Art trail this weekend!

It’s only a matter of days until this year’s Huntly and Districts Art Trail kicks off and all is looking good for the opening at Woodlands, says co-ordinator Judy Cole.

“We’re starting to get very excited, and are hoping for a good turnout.  We’ve managed to get some South African entertainment for the night, as well as a speech on behalf of that country’s High Commissioner.

“Guests will receive a complimentary glass of South African wine. Juice will also be available, and delicious finger food.”

More than 40 artists will take part in the two-day event, on Saturday and Sunday. “We’ve invited every artist to bring one piece of their work on the Friday night, to give people a little taster of what’s on offer.”

Some of the work on show will include etchings, mosaics, pumice carving, paua pictures, fabric art, quilting and embroidery, floral art and sculptures.

“This is a chance for the public to see all the talent that abounds in the district. There really is so much going on by very talented people.”

The art trail stretches from Waerenga to Ngaruawahia and Gordonton, by way of Te Kauwhata, Glen Murray Road, Ohinewai and Huntly. There is also an art compeition for children, whose work will be displayed in the Huntly Library.

The trail is a free event, and is supported by Huntly Rotary and the Waikato Coalfield Museum.

“It really is a community effort, that’s the focus and what it’s all about.”

Brochures are available from Woodlands, Sweetman’s Shop in Huntly, Gordonton’s Simply Georgeours Beauty Salon, Waikato District Council and Ngaruawahia, Te Kauwhata, Huntly libraries.

  • The grand opening of the Art Trail takes place at the Woodlands Function Centre, Gordonton, on Friday March 16, at 7pm.  Tickets $30, available from Woodlands, or Sweetman’s Shop, Huntly.
  • The trail kicks off at 10am Saturday 17, until 4pm, and for the same times again on Sunday 18 March.

Note:  Lake Puketirni Station is currently undergoing road works – Lisa Rayner’s new exhibition will  now be held in the Minders Cottage, in the grounds of the museum in Harlock Place

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