LATE SUMMER / EASTER 2017
Art EscApE cElEbrAtEs its 10
with fresh changes
“Milky Way over Matarangi”
by Ian Preece Photography
NEW FOr 2017
the MBae trust has produced a new 54-page
art guide booklet and a new website.
Unlike previous years when the guide book
was sold, this year’s edition is free and more
the reference guide features each artist’s
statement, an image of their work, easy-to-read
maps, ads, accommodation, cafes and other
attractions. the guide is available at i-sites,
most art galleries, and many cafes. View it
“the new website was designed by Lisa
Brauns of Dreamland Design in whitianga,”
shares MBae administrator Marion Manson.
“it offers a more modern look with easy
navigation. it is also mobile
friendly (responsive), and
is easier to use on tablets
and phones. Visitors can
scan the Qr code on the
website and even use it to
navigate to the studios of
another new initiative during the Open studios,
and in the spirit of the recently adopted arts
strategy by tcDc, the trust will be opening a
Pop Up guest and emerging artists gallery in
the ray white auction rooms, whitianga. invited
artists from other areas of the coromandel
Peninsula will be exhibiting and selected
emerging artists from Mercury Bay will have a
first exhibition of their works.
hot waves café in hot water Beach will again
host the official opening of the Mercury Bay art
escape and showcase exhibition.
Mingle with the artists while enjoying bubbles
and dessert nibbles. View the exhibition that
will feature a work from each member artist
and the 2016 scholarship recipients, based on
the challenge theme of ‘growth’ in their chosen
media. it’s a great time to network and make
personal connections with the artists prior to the
studio tour days.
stay till the end of the evening to see which artist
will be awarded the ‘artists choice award’, as
voted by the artists themselves.
the exhibition continues until easter Monday
and the public is encouraged to vote for their
favourite artwork in the ‘People’s choice
award’. the winner will be announced at the
end of the exhibition.
Member artists look forward to seeing you at
the launch and welcoming you to their studios
and workshops in the following weekends.
Buy tickets early – at the MBae website or hot
waves – for this special event is always a sell out.
- friDaY 3 March 7:30pm
Over 42 participating artists – including 6
new artists and 2 art groups – will open
their studios and workshops the first two
weekends in March.
the popular Mercury Bay art escape artists
Open studios offers visitors exposure to a
diverse range of artistic media: drawing, fine
woodwork, harakeke weaving, hand forged
knives, jewellery, glasswork, mixed media,
mosaics, painting, photography, pottery
Member artists look forward to sharing fresh
new works, produced especially for the event,
with welcome attendees. Visit the studios and
workshops at your own pace, meet the artists
and learn about their creative process.