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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

widely distributed.

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

their choice.”

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

and prints.

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.

Mercury Bay

Art EscApE