An exhibition with a difference is currently on display at the Black Shag Expresso Bar and Cafe in Invercargill.
The Dee St cafe’s wall is covered with 18 small drawers of art.
Artist Tracy Williams said she had been inspired to use the drawers after cleaning out her father-in-law John Williams’ estate and finding them.
“He was a builder and a creative person, and had an extensive workshop with a multitude of tools, machinery, nails and screws… all of which needed to be stored in containers.
“… these wonderful little drawers John repurposed for his use [came] from his local church.”
Williams and cafe co-owner and artist Sylvie Chasteau invited various artists to take part in the exhibition.
“Some had exhibited here before. I am an art person myself, and have always displayed local art on the cafe’s walls,” Chasteau said.
As both had been former art teachers, and were still involved with art and artists, most of the invitations to exhibit were by word of mouth, they said.
From found materials and mixed media to acrylic, watercolours and photography, each drawer was an unrivalled art work.
They described the individual, unique creations as an eclectic and quirky collection.
“If you know the artists, you will recognise their personal styles.”
The duo hoped the exhibition would lead on to an “annual art event celebrating local art in all its wonderful diversity”.