Winning mix of art and industry

Will Wilson outside his new gallery with the 'traffic stopper' horse sculpture. 156430


SMACK in the middle of an industrial estate, local sculptor Will Wilson’s choice of location for his new venture seems like an odd decision.
Hive Ocean Grove is an art gallery and a hub for local artists to showcase their work, all available for purchase. But any doubts about being situated in the industrial heart of Ocean Grove at Smithon Grove, are laid to rest when you are there.
Indeed, this little corner of Ocean Grove is fast becoming a cultural and arts hub with Kyo across the road and Stone & Grain furniture tucked neatly behind and the forest adjoining the property only adds to the tranquil vibe.
“We’re here for anyone who enjoys their house and garden,” Will said, before his grand opening this weekend.
“We hope to attract people who enjoy quality pieces and wants something unique.”
Downstairs at Hive is dedicated to superb quality bronze sculptures – including birdbaths, which will prove popular. Upstairs is a gallery where local artists will showcase their works.
“We’re best know for our birdbaths and fountains and we definitely like having an Aussie flavour,” Will said.
Hive opens this weekend with a two-day extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday. Both days kick off at 10am and will feature works from Will, Jack Auld (furniture), Bill Linford (painting), Lucy Mceachern (sculpture), Georgie Gall (painting), Pam Wilson (sculpture) and furniture from Stone & Grain.