The Common Denominator

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Three women bring their song-writing talents to the stage at the legendary Vinnies in Raglan, on Thursday December 9th, starting at 8 pm sharp.  Sculpting stories in song that span acoustic pop to poignant ballads, folk rock to beach cruise, this is a powerful trio whose life journeys have been very different, but they have come together through their music.   

Anne Taylor, Lynne Wilkins, and Lucy Cioffi first started discussing the idea quite recently, and are pleased with how quickly The Common Denominator has come together.   Artist and musician – Anne Taylor is constantly involved in at least one project.  Her new band Glyde has been playing together for some time, at events such as the Hamilton Gardens Festival earlier this year, but this will be their first local appearance. 

Lynne Wilkins’ versatility as a musician and backing vocalist means that she is often appearing with other artists, and needs to make time for her own music.  She says that her band Restless has a new line-up.  I’m looking at some of the songs in an entirely new light because of the interpretation that the other band members bring to them.” 

Plymouth-born Lucy Cioffi ’s first performance in Raglan at the local musicians club, with her Irish boyfriend Dougal Greer accompanying her on guitar, later led her to form her band The Hand me Downs.  Recalling that night, Lucy talks about the confidence that experience created: “There was a record producer in the crowd who came up to me afterwards and asked me to do some recording at his studio … I couldn’t believe it”.

All three acknowledge that this project could be the start of something, so make sure you can say you were there at the beginning!

Thursday 9th December, 8:00 pm sharp at Vinnies, Raglan.  Door $5.00

Hamilton’s very first male burlesque performer Mr B. Frank will take to the stage and make his daring debut at Dr. Sketchy’s ‘Santa Baby’ Christmas session next month

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Dr Sketchys a worldwide art event arrived in Hamilton a few months ago much to local artist and art lover's delight; its a great way to combine art dance, entertainment and networking.

For December 2010 Hamilton’s very first male burlesque performer Mr B. Frank will take to the stage and make his daring debut at Dr. Sketchy’s ‘Santa Baby’ Christmas session next month. ‐dominated world of burlesque and Simon Howie (Mr B. Frank’s other name) is excited to be Hamilton’s first ‘boylesque’ performer. Boylesque is a concept I've had in the back of my mind for years now, I just didn't know where to start," he says. "I met one of the performers, the lovely Miss Busty La Belle at the very first Dr Sketchy’s, and she convinced me that boylesque was indeed a growing phenomenon and I should get involved. The ideas just started flowing. After much encouragement from Grace and Michelle (Parish) and the Bombshell Burlesque girls, Mr B Frank was born!"

Simon loves everything about the vintage era and has used two of his favourite male performers as his inspiration for the act.


My routine is largely inspired by Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire," he says. "Expect some smooth dance moves, a few comic elements and a whole lot of raunch, wrapping up with a very flashy Christmas themed ending. Mr B Frank is about to be revealed!"

Dr Sketchy organiser Michelle Parish says Mr B Frank’s amazing performance is just part of what’s been a great year.

"He does a fantastic Frank Sinatra," she says. "But that’s all I can tell without giving it away…t’s been a great year for burlesque in Hamilton and there’s been a great response to the Bombshell Burlesque classes and Dr Sketchy’s so far."

Dr Sketchy sessions combine burlesque performance with life

‐drawing classes and often feature contests such as ‘best incorporation of a cat’ and ‘best left‐handed drawing’.

Friday, December 10 2010, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Where – Gravity Bar, 30 Alexandra Street, Hamilton CBD

$10 tickets on sale now from Gravity Bar, 30 Alexandra Street, 07 838

‐2221. Door sales $10

For more information on the upcoming ‘boylesque’ performance or Hamilton’s Dr Sketchy contact Michelle;

For more information on Dr Sketchy visit

or 021 183 7705


Trees at the Meteor 2010

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Its year three for Trees at the Meteor, an awesome event I took part of back in 2009 and eagerly anticipate for 2010!  There are a couple less categories this year but it doesnt mean there will be less to see as more people get creating each year! Expect a bigger, brighter show and lots more competition.

