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Orewa Art Gallery Celebrates 2nd Birthday

A birthday is always cause for celebration, and none more so than a business milestone during a recession. monmo.Gallery and Framing at the northern end of Orewa is weathering the downturn in the economy by staying focussed on it’s core business. This second birthday is something to be proud of as the combination of the recession, winter months and the reconfiguration of the waterfront Boulevard Project along the Hibiscus Coast Hwy has seen some businesses pack up and leave.

A fabulous place to while away an hour or so, the large upstairs gallery space in Moana Court is easily found by following the flags and signs with the large Orange Flamingo on them, directing the visitor to the stairwell outside Kaizen Café.

monmo.Gallery represents the very best of New Zealand art and craft from the Far North to Invercargill. Original artwork under $5,000 was the business mandate, and to make all work accessible, the gallery warm and friendly and to demystify the art world. Owner Monica Moriyasu says, “Most People coming into the gallery admit they don’t know anything about art, but they know what they like. My reply to this is “that’s all you need to know!” ”.

Monica and General Manager Warren Brown are both photographers and some of their work is visible within the gallery space. They enjoy participating in the Auckland Festival of Photography each year and challenging viewers to consider photography as an art form. The response to the digital photos printed onto canvas has been overwhelming. This is a relatively new art form in NZ it seems, and many people are just discovering that they can create artwork using their own photos in this way. monmo.Gallery can produce customers digital photos onto canvas as large as the photo file will allow. These make wonderful gifts as well, and with the low prices available many visitors will be considering these for the coming Festive Season.

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Alongside photography you will find mixed media, oils and acrylics on canvas and board, fabric art, fine art prints, etchings and many other media. Fine crafts include solid silver jewellery, jade and bone carved pendants, porcelain figurines, pottery, glass and rugs. A framing shop within the gallery is kept busy with outside artwork and framing the art purchased from the gallery. monmo.Gallery has one of the largest selections of European framing stock on the North Shore.

November 1st is Birthday Celebration Day, so go along to monmo.Gallery and Framing and share in the celebrations. Specials are available for purchases that day.


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