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Upstairs Art Gallery - February Updates

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Spring Is Only A Day Away! ...

Introducing Lionel and Ernest, the latest fabulous ceramic sculptures created by E M Mertens. Available in our shop and gracing our window right now!

Members Night ...

Come along to our monthly Members evening this Monday, 4th from 6-8pm in the gallery. It's a great way to network - and if you have work you'd like to 'show and tell', you are very welcome to bring it along.

We'll put out a little to nibble, tea, coffee and juice. You are welcome to bring a plate too, but there's no pressure.

Bear in mind - we're close to a few very nice restaurants and bars. You might want to grab your dinner or a drink nearby - before or after the meeting.

Diversity:Occasion - Calling All Member Artists ...

Our next annual Member Show is set for 14th March - 6th April.

We're calling for members to submit a work that depicts an occasion in your own culture, or a culture close to you. That could be any type of occasion... birth, death, graduation, marriage, anniversary etc.

This work should accompany a brief statement about how the occasion is celebrated - to be included in the catalogue handout.

Work can be in any medium or form. No larger than 1m x 1m complete (1m square for object art).

One work per member. Entry fee $5.

Be Quick - Registration closes Friday 8th March (just over a week away).

Click here to request a registration form. or Click here to download one yourself.

Click here if you need to become a member!

Now Showing ...

Through My Eyes – presented by Hohepa Auckland.
Until Saturday 9th March

Open daily Monday to Thursday (10-4:30pm), late night Friday (10-7pm) and Saturday's until 3pm.

A variety of individual and group artwork using pencil, acrylic paint and other media.

These pieces reflect the artists creative ideas and free expression.

Click here to view a brief slideshow of the work.

Local Exhibitions ...

Reach for the sky – Photographs by Tony Dunn. 20th Feb – 1st April. At West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Open 10-5 daily. Phone 812-8029. Visit their website by clicking here.

Colour in Abstract. An Exhibition by SJ Smith at Artoasis Gallery, 423 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi Village. Opening night Friday March 1st 5.30-8pm. Wine and nibbles. Exhibition: March 1-16. Contact Glen 0274082546.
Calls To Artists ...

MEMEX 2013 It’s that time of the year again when the Waitakere Central Community Arts Council members get to really show their stuff! The WCCAC Members Exhibition for 2013 will again be housed in the beautiful old St Michaels Church, Corban Estate Art Centre, and will run in conjunction with the Corban Estate Arts Centre Open Studio Weekend. The Exhibition will open on Wednesday 20th March at 6.30 PM and the Exhibition will run Thurs 21st March – Tues 26th March, 10am-4pm daily. Sharpen your pencils, blow the dust off your brushes, we look forward to a fantastic showing ! Entries Close 15th March. Click here to request an entry form.

The Original Art Sale 2013: Early Bird Registration. We are happy to announce that the registration for The Original Art Sale 2013 (TOAS 2013) is now open! Auckland’s largest art market will be held on 16 to 19 May 2013 at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, home of TOAS 2013. And to give you an added bonus, an Early Bird application fee of $39 will apply to all applications made before Saturday, 15 December 2012. Registration fee will be $49 from 15 December onwards. The collections get better every year, and collectors, buyers and enthusiasts at times know our artists by name. This is a very good sign and it is for this reason we continue to dedicate ourselves in helping develop and providing a venue for artistic talent for the whole of Auckland. The first batch of successful applicants will be announced on or before December 15. This date has been organized so you can immediately start on your artwork without the long wait for application results. You may choose to apply online or send your application via post. Once again, 350 artists from the New Zealand art community will be accepted at this massive three day event. Registration dates are from 1 November 2012 to 15 March 2013. Results for postal applications will be announced on or before 22 March 2013. For updates, follow us on Facebook or click here for details for details. We are excited for TOAS 2013 and we look forward to your ideas and creations this year!
Workshops ...

