Photographers open new art gallery

Award winning Hawke’s Bay photographers Richard Wood and Chris Helliwell have opened an art gallery in Napier. Photograph / Provided

Two award-winning Hawke’s Bay photographers have mixed their talents to open up an art gallery in Napier.

Richard Wood, several New Zealand Photographer of the Calendar year, and Chris Helliwell, earlier New Zealand Wildlife Photographer of the Calendar year and operator of Havelock North’s Edges Framing, have collectively opened The Cathedral Gallery, which is photography focused but also has a sturdy representation from neighborhood Hawke’s Bay painters, as nicely as countrywide and intercontinental artists.

Richard, who has just develop into a new father to a daughter born final Wednesday, states his studio was on the similar established of stairs as the gallery.

“I generally admired the art deco skylights when I walked previous it — I seriously cherished the room,” he stated.

“So I decided to chat to Chris about sharing the space, and he reported ‘let’s do it’. I really like the appear of it now. We have heaps of wonderful art, which include Josh Lancaster.

“We also have lots of smaller sized economical artwork, a little something for all people definitely.

“Chris and I are the two photographers, so it truly is all-natural for us to embrace pictures which crosses to artwork.”

He suggests anyone has a good camera in their pocket these times, but it is not just a issue of pointing and taking pictures.

“Photograph something that resounds with you — it has to have a connection with the viewer, and it should really be pertinent and new.”

Chris, who has an Edges Framing store in Havelock North and a huge workshop in Hastings, is seriously delighted to now have a presence in Napier.

“The Napier store is decide-up and fall-off. All framing is completed in the Hasting workshop. This allows with the offer difficulties a lot of individuals are going through at the minute. The workshop is so big it indicates I can retail outlet a lot more inventory. That also implies our flip-close to is one to two weeks. If we failed to have stock on hand it could be up to 8 months,” Chris reported.

He claims he has always wished to have a shop that goes hand-in-hand with his passion for images.

“This collaboration with Richard suits nicely with that. The area is gorgeous and it’s terrific to have pictures – alongside with other artwork- displayed on the partitions.”

He states there is a good art hub with 8 or nine galleries in the place.

“It is drawcard for the location.”

They are each satisfied with how issues are going.

“It’s the middle of winter season and items are ticking along nicely,” Chris mentioned.

He suggests framing need to insert to the artwork so when you glimpse at it you see it as a single piece, alternatively than a photograph and a body.

“They need to unite and come to be a person — make a statement. A single need to not overpower the other.

“Sometimes it can be complicated to make it perform, but I really like doing the job on exclusive and artistic types.”

The Cathedral Gallery is upstairs at 16 Hastings Street, Napier.
Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.