Mrs Harris’s Shop?
Hardly the name of an art gallery, you say, but don’t be swayed by the name – more about that in a moment – as it’s a real little gem tucked away on a side road in Torrensville and open every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Run by student artist Jo Harris, whose background is in teaching, public relations and tourism and who lives behind the gallery with her husband, the gallery very nearly never saw the light of day as she’d initially thought to use the space as a niche second-hand bookshop.
But its beautiful lead lighting front door and polished wooden floors which take you back to an era of grace and charm prompted a rethink – and the gallery idea took hold.
She has since shaped it on her personal philosophy that galleries should be places where everyone from novice to aficionado is made to feel welcome and appreciated. As she says, she wants Mrs Harris’ Shop to stand alone as a charming, personalised art gallery where artists can exhibit their work in a non-intimidatory gallery run by an equally genial owner, and visitors never feel ill at ease.
She has certainly achieved her goal, creating a cosy room where, on most open days, visitors mingle with the artist in question and chat about their works and artistic approaches. The 2020 exhibition program opens on 18 January with a two-week studio clearance of works celebrating the life and works of the late and highly talented printmaker, Vicki Hunter.
Oh, the name…Mrs Harris, Jo’s husband’s grandmother, ran a grocery store from the premises years ago, his mother subsequently too it over, the locals referred to it as Mrs Harris’s Shop – they still do – and Jo thought that was enough for her.
For more information:
Mrs Harris’ Shop, 36 Jervois Street, Torrensville
T:0452 614 613