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“A treasury”

Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft
Ranked #28 of 57 things to do in Manly
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The correct name of this business is OFA - Ochre Fine Arts Gallery and studios
A precious art shop. No trinkets, no cheap souvenirs. OFA support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The profile of this gallery is mostly paintings, and they also show a few woven baskets and necklaces. Unfortunately, no photos can be taken, so I only have a few from the entrance. The paintings are very carefully organized, with the name and the photo of the artist next to it. Close to the door was a painting probably on bark, picturing two waders. On a brown natural wood color, the birds were black and white if I remember well. It was love for the first site, but I didn’t dare to ask the price of it.
An art shop that is a pleasure to visit.

Thank stinkwink
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Lots of places in Australia offer trinkets, but this establishment has quality artwork that you'll be happy to display for years to come.

Thank MelissaPeery
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

What an amazing find here. Beautiful artworks and such a beautiful variety of products. I could have spent all day here.

Thank itchyfeet2014
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The owners and curators have done a really good job here, not your average store for these wares.
From large framed and unframed acrylic works on canvass to glassware, books and informative historical literature, information regarding the recent collaborative indigenous and Australian artist work in outback Australia called "Tarnanthi" which is showing at the Adelaide Art Gallery (Jan 2018).
There were selections of very well-made trinket boxes and unusual fridge magnets plus a variety of clothin to choose from. All beautifully presented.
The staff are very knowledgeable friendly and even enjoying a chuckle with the patrons.
I'd never seen a range of hardbacked notebooks with blanc pages to record your travels etc..

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

We came upon the Ochre Gallery, which is located on the main pedestrian mall running from the Manly ferry landing to the beautiful ocean side beach. The gallery is well stocked with a wide array of all kinds of Australian art forms ranging from wall hangings to Didgeridoos at many differing price points. The gallery owner, Melina Shirvarian, is as helpful and pleasant as she is knowledgeable. We spent quite a while at the gallery and received quite an education about different Australian Aboriginal art forms as well as how the art differs from region to region within Australia. We purchased an Aboriginal oil painting as well as a large, deeply carved Didgeridoo, the likes and beauty of which we hadn't seen anywhere else in our travels. Melina was even able to play it for us. Upon returning home, we were informed that there was a problem getting the Didgeridoo through US customs and that it would have to be returned to the gallery. Over a period of a few weeks, at the gallery's own expense, while keeping me well informed of their progress, the gallery corrected the problem and had the Didgeridoo return shipped to me. I would strongly recommend for any visitor to the Sydney area (or local residents) who are interested in learning about or acquiring Australian Aboriginal art that they should visit this gallery and meet it's owner Melina. You will definitely enjoy your visit and perhaps buy a wonderful piece of art.

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