Auckland artist Angelene Thompson has moved to Nelson after buying Lustre Gallery in Collingwood St, but she promises she didn't bring the weather with her.
Ms Thompson took over the gallery from Peter Elsbury last Monday - and it has rained nearly every day since.
"I'm assured it's unusual. I didn't bring it with me,” she said.
Ms Thompson said Mr Elsbury, a jeweller, would continue to rent a bench at Lustre Gallery for a while.
"He has built up excellent relationships with other jewellers in the community.
"I'm picking up on a really established rapport, so I'm really grateful for that.”
Ms Thompson was an art teacher at Diocesan School for Girls for six years, but she said it was time for a change.
Her son, David Thompson, lives in Nelson with his wife.
Ms Thompson graduated with a diploma of craft design from Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua in 1994, where she majored in raranga or traditional Maori weaving and ceramics.
She moved to New Zealand from England as a teenager, and said she was interested in the kaupapa Maori element of the Waiariki course.
As well as weaving and ceramic art, she does printmaking and creates bespoke costume jewellery, drawings and paintings.
She plans to set up an electric kiln in the workshop for firing glass jewellery.
Ms Thompson said she was keen to expand the gallery space by downsizing the workshop, to showcase more works by potters, printmakers and painters.
"I need to make better use of the space, but there will still be a couple of benches available for rent."
Ms Thompson said she would also be available to fix broken jewellery or reinvent old pieces, and might start small classes in jewellery making and glass fusing once she was fully up and running.
"The business side of things is a learning curve, but once I get into the making side of it, I'm going to be much more in my element.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the community and I'm looking forward to a wonderful summer here."
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