Kuaotunu’s ian Preece
specialises in nature
photography of the
coromandel such as
‘Milky way over Matarangi’
featured above. astro-
photography is particularly rewarding due to
the clarity of the air with great vantage points
for the Milky way. he runs photographic field
workshops of 1 to 4 days duration aimed at all
levels from beginner to expert.
art, jewellery, art
Monique is one
of the tour’s most versatile artists. “Years of
practice and many commissions have evolved
my ability to create a wide range of subjects.”
everyone will find something to love in her
whitianga studio. Birds, landscape and classic
cars. Monster and fish characters. Mosaic and
flax weave. clever garden art and sculptures.
Designer art cushions with a crafty flair. even
jewellery with miniature artworks inside.
NEw ARTISTS ThIS YEAR
recently we moved
“i’m interested in
exploring the play
of light on complex
surfaces. i enjoy
playing with reality – creating works that may or
may not be real. i use a range of approaches.
when i imagine a scene, i think about the
effects i want to achieve, and use oils, acrylics,
brushes, palette knives and other tools and
media, to create them”.
Painting, gLass, faBric
acrylics, dichroic fused
glass pendants, printed
“i have now been painting
for 8 years. sometimes my
work is loose and playful
with warm vibrant colours,
and others precise and
meditative. some have a braille message hidden
amongst the dots. each painting creates its own
journey, and i never know where my art takes
me until the final brushstroke”. Kay’s studio
is located in whitianga.
sue Preston works with
in etching and dry point
engraving, which she
learned at the waikato
society of arts. “i enjoy
the complex process
of producing a printing
plate, especially etching
with acid onto a zinc
plate, inking the plate and
running it through the press. it is an exciting
moment, culminating in seeing the finished
print as you peel up the paper - but not always
getting the anticipated result”. sue, who also
works with watercolour and chalk pastel, has
her studio in tairua.
“i have been working on
and off for 25 years for
different studios both
in new Zealand and
australia. currently i am
working with earthenware
clays both for hand built
sculptural pieces as well
as thrown domestic ware such as bowls and
mugs”. Visit Vanessa’s studio in whenuakite.
gary’s ‘attack of the Killer fantails’ sculpture featured on
the 2017 guide is made of cement fondue, finished with
paint effects. standing 110cm, it is gary’s interpretation of a
biblical, saintly figure.
Visit his studio and garden shop (a triple whammy of artists
including alan rhodes Pottery and Michalea Palacios with
her lampworked glasswork) at 1307 sh25.
Kuaotunu artist claire elliot specialises in
metallic seascapes such as ‘image rocks at
Kuaotunu Boat ramp’ – mainly local scenes
using metallic paint.
Meet claire in her studio in the lovely Otama
beach area. she loves talking about her
work and you are welcome to linger and
enjoy a picnic nearby. take a 6 minute drive
from Kuaotunu over the Blackjack, enjoy the
spectacular coastal views and stop along
the white sands of Otama Beach.
Visitors to trevor’s hahei studio will be treated
to a variety of media including photography,
drawings and painting. Of particular interest
will be his striking images taken in antarctica
when he visited on a russian icebreaker
in february 2016. trevor has managed to
capture the enormity of the icebergs as seen
in ‘iceberg encounter’.