Get on the Gordonton art trail!

Woodlands and hare photo
One of Jacquie Haselden’s works, with Woodlands in the background.

The Gordonton Art and Design Trail is back – come meet a range of local artists over the weekend of Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2022.

Last year visitors came from Waihi, Raglan and Auckland, with some Hamiltonians discovering what was on their doorstep.

The Art Trail was held for the first time last year, the inspiration of ceramic artist Mindy Singh. As a practicing artist, Mindy’s vision was to share the creative spirit of the atists living and working in Gordonton and local surrounds. These artists have embraced the opportunity to once again join in.

This year the Trail will feature 10 artists:

• Ceramic artist Mindy Singh will be at her Bola Ceramics studio, on Law Rd. Her porcelain creations celebrate the dynamic energies of life.

• Bola Ceramics will again host Schatci textile design, specialising in casual wear. These carefully designed pieces of clothing offer comfort and style. The studio will also house artist Gemma Reid’s print works. The focus of these prints is the striking graphic nature of historic buildings.

• Balsamic Moon joins for the first time this year, producing selfcare products from sustainable, natural products.

• Arkanda Antiques again joins with local painter Sharin Ark. Sharin’s work demonstrates a love of bold dynamic composition and colour. The eclectic collection of antiques found at Arkanda provides a perfect setting for these paintings.

• Nearby, Jacquie Haselden will exhibit her work at her new studio. A local in the Gordonton area with family connections to Woodlands, her recent work reflects an interest in narrative connected to her ancestral place.

• Painter Sandra Barlow will exhibiting her work at the Woodlands Garden Grove cafe. Sandra is a local Whitikahu artist, working in watercolour, graphite and oils.

• Sally-Ann Riddell is a printmaker and creator of bird houses with a difference. Sally-Ann will open her new studio for the first time this year. She is the artist behind Mother’s Lover’s Birdhouses.

• Alongside Sally-Ann at her studio is another first timer to the trail, Woodturner Grant Taylor. Grant’s work ranges from beautifully turned everyday objects through to bespoke pieces of art.

• Quilter and textile artist Tina Clausen also joins the Trail for the first time. Tina will sell home crafts and the opportunity to stop for refreshments with an authentic Devonshire Tea and walk around her garden.

There will be a raffle with artists offering some of their creations as prizes, as well as a $100 Wairere voucher and a $100 FirePot voucher.

This event is free with the support of local businesses – including The Mandarin Tree, Wairere Nursery, FirePot Cafe, Cornerstone Alpaca Farm, Woodlands Garden Grove Cafe, Arkanda Antiques as well as sponsor support from Peter Lissington from Property Brokers and Grain and Food Ltd.

Trail maps are available on the day from the Mandarin Tree, Wairere Nursery, FirePot Cafe, Arkanda Antiques, Woodlands Garden Grove Cafe and Bola Ceramics. Also on the Gordonton Art and Design Trail Facebook page.

What: The Gordonton Art and Design Trail
When: Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May

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