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Mercury Bay Art Escape 2024 Open Studios

You are invited to explore the artists and their studios – rich and eclectic mediums.
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FLOX, Mercury Bay Art Escape’s opening guest speaker
FLOX, Mercury Bay Art Escape’s opening guest speaker and artist seen here in front of one of her creations.

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2024 opens with the annual Gala Event on Friday, 1 March 2024, 6.00pm at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach.Art Escape 2024 will be opened by the internationally acclaimed aerosol and stencil artist FLOX.

Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. FLOX’s trademark of vibrant and confident colour combined with delicacy magically transformed walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.  See this in her mural on the wall of the alleyway between the town hall and The Cave shop in Whitianga.

FLOX has expanded her practice into prints, publications, murals, graphic design, live painting, projects and workshops. She has been involved in numerous collaborations, charity work and both group and solo exhibitions and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists.

In recent years FLOX has pushed her own artistic boundaries with residencies in Taiwan and a journey to Udaipur in India. She has gained international recognition as an artist.

Come to Opening Night featuring FLOX as guest speaker. Tickets available from the MBAE website

Hot Waves Café in Hot Water Beach is exhibiting showcase art from each Art Escape artist

Over the first two weekends in March, Saturday, Sunday 2/3 March and Saturday, Sunday 9/10 March, Mercury Bay Art Escape is the opportunity to visit 40 local artists in their studios from Matarangi to Hikuai in the stunning Eastern Coromandel Peninsula.

With an eclectic mix of art mediums, studio visits provide the opportunity to see work in progress and buy direct from the artist. There is such a range – painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, photography, mosaics, and ironmongering.

If you miss the March Open Studios, these artists are open by appointment during the year and welcome a visit.

On the MBAE web page is a listing of our local major sponsors as well as supporters who provide gifts and flowers for our event. Check them out and give these local businesses and artists your support.