THE MERCURY BAY ART ESCAPE
...is a self-drive Open Studio Tour centred around the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, encompassing the areas of Pauanui, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Whitianga and Kuaotunu. We are looking forward to showcasing the creative talents of 46 artists in the next Open Studio Tour, 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 March 2015. You can phone and arrange a visit to our artist members at any time of the year, contact details are on all the artists pages. Just come and visit, there's no obligation to buy!
The 2015 MERCURY BAY ART ESCAPE OPEN STUDIO TOUR
...launches at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach on Friday March 6th, with a month-long 'Taste of the Tour' Showcase exhibition. Tickets will be available at the end of 2014 for this much-anticipated creative and social event!
The Open Studio weekends are March 7 & 8 and March 14 & 15
.... but you can contact any of our artists year-round. Plan a trip to this beautiful part of the Country and get in touch with your favourite Mercury Bay artists: make an appointment to see their studios and artwork. Go to the Artists drop down above and view all of our members who are listed alphabetically and by location.
The 2015 Guide is an expanded 156 page full colour, spiral bound reference manual. It includes artists’ biographies, easy to read maps and images of a selection of their work, plus listings for many cafes, galleries, tours and B&B’s in the area.
An essential guide to have on hand whether you are a visitor, local, holiday home owner or art lover.
Click here to purchase Tickets to Opening
Please join us for the Opening Night of the 'Taste of the Tour' showcase exhibition at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach, which launches the Open Studio Tour for 2015. This fundraiser takes place at 5:30pm on Friday March 6th 2015. All of the artists involved in the Tour will be featured in the exhibition, plus a work from each of the 2014 Scholarship winners.
Join us for a glass of wine from our major sponsor, Tohu Wines and delicious nibbles provided by Hot Waves Cafe. The guest speaker is NZ artitst, author and well known printmaker Dr Carole Shepheard from Kawhia. This is an ideal opportunity to mingle with the artists, get a feel for the work on show and take an early opportunity to purchase their works.
The Opening Night is a is a significant event on the Peninsula calendar and is always a sell out. Don’t delay buying your tickets at a cost of $40.
Tickets may also be purchased at Hot Waves Cafe which is located at 8 Pye Place, Hot Water Beach.