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Marsden Cove exhibition sees big visitor numbers


20190126 115305-212The One Tree Point Combined Art Exhibition brought many extra visitors to Marsden Cove over Anniversary weekend.

The exhibition, sales and demonstrations took place in the large marquee supplied by Hopper Development at Marsden Cove. With more than a thousand visitors daily, the 40 invited artists exhibiting doubled the amount of art sold from last year with commissions and orders being taken for further work in a wide array of mediums.

Those invited included a group from Warkworth who were very complimentary of the venue and the opportunity to display their wares to such a wide audience. Several artists could be seen working in situ – including quilting, fabric sculpture and woodturning – and were happy to discuss their methodology with interested spectators and potential purchasers. These included Whangarei artist Rodriguez Rozas whose airbrush technique could be seen in action during the course of the exhibition.

The organising committee was extremely pleased with the success of the event and were grateful to sponsors and help from the Community. Group chair, Gillian Corban, says the event will likely held again next Anniversary Weekend and that artists will be encouraged even more to demonstrate their styles so it would be more ‘art in action’.

“It was great to create a space where like-minded people could gather together and meet and to be able to communicate with local and visiting artists. This was extremely pleasing in a fast growing community as it gives people coming to live in Bream Bay an opportunity to meet local artists.”

The aspiration of the group is to eventually find a home for artists to meet and work, to have a place to hold small exhibitions so a future anchor for Bream Bay Artists may be created, ensuring emerging artists are assisted by the community.

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