The Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists’ Open Studios is an iconic event on the Coromandel Peninsula calendar and definitely worth a visit.
Held on 4-5 and 11-12 March, 2017, it is an opportunity to meet the artists in their creative space, soak up coastal scenery and enjoy the cafes, galleries, breweries and wineries in the area. The line-up of 39 artists, including six new artists and two art groups, features a range of media, including drawing, woodwork, harakeke weaving, hand forged knives, jewellery, lamp worked glasswork, mixed media, mosaics, painting, photography, pottery and prints. A pop-up gallery specifically for guests and emerging artists will also be open in the Ray White Auction Rooms, Whitianga.
The gala opening of the Open Studios and Showcase Exhibition will be held on 3 March, 7.30pm, at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach. This is a chance to mingle with the artists while enjoying bubbles and dessert nibbles. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the trust has challenged members to interpret the theme ‘Growth’ in their chosen media. The Showcase Exhibition continues until Easter Monday – tickets available on the website.
To further mark the anniversary of the Open Studios, the trust has a new art guide and website. The free guide features member details, an image of their artistic style and easy to follow maps.
Collect your copy from selected Auckland galleries and various galleries, cafes and i-Sites around the peninsula. Postal options are available on the new website which includes a downloadable version and Google ‘My map’, so visitors can simply scan the QR code and use it to navigate to the studios of your choice.
Member artists are working consistently to produce new work and look forward to welcoming you to their studios.