A FINE art gallery is set to open on the site of a recently closed toy store in central Ringwood.
The popular Toys of Ringwood store, which closed in March, will be replaced by a Clarendon Fire Art gallery in a first for The Furlong shopping centre.
Specializing in original works, limited editions and sculptures by emerging and established artists, it is hoped the new boutique art gallery will become a ‘cultural destination’ for the borough of New Forest.
The gallery will also feature a collection of rare and signed editions by 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso, David Hockney and Andy Warhol.
Regarding the operation of the gallery, a spokesperson for Furlong said, “Their services are designed to make acquiring art an uplifting and refreshing experience, and include; personal appointments in the gallery or at your home, artist commissions, interest-free credit, bespoke insurance, gift list services and many more.
Furlong Marketing Manager Charlie Reed said: “We are delighted to announce that Clarendon Fine Art will be opening a boutique art gallery with us in The Furlong Shopping Centre.
“We look forward to becoming a cultural destination for anyone interested in art, from original works to limited editions and sculpture.”
Reacting to the news on social networks, some residents were delighted with the new concept of the city. One woman said: “It would be great if local artists were represented. »
Others, however, expressed concern that the space would not continue as a toy store. One said: “It’s a shame there isn’t a toy store left. It always seemed popular and we’ve used it a lot over the years.
It comes shortly after it was announced that the former Aga store at The Furlong, a stone’s throw from the toy store, would be replaced by high-end women’s sportswear retailer Sweaty Betty.
The opening date of the art gallery is not yet known.