Introducing 3 beautiful, local art galleries for your Christmas inspiration

Well, Christmas has snuck up once again.

And if you’re anything like me and just need a relaxing, beautiful day out choosing quality, meaningful, unique gifts – then this video is for you!

I’d like to introduce you to 3 local art galleries where you can do just that.

I’ve gotten to know all of these through my own art. And I’d like to share the wonderful work they do adding art and beauty into our lives, as well as supporting local artists and the community.

Hit play and let us how you around!

Duration: 9 minutes. If you enjoyed this video, please like, share + leave me a comment on YouTube!

The Mandarin Tree

The Mandarin Tree in Gordonton is run by the lovely Claudia Aalderink. Claudia’s also an artist and photographer and she creates the most beautiful, intricate artworks from recycled beehives.

Claudia Aalderink at The Mandarin Tree, Gordonton.
Claudia Aalderink at The Mandarin Tree, Gordonton.

While you’re there, be sure to explore the garden with all its whimsical outdoor treasures and flowers that bloom all year round. Oh, and you’ll also find limited edition prints from my Spotlight collection, available exclusively at The Mandarin Tree.

Find The Mandarin Tree at 1034 Gordonton Road, Gordonton. And for more information, you can follow on Facebook or Instagram or visit www.themandarintree.nz.

Welcome Swallow Gallery & Gifts

Welcome Swallow Gallery & Gifts in Hamilton East is run by a charitable trust. All the money raised goes to Waikato-based charities who support children and the shop and gallery is run by a team of amazing volunteers.

Clive Gilson at Welcome Swallow Gallery & Gifts, Hamilton East.
Clive Gilson at Welcome Swallow Gallery & Gifts, Hamilton East.

Find Welcome Swallow Gallery & Gifts at 378 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton. And for more information, you can follow on Facebook and Clive regularly updates the website and blog at www.wsgalleryandgifts.com.

Rivet Vintage

Rivet in Raglan is an industrial vintage gallery and workshop created by Wendy and Stan Lemmon. Along with their own creations, the store’s full of collectible, unique items – all handmade or imported from Europe.

Wendy Lemmon at Rivet Vintage, Raglan.
Wendy Lemmon at Rivet Vintage, Raglan.

Dates for your calendar:

  • Paul Abbitt “Fourteen” exhibition opens the 29th November 6 – 9 pm
  • Chill out in the afternoon of New Year’s Day with guitar-maker, Richard Hide

Find Rivet Vintage at the old dairy factory, 58 Wallis St, Raglan. And for more information, you can follow on Facebook or Instagram or visit www.rivetvintage.co.nz.


A huge thanks to Claudia, Clive, and Wendy for showing us around and sharing their love of art. (And Dorothy, Cushla, and Stan for their time also!)

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I wish you the very best, relaxing, beautiful Christmas.

Keep on shining bright,

Ailene