Tiritiri Matangi Saddleback Celebration March 1st – 10th 2013. For ten magical days on the Island we will be celebrating everything saddleback, with an art exhibition for the duration, a ‘Paint the birds of Tiritiri Matangi’ two day workshop on the 2nd and 3rd, and a ‘Sounding Tiritiri Matangi’ musical experience curated by Phil Dadson on the 9th March. Internationally acclaimed artist Adele Earnshaw is taking the painting workshop. Saturday March 2nd will be 'in the field' on Tiri, observing and photographing birds in their natural habitat. Sunday March 3rd will be spent in the studio off the Island (at Birkenhead Primary School on the North Shore, Auckland), giving the students a full day to paint while Adele gives individual attention to each artist. She will cover the basics of composition, value and colour, showing how she works in watercolour, ‘loose to tight - light to dark’, in a step-by-step process that takes the fear out of painting. This workshop is for those who have worked in watercolour before and all levels are welcome. Students will be provided with a supply list when registering for the class and will be welcome to contact Adele by email with questions. Cost for the two days is $100 (all proceeds to Tiritiri Matangi Island) – there are only 16 spaces so bookings are essential. Please note: you will need to book and pay for your own ferry transport with 360 Discovery for the first day – 2nd March. Registration: Click here to contact Mary-Ann. Click here for Ferry Bookings:
Theatre ...

Mrs Van Gogh at Galatea Theatre.18 April 2012 - 28 April 2012. Venue: Musgrove Studio. Running time: 80 minutes, no interval. Telephone bookings and enquiries: (09) 308 2383. Starring: Gina Timberlake, Brendan Lovell and John Goudge as Vincent. The greatest untold story in the history of art. The story of Johanna Van Gogh - the woman who created the legend. Fact: Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime. Fact: It was 16 years after Vincent’s death before the first legend-making exhibition of his work. Fact: He is now the most reproduced artist in the world. Fact: Today his paintings top the lists of most expensive art sales in history. All because one woman refused to destroy the hundreds of paintings left to her. All because she spent years taking them to galleries to get attention. All because she translated 500 letters between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh. Johanna Van Gogh – Mrs Van Gogh. SOLD OUT Tuesday 24 April. ART FOR SALE/FINAL NIGHT ART AUCTION* MUSGROVE STUDIO, SAT 28 APR 9.30PM: The high quality oil on canvas copies of Vincent Van Gogh paintings seen in the play will be auctioned after the final performance. Offers may be made during the season or at the auction.

Sweeney Todd by Austin Rosser. Directed by Lindsay Nash. 12-23 March 2013. 8pm. The legend of the demon barber dates back to 14th century France, but under the hand of George Dibdin Pitt the story became one of the best known Victorian melodramas. It has all the traditional stereotypes: the dastardly cut-throat villain; his female accomplice, who makes pies of unusual content; the dashing hero, who rescues the damsel in distress; and the finale when virtue is rewarded and evil punished. Audience participation is warmly encouraged and of course pies will be served in the interval! At the Titirangi Theatre on Portage (Entry and carpark via McWhirter Place off Portage,New Lynn). Matinees March 16th 2pm, March 17th 4pm. Goldcard holders $5 on Wednesdays only. Book now at Titirangi Pharmacy phone 817 7650 or click here to book via their website.
Music ..

Trigger Fish - Direct from the beautiful island of Rarotonga and in town for Pasifika - come TRIGGER FISH - live at Luscious Food Store, 547 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula. Friday March 8th, 6pm till late. TRIGGER FISH are Kura Happ (vocals/guitar) and Mo on percussion (The Warratahs) playing their unique blend of jazz, soul, reggae groove for one night only at Luscious Food Store.. With great food and happy hour drinks specials - come and enjoy this summer Island vibe - No cover charge - and room for the kids to run off in that great cafe garden.... " an acoustic percussion driven duo that perform a mix of originals, covers, and Cook Island Maori songs with an Indie, Jazz, Reggae influence to create a unique pacific sound.
Dance ...

Spanish Fiesta Dancers – Free Dance Concert! Folklar – Chileno – Latino. Dances from Chile. Afternoon Tea. 10th March, 2 - 3pm at Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi. Enquiries: 6206942.

