I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate in this years Artists in Eden event.
Artists in Eden in an annual art creation day, where all the work is completed on site during the day, and auctioned in the afternoon.
I've been a regular visitor at this show for several years now, and its one of my favourite art events. The photo in this post was of the first time we took our youngster out, to Artists in Eden a few years ago.
Its a rare opportunity to see how these incredible artists go about constructing their works. Its also really interesting to meet them, as for many I had been admiring their work for years with no idea of who they were.
Here's a few images - this was the auction in 2012, and I'm in the background watching proceedings, and this was last year, when rain took the event inside. I was chatting to Simon Williams, as I had recently delivered a commission of a series of 4 paintings, when the customer showed me his recent acquisition of an incredible commissioned Simon Williams piece. Its a small world!
Here's a bit more about the event:
From the organisers: 'This coming Artists in Eden Day marks 28 years of this annual Eden Arts event, in which prominent Auckland artists are invited to work from the Essex Reserve in Mt Eden and produce a work to capture the character of Maungawhau/ Mt Eden'
Last years 'Highlights of the event include Sam Thomas painting a portrait on the day of KC Loo’s grandson Brendan (who managed to sit very still till it was finished), a new print from Dick Frizzell, a knitted telephone wire piece by Jeff Thomson, a highly sought-after Mt Eden view by the ever popular Simon Williams and a large sculpted model hand by Peter Gibson Smith covered in contours of the mountain entitled “I know Mt Eden like the back of my hand”. The collaborative artists sketch book this year (beautifully made as usual by The Binding Studio) featuring a page each by 12 artists was truly a collectors’ item and provided some exciting moments at auction.
Other familiar faces included John Horner, Emily Siddell, Claudia Pond Eyley, Russell Jackson, George Baloghy, Justin Boroughs, Geoff Tune, Evan and Paul Woodruffe, Clyde Scott, David Blair, John Pusateri, Mike Morgan, Neal Palmer and Damien Kurth, plus newcomers including Veronika Djoulai who was an Eden Arts grant recipient in 2013.