Plenty on offer at art show

Kowhai Art & Craft members with some of the art that will be on display at the Art-full weekend. From left, Barry Lee, Kerry Bradbury, Charles Anderson, Miriam Cutforth, Margaret Wright and Mave Halligan.

The Kowhai Art & Craft Society will host the Kowhai Art-full Weekend at Matakana Village Hall, from November 6 to 8.

Coordinator Charles Anderson says around 50 artists’ works will be represented at the exhibition covering a wide range of disciplines including pottery, painting, bookbinding, printing, calligraphy, weaving and spinning.

Charles says the club is especially well known for its pottery and painting but visitors will find high quality work in all mediums.

Works at the exhibition will be available for sale. Paintings typically sell for anything between $50 to $800 and pottery between $100 to $300.   

Charles says it’s handy having the event in the lead up to Christmas as it provides the opportunity to acquire unique gifts and decorations.     

He anticipates around 800 people will visit over the three-day period.      

It’s the fourth year the event has been held in the Matakana Village Hall. It was previously held in the Old Masonic Hall in Warkworth during the Kowhai Festival.

Kowhai Art and Craft was founded in 1974 by a group of five ex-night school potters. They originally met in a disused cow shed in Sandspit known as the Mud Slingers Inn.

The club now meets in a former Keith Hay office building at the Warkworth Showgrounds. Membership stands at more than 150 and continues to grow.  

The exhibition opens from 10am to 4pm on Friday, November 6; 8am to 4pm on Saturday, November 7; and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, November 8.


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