Easter weekend not only attracted holidaymakers and the Easter bunny to Mangawhai this year but also over 300 art lovers, who navigated the local streets to visit the 18 private studios and galleries on Mangawhai Art Society’s 2017 Art Trail.
More than 50 talented Kaipara artists showcased their work throughout the weekend, displaying a smorgasbord of style and media including sculpture, wood carving, flax weaving, pottery, photography, painting and even quilling, making the bi-annual Trail an eclectic experience for visiting art enthusiasts.
- WORDS/PHOTOS/Julia Wade
Airbrush artist and first-time ‘art trailee’, Johnnie Daley, brings 3D life to ‘Rhino’, a piece which took over 70 hours to create.
Multi-media creator and art history teacher Nicki Everett offered art connoisseurs of all ages a chance to take home a piece of their own creation. Mangawhai local Kacy Gillon prints his masterpiece.
A passion for all canines inspires self-taught artist Tracey Scott to immortalise them in acrylics.
Art therapist/teacher and first-timer on the trail, Christine Moginie, with her luminous water colour ‘A Reflective View’.
Teaming up to showcase their many years of artistic talent; eclectic painters Ann Howard and Jean Fountain.
Quilled Easter eggs, made from finely shredded paper and each one taking three hours to create, was only one of Raewyn Vague’s displays. The multi-talented creator also makes jewelry, flax works and wood carving.
John Ecuyer’s display of intricately carved sculptures and cast glass expresses his long-time love for working with wood and design.