Here's some information for those interested in entering or even just going along to see the trees others create-

........ we have a big Christmas Tree in Garden Place.  But it comes from China.  Santa comes from the North Pole.  Aint it time we got our hands covered with PVA and glitter, and paper mache, and got some friends and whanau over to make a little Christma s tree 'whoopee'.    NZ's styles.  Pacific styles...  Under the Southern Cross.  2010!

You creatives out there.   Make it.  You.  Yourselfs without the elfs.  All we are saying is give trees a chance -  And for what better cause? 

And honestly.  In December it doesn't snow in Hamilton.  Never has.  Probably wont. We don't roast chestnuts, we roast politicians.  We wear singlets.  We sweat and sometimes wear deodarant and Speedo's.  And we used to get sunburnt to blazes at Whangamata before we got any wiser.

Plazas and malls deck the halls but we don't want a bar of it

We don't have a bar to spend anyways. Still paying off the last bar we spent when no one knew what  a recession was.   Ahhhh the good old days.... never again Santa Visa!

TREES AT THE METEOR celebrates Christmas different.  Why?  Because Kiwi-ness is in.  King Charity is in.  Rejoice as Pinus Radiata meets Pasifika.  Create Aotearoa avant gardens.  Subvert the tree, decorate a tree.  Make art. Make festivity.  And help make a festive forest. 

We want you to give.  Decorate a tree for the city.  Compassion not consumption.  Make art from the heart. Keep it real and green......


Studio Open Day in Hamilton for Meliors Simms

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Meliors Simms, a recent Artsbiz attendee of ours, has an open Studio day coming up on December 12th 2010. It’s a good chance for you to catch up with Meliors and see what amazing work she has been producing lately!

Details are as follows -
• Sunday 12 December 2010
• 3-7pm
• 15B Enderly Avenue, 5XRds, Hamilton (please park on the road and walk up the drive to her cottage-studio at the very back)
Meliors would love you to  bring along your friends to preview her new work as well as her works in progress including ‘My Antarctica’  which is her great big project this year which has not yet been exhibited anywhere- so come along and be the first to see this large scale hand-embroidered relief map of Antarctica! Plus lots of other work Meliors has been making with paper, thread, yarn and fabric.  You can get an idea of what she has been up to by browsing through Bibliophilia, her weblog at

There will be old and new artist's books and textile works (including a range of embroidered and crocheted jewellery and wall art) for sale to suit every budget, so this is a chance to catch up on your gift shopping for the holiday season.  If you liked 'Punctuated Equilibrium' her installation in the Vitrine at Waikato Museum earlier this year, now is your chance to purchase one of the elements from the installation.    If you can't make it to the Open Studio, check out her Etsy shop ( because she is busy restocking it with lots of new items.

Refreshments will be available and the first 14 lucky visitors to the Open Studio will receive a goodie bag chock full of handmade-by-Meliors surprises.


open studio poster.pdf

Tipi Haere Te Reo - Album Launch

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Update from a previous client - Ayesha Kee

Ayesha has informed us that they are donig well in the music industry and are releasing their album 'Tipi Haere Te Reo' on Monday 26th July through Ode Distribution.  This release ties in with Maori Language Week.   

This is not a new concept but a concept that will cross many boundaries.  This album has brought some of the classic songs that we grew up with, and now these classic songs have been translated into Maori.

Peter Rangiwai, (Ngati Porou), Business Owner and Musician got annoyed listening to the same Maori songs on the radio day in and day out and the seed of this idea was planted many years ago but now is in a physical form.

To help him achieve this dream Hohepa MacDougall (Tuhoe) is a partner in this project and also the key translator from English into Maori.  He is a registered translator and contracts to parliament.

