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07 866 3887 • 8 Pye Place • Hot Water Beach • Whitianga

A favourite of locals and visitors,

Hot Waves is just a minute’s stroll

from Hot Water Beach. Enjoy

gourmet dining inside or out

on this one-acre native garden

teaming with bird life.

One of the best eateries

on the Coromandel

Open 7 days 8:30am-4pm • Fridays till 8:30pm for Open Mic & Pizza night



Watercolour Artist




still life

102 Robert Street, Tararu - Thames


Summer Hours: Open Most Days 10AM-4PM


View art and meet

the artist at her new

Gallery in Thames

Look for red ‘open’

sandwich board or

phone for appointment

021 0238 2723


07 868 7066

Jacquie Ellis


Karangahake artist






Jacquie now offering


in my Karangahake studio and at Paeroa

for adults wishing

to learn oil painting. Beginners in Oils, to Seascapes, Light and

Reflections, Mountains and Scenery - a class for everyone.

Five week blocks $95, day and night classes. Small groups for

maximising your learning. Some materials available in class.

Call or text to book your place. Eftpos available for tuition fees. •

Studio in Karangahake Gorge on River Road •

022 323-1465



OPEN DAILY – or by


Chosen Coromandel Life’s

2015 Spring Cover

Join Mercury Bay artists in their home studios during the Mercury Bay

Art Escape March weekends or view their works every day throughout

the year in the region’s fine art galleries, art group halls and the interiors

of cafés and restaurants.

Some studios will be extending their hours this year to cope with the

visitor numbers, and other artists not opening their studios will be

hosted in local galleries.


Once again, famed Otama Beach painter

Michael D. Smither

will be at

exhibiting at the Bread & Butter Gallery

in Whitianga during the Art Escape tour

days. Michael, displaying 6 new works, will

be available to meet and discuss his new

ink on paper works, such

Eastern Tree

, on

Saturday 4 & 11 March 11am-1pm.


Also in Whitianga, visit Mosaic Gallery,

Whitianga Art Group, and a special MBAE Pop Up Gallery at Ray White

Auction Room on Monk St.

Many MBAE artists exhibit year round at The Little Gallery on Main

Street in Tairua. Their ad this issue marks some of their MBAE artists.

North along the coast, visit Moku Artspace, near the Hot Waves Caf



Hot Water Beach, the official tour exhibition hall for the month of March.

In nearby Hahei, stop by Beach Habitat, a gift shop and art gallery, in

same building as the Hahei Beach Caf


on Grange Road.

Other caf


s that regularly have artworks exhibited include Luke’s

Kitchen at Kuaotunu, Mercury Bay Estate (winery and restaurant) on

Purangi Rd, Cooks Beach, and Colenso Caf


on SH25 at Whenuakite.

A new member this year is the HIkuai Art Group located in the Hikuai

Hall on 45 Morrison Road.

Gallery viewing locations

Stop by a gallery or cafe to preview works by many tour artists

The Little Gallery Tairua’s

Easter group exhibition

Opening this Easter weekend, 14-17

April,The Little Gallery in Tairua presents

‘Hatched’ – a group exhibition of new collaboratively-produced work by

the gallery’s represented artists.

The unique theme of the show features the concrete orbs of Auckland-

based artist Gary Brooks, one of the gallery’s most popular artworks.

Gallery owner Sarah Holden says, “Each orb is individually hand-cast

in concrete, and inlaid with gold or silver leaf or shimmering paint,

giving them a beautiful iridescent quality. Their forms have been likened

to cracked eggs, and no two are alike. They are appreciated as both

beautiful art objects and functional home décor pieces”.

For ‘Hatched,’ Gary has provided the gallery’s artists with unadorned

concrete orbs, and they will create unique designs using the orbs

as blank canvases. “Our artists’ span a diverse range of styles and

mediums, and we are excited to present the unique and quirky

outcomes of this collaborative initiative,” says Sarah.

‘Hatched’ opens Sunday 16 April, 4pm, at The Little Gallery in Tairua,

228 Main Road. See


14-17 APRIL

Annual arts festival slated for Colville

This annual arts festival

is a cherished community

celebration for the

northern Colville area.

Music, exhibitions, arts,

crafts....with a strong

kid focus. Entertainment

nightly. See page 44.