Tuesday, July 1, 2008

NZ Art Guild Exhibition opens tonight!

Well, yesterday was hanging day for the annual NZ Art Guild exhibition at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland. We had lots of fun and a small team of us started in the morning by getting the collaborative artwork hung and then covered quickly in preparation for the grand unveiling tonight! We then prepared all the panels with artist's names, profiles, business card holders etc so at 1pm, the artists could come themselves and hang their pieces in the space allocated to them. Artists from outside Auckland were kindly adopted by Auckland artists which meant they couriered their artwork to their adoptee last week and the adoptee hung it for them yesterday along with their own piece(s).

We were having a bit of a quiet lunch break after a busy morning preparing, which came to a sudden halt at 1pm exactly when about 10 or more artists came to hang their pieces. Everyone had come by 3pm so within a couple of hours it became a fully hung exhibition. And can I say that it looks great. There is incredible diversity in the artwork, and there are pieces that will suit all budgets and preferences.

Tonight is the opening night so I am really looking forward to it. A nanny has been booked for the evening so my DH can come with me. He built the frame and base for the collaborative project and has been really involved so I think he is actually really looking forward to tonight as well.

I'll get some photos taken tonight and hopefully post these tomorrow. So exciting!

Oh, and here are the details again from the opening night invitation - open to all.

'Make it Memorable'
Opening night:
Tuesday 1st July 2008 at 6:30pm – free entry – all welcome
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
July 1st - 30th 2008
Monday to Friday 9 - 5 & Saturday 10 - 4
The NZ Art Guild would like to formally invite you to the opening of the 3rd Annual Members Exhibition "Make it Memorable", which is being held at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland on the 1st July at 6.30pm..
Not only are we showcasing a stunning array of original New Zealand art by 63 artists from around NZ, but we will also be unveiling this years Collaborative Project, "Reach Out"!
Reach Out is a large, awe inspiring artwork comprising of 90 individual paintings completed by 88 NZ Artists.. At the end of the exhibition this one-of-a-kind artwork will be auctioned off on TradeMe with 20% of the funds raised being donated to the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.
The NZ Art Guild is proud to be working with the Mental Health Foundation of NZ to enable individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and to realise their full potential.
We would be delighted if you would join us in the opening celebrations of this fantastic exhibition.
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