Art Trail open­ing de­but a suc­cess in Manawatu

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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

tourism.

‘‘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.’’

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/STUFF

Suzi Brown from Suzi Brown Glass works on a glass piece dur­ing the Art Trail Manawatu¯.

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