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What's Coming Up

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Lynda Hallinan ~ Guest Speaker

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Gala Opening

The opening will be held on 3rd March at Hot Waves Cafe, Hot Water Beach at 6pm.

This is an eagerly awaited evening on the peninsula arts calendar for visitors to meet the artists, view the Showcase Exhibition and have first opportunity to purchase art work.

Guest speaker for the Gala Opening is treasured New Zealand gardening writer, author and broadcaster - Lynda Hallinan whose favourite gardens integrate art and nature. Growing up on a farm in the Waikato, the highlight of her childhood summers were the 10 days her family spent every year in a tent pitched at the Hot Water Beach Motor Camp. In 2013, she bought a rundown retro bach in Tairua's main street and now her kids get to enjoy the same Coromandel vibe.

This art event includes:

+ Exclusive access to artists and their work

+ Complimentary beverage and canapés

+ Live music by our guest band 

Be sure to secure your tickets as this event is a sell-out each year.

$55 per person

4-5 & 11-12 MARCH 2023

10am - 4pm 

Open Studios

Mercury Bay Art Escape is an enriching and engaging visual art experience for locals and visitors to the Coromandel Peninsula.


Our annual Open Studios are a major draw card on the peninsula and national visual arts calendar.



Open Studios is 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 direct from their studios.
All studios are marked with the official blue flag.​

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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.

Gala Opening
Showcase Exhibition
Open Studios

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