Moutere artists shine

01:42, Oct 22 2014
Neville Parker
Neville Parker in the new Icon Gift Shop.

This weekend, artisans of the Moutere will show off the best of their region, combining art, wine and cuisine.

Moutere Artisans will feature paintings, ceramics, sculptures, and handmade gifts, as well as locally grown wines, beers, cider, cheeses, mushrooms, strawberries, and olives.

Michael MacMillan Sculptor and Country Homeware will showcase MacMillan's range of sculptural works in a new purpose-built gallery space, which has been the culmination of several years of hard work.

Made from huge natural timber beams with a distinctive tiled roof, the gallery is an artwork in itself. Visitors can watch MacMillan at work in the large space, creating new sculptural works. Vine-wrapped trees and wreaths and French oak products including rolling pins, bowls, and cheese boards are also in the gallery.

Icon Gallery and Sculpture Park has also been racing against the clock to open its third gallery space, Icon Gift Shop, the vibrant orange walls of which show off a large range of giftware made by artists from the region. The recently-opened Icon White Gallery features Toys Gone Bad by Warren Houston, an irreverent look at famous toy icons in some of their less dignified moments.

Bartlett & Gold Gallery features ceramic works by partners Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett and is located in the Upper Moutere village. For the first time, visitors will be able to see Gold at work, ask questions, and watch how her distinctive ceramic pieces are made, or just take a wander through the gallery and gardens.

The Moutere Gold kitchen in the Old Post Office Gallery will be open for public tours as well as serving cream teas on Sunday.. They also represent many artists from the region, with a new exhibition 100 Days Later by Ana Aceves and Georgia Barber.

Anna Barnett Pottery will feature working ceramic artist Anna Barnett demonstrating how she makes her hand-built patterned bowls.

Moutere Artisans, Saturday to Monday. Details and map: moutereartisans.co.nz

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