Artist’s Open Studios weekend II

We had a great turn out of people for the second weekend of the Artist’s Open Studio (Whanganui). Over 80 people came through the doors of the Iconic Art Space in Marton and many more visited the other 5 participating studios.


Ali Hale Tilley pictured with Micah Rickards who bought the painting ‘Dia Del Muertos’

Resident artist Ali Hale Tilley showed some amazing people around, explaining works and having interesting conversations about topical events. Out of the 160 people who visited over two weekends, around 40% of people came from Marton, 20% from Whanganui, 16% came from the surrounding Rangitikei, with others coming from Wellington, Foxton Beach, Taupo, Palmerston North, Auckland, and from as far afield as Canada!

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Pictured Raina Potoka, and Di and Laurine

Lots of amazing locals dropped in to say hi. While some looked around and engaged in conversation, others were happy to just relax and soak up the atmosphere. IMG_2964.JPG



Some very special friends from Wellington coming up specifically to support the event. Special thanks to Micah who bought a painting, and Mary and Gillian (Wellington) for offering your support, love and delicious fruit bread. Special thanks too to Gillian (Marton) for giving a special gift for the shrine.


Ali pictured with kumo-kumo given by the Potakas of Rata (thanks Raina!)


Gillian from Marton gave a wonderful African statue of the Virgin Mary and child


Talented architect Micah Rickards bought the Day of the Dead painting

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The beautiful Mary Watson and Gillian Christian visited from Wellington

Lastly, thanks to a myriad of helpers (Luca, Raina, Micah, Shirley, Fran, Bridget, and Sarah) for holding the front-line over the weekend. Some of you even had time to produce some fun artwork – well done!




If you are interested in buying original pieces of art please call Ali on 06 327 4108.

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