Thursday, 22 August 2019


First Mercury Bay Art Escape patron artist appointed

First Mercury Bay Art Escape patron artist appointed

Michael Smither - one of New Zealand’s most famous contemporary artists, Otama resident and foundation member of the Mercury Bay Art Escape - has been appointed the Art Escape’s first Patron Artist in recognition both of his standing as a New Zealand artist and the contribution he makes to all of the arts in the wider Mercury Bay area.

Art Escape Trust Chairman Stuart Christie said about the appointment, “We changed the Trust’s rules last year to create an honorary role to recognise the contribution an individual artist makes to the objectives and activities of the Trust. We are very proud to have Michael with us as a wonderful ambassador and wise mentor to the Trust and our members.”



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