Oakura Arts Trail

Published October 16, 2017

The Oakura Arts Trail has preparations well in hand for this year’s open studios event. This very popular trail coincides with the Taranaki Powerco Garden Festival / Fringe Festival and is held on the weekends of the 28th and 29th of October and the 4th and 5th of November. Open hours are from 10 to 4pm.

Last year there were over 5000 visits where guests enjoyed seeing the environment where artists work. The artists involved in 2017 are Kris White, Richard Landers, Deborah Hoare, Fay Looney, Linda McFetridge, Margaret Scott, Brenda Cash, Jill Shearer, Linda Barbour, Sally Laing, Rosie Moyes, Suzanne Bloch –Jorgensen, Rob Wright, Susan Imhasley , Brenda Cash, and Steve Molloy. We are excited that 3 of these artists Linda McFetridge, Rosie Moyes and Sally Laing have returned to be part of the trail this year. Also we are very lucky to have Jill Shearer join our trail, as she is a well-known Taranaki artist who has been painting for over 40 years, specialising in seascapes and the many moods of Taranaki. Jill mainly paints in oils but also uses water colours and acrylics.
Sarah Smither will open her home as a Place of Interest and will be showing recent prints and work from her private collection of Michael Smither. Although he no longer lives in Taranaki, Smither has always been regarded as one of our major and much loved artists who was born and lived in New Plymouth for most of his life. 

The Arts Trail Exhibition with a sample of work from all the artists on our trail will be at the Molloy Gallery in the old Tataraimaka Factory. This will be open daily during the festival and is a way to help plan your visit to see the artists involved in the Trail.

 Brochures on the trail can be found at all studios, the Information Centre, the Crafty fox and on the notice board next to the chemist. Look out for the large yellow and the turquoise flags which will help to guide you to the artist studio. For details on the artist and the location of their studios go to www.oakuraartstrail.co.nz or join us on Facebook.