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 in the first two weekends in March each year.
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our member artists in the next Open Studio Tour, 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 March 2016 featuring a variety of media from jewellery, pottery, painting, photography, hand forged knives, sculpture, wood carving, mosaics and weaving.
The tour is free and self paced but it is recommended you purchase the latest Guide.
The 2016 Guide is a 154 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 accommodation options in the area. It is an all year round reference to the creative talent in the Mercury Bay. The tour is free but it is recommended that you have a copy of the latest Guide. It is handy to have on hand whether you are a visitor, local holiday home owner or an art lover.
The 2016 Open Studio Tour launches at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach on Friday 4 March 2016 with a month-long 'Taste of the Tour' Showcase Exhibition. We are pleased to have Matt Gauldie, artist, sculptor and official NZ Defence Forces Artist as our guest speaker. This is an ideal opportunity to meet the artists, get a feel for the work on show and take an early opportunity to purchase works. This much anticipated social event sells out every year so get your tickets early for 2016. The exhibition features one work from each member plus a work from the 2015 Scholarship winner Emily Boswell.
The exhibition runs from 5 March to 3 April. Remember to vote for the People's Choice Award when you visit.
If you miss the March Open Studio Tour we encourage you to contact our artists and make a time to visit their studios at any time during the year. Go to the Artists drop down above and view all of our members who are listed alphabetically and by location.