Taranaki Arts Trail 2015 - 13/14 June

Taranaki Arts Trail 2015 - 13/14 June

Friday, June 12, 2015

Following the success of 2014 the Taranaki Arts Trail is bigger and better in 2015.

In total, over 80 studios, galleries and shared spaces throughout the Taranaki region are featured.

The self-guided trail offers a chance to meet artists in their spaces and is a fantastic showcase of diverse Taranaki artists.

Pick up a booklet from local galleries and i-SITES or plan your tour from the website. 

Below is a summary of the South Taranaki listings.

In Eltham, check out Mark Bellringer at The Bank on Bridge Street. Mark is a professional photographer who also creates large landscape artworks, cityscapes and social photography.  Just down the road is The Village Gallery, featuring works by members in a wide range of mediums. A visit to Maree Liddington will explore her passion for designing and creating woven tapestries and wall hangings and see the process in action on her two large floor looms.

In Hawera, Cecilia Russell’s studio gallery is housed in Hawera’s oldest commercial building on Princes Street and features paintings, drawing and prints.  Joan Robinson works from her home studio and is interested in painting landscapes and animals. Lysaght Watt Gallery features the annual national awards exhibition. This year's theme, Self-Portrait, has attracted a high calibre of works from around the country.  Caryl Murray has an upstairs studio at Ohawe Beach with fabulous sea and rural views, where she creates her paintings, pastel and mixed media works.

Head south to Patea to be some of the first to visit two new studios in this iconic town, both also open on Friday 12 June and Monday 15 June.  Michaela Stoneman’s dedicated print studio will present current work and allow visitors to see etching and relief processes in action on the printing press. Leicester Cooper creates organic ceramic forms inspired by nature.His slipcast forms involve innovative advanced model and mould making techniques.

A visit to Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki offers innovative exhibitions with a focus on South Taranaki history. Local artists will be in residence at the Museum during the Arts Trail weekend, including printmaker Beck White and multi-media artists Celeste Cole and Mareta Marsters-Grubner. Stop in for lunch and a coffee at the Red Rock Cafe, which will feature paintings by Whenuakura artist Bianca Mitchell, photographer Nicky Gray and painter Pa Whakatutu.

In Opunake, Viv Davy and Karen Dey share aspace for the Arts Trail by the beach on Halse Place this year. Viv uses textiles as the material of her expression of ideas and emotions.  Karen works with acrylics on canvas, with inspiration from her love of the sea and its surroundings. Marianne Muggeridge and Roger Morris live and work at their studios at 1564 Oeo Road.  Marianne is well known as a portrait painter and has twice won the New Zealand Portrait Award. Roger is a mixed media artist and painter who explores social and political issues and themes.

Pihama Lavender Shop & Galleryis home to artist Liz Sinclair. Set amongst  botanic gardens, the old Pihama Dairy Factory is a unique space for artists to exhibit.  Kaponga Hotel is a delightful historic hotel that hosts a great collection of NZ art and offers a relaxing garden bar, meals and well appointed rooms.

International assemblage artist Dale Copeland and realist oil painter Paul Hutchinson will welcome arts trail guests to their eclectic and unique home studios in Puniho, just north of Okato.

Check out more on the Website www.taranakiartstrail.co.nz