top of the stairs are Fine Arts in Oamaru

the historic precinct in Oamaru is home to some fine old buildings which are now a home to Home Gallery Fine Art

this picture shows the outside of the Wool and Grain Warehouse. It has victorian features of arched windows, three stories of Oamaru stone

The building was made of Oamaru stone.  It was impressive on the corner of Harbour and Wansbeck St.
this picture shows the stairs and the barrel at the top of the Home Gallery Fine Arts.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.

this picture shows the expansiveness and timber structure (post and beam) of the 1882 Wool and Grain warehouse in Oamaru. The roof is peaked and the windows and doorway is arched

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.”

this picture shows the pseudo arch doorway to Home Gallery Fine Arts. A barrel is at the doorway and we can see a glimpse into the gallery

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.

thank you Home Gallery for the picture

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.

this picture shows the stair banister with an arrow pointing to the entrance of the Home Gallery Fine Arts entrance

Author: Karen M @ Foodproof

PhD student, kiwi, blogger, multi-potentialite, science writer, dancer, analyst, food lover

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