Are you a part of a group that likes to meet for small events and functions? Would you enjoy an evening of nibbles, wine and a short creative talk? Art Box Gallery offers special evenings to help promote our artists and to provide a stimulating, inspirational environment for clients and their guests. Whether it be for a group of friends, a small business or an art collectors group, we enjoy offering hospitality and a pleasant venue for you to relax and appreciate the art. If you would like to discuss an event please phone the gallery 03 3528940 and ask to speak to Beverley or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie lives in Lyttelton on the Peninsula, an area she loves and is constantly inspired by. She has relocated from Hamilton where she worked in education teaching art in schools. Stephanie worked at Hamilton's Fraser High for sixteen years. She has many fond memories of students and their successes.
As an award winning artist, she exhibits nationally and receives commissioned work. Stephanie also teaches art to small groups and runs workshops. Stephanie Crisp paints in strong acrylic colour. Her work, often described as stunning, is beautifully constructed and balanced, often telling stories of places she has travelled to and areas she has lived in. She sometimes enhances work through collaged materials and will also use embroidery to intensify the surface quality of a work.
Karen Smith is a Canterbury artist who was originally from Perth, Western Australia. She now lives in Methven, in the heart of the Southern Alps, with her Kiwi husband and 3 children where they all enjoy country life. She is a full time artist, an established professional landscape painter of both realistic and contemporary work. Karen works predominantly in oils from her studio in Methven. The New Zealand landscape is her great inspiration, the forever changing light and moods, the brooding skies of Southerly and Norwest winds. Karen ventures out in the high country to gather pictures and sketches to work with in her studio. As well as gallery representation, she also produces work on commission. She has been fortunate to win many awards and has held numerous solo and group exhibition in New Zealand and more recently, overseas.
Photo : Karen Smith with her painting 'Storm over Lake Heron' 2014 oil on canvas.
During the weekend of 19th to 22nd June, Art Box was pleased to be a part of the first Christchurch Art Show which was held at the Wigram Airforce base. Well over 5,000 people attended and included approximately 200 artists from all over New Zealand and 5 galleries participated in the event. We were delighted to meet many of our regular clients as well as introduce our art to many new art lovers. With the show being a 'cash and carry' event the artworks were ever changing bringing fresh new works on the walls over the weekend. We now hope that lots of new faces will be appearing at the gallery and we look forward to assisting you in your choice of original artwork.
Next week sees the 4 day event of The Christchurch Art Show. This will be held at the Wigram Air Force Base and with over 200 artists from around the country and a number of galleries represented, it promises to be a visual feast. Other such events held in Auckland Wellington and Nelson attract big number of art lovers. Art Box Gallery is having a stand at the show and will have a number of beautiful artworks available. Look out for our orange signs! We will be giving away an original painting at the show for those who enter our draw at the weekend. We also have 5 more double passes to the opening night that we are giving away to anyone coming into the gallery this week. The opening and awards are 7.30pm on Thursday 19th June and the rest of the event is from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd June. The event is 'cash and carry' so the paintings will be ever changing.
There are a variety of good reasons to visit the Art Galleries in Christchurch. With the ongoing rebuild from those devastating earthquakes many houses and businesses are now in the "bare wall" situation. Such bare walls are stark and sterile and need to be enlivened with artworks. Our own experience at Art Box gallery confirms that many property owners are appreciative of professional help as they seek to enhance both their living and working environments. Please visit us if you need assistance.
Of course, other visitors may be from out of town and looking for something "cultural" to do. Ever since the earthquakes Christchurch has had its challenges but the arts scene has been instrumental in helping to bring the city back to life. Likewise tourists will find within Christchurch Art Galleries the opportunity to spend some time and to see, variously displayed, real creative excellence. At Art Box Gallery we are delighted to be playing our own part in the city's cultural renaissance. If you are looking to buy art, need advice on art, or just want to look at some great work without any obligation do come and visit us at Loftus Street. We have parking immediately below our building and you are assured of a warm welcome and relaxed environment.
Excuse me for 'blowing my own trumpet' but I'm on top of the world as out of the blue on Monday night I was awarded the Premier Prize at the 50th annual Ashburton Society of Arts !!!! Out of over 550 entries and there were many lovely pieces, Neil Roberts the judge ( A Christchurch Art Valuer) said my work was chosen for its harmony, simplicity and that it was commanding on the wall. Here I am with my two pieces, the top one was the winner. Thanks to the Ashburton Trust for their generous prize and the Somerset grocer for the hamper and to all the volunteers who put months into planning and organizing this amazing show. The show is on until May 2nd at the Ashburton art gallery in Baring Square so would love you to go and take a look.
Yet another of our talented artists at Art Box Gallery has held a hugely successful art exhibition locally. Award winning Sandra Duncan's outstanding drawings and paintings of human life in all its glory and sadness were beautifully displayed for her recent opening at Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora library. A large gathering of friends and art lovers attended the opening as well as her art tutors, Dean Johnstone, John Turner and Margaret Hudson-Were. We are proud to have Sandy's wonderful artwork at Art Box so come and view it soon and then go for a drive before 1st May to Rangiora to see the exhibition. The title of the work is an indication of Sandra's total immersion in her creativity, forgoing the mundane to concentrate on the more important things in life. The artworks will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Congratulations Sandy!
Image taken of Sandra Duncan with Brian Hoult, the exhibition organiser.
Art Box Gallery was delighted to be asked by Sandalwood Design to join forces recently for the Christchurch Kitchen and Living Tour organized by Christ's College as a fundraiser. 500 visitors enjoyed 10 of Christchurch's most beautiful homes. The Sandalwood team designed an amazing living and kitchen space in this stunning character home. The images include paintings by Art Box artists Nikki and Pam, they really enhanced the home. Call us on 03 3528940 if you would like some advice about affordable art for your home or you would like to purchase these works. Sandalwood design is on Blighs Road, just around the corner from Art Box in Loftus Street Papanui so come and visit both of us soon.
Introducing one of our recent arrivals to Art Box, Michaela Cox. Michaela has just completed her Masters in Fine Art and we congratulate her on the recent appointment to a local Christchurch school as an art teacher. The following list of her awards and nominations is very impressive:
Master of Fine Arts
Dip. Contemporary Photography
Transitional City Project Grant
Pulp Emerging Photographer Bronze Award
Anthony Harper Finalist
George Pearce Fees Scholarship WSA Art Awards Finalist
James Wallace Finalist ( Artwork acquired for the Wallace Collection)
Ronald Woolf Grant recipient
At Art Box Gallery we are delighted to have begun representing Michaela Cox. We are able to show you her collection of 10 archival prints in the series 'Flight Craft' and her boxed photo collages. The image above is one example from her series 'Tui'.