Once an old dairy factory, Grace Gallery is now a vibrant, refurbished space dedicated to showcasing the works of talented local artists.

Mid Canterbury’s only dedicated contemporary art gallery, Grace Gallery is a must-visit destination, not just for art-lovers, but for everyone. Small in size, bright and welcoming, the gallery features quality, one-of-a-kind pieces by local and regional artists, working in different mediums.

Founded by talented local sculptor, Brent Holley, Grace Gallery’s purpose is to attract artists of all genres and connect them with the wider community. The diversity of pieces on display is testament to the hard work that he, and wife Grace, have put in. Currently on display are a variety of stone sculptures, stained glass works, steel and metal sculptures, and paintings.  It’s a fascinating collection, and well worth taking the time to view. Each month will also showcase the works of a featured artist.

“Art comes in many forms. All art is different, all valuable. We’d love to add to our range with locally produced textiles, jewellery, ceramics, fibre, wood…any creative works. Many talented people don’t even consider themselves artists. They express their creativity through a particular talent, and only their closest friends and family know,” they say.

“Artists can also be quite shy, so our challenge is to break through that initial hesitancy, and let us help them display their work in a very relaxed, stress free environment. We really encourage creators of all kinds of art to contact us.”

All work displayed in the gallery is available for sale. “Purchasing a piece of art for yourself provides ongoing enjoyment each time you see it, but it’s also a wonderful way to support the vibrancy of our local art community.”

To discuss displaying your work, or admire the works on display, visit Grace Gallery at 35 Dobson Street West, Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 2pm, or by appointment. You can also contact Brent on 021 0635 600.

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