Arteccentrix moves into new digs

Arteccentrix, Cayman’s premier fine art gallery has moved premises to its new location in Industrial Park.

Since moving from their original location in Governor’s Square to the Industrial Park, Arteccentrix owner Nickola McCoy-Snell has been infused with a new sense of energy for her own stunning art work, with huge canvases depicting her trademark vibrant and passionate abstract art adorning the walls alongside some of Cayman’s other highly talented artists.

“Our new gallery has an adjacent outdoor area, which is the perfect space for working on huge canvases,” she explains. “It also affords me the opportunity to begin working on my public art sculptures, which begin with a 27 feet piece that is to be revealed by May of this year. So I’ve been able to develop my own work on a large scale, as well as promoting others.”

Arteccentrix now retains just seven artists on their books, a manageable number, according to Nickola.

“It’s allowed me to be more selective in whom we represent. We have ensured that we have a diverse selection of artists on our books so that several different genres are represented. This gives our clients great choice when they are looking for that special piece for their collection,” she explains.

Taking a tour round the gallery, art from some of Cayman’s most recognisable artists catch the eye – from Robert McKendrick’s incredibly intricate and beautiful batik work to Gordon Solomon’s colourful and passionate pointillism. Other artists represented include Scott Swing, (sculptures and paintings). Greg Lipton (paintings) and Steve Joscelyn (photography).

The gallery promotes their artists via exclusive exhibitions as well as giving them constant exposure of their work on the gallery walls full time. They also act as art brokers for their artists, liaising with clients to find that perfect piece of art.

“If a client comes along and likes a particular piece we will bring out a selection from that artist to view,” Nickola says. “Sometimes we bring in the artists themselves, which is often a real treat for the customer and clients will often commission a piece especially for themselves.”

Nickola says they also actively seek opportunities for their artists in international galleries and also give their artists exposure via their website.

In addition, Arteccentrix now provides the space for any artist (whether they are on their books or not) to rent the gallery for an exhibition from one week up to one month. The gallery will happily curate the show for the artist (terms and conditions apply).

“The new premises are a great platform for showcasing all kinds of artistic talent,” Nickola confirms.

As well as representing local artists, Arteccentrix also manages art collections for private clients, storing their art and curating collections in private homes.

“Both private and corporate collectors enjoy changing their valued art around from time to time and we can assist by selecting pieces, ensuring that everything is hung properly and in the correct place,” she says.

The new gallery has also given Arteccentrix the opportunity to become far more integrated within the community. As I enter the gallery Nickola is busy cleaning up after a visit from the Sunrise Adult Learning Centre. A huge table lines the centre of the gallery and is filled with newly painted canvases and Nickola is in her element.

“We offer a workshop once a week for the centre and they are producing some really lovely work,” she confirms, showing me a pretty house bathed in sunshine that is still wet with acrylic paint.

Nickola says this particular workshop has been sponsored by Rotary of Grand Cayman and the Hobby Shop, while Calypso Grill’s Terry Grimes donated the chairs. “We could not have provided this service without their kind assistance,” she confirms.

The gallery is about to establish a whole slew of workshops for the public.

“I’m going to be teaching painting techniques as a foundation course, showing people how to create texture out of a flat canvas as well as how to create depth perception,” Nickola explains.

“Even artists who are creating abstract paintings need these skills.

“I’d also like to hold a course on basic drawing techniques because such skills are vital for an artist, no matter what medium they work in.”

Workshops will begin this month and will run for six weeks, taking place in the evenings.

Arteccentrix is also planning to reach out further into the community with a brand new art fair to take place once a month on Saturdays. This will allow artists and crafts people to showcase their work for a nominal fee. Nickola envisages that the event will take place outside as well as in the gallery, wisely utilising this new outdoor space.

Nickola’s first exhibition at the new location will be of her own work and will feature a huge, show stopping sculpture, but readers will have to make the visit to find out more.

For more information on all new events at Arteccentrix by calling 927-2076 visiting them online at arteccentrixgallery.com or calling in at 273 Dorcy Drive, Industrial Park, George Town.

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