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Gala Opening 2024

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Artists in Residence

Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach.

To add to the art experience during the 2 weeks of Art Escape, there will be Artists in Residence at Hot Waves Café.

The Artists in Residence has proven to be a popular meeting place for art lovers to discuss their work and inspiration.  

Join your friends for brunch or lunch, chat to the artists while they work, and consider joining the Art Escape 2025

Artists in Residence time table

Monday 4 March

9.00 - 11.30am              Sally Samins & David Vandervoort     

11.30 - 1.30pm              Jane Parson & Kaylie Finnis

1.30 - 4.00pm                Jenny Cotterall & Margaret Gibson       

Tuesday 5 March

9.00 - 11.30am              Margaret Gibson & Merle Ward         

11.30 - 1.30pm              Anne Bowden

1.30 - 4.00pm                Anne Bowden

Wednesday 6 March

9.00 - 11.30am              Meg Auth 

11.30 - 1.30pm              Michael Harrison & Jessie Macaw

1.30 - 4.00pm                Kay de Blauw & Ngairene Collison-Smith           

Thursday 7 March

9.00 - 11.30am              Jean McCann & Sue Foster

11.30 - 1.30pm              Annemieke Kregting & Jennifer Panther

1.30 - 4.00pm                Claire Byers                                                            

Friday 8 March

9.00 - 11.30am              Ginny Deavoll

11.30 - 1.30pm              Susan Dunster

1.30 - 4.00pm                Sandra Hosking

Sally Samins ~ Good Morning Sunshine

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Gala Opening
Open Studios
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Flox ~ Guest Speaker

Thanks to all our

sponsors and supporters

A Great Gala Opening

What a lovely evening for our Gala Opening. Flox spoke of her work and donated a stunning framed hand-cut stencil and a Blunt umbrella for our auction.

Our Chairman Stuart Christie farewelled our hard working inagural trustee Jane Parson and treasurer of 9 years Peter Hogg.

Music was by  Francie Lidgard. The elderly musos could not resist a song along at the end.

Thanks to Flox, our sponsors, Hot Waves Cafe and all those who attended

Showcase Exhibition

Open Studios

Easter Weekend


By appointment throughout the year


Open Studios are a unique opportunity to visit member artists at work, find out what inspires them, what new ideas they are working on and a chance to buy original work from some of the best artists in Mercury Bay.
All studios are marked with the official blue flag.​


To make an appointment or to check whether an artists studio is open, call their number from this website.

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Sally Samins ~ Good Morning Sunshine


Now exhibiting throughout the year

Showcase Exhibition 

Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach.

The Showcase Exhibition is a great way to start your Open Studio visits. See one work from each member and Group.

Call in to Hot Waves Cafe for great coffee, food, and vibes. Vote for your favourite artwork and the artist with the most public votes wins the coveted People's Choice Award sponsored by Kaizen at Go Vino Cooks Beach.

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