Once again the creative spirit truly comes alive in the Ruby Coast throughout November with a launch party, window art, open studios, a community art exhibition, workshops and performing arts.
This year the organisers of the annual Ruby Coast Arts
Festival are delighted to welcome inspirational ceramic artist Christine
Boswijk as speaker at the Festival Launch party at Mapua Hall on Thursday 30
October. Her presence will enhance the other launch activities including a
silent auction, artists’ displays, workshop information and
plenty of wine and nibbles. All are welcome. There is a small charge of $10 at
In this popular festival, running the whole of the November, local
artists and members of Ruby Coast Arts (RCA) join together to present an
exciting variety of events including the innovative Window Art exhibition in
Mapua, an Open Studios Weekend, an art exhibition and a series of hands-on
creative workshops. There is something
to suit everyone, including the exciting “added extras” of performing arts at The Playhouse and Jester
The Mapua village
centre is transformed into a vibrant, street-based Window Art exhibition that
kicks off at 6pm on the day of the launch with a “Walk & Talk”. Here, RCA
Member Lynn Price leads a free tour of the exhibition around the village,
showcasing the innovative way artists approach the art form, before finishing
at the hall for the launch party. Trail maps are available from Mapua Library
and participating venues.
Members’ Open Studios during the first weekend of November, is when local
artists open their doors to the public, allowing a peek into their private
studio spaces up and down the Ruby Coast. You can pick up a trail map from The
Naked Bun in Mapua and other local cafes and shops, as well as i-SITES at
Nelson, Richmond and Motueka.
weekend, SLICE, a solo exhibition by RCA member Lisa Chandler opens from
3pm to 6pm on 1 November at the Icon Gallery on Moutere Highway, featuring
works based on the multi-layered spaces of Singapore.
The public can also learn something new at one of the creative workshops
where local artists share their skills. These include tutorials on flax
weaving, stone carving, botanical painting, encaustic wax techniques, portrait
painting and etching, life drawing and abstract painting. View the full
programme at .
will also play a significant part in the festival this year. Don’t miss one of
New Zealand’s best artists when The Playhouse presents Lawrence Arabia on
Friday 7 November, where legendary Silver Scroll-winning producer and
songwriter James Milnes performs his pop /
folk-rock / psychedelic sound as ‘new old fashioned pop music’.
This is followed the next Thursday by The New Zealand Guitar Quartet,
presented by Arts on Tour NZ, also at The Playhouse. Call 540 2985 for more details and bookings.
On Friday 14 November Mark Raffills hosts a Poems and Tunes
night at Jester House featuring eight local poets of note,
with music from Derek Macleod. The next day features Mindspaces – the Artist’s Studio; a documentary
film by Dennis O’Connor, in Mapua
Hall – Bill Marris Room. This documentary goes behind the scenes of famous
artists’ studios and you will get a chance to meet the director.
The Community Art
Exhibition, to be held on the weekend of 15 and 16 November, also at Mapua
Hall, gives emerging local artists the opportunity to introduce their talents
to a wide audience, and members of the public the chance to view an amazing
range of art works. Remember to bring cash!
The festival winds up on Sunday 30 November with a closing party at The
Playhouse. This will be an Open Mic night, providing plenty of
entertainment. More details will be
confirmed on and the RCA Facebook page.
Check out more news about these happenings in local news, the Ruby Coast
Arts Facebook page and the website www.rubycoastarts.co.nz.
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