HOU. Three new Dance works by the Atamira Dance Company. Celebrate the creation of three new dance works. Learn about the choreorgraphers process and experience the ihi, whei and wana (energy , power and awe) of Maori Contemporary Dance. Hou unveils new duet by Jack Gray and Nancy Wijohn, inspired by sports and warfare tactics; and Cathy Livermore explores environmental issues and connection with land. Immerse yourself in the freshest of Dance. 8+9 March. Shed 1. Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson. Click here to book, or click here for more details.
Events ...

Seaweek 2013 – The launch of Seaweek 2013 at Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium is on Monday 4 March at 6:30. Click here to RSVP by 28 Feb. Click here to view more.

Alan Gibbs’ Sculpture Farm, Kaipara Harbour. Location: 2421 Kaipara Coast Highway, R.D. 4 Warkworth. An event not to be missed. Thursday March 21, 2013. 10.00am until 2.00pm
Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park is home to a series of major site specific artworks commissioned from some of the world's most significant artists including major works by Graham Bennett, Chris Booth, Daniel Buren, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Marijke de Goey, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Len Lye, Russell Moses, Peter Nicholls, Eric Orr, Tony Oursler, George Rickey, Peter Roche, Richard Serra, Kenneth Snelson, Richard Thompson, Leon van den Eijkel and Zhan Wang. The money raised will be used teach health to 7000+ Primary and Intermediate students in Waitakere this year. Life Education is a non-profit organisation. Any queries click here to contact: Catherine MacKenzie-Simpson $50.00 Donation (tax deductible) per person to Life Education Trust Waitakere.

EcoWest Festival takes place from 1st to 31st March. There are two ways artists and centres can be involved. They can either host their own exhibit or display which we'll advertise on the Festival programme, or by selling goods at EcoDay. All works need to have an environmental theme - or be made from recycled or sustainable materials. Stall at EcoDay cost $30 + gst and are approx two carparks in size (4.5x5mtrs) and are outdoors so a ezy-up is recommended. EcoDay will be held on the grounds surrounding the Sustainable Living Centre in New Lynn. Artists are more than welcome to share a stall with someone else if needed. For more details click here.

Rosebank. In conjunction with the Auckland Arts Festival 2013, you are warmly invited to Rosebank, an exciting, multifaceted cultural project engaging the fascinating history and environment of the Rosebank Peninsula. The project links twenty-five artists, designers and performers to local businesses and community groups who will make a range of site specific artworks about the Rosebank Peninsula, on Rosebank Peninsula, focusing on the diversity of community, business, the unique ecology and its horticultural history. Participating practitioners are: Kerryn McMurdo, Darryl Torckler, Brit Bunkley, Nina Patel, Lonnie Hutchinson, The Everyday Collective, Waikare Komene/Martin Leung-wai, Craig Hilton, Nicholas Spratt, Matthew Bradbury/Grace Warne, John Pusateri, F4 Collective/William Bardebes, Kathy Waghorn, Julieanna Preston, Fiona Jack/Salome Tanuvasa, Janet Lilo, Haru Sameshima, William Hsu, Rachael Allan, David Austin and Pedro Ilgenfritz. The three Rosebank events are: Rosebank Art walk. A weekend of site-specific art events and installations along Rosebank Rd, Avondale. Click here for event programme, route map and transport info. WHERE: Rosebank Road – from Rosebank School to West End Rowing Club - vans continuously circuiting from Avondale Train Station both days. WHEN: Sat 23 Mar - Sun 24 Mar 10am to 5pm. Rosebank: cultural capital as agency. A free public symposium examining the relationship between art, enterprise and community. WHERE: Te Noho Kothitanga Marae, Gate 3, Unitec, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert. Click here To register with contact Irena Arandelovic WHEN: Sat 16 Mar 9.30am to 5pm. Rosebank: artifacts of place. An exhibition of maps, texts, artifacts, photographs and moving images from the artwalk. WHERE: Snowhite Gallery, Building 1, Gate 1, Unitec, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert. WHEN: Mon 18 Mar - Fri 29 Mar. Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm. Click here for more info. Sponsorship is growing all the time and already the following organisations are on board; Mulcahy Engineering, Reliance Transport, Croxley, Avondale Community Gardeners, Unitec, TEPU, Rosebank Business Association, University of Auckland, Monstavision (NZ). Events Ltd, Rocon Print Ltd and the Whau Community Board.
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