New art space opens in Ashburton

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By Mick Jensen

Ashburton has a new art space, with the Grace Gallery officially opening its doors.

The brainchild of local sculptor Brent Holley, the gallery is intended to showcase and display works by artists from around the district.

Located in a building owned by Bio Grains on Dobson Street West near Smiths City, the compact gallery space includes an adjacent courtyard where art is also displayed.

Brent Holley said he wanted to see the gallery “grow organically” and “to see what happens”.

Opening the gallery was a big step for him and hopefully would encourage other artists to take that step in promoting and showing their art.

As well as his own sculpture pieces, works on display included stained glass and metal art from Tash Sim, steel art from Charlie Jaine and framed works from Rhonye McIlroy.

Mid Canterbury had an amazing number of talented artists and the Grace Gallery was a space that would help promote that talent, Mr Holley said.

The gallery was formally opened last week, with invited guests checking out the revamped building and courtyard and some impressive, unique artworks.

All works featured at the gallery are for sale.

Grace Gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am until 2pm and at other times by appointment.