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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Life has the habit of getting away on us

I've been sooooo busy that I just havent had the time let alone energy to write in my blog - which is really sad because Kay left such a lovely comment last week saying how great it was that I was back! .... only to have me disapear again. Sorry Kay.

Anyway - Saturday night saw the start of the auction on Trademe for Reach Out!! It has already met reserve and received nearly 6000 views!! Awesome!

88 artists from the NZ Art Guild have joined forces to raise awareness & funds for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ by creating this amazing artwork called "Reach Out"

** 20% of the proceeds from this sale are being donated to the Mental Health Foundation **


TITLE: Reach Out
SIZE: 127cm x 152cm x 3.5cm
MEDIA: Panels and framing are wood. Artworks incorporate various mixed media including acrylic, oil, pastel, mosaic, resin, collage
BACKGROUND COLOURS: Titan buff and cadmium red medium
ARTISTS: 88 artists painted 90 individual panels (names listed on auction listing)
EXTRAS: hanging brackets, artist list & background information
DESIGNED BY: Sophia Elise, Melissa Muirhead & Tanya Dann

Each year the NZ Art Guild creates a collaborative artwork which all members have the opportunity to participate in. This year artists were commissioned to complete an artwork on a small wooden panel that was provided for them. The inspiration was the phrase "On Your Mind".

The overall image of the artwork is kept secret, even from those participating in it, until the unveiling of the artwork on the opening night of the NZ Art Guild Annual Members Exhibition at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna - officially opened by Mayor Williams on July 1st.

This artwork is only available for sale via trademe but is currently exhibited at the Bruce Mason Centre until July 30th.

Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation says "We're delighted to be working with the NZ Art Guild to promote awareness of depression through such a vibrant project. Depression affects men and women of all ages, races, and economic groups, and is not something you can just snap out of. "

The Foundation will use the funds to raise awareness of depression through their "Out Of The Blue" campaign.

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