Art Trail opening debut a success in Manawatu
Creativity, colour and collaboration abound as the first ever Art Trail Manawatu¯ took place.
Trail manager Nicola Gregory said while final numbers weren’t known, the number of visitors over the two-day event at the weekend was ‘‘comfortably in the thousands’’, and the artists involved were very positive about the experience.
‘‘The artists get to be seen, get the exposure and get their work out there without hurdles or gallery fees, and they get to just be who they are with their work and people coming and going: ‘I might like doing that too’.
‘‘Lots of people are saying: ‘I’ve signed up for these classes’, and lots of people are saying ‘I must tell this person about this’, and lots of artists are getting big hits on their web pages. The fact that the ripple effect can get quite wide is lovely.’’
Glass artist Suzi Brown and amaru stone sculpting teacher Carla Woollaston teamed up to show their specialities together. Both had made sales and said having visitors file through the garage studio as they worked was a fun experience and they would love to take part again.
‘‘You get to offer them a little bit of your time and it’s really nice involvement,’’ Woollaston said.
‘‘It’s collaborative without actually being formal and if you’ve given them a dose of enthusiasm, that’s nice.’’
After visiting the displays on Sunday with her husband and sons, Joyce Wellington said they were now looking into taking art classes.
‘‘It was a great idea. It’s great to see local art and it’s good for
‘‘The artists get to be seen, get the exposure and get their work out there without hurdles or gallery fees , and they get to just be who they are with their work.’’ Nicola Gregory, Art Trail manager
‘‘You want to see the local flavour, not imported stuff – crafts from the area.’’
The new event was founded by the Square Edge Community Arts Centre. Gregory said there was strong interest in continuing the trail in the future and the group would carefully review the out- come of the weekend.
‘‘It has the potential to be a well-known event, be what we wanted it to be for the artists and promote community arts.’’
Suzi Brown from Suzi Brown Glass works on a glass piece during the Art Trail Manawatu¯.