ArtThatFits Blog » Josie Martin: Expect the Unexpected


josie4-9532273Josie Martin is an internationally known artist who resides in Akaroa, New Zealand. If you see her standing amidst her art, it may be difficult to determine where she ends and the art begins. She has a colorful personality to match her hair and wardrobe. A few years ago, my wife Nancy and I had the great fortune of taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip, spending two weeks in New Zealand. One of our stops was the picturesque village of Akaroa, near Christchurch. In fact, the only thing separating the towns is a single mountain road with hairpin turns!!!

millcottage-3466536When we arrived, we checked into Mill Cottage. You never can tell when you make reservation on the internet what you are in for but I assure you the real thing surpassed all of our expectations. In addition to the beautiful accommodations, the grounds were magnificent. We did manage to tear ourselves away to stroll into town. At the visitors center, we asked what we should do while we were in town. The first thing we were told was not to miss Linton, a B&B owned by a local artist. We walked up the road and couldn’t have missed it if we tried. The house stood out like a beacon, but the art – much of which is outside, was completely unexpected and entirely memorable.

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Sure, Josie paints and sculpts, but it is her mosaic work that really stands out. The pieces you see above are just two examples of many. Each of her figures are encrusted with small fragments of glass that sparkle in the afternoon sun and they are at least life-size, so you can imagine how massive this scene is in person. She has a true gift and certainly makes the most of it – to our benefit.

If you ever get a chance to visit Akaroa, be sure to experience this one-of-a-kind treasure. this_week_f024-3531660tours_image1-5434712Once you’ve seen it though, don’t miss the harbor cruise. It is incredible.

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