Thursday 19 June 2008

Why am i here?

Well i have been a little quiet for a few weeks, i guess i have been trying to figure out why I am here in the blogoshere, what value can i add to a place where there are thousands of other bloggers doing fantastic things.

I have still come up with no answers but I thought I would go ahead with my original plan to reveal some behind the scenes stuff.

These are some some great photos taken by one of our photographers, Jennifer French, of the removal of the sculptures from our forecourts recently. The team moving it were: Rich Rigging who specialise in this kind of strange, awkward and wonderful objects accompanied by an objects conservator from the Gallery.

For all of you that loved the wind activated George Rickey sculpture, I can assure you it is being well looked after until it finds its new location around the planned new gallery building.

And if you REALLY love it. There are two others scattered around the world as ours was one of an edition of three.

One just next to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco that i bumped into, literally, while on my recent trip to Museums and the Web. Click here for another bloggers view and images.

There is even youtube video of one of them......not sure which!

Friday 13 June 2008

Shop Stuff....

We really like local designers.... so, here's a plug for those that have some really interesting product out at the mo'. Local designer, Catherine David, has a new 'Kiss' xxxx light out - see pics below. You can hang them or stand them on a shelf as a 'kiss' or....if the whim dictates....a 'plus' + + +

A definite check out + energy conscious. Were $350 now$290 - available in orange - 450mm x 450mm x 150mm.

Axminster Cowhides - specially sourced vintage carpet. If you thought the '80's was a scary time in interior decor then seeing is believing. Also, by the same designer as the 'Kiss Light'. Unbelievably stylish. We have one in the shop for you to view...and buy. Lets just say - an icon before its time. * The size is the actual size of a cowhide - save a cow buy axminster!

Arriving in shortly - delicious lolly-like another local - an Elam art student, infact.

Great to have craftworks and jewellery by up-and-coming designers - so, contact me if you think your designs would suit our shop.

Plus - a few specials like our 'Michael Parekowhai' book - crammed full with 300 full colour illustrations. Usually $160 NOW $85 - that's cost price! Don't miss out as we only have a limited supply.

+ + + + Last few Aberhart posters - only $7 each. Again, these are a limited supply, so don't miss out!

& that's it for now.

Thursday 5 June 2008

Queens Birthday honours for the arts

Congratulations to the following people celebrated for their services to the arts by this years Queens Birthday Honours:

Officers of the Order
Pauline Annette Savage, Wellington, for services to arts administration
Derek Arana Te Ahi Lardelli, Gisborne, for services to Maori arts, in particular toi moko

Members of the Order
Dayle Elizabeth Mace, Auckland, for services to the arts and the community
Michael Philip Shepherd, Auckland, for services to art
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Napier, for services to design
Michael Cliff Tuffery, Wellington, for services to art

Michel Tuffery, Povi 2001,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, commissioned from the artist, 2000

Wednesday 4 June 2008

Art from the animals

I just saw this on the One Moment Caller blog and just loved it so thought i would share it with you all.