Last weekend we had a lovely time in Oamaru, enjoying the galleries and shops in the old part of town. It is an extraordinary part of New Zealand with its Victorian streetscapes. And Oamaru makes the most of it. Lots of Victorian-themed events and businesses, including all the galleries and shops. And Victorian-based steampunk.
So many towns look for a point of difference. Oamaru has been gifted one by history and has grabbed it and is dancing with it. Who would have thought thirty years ago that in New Zealand we’d have scenes and sights like these?
Then there was the North Otago Patchwork Quilter’s exhibition advertising car-cover. An eye-catching notice if ever there was one.
Easily my favourite place was artist Donna Demente’s gallery. Her studio itself is a work of art. Completely uniquely extraordinary.