Bay festival mixes art and gardens
e are well and truly celebrating marvellous creative talent.’’
Children are a focal point in the life of Tauranga artist and BOP Garden& Art Festival exhibitor Helen Rejthar.
Not only is she amother of four, but children frequently feature in her art — her working life invariably features a long list of children’s commissions.
Helen, who has a fine arts degree, says she discovered her love of realism and portraiture quite by chance when she began painting her own, growing family. She loves the way a portrait can capture the true essence of children.
During the November 15-18 BOP Garden& Art Festival Helen’s art will feature at Littlebach Garden on Tauranga’s waterfront.
All up, the work of more than 100 artists is set towowthose taking to the festival trails this year. Seventy-one gardens throughout the Western Bay of Plenty will also be on show.
Festival director Marc Anderson says therewill be an “exciting” mix of local and national artists exhibiting on the trail, at the festival hub, and at a selection of other venues.
There will also be a festival gallery at the hub, offering a sneak peak of all the artists’ work— a taste of what’s out on the trail.
“We are well and truly celebrating marvellous creative talent.”
See www. gardenandartfestival. co.nz for further information and to buy trail tickets. They are also available at Palmers Bethlehem
(Silver Sponsors), De´cor (Bronze Sponsors), Baycourt, MacandmorArt Space, PacificaHome and Garden Centre, Katikati Arts Junction and Te Puke Florist.
This year the festival will also involve amini-festival named Bloom in the Bay, which will be held at the festival hub— TaurangaHistoric Village. Bloom in the Bay will offer the opportunity for everyone, including families with young children, to enjoy keynote speakers, entertainment (including plenty of live music), tasty food and beverages, exhibitions, workshops, displays and concept gardens. It will be held from 9am to 9.30pm on the festival days.
Those wishing to attend Bloom in the Bay do not need to have festival tickets. Entry is $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under. Entry is also free for those with garden and art trail passes. See www.gardenandartfestival.co.nz.
Helen Rejthar with her art in the background.