Artists Co-op Gallery and Gift Shop
Last Friday night was full of activity here on Norfolk Island. Not only was it the last night of the tremendously successful Country Music Festival, but it was also the much anticipated opening of Norfolk Island’s newest art gallery ‘Soul’.
Soul was formed to offer public exposure for many of the fine artists in Norfolk Island and to serve our customers in their search for a broad range of locally made, high quality gifts and collectables.
At 5 o’clock sharp, the first guests came through the door and over the next 3 to 4 hours, the gallery was full to overflowing as some stopped in for a quick look around, and others stayed longer, drank champagne and chatted whilst wandering through the art-filled rooms.
Much genuine and heart-warming support from locals, visitors and local artists from other island galleries was given to all of the Soul artists over the course of the evening and some great sales were made. Soul is already a successful venture.
The opening night was a triumphant affair and a fabulous launch for this positive new enterprise that has already greatly spruced up the top end of town. Now, when tourists arrive on Norfolk Island and are taken through town for the first time, they see a pretty building bursting with art – a wonderful first impression.
The gallery is managed by each member of the co-operative on rotating days so that each day there is a featured artist – one day there is weaving, the next printing, or painting and the list goes on. With such a variety of glass jewellery, acrylic and oil paintings bursting with colour and themes, effervescent lino and block print artworks, printed fabrics and tapa, traditional Bounty hats and weaving there is certainly something for everyone.
All of the artists would like to thank those who have already come through Soul’s doors and all those wonderful salan who came and supported the opening.