MARK TAYLOR / Tips
Wendy and Stan Lemmon, who create unique sculptures and “functional art” using deconstructed wine barrels and other resurrected materials, are among 42 artists participating in this year’s Raglan Arts Weekend.
Waikato art lovers have a rare opportunity to snatch up artwork at a fraction of the usual cost as the annual Raglan Arts Weekend approaches.
The three-day Labor Weekend event – in which artists from the coastal town and surrounding areas open the doors of their studios to allow the public to witness their creative acts – is preceded this year a preview exhibition, where their works can be bought on the cheap.
Each year, thousands of visitors come to Raglan to sample the creativity and artistry for which the community is famous. Armed with trail maps, they plan self-guided tours to visit artists and shop for their art.
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The gallery at the Old School Arts Center is the hub of RAW, as the event has become known. Starting Friday, it will house several works of art, as well as a popular series of “sample” works known as 300×300, which will sell for $ 200 each – far less than their regular price – to raise funds. for the main, not-for-profit event.
Interested parties should hurry to secure the parts before they are collected, said RAW coordinator Nicky Brzeska.
The theme of this year’s exhibit was: ‘And Then We Paused / Reflections from a Covid World’.
“The theme was decided before the Delta, when New Zealand was largely Covid-free after the first lockdown.
“It’s even more appropriate now with the current state of affairs, and we know it will resonate with a lot of people who want to get a work of art that illustrates this complex snapshot in time. “
The 42 participating artists this year span most imaginable mediums in art, from sculpture, painting, photography, metal, pottery, weaving, textiles and even encaustic (hot wax) and taxidermy.
Thirteen of the artists were participating for the first time, and many established careers of international recognition.
The team behind the festival has launched other new initiatives this year, including a new Raglan Arts Guide booklet and a revamped website.
The preview exhibition will be open every day from Friday, October 1, including weekends, until October 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
RAW will take place during Labor Weekend, with studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More details including artist profiles and maps showing where to find them are available at raglanartsweekend.nz.