Windsor Gallery is home to a rich variety of art, stunning exhibitions, a comprehensive framing service and now, a wedding registry.
If you or a loved one are tying the knot this season, Windsor Gallery’s recently introduced wedding registry is a beautiful and unique gift idea for any newlywed couple. Wedding guests can gift the bride and the groom with a magnificent artwork from the showroom, a commissioned piece, or the couple can take advantage of the bespoke framing service. Gift vouchers are also available and make great Christmas and birthday gifts.
Their newest featured artist is Australian painter Belinda Nadwie, who featured on The Block Australia with three of her contemporary artworks used within the beautiful interiors. She paints rich-coloured abstracts and is one of more than 35 talented creators whose artworks grace the walls of Windsor Gallery’s contemporary showroom at 386 St Asaph Street.
For 30 years, City Art Depot picture framing workshop and gallery has been working alongside art lovers to preserve and beautifully display works of art.
Starting out as a small picture framing business in 1989, founder David Trerise had a goal to apply museum standards in his workshop.
Moving away from out-dated gluing and trimming techniques, he researched conservation framing practices, and introduced materials and processes designed to protect artworks from environmental hazards and inappropriate framing processes.
“A lot of our work is preserving artworks that are valued for purely sentimental reasons,” David says. “It still deserves to be treated with the care and respect the artist intended, or the owner desires, so it can be enjoyed by future generations.”
City Art Depot makes its own frames on the premises from rough-sawn timber to provide a frame made and hand-finished to best suit the needs of the artwork and the client. This commitment to quality has seen the business grow, attracting a client base that includes museums, galleries, institutions, businesses and private art owners and collectors.
The business offers practical solutions for the framing, installation, transportation and storage of artworks. Its archival Solander boxes provide an elegant and robust storage system for photographs, rare books, objects and original works of art.
City Art Depot also has a well-respected gallery. “The gallery is very important for us. There’s a renewed energy around art in the city and it allows us to introduce people to the work of emerging, as well as established, artists.”
Majuba Gallery in Hanmer Springs is a contemporary art space, showcasing a collection created by an array of talented, local artists – whether it is a stunning piece of artwork or beautiful jewellery.
One of its current featured artists is Florence Egasse, who paints a vibrant ensemble of florals, colourful abstracts and contemporary landscapes. With a very much experimental and intuitive body of work, her bold, playful style is constantly evolving. Finding her inspiration from nature, children’s drawings, travels and interior design, each of Flo’s paintings are unique.
The Christchurch-based, self-taught artist discovered art in the galleries and museums of Paris as a child, but her interest in painting was truly ignited during her time working in French museums studying the composition and techniques of classic and modern artists. Don’t miss Flo’s beautiful artwork on your next visit to Hanmer Springs!
Find Majuba Gallery next to Up the Garden Path. Follow them on Facebook or phone 03 315 5053.
‘Presence’ is a collaborative exhibition by artists Sam Barrow and Aimee Shields, showing at Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street (gallery has a frontage carpark), from 5 July to 18 July and then by appointment only at the artist’s space at 888 Governors Bay Road (please walk in) from 27 July to 11 August (phone 027 922 0476). “We’re really looking forward to meeting and chatting with people about our works,” Sam says.
Sam says his fine art photography is his way of embracing the subtle voice of his homeland. “Photography is my way of entering a magical ‘Between World’ – a world that is, in fact, far more vital and real than our everyday three-dimensional illusory experience would have us believe.”
Divinely Inspired Artist Aimee says her paintings reflect the beauty of life. “My works are intuitive and, as the Divinely Inspired Artist, I use colour, the real and the abstract, intentional energies of sacred geometry, numerology and other symbols to create an extra sensory experience.“
If you find yourself at the picturesque locale of Hanmer Springs this summer, a visit to contemporary art space Majuba Gallery, 5 Conical Hill Road, should be top of your list.
Currently their featured artist is South Westland born and raised Kelvin McMillan, whose simple architectural subjects – be it a derelict shed, a rural railway siding or group of mailboxes – captures the stark magnificence of our New Zealand landscape with skilful accuracy. Kelvin has exhibited widely throughout the South Island and was recently invited to join Landscape Artists International – a first for a New Zealand artist.
For lovers of exquisite bijoux, browse the gallery’s Dyrberg/Kern collection. From bold and edgy through to whimsical, boho-chic, there will be something in this signature Danish jewellery range of stainless steel, sterling silver, gold plating, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals that has your name on it. Don’t leave town without it!