Bay fes­ti­val mixes art and gar­dens

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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. for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to buy trail tick­ets. They are also avail­able at Palmers Bethlehem

Marc An­der­son

(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.gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­

He­len Re­jthar with her art in the back­ground.

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