ART IN THE PARLOUR 1000 750 The Flyer Magazine



In what is a win-win for the arts and business locally, Eichardt’s is extending an open invitation for local businesspeople to use its five-star, upstairs Parlour room for functions, meetings, or even just to entertain a client. A small fee may be charged for larger gatherings requiring staff.

Not only do guests get to enjoy the lakefront, first class grandeur, but The Parlour is also exhibiting works from some of the Wakatipu’s most talented artists and creatives as part of the new post-Covid offering.


Kate taking in the art in the Parlour.

Art consultant Kate Blomfield, of Tantra-Art, came up with the idea after working with Eichardt’s to exhibit works in The Parlour for a VIP guests’ cocktail function. The artists stayed on to meet the guests and Kate says it was a huge hit. “The room looked so stunning that we thought this could be extended to now share with others,” says Kate. Eichardt’s sales and marketing manager Jamie Martin and her team got right behind the concept. The Spire around the corner has also been curated with art.

“The Parlour is so incredibly beautiful, and like everybody, numbers are down. It’s now open for local business people to enjoy hosting small functions and meetings in a unique private space surrounded by amazing art,” says Kate.

Among the local artists featured are bronze artist Fiona Garlick, stone sculptor Shane Woolridge, Jessica Winchcombe with her handcrafted jewellery, illustrator and print-maker Emma-Kate Moore and watercolourist Alan Waters. Rangi Nui Rabbits’ Charlotte Mill features her bespoke rabbit fur furnishings, alongside visiting West Coast jade sculptor Jeff Beck and prints by Port Waikato-based artist Jimmy James Kouratoras, who’s Maori and Greek heritage is reflected in his stunning work.