Ōtaki and district artists are gearing up for the two weekends of the Kāpiti Arts Trail in November.
The trail is on from 10am-4pm on the weekends of November 6-7 and 13-14. While many artists are inviting guests into their studios to talk about and show off their art, there are also several multi-artist venues around Ōtaki where demonstrations will be integral parts of the event.
At the Old Courthouse in Centennial Park on the main highway, for example, the exhibition Ōtaki Our Place by various local artists continues, featuring mainly paintings of Ōtaki. Ironmonger Warren Baillie will be demonstrating the use of vintage woodworking tools, including a shave horse, froe, side axe and drawknife, from 1-3pm on the first weekend, November 6 and 7.
Down the road at Artel Gallery & Store, Maude Heath has a huge range of art for sale, and she is joined in-store by acclaimed landscape painter Bee Doughty-Pratt.
At the racecourse, the spacious Tote Modern Gallery will have works by members and guests of the Ōtaki Pottery Club. Since moving into their new space at the Tote last year, the club has enhanced its reputation for innovation and excellence, and expanded its membership to offer a wide variety of styles for visitors to look over.
At the Hall of Clay pop-up at the Rotary Hall in the township, ceramicists Kathryn Lim, Stacey Young, Sarah Beresford, Susan Connolley will be displaying their work.
And for stunning Māori artworks, you can’t go past Toi Matarau in the Māoriland Hub, and Toi Tangata, also in Main Street.
Local artists and galleries
ARTEL GALLERY, 180 Main Highway, Ōtaki
BEE DOUGHTY-PRATT, at Artel Gallery
BIRGIT MOFFATT, 32 Parenga Rd,
BRENT CRAIG, AWATEA POTTERY,
19 Hadfield Road, Peka Peka
HALL OF CLAY, Rotary Hall, 25 Aotaki St, Ōtaki
JENNIFER TURNBULL, JAILHOUSE STUDIO, 3 Iti St, Ōtaki
JOS SMITH, JOS SMITH ART STUDIO, 7
a Lemon St, Ōtaki
KIM, STUDIO RESET, 239 Hautere Cross Rd, Te Horo
LINDSAY HEY, 6 Kingi Te Ahoaho Pl, Ōtaki
NEIL HEY, 6 Kingi Te Ahoaho Pl, Ōtaki
MARGARET HUNT, 173b Waerenga Rd,, Ōtaki
OLD COURHOUSE GALLERY, 239 Main Highway, Ōtaki
ŌTAKI POTTERY CLUB/TOTE MODERN GALLERY, Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club,
Te Roto Rd, Ōtaki
PAULA ARCHIBALD, 3 Bell St, Ōtaki
ROD GRAHAM, 35 Ngaio St, Ōtaki
ROSEMARY MORTIMER, 306 Te Waka Rd, RD1, Ōtaki
SONIA SAVAGE, SAVAGEART, 35 Ngaio St, Ōtaki
TOI MATARAU GALLERY, 68 Main St, Ōtaki
TOI TANGATA STUDIO GALLERY, 35 Main St, Ōtaki
TOM BEAUCHAMP, 35 Ngaio St, Ōtaki
YVONNE DE MILLE, 50 Kirk St, Ōtaki