The Arts and Crafts Trail is a great way to explore Marlborough's diverse beauty and visit its talented artists and artisans in their own place and see how their environment is expressed through their art and craft.
With 22 members, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of arts and crafts. Trail members include painters, potters, sculptors as well as glass and wood artists.
Crafts include locally produced gourmet foods, handmade soap and beauty products.
The Art and Craft Trail guides you to studios in town, country and - by boat cruise - the Marlborough Sounds.
Your hosts at Marlborough Bed & Breakfast will help you to work out an itinerary and will phone ahead to the artists to ensure they are available to meet you.
The Marlborough Gallery (adjoining the Marlborough Art Society studio) is an attractive modern gallery at 204 High Street, Blenheim with regular exhibitions featuring local and national artists. Open between 10.30am - 4.30pm every day during exhibitions.
Fran Maguire is an award-winning ceramic artist who exhibits regularly and has been working in clay since 1993. A range of work is available at her gallery; from simple domestic everyday bowls, to art pieces and large sculptural works. Her gallery is open most days between 10am and 5pm.
Renate von Petersdorff's work includes functional tableware, candleholders, wind chimes, oil burners, garden sculptures and more.
Renate is fascinated with raku firing, the element of surprise, the variety of colours and working with fire.
Sara Schotanus' typical work is hand-built ceramics, using colours clays and incorporating driftwood, glass or gold leaf. Several other potters, artists and crafts people are also represented.
Try your hand at throwing, decorating a pot, buy or just enjoy the work on display then have a coffee, enjoying the stunning rural setting and farm animals.
Winner of the prestigious Kelliher prize in 1977, Brian paints in oil, watercolours and acrylic.
Landscapes reflect extensive overseas travel as well as the length and breadth of New Zealand and Australia.
Brian also enjoys flower studies and still live. After several years of "plein air" outdoor painting, Brian now works from his studio in Blenheim.