A venture with art at heart

By Tessa Johnstone tessa.johnstone@age.co.nz

When artist Jane Kellahan drove past an empty shop window with a real estate agents' sign in it which said: "This is for you", she took it seriously - three weeks later, she opened an art gallery in it.

"I move fast ... It happened just like that."

Ms Kellahan said that although she has had her own shows before, she has never run a dedicated gallery, but could see the Jellicoe St building's potential as an art gallery.

She also thought there was something missing in Martinborough.

"I could see there was a lack of creativity in Martinborough, especially for the kids.

"In a small community it helps children have a passion and direction, art is something that will never let someone down."

As well as showing art, the Jane Kellahan Gallery will run workshops for all ages.

Ms Kellahan will start off helping children put together Christmas shop-window displays. Early next year she will work with puppet maker Steffen Kreft to run marionette making workshops.

- Wairarapa Times-Age

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