Art of Nelson
Nelson is well known for its arts and crafts and driving around the region you will see many galleries and individual artist studios.
The Nelson Guide Book is a handy companion, it is a fantastic guide and most of the local artists are included. The book is based upon driving trails around the region and will guide you to some of the finest painters, potters and galleries. You will find a copy in your room. Most galleries are happy to ship your purchases home for you.
Some of our favourite artists to visit include:
Craig Potton GALLERY+Store
Craig is a world famous wildlife photographer and he has a gallery and store in central Nelson stocked with excellent examples of his photography and many beautifully produced books to take home. If you are a keen photographer this is a must do. Craig Potton Nelson Gallery+Store
Jens Hansen is the famous gold & silversmiths that made the Lord of the Rings ring. They have lovely other stylie pieces in the tiny gallery in town. Jens Hansen - Nelson Jeweller
Flame Daisy Glass
Anthony is a glassblower extraordinaire making good fun, crazy, wacky glass designs.
Held every Saturday at Montgomery Square, lots of local artisans set up their stalls to sell their wares. Opens early and closes at 1pm.
Sally is a fantastic painter and we have lots of her work around the house, including many vessels painting and Nelson landscapes. A sample of Sally's work is the banner picture on top of this page.
Sally Burton - Artist
Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett make wonderful ceramic creations, funky sculpture and great kitchenware from a historic country home in the Moutere, just up the road from Neudorf winery.
Jo at Shine stocks the best collection of jewelery from Nelson and beyond, mixing it up with cool stuff girls like!
The place to buy New Zealand fashion and accessories by the best of our designers. Palm Boutique Nelson
The Suter Gallery
This is our provincial art gallery with Nelson's historical collection. It has a good lunchtime café too, overlooking Queen's Garden. The Suter Art Gallery Nelson
Nelson Provincial Museum
A lovely bright new museum charting Nelson's history, with ever changing exhibitions.
Red Art Gallery + Design Store
Red hosts regular exhibitions of paintings, jewellery and ceramics. They have a small café with great coffee onsite.
Master furniture maker David Haig is world famous for his rocking chairs - there's one in our kitchen! Beautiful craftsmanship that will last many lifetimes.
Hoglund Art Glass
Hoglund have a large sunny gallery displaying stunning hand blown glass that is world famous.
Cool Store Gallery
Trish presides at the Cool Store in Mapua. It is a large gallery representing many Nelson and West Coast artists. They have a big jewelery selection and many greenstone pieces of exceptional quality.
Home of World of Wearable Art Awards, visit the museum and see the WOW award winners up close and in detail. Watch the most recent show, browse in their gallery of local artworks and grab a coffee while you are there. WOW Museum
If you are in the market for wacky, mad ceramics go and visit Steve out in Tasman and visit his famous pottery.
Royce & Trudi have been in the ceramics business for many years and make lovely specialty shell dishes and bowls.