The July school holidays at the Mahurangi Community Centre in Snells Beach were a tremendous success with a great community turnout. From the 3rd to the 5th of July, between 10 am and 4 pm, the centre hosted a wonderful event where participants had the opportunity to paint Native NZ birds onto six massive panels, forming a stunning New Zealand forest mural. The free event attracted 257 enthusiastic people, and together, they painted an impressive total of 210 birds. Participants could choose from 13 captivating MDF cutouts of iconic birds like the Kiwi, Tui, Rifleman, Morepork, Fantail, Bellbird, and Wood Pigeon. The vibrant colours and unique personalities given to each bird brought the forest mural to life, creating a beautiful representation of New Zealand’s natural heritage. The event was a fantastic way for the community to come together, unleash their creativity, and leave their artistic mark on this amazing project.
WAITANGI WEEKEND 2023 and the FOLLOWING WEEKEND 4th, 5th & 6th February 2023 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) 11th & 12th February 2023 (Saturday & Sunday) Several venues will open mid-week.
Held over two weekends, with some venues also open mid-week too, the Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail brings together artists from many disciplines, schools, and techniques. This is your chance to see the working areas of local artists, talk to them about their ideas, watch amazing skills in action, join in with art projects for all ages as you visit the venues, and maybe buy some special pieces of art or be inspired to do something for yourself.
There are many artists and craftspeople in the region working with paint, glass, fabrics, photography, wood, jewelry, and more. Visiting a studio or workspace gives an insight into the creative process you wouldn’t get at a regular gallery or exhibition. With 20+ venues to visit, we know you will have a great time and we look forward to meeting you.