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Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists' Open Studios 2019

Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists' Open Studios 2019

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  • Sat 2 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 3 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 9 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 10 Mar ’19, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Hot Waves Cafe, 8 Pye Place, Hot Water Beach


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Open Studios 2019
The ever-popular Mercury Bay Art Escape 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.

This stunning self-drive art tour includes Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach and Opito Bay. Coupled with world-class scenery, eateries and wineries the Open Studio weekends provide the perfect opportunity to spend time and enjoy art.

Mercury Bay Art Escape artists include potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, weavers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, jewellers, a glass artist and a furniture maker. There are six new artists in the 2019 event making a total of 36 artists across the Eastern Coromandel area with 3 art groups also opening their studios and creative spaces. Studios are open 10am to 4pm on 2nd, 3rd and 9th, 10th March. Entry to visit artists is free.

While viewing their latest artworks take the time to meet the artists and talk with them about their ideas and how they work to give you greater insight and understanding of art and creative practices.

This year in addition to the Open Studio weekends on 2-3 and 9-10 March, we are bringing you an expanded format of exciting events during the week between the Open Studio weekends.

The Mercury Bay Art Escape events also include; a Gala Opening (Friday night 1st March), the Showcase Exhibition (2 March - 22 April), Chasing Mercury Art Workshops (4-8 March), Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival (4-8 March), sculpture with Chris Charteris (3rd March) and a Summer Showcase Concert with the Whitianga Music Club (8th March).

Art Workshops 4th-8th March Whitianga
Undertake new and exciting enterprises by participating a range of Art Workshops in the midweek. These fun workshops for all levels include photography, flax weaving, painting, mixed media and printmaking. You will be tutored by Mercury Bay Art Escape artists and invited tutors.

Tuia - Encounters 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival:
To contribute to the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemoration Mercury Bay Art Escape is organising a community street art festival which will take place in Whitianga during 4th to 8th March 2019 between the annual Art Escape Open Studio weekends.

See www.mercurybayartescape.com for the full event details.

The Free Art Guide:
Is a new full colour free brochure. The guide includes artists' details and image of their artistic style, easy to read maps, plus listings for many cafes, galleries, wineries, breweries, tours and accommodation options in the area.

The Art Guide is available free at these stockists or order one from http://www.mercurybay-artescape.com/shop--cart. The new 2019 Art Guide will be available from December 2018.

Mercury Bay Art Escape now on Google Maps!

We have created a map on our website with locations for all artists, galleries, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, shops, transport and services providers participating in the Mercury Bay Art Escape to make it easier for you to find your way around.

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