieces through a strong use of the “found object”. As well the collection covers themes of migration, relevant to the multi-cultural society we belong to in Aotearoa. In exploring the process of migration “Taking the Plunge” talks of taking chances, risks and opportunities synonymous with the pursuit of a new life, and change. Not only depicting the physical migratory journey, the collection describes a deeper, spiritual journey touching on themes around endurance and perseverance, dreams and inspirations and the decisions which lead us down life paths.

Scotland born, NZ immigrant Jane Tan has a passion for incorporating a sustainable thread through her pieces with her work strongly featuring the use of the ‘found object’- transforming used or unwanted items into an art-form. A strong Tan piece showcases a discarded oar, turned into a powerful art-work embedded with emotion and depth. A strong symbol of “endeavor, fortitude, and propulsion, moving forward even if it is against the flow.”

A veteran of ‘up-cycling’ Jane explains, “I like to fossick around in second hand shops in my local area or use trademe (to source pre-loved items). Sometimes I already have a plan and go out searching, other occasions I come across something I purchase to take it home and contemplate what can be done with it.”

Ever the ‘up-cycler’ of old and cherished items, Jane continues, “In the past I have used old doors, waterskis, oars, wooden plates, vintage shoe lasts. I also like to make use of collage and old postcards, quotations, and poetry, which are a great source of inspiration. For me the object should always relate to what I am trying to say. As an example my vintage children’s shoe sculpture are conveyed with poetry and messages to children. “Follow your Dreams”, “Walk ahead, I am always with you”, “I have spread my dreams beneath your feet”. I create for myself but I always like the concept that anyone who purchases my work will connect with it with their own interpretation.”

Art-rageous Gallery and Gifts is located on Mauku Road, Patumahoe Village, Franklin, and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10.30am until 4pm. Jane Tan’s exhibition “Taking the Plunge” runs from September 29th until November 5th 2011.

Artrageous Gallery and Gifts
5 Mauku Road

Media Enquiries: Contact Holly Brooker at The Media Project
c. 021 165 2122

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Maori Art Market - Wellington - 6-9 Oct 2011


The biggest ever showing of contemporary Maori art from more than 200 Maori painters, clay and glass workers, carvers, jewellers, ta moko, musicians, story-tellers and film-makers goes on display at the biennial MAORI ART MARKet at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua City from October 6-9.

As part of the REAL New Zealand Festival running alongside the Rugby World Cup, an influx of tens of thousands of international rugby tourists is expected during the event, which will provide an opportunity to showcase Maori culture through contemporary Maori art, and enable visitors to talk to the artists and buy affordable and genuine Maori items to take home as mementos.

MAORI ART MARKet will start at 6.30pm on 4 October 2011 with a formal welcome at Pataka Museum for artists Bunmei Okabe from Japan, Grahame Sydney the New Zealand invited artist, and Contemporary Maori artists Beverly Rhodes, Maria Brockhill, Barry Te Whatu, Norm Heke, Regan Balzer and Tanu Aumua.

The grand opening of MAORI ART MARKet will be the following night at 6.00pm 5 October 2011, in the Te Rauparaha Arena. It will feature food, wine, fashion and opera singers. It is expected to be attended by the artists, invited guests, art collectors and buyers who will be given the first choice of the work on sale.

Other specially invited guest artists to MAORI ART MARKet this year include Dan Namingha from USA, Danny Eastwood from Australia, Filipe Tohi a New Zealand Tongan, Fatu Feu’u a New Zealand Samoan, and Peter Coates a documentary-maker.

Only 20 minutes from downtown Wellington with plenty of parking. Catch the Airport Flyer bus or go by suburban train. Doors open from 10am each day. Adults $10. Children U18 and Kaumatua $5. Daily family passes $25. A rare chance to meet and talk to 200 contemporary Maori.

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For further information or an interview with MAORI ART MARKet creative director Darcy Nicholas Tel 021 313 357. Released by Iain Morrison from Morrison McDougall tel 021 688 668.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

"Beyond Words" an exhibition by NZ Art Guild Member Sharlene Schmidt

After 3 International Residencies and Exhibitions, and a multitude of National group and solo events, Sharlene is ready to show at the Academy of Fine Arts. She brings here for the first time a solo show based on the international language of music and emotion.

Throughout Sharlene’s excursions to Italy, India and Albania her work involving music became the one language that anchored her, going “Beyond Words” to stimulate communications.

Sharlene’s series of Oils looks at moments within sounds that create emotional responses. All art starts with a moment, a moment of happiness, fear, sorrow or anger, it is portrayed through sound, dance, movement, and visual concepts, though each of us may form a different interpretation, the moment of truth is in the glimpse of realisation, that being human we understand sound on an emotional level.

From Opera through to Heavy metal, around the world from the poorest singing on the street to the riches of theatres and concerts, we all have listened with our ears and eyes to some form of music. Sharlene explores the art form within the Art, where did it start? Where was it going? Or was it simply an analogy in the first place?

Sharlene’s intention is to generate discussion around the sentiment portrayed in each work, a harmony through vision rather than sound.

Opening: 5:30 - 7pm September 23rd 2011 - Joined by Jazz Band “Wall Street Sprinters”

Where: New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
1 Queens Wharf
Mon – Sun 10:00am – 5pm

Learn more by visiting:

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Congratulations to Michael Sass

"South Island Memories" by Michael Sass

Congratulations to NZ Art Guild Member Michael Sass
who is a finalist in the Mortimer Prize - an Australian based competition with the painting featured above.

