MERCURY BAY ART ESCAPE 27/2/2017
A POP UP ART GALLERY FOR WHITIANGA - media release by Marion Manson
A Pop Up Gallery to be set up in the Ray White Auction Rooms in Monk Street,Whitianga will complement the Art Escape's Open Studio events during the first two weekends of March.
The Art Escape has invited guest artists from around the Coromandel Peninsula to exhibit their work at this venue.As well,emerging artists who may not have exhibited before are invited to take part.Stuart Christie,the Trust's Chair said " This is an exciting initiative which will reach out to and include artists beyond the Mercury Bay as well as provide emerging artists an opportunity to guage public interest and receive feedback ".
The guest artists will be Jocelyn Pratt from Tapu,an established New Zealand stone sculptor and Sally Tennent Brown.Jocelyn preffers to work with local stone to create tactile restful gentle forms while Sally who lives in Coromandel works with diverse materials from heavy jute cordage to delicate threads home spun from strips of found paper and dressmaking patterns,the outcomes of which Sally describes as being often rather whimsical.
Gretha Whyte from Whangamata discovered the magic of wool and silk fibre about six years ago and loves experimenting with colour in her felting and weaving.Riki Tipene also from Whangamata draws his inspiration from the magnificent Korowai ( Cloak ) of native forest,waterways and Te Moana ( Ocean ) of this area for his sculptures and painting.In contrast the creations of Paul and Kathy Heffernan from Thames, are wall mounted whacky ceramic characters - explorers,dreamers and schemers created with bright underglazes.
The two emerging artists featuring in the Pop Up will be Melinda Rapson, a Whitecliff College graduate who works mainly with acrylic paints and mixed media and photographer Matthew Williams from Whitianga who focuses on capturing quiet scenes which otherwise do not have a voice,by using film and analogue cameras.
As Stuart Christie says " The artistic diversity these artists will bring to Whitianga is wonderfull.This really will be a must visit opportunity for everyone ".
THE POP UP GALLERY WILL BE OPEN 10AM to 4PM on the 4th / 5th and 11th /12th of March.
ARTS COLLECTIVE WHANGAMATA OPEN STUDIOS 17/4/2017
Above - Noel Snook and a display of his Surfboards at the Artworks Studio / Exhibition Hub.
A WAVE OF CREATIVE SUCCESS
CYCLONE COOK HIT TOWN AND THE ARTS COLLECTIVE WHANGAMATA OPEN STUDIOS AVOIDED A WHIPE OUT.
Product Designer Noel Snook confesses that he is not a local yet - but this new resident of Whangamata is carving up the local art scene.
Noel has a background in engineering though he tends to keep his proffessional and creative accomplishments on the down low.
The inaugural Arts Collective Open Studios were a unique opportunity to catch Noel and his Surfboard / Artwork titled -
' See You In The Sea ' that won the Arts Collective / Harcourts Art Challenge earlier this year.
ARTS COLLECTIVE WHANGAMATA
A group of Artists,Artisans and Craftspeople of varying disciplines based in and around Whangamata and the Southeast Coromandel.
Our aim is to foster all art mediums and forms and to provide events for artists to display their work and talent.
THE NEW ZEALAND TUNNELLERS COMPANY 3/7/2017
Above - The Pick and Shovel Men exhibit is part of WW100 Tauranga's From Tauranga to the Trenches Series.
THE PICK AND SHOVEL MEN is a mobile exhibit that explores the history of The NZ Tunnellers Company during the World War One Battle of Arras in France.Displayed in two shipping containers on Seddon Street this was the opportunity for locals to learn about the Waihi connection to a piece of our history that has now been uncovered.
In conjunction with the display a crowd gathered to Welcome Home a life size statue of Our Soldier at The Tunnellers Memorial area next to lake Gilmour.
NICK BRUMDER from the Waihi Metal Studio first created a T shaped 7.5 meter structure in memory of the men who served with The NZ Tunnellers Company.This statue is his second sculpture that he affectionately calls Rangi.
Both community driven projects were the combined efforts of WW100 Tauranga - Waihi Heritage Vision - Hauraki District Council - Waihi Memorial RSA - Waihi Lions Club and The Waihi Arts Centre and Museum.
Text: Sue Baker Wilson / Anthony Byledbal / Glyn Harper
Images: Shirley Arabin / Wayne Barrar
Alexander Turnbull Library / Tauranga Heritage Collection
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