Lovers of arts and crafts should head north next month, when nearly 40 artists will be throwing open their doors over two weekends for the third annual Mahurangi Artists’ Studio Trail.
This year’s event encompasses more than 25 homes, studios and galleries in communities over a wide area, including Mahurangi West, Warkworth, Wellsford, Leigh, Omaha, Tawharanui, Matakana and Snells Beach.
A few guest artists taking part are coming from even further afield, with at least three from the Hibiscus Coast – abstract painter Paula Wheeler, mixed media artist Kim Ingram, painter and printmaker Yvonne Gray and mixed media and ceramicist Kim Boyd, who is also manager of Ōrewa’s Estuary Arts Centre.
The artists will be displaying their work for sale, giving talks and demonstrations and, in a few cases, inviting visitors to join in and have a go themselves. The event is free and promises something that will appeal to everyone, with works including painting, printmaking, glass art, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, drawing, photography, silk, leather and wood carving.
The trail will be open throughout Waitangi weekend, from February 6 to 8, and also on the following weekend, February 12 and 13. It was originally scheduled for Labour Weekend, but was postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions at the time.
Trail map brochures are available online or from local information centres and some businesses, and all venues will be clearly marked with bunting and signage.
The trail is organised by the Mahurangi Artist Network in a bid to encourage people to tour the region and visit artists to see their creativity and hear about their techniques and inspiration.
For more information on participating artists, venues and a trail map, visit https://www.mahurangiartistnetwork.com/2021-artists-and-venues or www.facebook.com/MahurangiArtistsTrail/