2011 Mortimore Prize opening function is being held at St Brigids Hall, Dubbo, NSW, Australia Saturday 24th September at 6PM

Then the exhibition is touring to these venues :

NSW, Sydney, The Scots College, Bellevue Hill 4th to 13th November
NSW, Mudgee, 'The Stables Gallery' 18th November to 2nd December
NSW, Byron Bay, The Blue Bike Gallery January 2012
Queensland, Gold Coast, January 2012
NSW, Orange, March 2012
ACT, Canberra Boys Grammar 4th to 19th May 2012
Victoria, Bendigo, Dudley House 5th to 12th June 2012

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Adam Portraiture Award 2012 - now calling for entries

Kayte by Harriet Bright
Winner of the Adam Portraiture Award 2010

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery
Te Pukenga Whakaata
invites entries to the
Adam Portraiture Award
and Exhibition 2012
for Painted Portraits
22 February – 10 April 2012

Entries close Friday 9 December 2011


The prize winning entry will become part of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Collection

For conditions and entry forms:
phone 04 472 8874
or write to The New Zealand Portrait Gallery,
PO Box 5983, Wellington 6145.

NZ Art Guild Member Natasha Shackleton presents "BEYOND THE CANVAS"


ARTIST: Natasha Shackleton
WHERE: Wilkinson Adams Gallery - Upper level, Dunedin Railway Station Building
WHEN: OCT 1st-9th

“BEYOND THE CANVAS” presents a vibrant display of New Zealand and Kiwiana inspired Fine Art Paintings & Giftware by artist Natasha Shackleton. Featuring several paintings & mirrors with handcrafted framework by Natasha’s equally talented mother, Jill Shackleton (Mirror Image – With a range to suit any budget, this is an exhibition not to be missed…


BUT if you do miss it, are from out of town or simply can’t make it there is still hope… the exhibition is to continue online for the duration of October as an online exhibition! Secure credit card facility available for direct purchase from website.

OPENING FUNCTION… to be held Saturday 1st October 2pm with Kiwiana inspired finger-food & refreshments. Also, an exclusive chance for VIP invite holders who attend opening function to win ‘BACK OF THE BEYOND’ an original painting by the artist. To request a VIP invite contact Natasha or visit the website

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Fancy a night at the theatre?

From Page Left (the Production Company that brought you the “unforgettable” McKenzie Country) comes the international debut of Sketch by Kate Morris (daughter of NZ Art Guild member Anni Morris).

A provocative exhibition by a Japanese artist looks at the nature of truth and art against the backdrop of a crumbling family relationship.

Unprepared to deal with the magnitude of the controversial exhibition, the gallery that commissioned the work struggle to maintain control over the public and the Artist, as a series of personal and PR blows threaten to close it down for good.

And it is soon exposed even the Artist no longer has control.
…In which case, who does?

BATS Theatre: 8pm
1 Kent Terrace
Mt Victoria
Wellington 6011

6 Sep 2011 - 17 Sep 2011

Book online at BATS Theatre
ph 04 802 4174

Monday, 5 September 2011

NZ Art Guild August Feature member Kumiko Kawamoto

Can you tell us about yourself and your art?
There was nothing luxurious during the time I spent in my youth. I thought that was not very bad for my life as Albert Camus said that he had learned about freedom not from Marks, but from poverty.
I would say at the end of my life, 'Money couldn't occupy both my mind and thought, and I've been keeping freedom of expression in return for a financial affluence'.
I personally believe people should appreciate "artwork" without knowing any details on who made it, but only from artwork itself.
It's uneasy for me to accept the fact that people are easy to be swayed by their background and by the "name value" and artworks are not to be evaluated by their artwork itself.
So I hope people see my work itself and feel something with their sense.

I occasionally make something for protesting against the power of abusing human rights because this is the most important matter for me however the work is not beauteous at all.

What is it you love about art?
It's hard to express my feelings just with words so art is the only way to reflect my mind and thoughts.

What is one of the hardest things about being an artist?
Mostly it's very hard for stained glass artists to get enough remuneration for fabrication cost. All materials we need to use such as glass, copper foil, lead came, solder, etc. are terribly expensive but it's a small thing compared to the long working hours. We need a lot of time from designing to finishing and it'll reflect on the price but many imported stained glass products are in the market nowadays and these are incredibly cheap (hard to vie with them in price). However the quality of the glass used and finishing techniques are obviously different, these are beyond imagination to people who doesn't know the process of making stained glass. So one of the hardest things about being a stained glass artist is foster better understanding about our work to the public.

Personally, the hardest thing is caused by limited supply of materials especially glass, the main item of my work. It doesn't always work when the supply is limited. So I have to adjust my design to the existent glass colour and or patterns.
What is the easiest part of being an artist?
No need to be controlled by alarm clock.

What are your goals as an artist?
I haven't set my goals because there are infinite possibilities.

Can you tell us about your experience with being a member of the NZ Art Guild?
I've got several offers from some art galleries to exhibit my works and offer from publishers of art books probably because I'm a member of the NZ Art Guild. Of course I have experienced much more great things from being a member of the guild. The best experience is receiving hearty welcome and extremely kind supports from them. Thanks for all members cheering me up from time to time.

Studio ORLI