Aorere Artists Open Studios

Self Guided Arts Trail

Hop in your car and take a road trip to explore the diverse range of creatives that live and work in the beautiful Collingwood area. Enjoy a sneak peek inside these artists studios, see brand new artwork, and maybe even watch them demonstrating their craft.

Labour Weekend – 23rd, 24th and 25th October
10am – 4pm each day

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1. Rosie Little & Bruce Hamlin, Estuary Arts • Painting and Glass
(3) 524 8466
Rosie Little creates expressive acrylic and watercolor paintings that are influenced by the local environment. Bruce Hamlin employs kiln formed glass as his medium and his work is influenced by his love of the sea and the coastal landscape of Golden Bay.

2. Christine & Erhard Wingels, Maybe It’s Art • Mixed Media
160 Collingwood-Bainham Road
(03) 524 8372 or 022 117 6249
In a rural setting, in between fruit trees, you will find three tiny gallery-sheds and outdoor sculptures. It is all about contemporary art, in paintings, photography, photo-objects and three-dimensional work as well as installations. Pushing the boundaries in every technique, away from creating an image of something to letting the artwork be something in itself. 

Christine has been a full time artist all her life with exhibitions in Germany, Netherlands, Poland and the USA. In the last 10 years she focused on New Zealand and is exhibiting mainly at ArtVault/Takaka, Suter/Nelson, Refinery/Nelson. Over these years she received the National Contemporary Fibre Art Award “Changing Threads” twice as well the “Impressions Art Award” in Mapua.

Erhard has been an art and photography teacher in his first life. Since 20 years, with digital photography developing, he merged painting, sculpting and photography to a new art form. Glass-steel photo sculptures often are the final creations, from small works to walk through labyrinth sculptures. Get inspired, have a chat about contemporary art, or just stroll though the garden.

3. Pauline Watts • Painting
15 Ruataniwha Drive, Collingwood
(03) 524 8188
Find me on Facebook: Pauline Watts Artist
Instagram: paulinewattsartist

This is the first time I’ve opened my studio to the public, and I look forward to the experience. I have the start of a new series of work which will be up. It is based on some drawings made on my iPad in the Collingwood Tavern, ‘ Tinkies’, in 2017. They are acrylic and collages. I have also revisited my iPad sketches made on the Farewell Spit residency, in 2017, again using acrylics and collage. The painting exhibited here is one of those. All this work is now framed and ready to sell.  I also have some of the original giclee framed prints of these available. I have another large landscape on the easel, ‘Dragons Teeth’. ‘Explosion of Gulls’ will hopefully be in the Nelson Suter Art Society Spring Exhibition from the 20th October to 7th November and a Milnthorpe work, ‘Bass Strait’ will be in Bay Art, October 22nd. The remainder of my work from the Cobb Residency has been taken up and is selling at the Origin Gallery, on Hardy Street, Nelson. 

4. Marion Towns • Pastel Landscapes
17 McDonald Place, Collingwood
027 678 0093
View Marion’s latest vibrant pastel landscapes and figurative work when you visit her home based working art studio on the hill in Collingwood. This is a great opportunity to meet Marion and hear her talk about her art processes, and goals and aspirations for 2022. You will have the opportunity to purchase 2022 calendars, art cards and prints which make ideal locally made presents. By discovering this tucked away studio you’ll also enjoy the added bonus of seeing Marion working on her latest painting. Then you can spread the word and bring your summer visitors back to see her progress.

5. Lisa Chandler Artist • Contemporary History Painter
3 Orion Street, Collingwood
021 461 148
Visit Lisa’s studio and view her major series ‘The Dividing Line’ shown this weekend for the first time in the bay. ‘The Dividing Line’ was created in Leipzig, Germany over two years in 2017/2018 and was first exhibited at the Spinnerei, Leipzig in late 2018. Since then the series has been on tour around regional public art galleries in New Zealand, including The Suter, Nelson; The Aigantighe, Timaru; Expressions, Wellington and Tauranga Public Art Gallery. ‘The Dividing Line’ includes large scale paintings and works on paper. Lisa is also looking forward to showing off her new studio extension!

6. Nicola Basham • Weaving
8 Beach Road, Collingwood
03 524 8733

7. Sue Dasler • Pottery
11 Elizabeth Street, Collingwood
027 459 2131
Sue is an accomplished potter who has very recently relocated her established studio and  gallery out of the capital into the heart of Collingwood. This weekend, as the finishing touches go on her studio which sits alongside the Courthouse Cafe, you will be able to view Sue’s process and discuss the techniques used to achieve her refined unique ceramic pieces. Finished work will be displayed and available to purchase.