This will be the last summer for hunting out those retro collectibles at Beach, Bach & Beyond (now officially signposted) in Sailrock Drive at the Heads.
Organiser and custodian of this treasure trove of kitchen-alia, Mary Kelleher has long been a fossiker and has a plethora of yesteryear memorabilia which has formed the basis of her gallery. But a change of direction for the Mangawhai artisan means and end to her collectibles business.
Mary is gaining a widening reputation as an artist especially adept at creating her “Handmade Histories” murals which involve storytelling with a difference and the use of many of her historic finds.
Since the commission for "Mangawhai, Our Story" the mural that gained much acclaim and is often displayed in the foyer of the new Mangawhai museum, Mary has had two other professional engagements for her artworks and is currently deep into the story of the Kaiapoi Woollen Mill.
"I just love making my fabric mural stories and the demand for them is growing and, as much as I’d love to, I can't do everything!" says Mary.
She is also working with the designer who was behind the launch of the very successful Wonky Donkey books to develop a printed version of one of her stories for publication next year.
Her cushions with a quirky retro theme can be found at Kakariki Health Store in the Bennetts complex. They are limited edition, and have been selling very well over winter. She hopes this line can continue as long as she can find a little more time and interesting fabrics to inspire her.
Mary's art studio is at the same location as her retro shop so you can see her working on her current project while you rummage through her collection of some very rare finds, furniture and accessories that will give your own family bach that special Kiwiana feeling.