Street to turn into art gallery

16:00, Oct 12 2012

Opunake township will be transformed into a kilometre-long art gallery later this month.

The Egmont Community Arts Council is celebrating its 30th birthday with a series of art and tattoo exhibitions, and an anniversary luncheon at Opunake High School on October 27.

"We're going to have a little tour where we go and see the new mural and the new graffiti stuff," council chairwoman Carol Marshall said.

"I thought, ‘why don't we turn the whole main street into an art gallery'."

Every building along State Highway 45 will have artwork on display in the windows to create the "Longest Art Gallery in the World".

"The whole idea is just to give visitors to the town something else to look at and encourage something a bit different," Mrs Marshall said. "It's just a lovely idea and all the shops are such good sports."

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Some of the pieces will be available for sale.

The Opunake Business Association is supporting the venture.

As well as the luncheon and gallery tour on October 27, the events will culminate with a concert by opera star Dame Malvina Major at Opunake High School on November 24.

"With her concert she's bringing three of her students and also featuring the Coastal Singers because it's their 30th birthday as well," Mrs Marshall said.

Local pianist Troy Stevenson will also entertain.

Taranaki Daily News