Climbing some of the walls in downtown Tauranga are stunning art works of native trees, birds and insects.
A cheeky crab in Grey St, and NZ native bush scenes at the Devonport Rd pop up park and on the corner of Durham St and Wharf St are all the work of artist Shane Walker, who will be exhibiting at the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival for the first time this year.
Publicly known for his large murals, Shane has secured commissions from councils, businesses and groups keen to see art around them.
“I painted a motel in Waihi Beach. The council saw it and were putting in a new toilet block, so that’s how it started.”
Recently he’s been working on a mural in the Talisman pub in Katikati.
A self-taught multi-disciplined artist, Shane has been freelancing full-time since 2016. He paints across a wide range of styles and subjects, from mural art and portraiture, to realism and Kiwiana. His work is strongly influenced by New Zealand’s idyllic scenery and world-famous beaches.
Shane has painted overseas and last year took out the International Mural Fest at Sheffield, Tasmania.
At the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival Shane will be showing his fine art and some reproductions of his work.
“I’ve done markets in the past so will do some sort of market set up and have some paintings as well.”
Shane is looking forward to meeting art lovers at Bloom in the Bay at Tauranga racecourse and is available for commissions.
The Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival runs from November 19-22. Access to Bloom in the Bay is free with a festival pass, or $5 entry fee at the gate. Kids under 14 get free entry.
Get your tickets now from the 2020 Garden & Art Trail sponsor Palmers Bethlehem, or on-line at eventfinda.co.nz or gardenandartfestival.co.nz. Tickets also available at Tauranga i-SITE, Decor Garden World, Pacifica Home and Garden Store, Te Puke Florists and Katikati Information Centre.
The Weekend Sun has double one-day passes to the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival for two lucky readers.