They have employed the wonderful vocal talents of some of Aotearoa’s top Maori talent.  This includes:

Ruia Aperahama,(Ngati Wharetoa, Nga Whaatua) he has leant his talents to Southside of Bombay and more famous for his album “Waiata of Bob Marley”.

Ria Hall, (Ngati Ranginui) an amazing soul/reggae singer who has worked with the likes of Ardijah, Herbs, the late Phil Fuemana, Hollie Smith just to name a few.

Kemara Fuimaono is of Samoan and Maori (Nga Puhi, Ngati Ranginui) descent.  Growing up in a musical household he has lent his vocal talents to Iva Lamkum , Carol Henry and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

To accompany these vocal talents we have some of the best musicians Wellington has to offer such as Rodger Fox, Caleb Robinson, Vaughn Roberts and Neil Billington just to mention a few and to bring this all together to create this album is record producer Dick Le Fort .


below is the full tracklisting of the album.


Tipi Haere Te Reo Tracklisting

1.  Noho Tarewa Ana (Sitting In Limbo -Peter Rangiwai *     

2. Titiro Mai (Misty) - Kemera Fuimaono 

3. Tatari Mai Ra (Do Nothin’ Till You hear From Me)- Aurora Mareikura

4. He Pono Tana Aroha Mōku (Lover’s Question) -Conrad Noema

5. Pērā ki te Whitinga Wai (Bridge Over Troubled Water) -Ria Hall

6. Tō Momo Ä€taahua (They Can’t Take That Away From Me)- Ruia Aperahama  & Aurora Mareikura           

7.  He Hoa Rā Tōu (You Got A Friend) - Kemera Fuimaono #          

8. Menemene Anahera (Angel Smile) - Peter Rangiwai*

9. Ko koe, ko koe (Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby) -Ria Hall                  

10. Ka Puta he Rā (Our Day Will Come) - Ruia Aperahama

For more information and interviews, contact Ayesha Kee

M: +64 274288558

We at Artsbiz Ltd wish them all the best with the launch, which we are sure will be hugely successful.

National Contemporary Art Awards 2010

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We are now calling for entries to the National Contemporary

Art Award 2010


This is your chance to feature in a major contemporary art exhibition within the

Waikato Museum, and win $15,000. The judge for 2010 is Rachel Kent who is

currently the Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.


Please forward this on to all your contacts, and we look forward to seeing you

at the awards!


All entries are by online registation at


Entries Now Open for Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award

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About the Award
Launched in 1997, the annual awards challenge artists to create a sculpture from No 8. Wire and has become renowned for the ingenious and unique entries it attracts. The award is coordinated by Waikato Museum and held at ArtsPost Galleries, and has been sponsored by New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays for the past 11 years.
Terms of Entry
Click here to visit the ArtsPost website to download the full terms and conditions
• Entries must be unique, original work
• Each entry has a $20 entry fee made payable by cheque, credit card or in the ArtsPost Galleries and Shop
• Entries must be predominantly made from No 8 Wire or a 4mm soft galvanised equivalent
• An artists statement of 100 words max must be emailed at the time of entry to
• An image of the completed work must be attached
1st $4000
2nd $1500
3rd $1000
Entries Close
Monday 19th April 2010 Exhibition Dates
4th - 28th June 2010
Please refer to the Artspost website for more information

Nibbles, Nattering and Networking

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Nibbles, Nattering & Networking

5.30 - 6.30pm, Thursday December 10th, at Thornton Gallery, Barton St, Hamilton.

Please RSVP to secure a seat! A free event funded by HCAC.


A 30 min talk by Suzette and Lynne from Arts.Biz Ltd on The Business of Being an Artist: So when do artists get a holiday? Lynne & Suzette will share tips and advice on how to plan for a break this summer so that the arts business doesn’t break you! Followed by drinks, nibbles and networking.

Contributed by Thornton Gallery


Thornton Gallery
298 Barton St
Ph 07 839 1325