Monday9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Tuesday9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Wednesday9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Thursday9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Friday9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
1155 Pukuatua Street
A photo gallery, framing shop and original gift store all in one, it’s no wonder Portico Gallery makes for a very popular shopping spot in Rotorua. Anything from soaps and ceramics through to sunnies, socks and signature art, if it’s a gift you’re after then make place your go-to spot.
Owners Susan and John wanted the space to feel as light and open as it is friendly and welcoming, and thanks to their talents in creating and acquiring beautiful art, this gallery is now home to a plethora of unique treasures. Proud New Zealand supporters, the duo aim to have at least 90% of their products made by local makers, and whether that’s headphones or skincare, Portico Gallery is providing a valuable link between small businesses run by creative people and their appreciative target audiences.
Look out for some of John’s fantastic photography on display on the big easel outside the front door, and find more on canvas throughout the shop. Needing something framed? Susan is an expert at ensuring your unique pieces are looking at their most spectacular before they hit the wall. The big reveal moment can be highly emotive to customers, with Susan and John reporting some are even near tears (happy ones!) when they see their special photo or art piece finally in a frame.
Pablo Picasso once said that “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”, and a trip to the stunning Portico Gallery should feel like you’ve done exactly that.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
1155 Pukuatua Street
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