These Open Studio weekends are held every year over the first 2 weekends in March and draw many art loving visitors to the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula. Encompassing the areas of Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga and Kuaotunu, the art studios are open from 10am until 4pm.
Mercury Bay Art Escape artists present a wide range of art and craft media, including woodwork, pottery, sculpture, hand forged knives, lamp-worked glasswork, flax weaving, mosaics, painting, photography, printmaking and much more.
The Gala Opening of the Showcase Exhibition and celebration of the 11th Artists Open Studios will be held at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach on Friday 2 March at 6pm.
TJ McNamara, the well-known NZ Herald art reviewer will be the guest speaker at the Gala. All of Mercury Bay Art Escape’s 45 members will be exhibiting and the showcase will be on display until Easter Monday.
On each Saturday of the Open Studios weekends there will be a showing of a film on the life and work of our patron artist Michael Smither CNZM. Another highlight event will be a free and family friendly outdoor art workshop with renowned sculptor Chris Charteris on Buffalo Beach Saturday 3 March 2018.
For tickets to the Gala Opening, Michael Smither Film Evenings and details for the Artists’ Open Studios go to www.mercurybayartescape.com
Dates for this years event are the 3 & 4 March and 10 & 11 March 2018. Visit during the free Open Studio Tour in the first two weekends in March each year or visit artists any time during the year by appointment www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artists