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Art trail happening across the region

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The BOP Open Studios art trail weekend promises a captivating experience for art enthusiasts and creativity seekers alike.

Set to unfold from February 23 to February 25, 2024, this three-day event invites the community to immerse themselves in a world of artistic expression as local talents generously throw open the doors of their studios, offering an up-close-and-personal view of their craft.

At the heart of BOP Open Studios is a mission to forge connections between local artists and a diverse audience of art lovers and buyers, spanning not only the immediate region but also attracting visitors from distant locales.

2024 marks the pilot year for this ambitious project, and the organising team is steadfast in their commitment to establishing BOP Open Studios as an annual “must-attend” event on the local arts calendar.

The art trail is an expansive journey, stretching from the shores of Waihi Beach to the scenic reaches of Pukehina.

Across key artistic hubs like Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Katikati, and Te Puke, as well as the hidden corners in between, studios will open their doors to curious minds and creative spirits.

For attendees, this is more than just an opportunity to appreciate finished artworks; it’s a chance to step into the sacred spaces where creativity comes to life.

Meeting local artists in their studios, participants can explore the very workshops where dreams are conceived and nurtured. The event invites visitors to delve into the passions fuelling each artist and the unique journey that led canvas, clay, textile, or metal to become the chosen medium for their ideas.

Attendees will feast their eyes on an array of creations and gain insight into the stories woven into each piece. There’s a possibility, even, of stumbling upon that one special artwork that seems destined to find its way into their hearts.

Christie Cramer, a member of the organising team and a participating artist, expresses genuine enthusiasm for the inaugural BOP Open Studios art trail weekend.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for art lovers to connect with our vibrant local arts scene,” she says. “For artists, it’s a chance to share their passion and inspiration with a wider audience. We can’t wait to showcase the diverse talents our region has to offer and create lasting memories for all attendees.”

Art enthusiasts are urged to mark their calendars for this artistic adventure unfolding in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. Save the dates – February 23 to February 25, 2024 – from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily, and be prepared to embark on a journey of discovery.

Whether you are an avid collector, a casual appreciator, or simply someone curious about the artistic process, BOP

Open Studios promises an enriching experience.

Further details and updates can be found on the official event website at www.bopopenstudios.co.nz.
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