It’s the 10th annual Raglan Arts weekend this week, and if there’s one thing we recommend you do this Easter long weekend, it would be this!
From Saturday 20th April to Monday the 22nd, you’ve got the https://rangitahi.co.nz/explore-raglan/perfect opportunity to get a behind the scenes look into our unique, creative community, and see for yourself all the incredible talent that comes out of our little town.
Not only will you be supporting a local community of artists, you’ll also be able to meet the artists themselves. What makes this weekend so cool and unique is that you get to visit the artists in their studio’s, it’s like a tiki tour of Raglan! You’ll also get first dibs on some of the artists newest pieces, many of which will be making their debut this weekend.
A local favourite, Sam Mathers is a contemporary artist who’s works are sought after by Art collectors in New Zealand and around the world. He has a unique way of visualising the world around him and transferring it to canvas, which result in magnificent usually large-scale pieces that are quirky and bold. Make sure you check out his studio when you’re here, his works are not to be missed!
Rangitahi also has a special feature in the work of Toni Kingstone, who’s named one of her work’s “Rangitahi” after the land, and features the peninsula in the foreground of the painting, looking out to Mt Karioi. Toni is heavily influenced by nature & the environment, particularly native birdlife. She’s known for her peaceful artworks that combine natures elements, usually incorporating a secondary element that’s not obvious at first glance.
Make sure you grab a map from the Raglan Old School Arts centre, the information centre, or any of the local cafes before the weekend and you’ll be well on your way!