The building was made of Oamaru stone. It was impressive on the corner of Harbour and Wansbeck St.
The stairs were well trodden in the 134-year-old building. The 25 steps indicated the generous height of each level. A smooth handrail confirmed that many people had ventured up these stairs.
The room at the top of the stairs was empty and capacious except for the desk. In the middle of the space was the grain elevator from the years when Wool and Grain were stored in this warehouse. The wooden structure of the building was obvious and expansive. The tall arched windows looked out to the bay.
Lucy Gardner sat behind the desk and welcomed us to the Home Gallery Fine Arts. The Home Gallery Fine Arts was Lucy’s project for 2016. She had wanted to do a gallery and when she “came across the space, everything fell into place.”
Lucy pointed us in the direction of a pseudo arched doorway leading to a side room which contained the fine art collection. Classical music added a nice touch to the atmosphere of the well laid out space and I felt at home to take my time as I considered the images on the Oamaru Stone walls.
Now, I do not know much about art but do like to look at art just in case I find something which inspires me. Blair Greig’s work caught my eye. Having done a lot of recent scenic South Island travel, these pictures resonated with me.
When I find something which appeals I try to think about what the ‘appeal factor’ may be. Blair’s oil paintings captured the light and mood of the scene perfectly and I had to look closely to see that it was a painting rather than a photo. His paintings demonstrated the basic fundamentals of drawing by using lines (mountains and river) to give focus and muting colour to give depth.
It is over a month since I visited Home Gallery and Lucy has more wonderful quality art and other items arriving to compliment this spacious building. Worth a visit if in the historic precinct of Oamaru.