On Saturday 19 March, Artists in Eden Day celebrates its 29th birthday – it is Auckland’s longest running art event of its kind and a celebration of some of the art talent which is such an integral part of the Mt Eden community.
Some 40 artists will set up shop from 10am in the Essex Reserve and paint their personal rendition of the mountain which gives the village its name. And while they do this they exchange banter and information with the members of the public who flock around them, many of whom will have grabbed a coffee from one of Mt Eden village’s excellent cafes.
The atmosphere is a carnival one, with children’s entertainment, live music, the raffle of a Stanley Palmer print, and guided tours among the art by artist Paul Johnston. Artists such as Geoff Tune who have taken part in this event since day one paint alongside newer participants such as recent art graduates Andrew Ockleston and Alex Matthews.
The real excitement, however, starts in mid-afternoon when the resulting artworks are auctioned on the spot. The bidding for the work of well-known artists such as Peata Larkin and Justin Boroughs is always vigorous, and as art lovers all across Auckland discover this one-of-a-kind event that has so steadfastly stood the test of time, they too come along to share the magic of this special day.
Artists in Eden Day is the flagship event of the Eden Arts Trust, a charitable arts trust committed to supporting and promoting the arts in the greater Mt Eden area. Funds raised support a busy calendar of events including art awards, sculpture talks, musical matinees and literary dinners, as well as projects by local artists such as the Peter Lange brickwork Tahuri and the mural by Claudia Pond Eyley on Stokes Road.
Artists in Eden Day 19 March 2016, Mt Eden Village