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Grainstore Gallery

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Address: Or Tyne St 9 7 Harbour Street | Historic Precinct, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 366 6201
10:00 - 16:00
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What an amazing shop... i was like a kid in a candy store. Its a cross between an art gallery and a shop with only some things forsale or by negotiation. Love it.

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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Timaru, New Zealand
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

thought i was seeing the same face with a different colour,many many times. some people got weird tastes in art. how the great mind thinks !!!

Thank gavinr17
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87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

What an amazing shop... i was like a kid in a candy store. Its a cross between an art gallery and a shop with only some things forsale or by negotiation. Love it.

Thank Stormpipes
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Fantastic little gallery, packed full of quirky and unusual pieces. It took us a long time to look around because there are so many little treasures hidden away in the big picture. The space is well used and compliments the art perfectly, it is really a must if you are in Oamaru. Just wish I could have shipped it all... More 

Thank Lorraine F
Oamaru, New Zealand
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221 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Due to reading so much about this artist I must say I was a bit under whelmed by the displays and general presentation in this gallery. Although very artistic and talented it just seemed to be a bit dusty and musty, a bit unloved and a little dismal.

Thank Rme48
DonnaDemente, Owner at Grainstore Gallery, responded to this review

I am really sorry your experience was underwhelming. I do find it very difficult to both stock and administer such a large space in such a rustic old building (which literally rains dust every time the wind blows!) I can assure you the space is very loved indeed and feel sad that you used the word dismal to describe it... More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

the eyes have it, really a nice feel to this gallery, you could spend 5 mins or an hour. the more you look the more your seen.

Thank brett l
Dunedin, New Zealand
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is one of the most beautiful and imaginative spaces you will ever experience. Artist Donna Demente is the talented person behind this magical gallery and shop which features stunning examples of her work, along with a number of other artists from the Otago area. So much to see and wonder at. Worth a visit to Oamaru just to see... More 

Thank ElvieNZ
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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103 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Is it a gallery, a museum or just a curio shop? You decide. But where-ever you look there are eyes looking back at you. Quite daunting, but definitely somewhere to take stock and look at the extra-ordinary with a very funky, steampunk feel.

1 Thank Brenda B
Gisborne, New Zealand
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Summer is getting off to a late start here in Oamaru, but This artist owned and run gallery is a welcoming place to refuge from the south westerlies. Three flights of stairs take you from the stone and concrete of an old warehouse to a wooden floored, spacious treasure trove. We enjoyed taking our time to really notice the paintings... More 

Thank Raewyn H
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106 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is the most interesting and nicest art gallery I have ever seen... the artist is in the room and happy if you ask her about her art. The collection in the room is just amazing, wonderful arranged and full of surprises. You will enjoy it!

Oamaru, New Zealand
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Quirky, arty, very interesting - you could spend a lot of time looking around up there. Quite daunting stairs though if you're elderly or infirm

1 Thank dragonwebb

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