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!
We're getting excited about Christmas at Art Box and we have our decorations up have already celebrated with our artists. We are offering the chance for any of our clients who visit the gallery between 1st and 23rd December to go into the draw to win this fantastic Christmas hamper from Ballantynes full of delectable treats for the festive season. Simply visit the gallery and spend $150 or more, leave your details and you could be the lucky winner! We have a vast selection of original works and limited edition prints so there is a lot to choose from. See you soon, park under the gallery easily or in the visitor space 16 Loftus Street Papanui 03 3528940.
Meet Winston our new fur baby and art lover! He came to live with us this week and is only 8 weeks old and already causing chaos at our place. Here he is this morning at his first visit to the gallery in front of Amy Hoedemaker's gorgeous oil painting. As we already have his big sister Daisy from the same parents but a year ago you can imagine that my kitchen resembles a kennel!
Come in to Art Box to collect the latest complimentary copy of Abode magazine. Featured on Interior Finds is Rahel Brodi-Sharrock's stunning painting 'Folding Foliage'. Gorgeous coffee table magazine with heaps of home interior ideas.
At Art Box, we are very proud of our talented artists, They often win awards at local and international levels and Jillian Wordsworth is no exception. She recently took out first place at the Pegasus Art Awards for the work featured in this photograph. Congratulations Jillian, we love representing you at Art Box!
At Art Box we specialize in helping you find not only a painting you love but one that will enhance your home or business. We regularly visit clients, a service we offer free for those in the local Christchurch area with a variety of works. We are particularly pleased with this latest artwork which I am sure you will agree looks perfect in the bedroom of one of our regular clients. Call us on 021 0391 861 or 03 3528940 if you want some help in this area. You have our promise for a non pressured, relaxing visit!
Art Box is proud of the latest work we have just been asked to carry out providing a local clinic in a private hospital with original art throughout the reception and consulting rooms. We were given a brief and a budget and visited to assess the areas returning with examples to try out and then later, when the works were chosen we returned to hang the work before their opening night. As you can see this space required subtle and calming artworks. We listen to our clients and provide them with an affordable alternative to renting art with none of the hassle for the clients. Our assessment and hanging services are complimentary and we have years of experience in these areas now. If you would like us to visit your work space please contact Beverley on 021 0391 861 or at the gallery 03 3528940 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org We think you'll agree that our paintings improve the working environment as well as providing interest for your clients.