Appreciating sculpting skills

Pauline Mann is working with Te Whai Community Trust and Mangawhai Artists Inc to organise the inaugural Mangawhai Sculpture Garden Weekend

The Mangawhai Sculpture Garden Weekend will be held on February 24-25 and is the first of what organisers hope to be an annual event.

This event will be held at Isabel and Brian Hollis’ gardens in Mangawhai, and Mangawhai Artists Inc (MAI) and Te Whai Community Trust are working together to fundraise for development plans.

The works of more than 20 local artists will be on display. There will also be a special part of the sculpture garden displaying sculptures by Joy Agar, who passed away in 2013.

Joy was the first chair of Mangawhai Artists Inc and was involved in the first art trail. She also made and designed the Mangawhai Museum stingray.

Organiser Pauline Mann says the community groups wanted to honour her memory.

“Joy encouraged artists and wanted the Mangawhai art scene to grow,” says Pauline.

“She’d be thrilled with how art is thriving here and that sculpture is a big part of the Mangawhai art scene.”

The money raised will be equally shared between Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai, helping to establishing their new office in the old Tara Road school beside the museum, and Mangawhai Artists Inc, who are expanding their gallery in the village to include a year-round studio for workshops and learning activities, plus much-needed facilities.

To support the fundraising, all the artists are making a contribution to have their sculptures exhibited and will pay commission on sales.

Sculpture Garden Weekend will be held over February 24–25 from 9am to 5pm at 69 Moir Street. Tickets are available at the gate on the day for $5 per person and $10 per family.


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