Local creatives feature on art trail

Creative . . . Set to be displayed at the Riversdale Arts Centre on the Southland Art Trail is a painting by Christine O’Connor. Her art studio at the Kaos Coffee roastery is also a destination on the art trail. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Featuring as a key stop on the first Southland Art Trail, Riversdale will have a variety of artwork on display across two weekends.

During the Arts Murihiku event, galleries, studios and other art spaces across the region will open to the public on September 3-4 and 10-11.

The Riversdale Arts Centre was one of those destinations and would be open from 10am to 4pm, Riversdale Arts president Kerryn Miller said.

Artists from the area would have works on display there that were available to purchase.

‘‘It’s quite good to have our own little exhibition.

‘‘We have paintings and sculptures and pottery. We’ve got someone doing macrame as well,’’ she said.

Riversdale artist Christine O’Connor would have some paintings on display at the arts centre, and more of her work could be seen at her studio at the Kaos Coffee roastery, another destination on the Southland Art Trail.

Other Eastern Southland stops were the Eastern Southland Gallery, the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, the Butchershop Gallery in Waikaia and artists’ studios in Gore, Piano Flat and Seaward Downs.

Art trail co-ordinator Jinnette Pickford said the idea was already successful in other parts of New Zealand.

‘‘We’ve seen how community art trails can develop art culture and community in other locations around the country and see the tremendous value in supporting artists and community to thrive with the arts around our own region.

‘‘Supporting local artists builds our capability to turn any region into a choice tourism destination. We want this for Southland.’’

More information is available on the Arts Murihiku website.