Raglan Arts Weekend returns better than ever with more artists, styles and creations

A meeting of earth and water by new RAW artist Dyana Wells. Photo / Included

Despite three postponements in two years, preparations for Raglan Arts Weekend (RAW) are now in full swing for a knock-out event in 2022, with an official preview exhibition opening later this month.

RAW is now firmly on the calendar for Labor Weekend October 22-24 and promises to be better than ever after its two-year hiatus due to Covid.

Since its inception 13 years ago, the self-guided open studio art trail has grown in popularity. It continues to attract top raglan artists looking to connect with visitors, share new styles of exploration and sell artworks specially created for the three-day weekend.

“The high standard of art attracts a loyal following of top art buyers from across the country, in addition to throngs of visitors looking for a special piece or just looking for inspiration,” says RAW coordinator Nicky Brzeska.

Jane Galloway and Marise Rarere at their Artists at Work studio and gallery in Raglan.  Photo / Included
Jane Galloway and Marise Rarere at their Artists at Work studio and gallery in Raglan. Photo / Included

“Our event will be well worth the wait as the artists have had enough time to produce and exhibit quality work. Many of our artists have also experimented with new styles, offering a wider range of works to choose from,” she says.

Among the 40 artists for 2022 are 11 new artists. Visitors are spoiled for choice, with a wide range of mediums ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, metalwork and encaustic work to printmaking, illustration, pottery, weaving, textile art and designer jewellery.

For those looking to shop for some art ahead of Labor Weekend, this month’s official RAW Preview Exhibition opens to the public on September 30th.

“This is a fantastic way to see what’s on at Labor Weekend, plan your art trail itinerary, or even snag an exclusive RAW piece before the show,” says Nicky.

Richard Page works with basalt to create a geometric and organic sculpture.  Photo / Included
Richard Page works with basalt to create a geometric and organic sculpture. Photo / Included

“You can also pick up one of our Raglan Arts Guides, which includes a trail map and learn about studio changes due to the two postponements,” she says.

The preview exhibition is open from September 30th (including weekends) daily from 10am to 2pm until October 24th at The Old School, 5 Stewart Street, Raglan.

RAW takes place over Labor Weekend October 22-24. The studios are open from 10am to 5pm.

Full details can be found on the new website www.raglanartsweekendnz. It is important to visit this website to also see any changes to artist studio locations.

RAW thanks its financial supporters and sponsors: the three grantees (Chartwell Trust, Waikato District Council Discretionary Events Fund, Waikato District Creative Communities NZ) as well as Tony Sly and other local business promoters in the Raglan Arts Guide.

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