Plan a trip to the Eastern Coromandel over the first two weekends of March and enjoy visiting the studios of the talented artists who are members of Mercury Bay Art Escape. The area between Tairua, Whenuakite, Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Whitianga and Kuaotunu is well known for its immense artistic talent and this opportunity to interact with the artists in their studios and purchase work from the artistic source should not be missed.
The Mercury Bay Art Escape Open Studio Tour 2016 will be launched at the opening of the Taste of the Tour Showcase exhibition at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach, on Friday March 4 at 5:30pm. Guest speaker is Matt Gauldie, artist, sculptor and official New Zealand Defence Forces artist. All of the Art Escape’s 47 members will be represented in the exhibition, which runs until April 3. The opening is a sellout event and the place to meet and mingle with the artists and artistic community and have first opportunity to purchase artworks.
The self drive Open Studio Tour is a free event, but it is recommended that you purchase a copy of The Guide 2016, a 156 page full-colour reference manual that includes artists’ biographies, easy to read maps and images of a selection of their work. It also lists many cafes, galleries, breweries, wineries and accommodation in the area. The Guide is an all year round reference to the creative talent in Mercury Bay and, along with tickets for the exhibition opening, is available on www.mercurybayartescape.com or at the artist studios, i-sites and selected retailers on the Coromandel Peninsula.
This Art Tour has a long history for creative flair and for revealing up and coming artists that makes it a unique event, so mark the 5, 6 and 12, 13 March on your calendar now. The area also offers a wonderful variety of attractions that complement the artist’s work and we encourage you to book in for the weekend and enjoy the total package that is the Mercury Bay Art Escape.
Visit www.mercurybayartescape.com for all the details.