Our bright new gallery on the eastern end of the Petone Foreshore is an exciting space of light and art and fast becoming known as a place to go to for local and affordable art as well as unique gifts. It is a friendly place to visit featuring regularly changing exhibitions of creativity contributed to be over 100 mainly local artists. Watercolours, Acrylic and oil paintings, pastels ceramics textile art, wood work, wood turning, art jewellery, glass art and lots lots more.
We also run art classes, endeavouring to make art accessible to all.
JANUARY 2014 - Grand Opening
After a long and challenging journey, I'm excited to report that the new gallery is ready to launch.
The purpose-built Artspace located on the Eastern side of the Petone Esplanade, will be more than just a gallery and aimed at supporting the local art community.
For the opening exhibition ‘Petone by the Sea: I will be joined by other local artists such as: Beryl Walker, Allan Collins, Jacky Pearson, Escha van den Bogard, Fiona Flowers, Heinz Speyer, Grant Lewis, John Rundle, Roger Bagshaw, and Suzanne Herschell, There will in fact be a wide range of original paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, art jewellery and gifts from over 35 artists to suite all tastes and budgets, please follow this link for a sneak preview of their artworks in the exhibition.
I’m honoured that Mayor Ray Wallace has offered to officially open the exhibition on Friday evening, 24th January 2014. Then next next day, the first day of the exhibition, you'll have the opportunity to meet participating local artists, see some demonstrate their skills and enjoy live music throughout the day.
If you would like an invitation to attend the official opening function on Friday 24th, please email me by Friday 17th Jan.
Alfred Memelink Artspace,
223 The Esplanade Petone
Hours: 10am – 5pm, 7 days
From Renovation to Demolition and Newbuild
After all the prep and planning that went into the renovation of the original building, and when just on the verge of starting the actual work, it was decided to pull the plug and demolish and rebuild instead.
This was a tough decision to make but the right one as it turned out, the old building would almost certainly have suffered during last years earthquakes.
Plans were then drawn up for a sturdy new building using concrete, tilt slab, construction method. The building company chosen was 'Homestead Concrete Homes' of Levin who proved to be a pleasure to work with.
After fifty five, 5m long piles were driven into the ground, foundation footings were dug, steel reinforcing laid and filled with high strength concrete. ready to take the load of the concrete above.
When the concrete foundations were dry, the ready made tilt slab walls gradually arrived and were carefully fitted in place, just like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
The concrete floors were then poured between the tilt slabs, roof and aluminium windows fitted and the gallery gradually started to take shape.