The Self-drive Island Art Discovery Trail

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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 2013-08-12 11_28_41-Document1 - Microsoft Word Starterauthentic 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

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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.

Working in the picturesque setting of Shoal Bay, Sarah creates ceramic sculpture, tiles and beautifully crafted domestic ware which is a pleasure to use. In her 20 years of potting she has developed quite a following.
Fired to stoneware temperature in either her gas or wood fired salt kiln, her work is constantly evolving which reflects her continual experimentation and desire to explore new territories.
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.
Contact - Email: Phone: 09 4290455

Jenz Jewels

photoJenny 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...2013-08-11 11_45_52-Document1 - Microsoft Word Starter
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. 
Contact - Email: Phone: 09 4290797

 Gooseberry Gallery

2013-08-11 18_18_31-Document1 - Microsoft Word StarterGooseberry 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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Contact - Email: Phone: 09 4290902

 Top of the Rock Gallery

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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”.
 2013-08-15 17_31_23-Document1 - Microsoft Word StarterIn 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.
Contact - Email: 
Phone: 09 4290808

Toothless Quilter

2013-08-13 18_42_45-Document1 - Microsoft Word Starter 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
Contact – Email:  Phone: 4290 605

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.
2013-08-11 11_28_27-Document1 - Microsoft Word StarterOpening 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.
Contact - Email:   Phone: 09-4290414

The Great Barrier Island Community Art Gallery

554146_498808610130368_1385635173_nA 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.
Contact - Email: Phone: 09 4290 580
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