The Self-drive Island Art Discovery Trail
Great Barrier Island has a long standing reputation as a haven for artists, writers, poets and musicians. The environment and life-style can’t help but be a source of inspiration and nothing gets the creative juices flowing more readily than an ‘up close and personal’ relationship with Nature.
We have developed a ‘Self-drive Island Art Discovery Trail’ as a means of not only getting to meet some of our artists and enjoy their crafts, but also as a great way to explore the less-travelled parts of the island and discover some fantastic galleries and displays of authentic Barrier Art.
The trail conveniently begins at the Shoal Bay Pottery near the Tryphena Wharf and ends at the Great Barrier Island Community Art Gallery near the Claris Airport.
Click on the ‘Self-drive Island Art Discovery Trail’ map, print it off, bring it with you and Enjoy!
The Artists and Galleries…
Shoal Bay Pottery
Sarah Harrison is a hugely successful and renowned Great Barrier Island artist.
Although she is an accomplished and capable painter and multi-media artist Sarah’s main creative outlet is expressed through her innate ability to mould and transform clay.
It makes every kiln opening an exciting time of discovery.
Shoal Bay Pottery is a great place to start your Island Art Discovery Trail and is easily found mere minutes from the Tryphena Wharf on Shoal Bay Road.
Visitors are welcome 7 days per week during the hours of daylight.
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Jenny Napier has lived on Great Barrier Island for about 10 years now and has spent the last 5 of these, being absolutely absorbed in her art. Jen is the 1st to admit that finding unique & unusual beads, natural stones and pearls, both locally and during her regular sojourns overseas, has become an obsession. Her addiction though, is transforming these treasures into truly beautiful pieces of jewellery.
You’ll find stunning earrings, incredible bracelets & necklaces and there really is something for everyone…
A visit to Jenz Jewels at 106 Shoal Bay Road in Tryphena, is a must-do if you’re following the Island Art Discovery Trail… Give her call to arrange a visit time. Of course if it’s a Saturday, you’ll find Jen, her wares and her contemporaries at the Stonewall Village Market, Pah Beach Tryphena. Starts at 10am.
Every Piece a Perfect Island Memento.
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Gooseberry Gallery can be found at 270 Shoal Bay Road, directly opposite the Mulberry Grove School at the home of Tryphena resident Barbara McGrath. Barbara is a hobby potter whose specialty is utilising the ‘Raku Firing’ method – an ancient Japanese firing technique. Barbara enjoys producing pieces for outdoor and garden display. Her masks, plates, crosses and planters are perfect for adding atmosphere to garden landscapes or to embellish your outdoor living area.
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Top of the Rock Gallery
John Kjargaard was given his first camera at the age of nine…What followed was a life dedicated to the art of photography.
He has been a professional photographer for 48 years and started his own video production company in 1986… specialising in the filming of erupting volcanoes.
Johns work has run on every major network in the world. His images have been shown on Air NZ & United Airlines aircraft, exhibited in museums in NZ & Denver and used by more than 500 schools & universities world wide.
In 2000 John moved to Great Barrier Island to pursue his first love… still photography.
“I am attracted to natural patterns as well as man-made ones” John says. “ I like to make pictures where I can create a dynamic balance between colour and form”.
In 2010 he transformed an old generator shed into Top of the Rock Gallery… dedicated to the art of photography. The Gallery is open every year from mid December into April when John, along with a dozen or so other Barrier photographers exhibit their latest work. Johns awesome calendars and cards that feature his work are available for purchase there.
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Phone: 09 4290808
Our local Toothless Quilter has her colour filled studio at 25 Mulberry Grove Road… just up from the Mulberry Grove Store in Tryphena.
Ngaire Avery enjoys working with felt, silk, wool, objects that she finds and objects that find her…. in fact anything that takes her fancy.
Be sure to visit this great little studio and check out the awesome art quilts and mixed media art-work produced by this fibre hoarding artist.
The studio is open Friday to Wednesday – 10am – 4pm
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Black Cow Gallery
Black Cow Gallery is situated in Schooner Bay. When you reach Schooner Bay, cross the bridge and drive up the steep concreted hill, you’ll find the gallery under a huge Pohutukawa overlooking the beach. The Gallery is a woodworking workshop and art gallery for Fenella Christian and Peter Edmonds, other artists are invited to exhibit from time to time.
Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and by appointment on weekends.
This is a great place to buy gifts, from small wooden balls and bowls to quite large paintings and carvings. You’re welcome you to come and browse.
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The Great Barrier Island Community Art Gallery
A fitting place to end your art discovery trail… you’ll find our fantastic community art gallery at the Great Barrier Island Community Heritage and Arts Village – 80 Hector Sanderson Road, Claris.
Open daily 10am – 4pm during summer.
Closed on Wednesdays & open 12 noon – 5pm during winter.
From photography to pottery, needlework to weaving, here you’ll find the widest range of arts and crafts available on Great Barrier Island. There’s always something happening at the gallery with a steady flow of members exhibitions and a refreshing display of themed works.
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