Local talent goes on display

Artwork by 24-year-old Laura Layton is among those that feature in an exhibition entirely devoted to Coast artists.

Local artists are the stars of an upcoming show at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa.

The exhibition features artists that participated in the Arts Trails that ran on the Hibiscus Coast in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

The trail provided an opportunity to visit a number of local artists in their Coast studios, by following a map.

Gallery manager Kim Boyd says it was designed to be a permanent addition to the local event calendar and was a great drawcard for visitors to the area – as the trails are in other regions.

The first two were very successful, but bad weather for the 2017 trail meant attendance was poor, she says.

Kim says that the arts trail petered out after that, as the sub-committee of artists set up to run it did not continue after a couple of key people left.

“It was just starting to grow, so that was very disappointing,” Kim says.

A small amount of money was left over from the trail proceeds, so Estuary Arts has used that to create an exhibition for artists who opened up their studios for the trail.

“They are an amazing group of creators and this is a great way to thank them and showcase their work.”

Work from around 45 artists will be on display. They include relatively new artists like Laura Layton, aged 24, of Wainui. Her acrylic paintings are detailed depictions of birds and animals with a touch of whimsy or a little scene to create a story.

Many of the artists are well known locally, including Pauline Smith, Ingrid Boot, Heather Matthews, Fiona Lander, Jude Howker, Kym Burke, Lindsay and Neil Hey, Linley Quinlan, Neville Bradley, Suzannah Law and Val Cuthbert – as well as 20 artists from the local group Hibiscus Coast Artists.

The exhibition is on from March 25-April 12, with an opening event on March 25, 6pm-7.30pm.

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