Most people’s acquaintance with Arteccentrix, located next to the Chamber of Commerce’s brand new offices in Governor’s Square on West Bay Road, will most likely have been via one of the frequent soirees that the Gallery has put on this year to showcase the slew of talented local artists on their books.
Owners and managers Nickola McCoy-Snell, herself an established prize-winning local artist, and husband Maurice Snell, have worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that each art exhibition is unique to highlight each individual artists’ work, changing backdrops, walls and exhibition spaces each and every time. This has brought much respect and interest by visitors who delight in the ever-changing artistic landscape.
“Our exhibitions have certainly generated considerable interest by the public. It’s been great to see our artists so well supported throughout our first year,” Nickola says.
Exhibitions include Al Ebanks – Beyond the Surface, Horacio Esteban – One Native’s Son, Gordon & Alta Solomon – Sweet Life, Sue Howe – From Beginning to End, and Greg Lipton’s soon to be featured Out Of Control, in all ten exhibitions featuring over 25 artists, a full year’s roster of exhibitions.
Fine art services
However, she is keen to ensure that Arteccentrix is seen in its wider context – that of a multi-faceted commercial gallery offering an all-encompassing art service.
“We can service private homes, commercial developments, hotels etc, in all their art needs,” she explains. “Whether an individual or company is looking for a one-of-a-kind original or maybe a collection of fine art prints, we are on hand to accommodate their needs.”
Arteccentrix represent around 20 local artists on island with the ability to tap into a further 20 if a client requires a specific genre of art.
“If a customer is looking for something special, be it watercolour, abstract, contemporary, whatever, we have excellent relationships with many local artists so we are in a good position to source exactly what the client is looking for,” Nickola explains.
Fine art printing has been an exciting addition to the Arteccentrix repertoire of services. Maurice has installed state-of-the-art equipment to create excellent prints at highly commercial rates.
“We can create just a select number of prints or larger quantities, depending on the clients’ needs,” Nickola says. “This means that clients do not need to order in bulk, which gives greater flexibility for them. That said there really is no limit on how many prints we can create.”
Nickola confirms that their rates are particularly competitive and reveals that overseas companies are actually looking to use their printing facilities, finding their service cheaper than more traditional markets such as the States.
“We can have a print matted, mounted and ready for sale at very reasonable prices,” she confirms. “And we ship internationally and deliver locally for free.”
The safest way to ship
Arteccentrix has also got shipping overseas down to a fine art, preferring to use the Express Mail Service provided by the Post Office as the cheapest, safest and most reliable means of transporting artwork overseas.
“We tried various private courier firms but were unimpressed by the service. We went with EMS, which means we can register the parcel, and we found this service to be far superior,” Nickola confirms. “We are constantly looking for ways to pass on savings to our clients, so using EMS is a cost effective solution to shipping.”
Nickola says they have also partnered with Photo Plus for framing artwork: “We always look to sub contract work to local companies. Photo Plus provides an excellent service, by providing either pre-made or custom-made frames, depending on what the client is looking for.”
Fine art gifts
Expansion is on the horizon for the Gallery, with a brand new gift shop soon to add to the existing services. Nickola says she has sourced some high-class beautiful pieces that will be for sale, just in time for Christmas.
“I found a wonderful female artist in Italy who hand crafts Italian silver into some amazing executive gifts. She created a line of Cayman scenery such as stingrays and catboats for excusive sale to the Cayman market. They are rather brilliant and we are really excited to be selling them,” she says.
Prints also make great Christmas gifts and Nickola says at a starting price of CI$25 for four 5”x 7” means clients don’t need to worry about breaking the bank this Christmas.
Non stop art
Forthcoming exhibitions are starting to line up back to back, so visitors to the Gallery can expect an even busier diary at the end of 2010 and into 2011.
“Greg Lipton’s Out of Control exhibition will have to be seen to be believed,” Nickola says. “It will be a mix of installation, sculpture and paintings and we anticipate a very full house at the launch on 18th November (the exhibition runs until 4th December).”
For the launch party Nickola has enlisted the help of neighbours at Governor’s Square Tortuga to provide a delicious range of martinis for the event. The opening night will also be held in conjunction with next door neighbours the Chamber of Commerce’s opening night and a sushi bar will tempt palates while DJ Alexi will be providing the sound backdrop to the evening.
“It’s our last exhibition and we shall see 2010 out with a bang!” Nickola confirms. “But we begin 2011 straight away with a new exhibition from the highly talented batik aficionado Robert McKendrick. Then we move into an exhibition with Avril Ward, showcasing her paintings and sculptures. We have a huge exhibition schedule for next year.”
Nickola says the first 10 months of operation have been a steep learning curve for the husband and wife duo. The summer time was a particularly slow period but both are excited at the prospect of welcoming new and existing clients in 2011 and are certainly not standing still.
She concludes: “We have created a comprehensive commercial enterprise that has many different strings to its bow. We are confident that our business will grow and continue to excite everyone who enjoys fine art.”