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June 16, 2024

Introducing local artist, Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman is a self taught who lives in Doubtless Bay. Her artwork is inspired by nature and she uses various mediums to create it. She sells her artwork through her online store, Michellezart Studio. Some of the products she sells include greeting cards, watercolors, and personalized letters. She also offers custom artwork commissions. Newman finds joy in creating art and wants to share that joy with others.

Imagine this: you walk into a room after a long day, the stress clinging to your shoulders like a damp coat. Your eyes fall on a splash of vibrant colors on the wall, a whimsical line drawing that sparks a smile. Suddenly, the weight lifts. The room isn’t just a space anymore, it’s a sanctuary. This, my friend, is the magic of art.

Michelle Newman Bird and Bee

Bird and Bee: Michelle Newman

Art isn’t just decoration; it’s a conversation. A painting at a local market whispers tales of faraway lands or forgotten dreams. A charcoal sketch by a friend captures the essence of a shared memory, a silent laugh echoing in its lines. Surrounding ourselves with art is akin to surrounding ourselves with stories, with emotions, with a connection to something bigger than ourselves.

But the joy of art isn’t a solitary experience. It’s a beautiful dance between creation and appreciation. Juggling careers, families, and self-care, one can often forget the power we hold as consumers. We can actively support this creative ecosystem by bringing art into our homes.

Think about it: how many walls in your house are bare canvases waiting for a story to be told? Every purchase is a vote of confidence, a “yes” to the artist who poured their heart and soul onto that canvas. You’re not just buying a painting; you’re investing in a piece of someone’s journey.

Here’s the best part: you don’t need a gallery budget to create an art-filled haven. Local art fairs, online marketplaces brimming with independent artists, even that charming street vendor with their quirky watercolors – they’re all brimming with possibilities.

Finding art that speaks to you might seem daunting, but trust your instincts! Here’s a secret – art doesn’t have to match your existing décor perfectly. It can be a vibrant explosion against a muted backdrop, or a calming presence in a bustling room. Let the artwork guide you. Does it evoke a sense of peace? Does it make you laugh? Does it spark a forgotten memory?

Think beyond the traditional framed piece. Stunning tapestries woven by local artisans, quirky sculptures unearthed at flea markets, even hand-painted ceramics – they all have the power to transform your space. Art isn’t confined to a frame; it’s a language that can be spoken in a multitude of mediums.

Now, let’s talk about the incredible women behind these creations. Artists, especially female artists, often operate in a world that can feel isolating. By supporting them, we’re not just bringing beauty into our lives; we’re fostering a community of creativity and expression.

And that’s the beauty of collaboration. Just like our own lives are enriched by the women who surround us, the art world thrives on connection. Galleries that showcase diverse female artists, online communities where women connect and share their work, social media campaigns that celebrate female creativity – these are the threads that weave the tapestry of a thriving artistic landscape.

So, the next time you walk into a bare room, don’t see it as an empty space. See it as a canvas waiting for a story. Let art be the bridge between the everyday and the extraordinary, between the mundane and the magical. Let it transform your house into a haven, a reflection of your unique personality, a testament to the power of female creativity.

Remember, every piece of art you buy isn’t just an object; it’s a conversation starter, a window into another soul, and a silent celebration of the beautiful language spoken by artists everywhere.

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Awanui Dairy Factory – Far North NZ artwork

Capturing the rural decline of the 1990’s, the Far North NZ artwork evokes the ethos of the local people that they will strive and endure. The painting is of the riverside loading dock at the former Awanui Dairy Factory. Coastal freighters like the Union Steamship Company vessel, the Clansman, would dock and load up with processed dairy products from the factory, as well as other local produce.  Established in 1911, the factory quickly became the lifeblood of the Awanui community. The factory provided employment opportunities and a vital market for local dairy farmers.

Awanui’s dairy products quickly gained a reputation for excellence, not just in New Zealand, but also across the Tasman Sea. The factory’s butter, cheese, and powdered milk were even shipped to Australia. This success brought prosperity to the region, and the Awanui Dairy Factory became a symbol of pride for the local community.

However, as the 20th century progressed, the dairy industry faced new challenges. The Awanui Dairy Factory, like many others across the country, struggled to adapt to these changing times. Despite these challenges, the factory remained a vital part of the Awanui community for many years. The workers, many of whom were second or third-generation employees, were deeply committed to the factory’s legacy.

In the 1990s, after more than 80 years of operation, the Awanui Dairy Factory ceased production. The factory’s buildings still stand, a testament to the ingenuity and hard work of those who built and operated it. And the memories of those who worked there, the friendships forged, and the challenges overcome, continue to be cherished by the Awanui community.

Painted by Alan Litchfield in 2003.

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