As a special treat Art Box Gallery offered our facebook followers a chance to win a one hour tour around the city with the Cycle Chauffeur. This new, fun initiative is operated by Sean Pawson who offers a number of different trips for old and young around Christchurch. Congratulations to our winners who early spring took up our prize and enjoyed a great sightseeing tour. Thanks also to Roseanne Jones Photography for the images and join our facebook page if you haven't already, to get a chance to win next time we have a giveaway!
We were delighted to receive this lovely review by one of our recent clients:
"Art Box is a winner.... Bev has completely dispelled all the preconceptions I had about galleries and pretentious gallery owners!
She's a v talented artist herself & I love the broad spectrum of the others whose work she showcases... there's most definitely something for everybody & if she hasn't got the perfect piece on hand right now she'll happily start sleuthing to find it for you. No pressure to purchase and she's more than happy for you to just go in for a wee nosey. Fab."
At Art Box Gallery we offer a service where we come and hang the work you have chosen and we are happy to provide advice as to where to place your new acquisition. Recently, a lovely passerby saw this beautiful Hydrangeas work by Ginny Wilkins in the downstairs window. She had been looking for just this kind of work for 18 months! She called after she got home and we put the work on hold until she could visit and pay for the painting. We then visited that evening, moved some furniture around and found the perfect spot. She was so delighted it really made our day! Let us know if we can help you too - the 'little gallery with lots of art' A Christchurch Art Gallery who go the extra mile.
There is always a great 'Christchurch art show' on at Art Box Gallery®. We have a large selection of works at affordable prices and a relaxed environment where you can take your time. At Art Box we can bring works to your home and even hang them if required. Its all part of our commitment to going the extra mile for art lovers. Why not try 'catching up' at Art Box gallery®.
"Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilisation". [Lincoln Steffens 1866 - 1936]
At Art Box Gallery® in Papanui we are committed to providing a holistic service to enhance your home or workspace. That means we go beyond simply selling our valued customers paintings and limited edition prints. Frequently we compliment our gallery service with home visits to ensure the art is just right before the purchase is made. We can also hang the work making sure it is in the right place and at the right hight for best viewing. If you are looking for art do come and see us at Art Box Gallery®.
During the last week we enjoyed hosting a group of local and independent interior designers who meet to connect and share ideas on a monthly basis. We enjoyed a wonderful cheese platter and wine whilst we gave a talk about Art Box Gallery and how we love to work with local interior designers. We have a huge selection of art of all genres and at affordable prices so we were delighted to share this with the designers. We look forward to working with them to find the perfect match for both clients and homes and businesses. The goodie bags went down well and a lovely original painting was give to winner of the prize draw.
It was interesting to walk across London Bridge a day or so back and past a building that I worked in forty years ago. Time flies. The building seemed little changed, apart from it now housing a fashionable cocktail bar. Yet in close proximity unfamiliar towers of glass and steel ascend, most notably the Shard. London’s emerging skyline is surely controversial. Some will love it, some will recoil in horror. My concern is that it seems to articulate the warning of that great doyen of the Romantic Movement William Blake: “When nations grow old the Arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree”.
There is surely a symbiosis between the arts and civilisation. If creative endeavour, be it from the artist, the jeweller, the baker of the artisan loaf, are squeezed out then what is left other than the perfunctory? This is why it seems good to support the small independent business. I had a nice time Thursday night doing that with my sister. Firstly we ate in a small Italian restaurant whose name escapes me, but whose fare does not. Simple culinary artistry and service that is sadly dying. Then we attended an art opening in a modest creative facility that must compete for income with the commerce that is - as Blake foresaw - settling on every nearby tree.
Photographs, the genre at the exhibition, are not my passion but I left with a pair of hand-made cufflinks. For the same price I could, earlier in the day, have purchased an item of mass-produced nothingness. The one action places a little money in the hands of a creative person, the other merely adds to the bottom line of some faceless chain. William Morris urged us: “have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". This is good advice and somehow, despite ubiquitous commerce, the brown paper bag into which our discerning purchases are placed tells us that unique items are still being created and bought in London and elsewhere.
I can hardly believe the year is coming to a close and what a year we have had at Art Box Gallery! Celebrating our 5th birthday and meeting so many wonderful people who visit the gallery, there is never a dull moment. We have loved meeting lots of new clients and are very grateful to all of our 'regulars' who support us over and over again. We want to wish you all a very happy Christmas and safe and happy holidays. We hope you spend it with those you love and we look forward to bringing you heaps more stunning art in 2017. Tonight we are open late until 7pm, join us for bubbles and then tomorrow is our last day before we close until mid January. We can be contacted on 021 0391 861 for 'art emergencies' over this time but we are looking forward to a little break with friends and family ( and new puppies!) Thanks everyone!