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Street Art Walk an opportunity to view local talent

November 18th, 2016
[by David Armstrong]

Art collections can be viewed in a variety of ways, and a new opportunity is coming up in two weeks with a Street Art Walk at artists' studios on Trewavas Street.

The idea of an Art Walk came up at a Motueka Arts Council meeting by a member who had been up to the North Island and saw one up there.

"There is also one in Mapua and I am sure there are many more," says Arts Council spokeswoman Joyce Griffin.

"So thinking it was a good idea, we adopted it. We decided to limit the size this year to get a feel for the numbers of people interested."

The studio-hopping event will take place on Saturday December 3rd, with studios open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. People wanting to do the walk need only go to Trewavas Street and follow the yellow signs. It will take place regardless of the weather.

"Motueka and surrounding area is an absolute mine of artistic talent," Joyce says. "We are lucky to have such a huge variety of people who practice the arts in one form or another.

"The ideal would be to have a permanent Art Gallery in Motueka. We are fortunate enough to have a permanent museum and with the diversity of local talent this area is blessed with, an Art Gallery is the next logical step.

"In the meantime we had a pop-up gallery - The Art Hub on High Street near the Clocktower corner - which lasted a year, and exhibitions such as the one currently showing in The Sprig and Fern.

"Add to that the number of small private galleries and shops and now The Art Walk, we hope to keep our artistic talents burning steadily and not pushed to the back burner.

"This is an opportunity to expose the work done by such gifted people. With Christmas coming it is an ideal time to get an investment or gift for someone special."

Motueka's artist community needs our support, so the organisers hope many people will join them for an exciting and interesting day out.

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