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May 14, 2024
Art & Culture

Mercury Bay Art Escape People’s Choice Award

Michael with his art that won “People’s Choice Award” with proprietor Ryan of Kaizan Go Vino ready to present his gift voucher. The prize is a meal voucher for $150 kindly donated by Ryan at Kaizen Go Vino in Cooks Beach. Michael and his partner John retired to Tairua nearly a decade ago where Michael became an active in local art groups and both of them became committed and involved in local community activities. Michael has continued to develop his art from his home studio, a tranquil, creative space nestled into their garden on Paku Hill. Deeply imbibed in his Coromandel environment, …

May 14, 2024
Art & Culture

Sacred ceremony honouring New Chum Beach

The Native Indian Medicine Wheel structure created on the beach by the group attending the ceremony. Since 2010, both local and international communities have been striving to preserve the pristine and iconic qualities of this sacred area from future housing development, qualities that have been destroyed by similar developments in almost all other areas of the Coromandel Peninsula coastline. In recognizing the sacredness of this special beach, and through a series of divine synchronicities, the local OM Meditation Centre in Whitianga, was inspired to organize and facilitate a sacred cere…

May 7, 2024
Art & Culture

Calling all artists for Art Expo – new student competition too!

“The Art Expo committee is pleased to provide this fabulous opportunity for artists to showcase their work. Its central location makes it very accessible to the public, and we hope with SH25a now open, that there will be lots of visitors to our area over the long weekend. Entry is free and that encourages people to come and have a look at the talent we have in this community, and hopefully buy something to take home,” says Art Expo committee chair Mike Brown. The artists who have previously exhibited at Art Expo have been invited to the 2024 exhibition. Contact will also be made with artis…

Apr 23, 2024
Art & Culture

The Model Show for 2024 is looking for exhibits

There were many visitors to the 2023 Model Exhibition. It will fill the Whitianga Town Hall in Monk Street, Whitianga 6-7July and will be the seventh Model Show in the past 9 years (a break during Covid). The Mercury Bay Model Railway Club will be hosting this very popular Model Show and many of their members will display their own layouts and models, some of which include radio -controlled planes and boats as well as trains. Principal organiser, Damon Christensen, is looking for more exhibits and exhibitors. • A sales table for people to buy stuff. • A ‘People’s Choice best Exhibit Aw…

Apr 23, 2024
Local Events

Special Anzac exhibition at the Mercury Bay museum

This exhibition commemorates the men from Mercury Bay using three photos from our collection and centres around the Roll of Honour, Mercury Bay. These photos have been chosen by our team as they tell a very poignant story – some of these men never returned home. We tell the story of Private Percy Charles Balme, who saw action in Gallipoli in 1915 and the Western Front in 1916. We are privileged to have his medals and a painting of him on exhibit from the Balme Family. Please make sure you visit this exhibition and learn a little more of the history of our men and the places around our t…

Mar 5, 2024
Art & Culture

Transformative Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists

A wellness specialist and coach in energy medicine, yoga, nutrition and sports massage, Christina works with fluid acrylic and resins in rich polished blues, greens, sands and white on recycled surf boards, wooden tables, big and small rounds and all sizes of framed and natural canvases. Her mesmerising compositions depict the fluid elements of wave formations and shorelines against the immersive power of the ocean. Christina lets the flow on the canvas dictate the shapes and complexity of her seascapes. Therefore, each piece is unique and Christina describes her highly personal art as unl…

Mar 5, 2024
Art & Culture

Artists craft of capturing light

The Informer spoke with first time exhibitor, Whitianga Photographic Club President, Kate Beauchamp, a first-time exhibitor with Mercury Bay Art Escape. Looking upon a photograph by Kate Beauchamp of tauhou (waxeye bird) taken in her garden as it perches on a vintage teacup, its silver-surrounded eye expresses light and life through the tiniest fleck. In another composition, Kate ‘extends’ the depth of colour and texture of a cluster of hibiscus flowers by using light against a black background. The result draws you into the photograph and holds you captive. While Kate has been a photogr…

Mar 5, 2024
Local Events

FLOX OPENS MB ART ESCAPE GALA NIGHT

She enjoys working out in the open, where the public can see the work develop and share the experience of making art. Flox is passionate about birds, which feature large on her murals in public spaces around Auckland and elsewhere. Flox artwork also makes the backdrop for the TV One Breakfast show. She told her audience that it’s okay to be different, to work outside the square frame and to experiment with other forms of art. Earlier in her career, Flox raised her profile as an artist by producing a range of clothing adorned with her own artwork.  Two of her works, one a white scalpel-cut…