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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Please join me ....

In May 2010, 10 New Zealand artists travelled to Cassino, Italy for the largest exhibition of New Zealand artworks. I was part of this group and it also included several NZ Art Guild members. The "Legato" exhibition was in commemoration of the Battle of Cassino and the focus of the artworks was spreading the message of world peace. We all spent time in the region and then went separate ways to explore Italy - from the far north to the deep south.  We had many different adventures and experiences.

One year on, eight artists from this group have come together again to share with you our experiences and thoughts from Italy. Through photography, painting and sculpture we will take you on a journey that you won't want to miss. 

All of the artists exhibiting will be at the opening night and would love the opportunity to talk to you personally about their artworks and experiences.

Please join us on Monday 16th May, 5:30 - 7:30pm, New Zealand Academy of Arts, 1 Queen's Warf, Wellington.

While we were in Italy at the Legato exhibition we were all interviewed about our artworks and our involvement.  To see a glimpse behind the scenes click on these links

Sophia Elise
Theresa Cashmore
Cath Sheard
Jon Stevenson
Lorraine Beattie
Sharlene Schmidt
Frances Rookes
Margherita Giampietri

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Take these thoughts with you ....

On Your Journey To Your Dreams

Always remember that you are unique. Be your best self and not an imitation of someone else.

Find your strength and use them in a positive way. Don't listen to those who ridicule the choices you make.

Travel the road that you have chosen and don't look back with regret. You have to take chances to make your dreams happen.

Remember that there is plenty of time to travel another road - and still another - in your journey through life.

Take the time to find the route that is right for you. You will learn something valuable from every trip you take, so don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Tell yourself that you're okay just the way you are. Make friends who respect your true self.
Take the time to be alone, too, so you can know just how terrific your own company can be.

Remember that being alone doesn't always mean being lonely; it can be a beautiful experience of finding your creativity, your heartfelt feelings, and the calm and quiet peace deep inside you.

Don't ever forget that you are special and you have within you the ability to make your dreams come true.

~ Jacqueline Schiff ~

Friday, April 8, 2011

I Believe ...

Title: Wahine Toa (woman of strength)
Artist: Sophia Elise
Media: Acrylic on plastic

Many of you will have read these before - but it's nice to read them again ....

I Believe ...
Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become
No matter how good a friend is they are going to hurt us every once in a while and we must forgive them for that
Just because someone doesn't love you the way that you want them to love you doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have
You should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you ever see them
That you control your attitude or it controls you
That sometimes when I'm angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel
It isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself