Art Edit Magazine writes about JahRoc Galleries – A Destination Art & Furniture Gallery.
Read this Q&A interview by Art Edit Magazine and find out a little bit of the history behind JahRoc Galleries, which is a contemporary art & furniture gallery in Margaret River, and why it simply must be seen when visiting the South West of Western Australia.
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How long has the gallery be running?
I (Gary Bennett) started out in my backyard in 1987 making rustic coffee tables using Jarrah salvaged from old buildings and Toodyay stone. It was here that Jah-Roc Furniture was born. Soon after this I took on a business partner, David Paris, moved to bigger premises and realized that the artistic furniture we were making needed a gallery space to be shown. Predominantly furniture in the beginning, the last 27 years has seen our galleries move premise, and become a balanced crossing of genres showing fine art alongside our furniture.
Why did you decide to open a gallery?
The furniture Dave and I were creating was artistic, and we needed to get in front of an audience that appreciated this. Over the years it has often been called “functional art”. We also liked the way our furniture worked next to paintings and art objects, it could be set up in such a way that the viewer could imagine it in their home. We found we had a knack at putting it all together, and so JahRoc Galleries was formed and has evolved over the years with the help of our wives, Lara Bennett and Joanne Paris to become what it is today, a world renown destination Art Gallery.
Where is the gallery located? Why did you choose this location?
83 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, Western Australia. We chose Margaret River initially for the surf and lifestyle, the bonus was that it is also a well known tourist destination attracting people from all over the world. Our gallery has thrived in this location, we have met so many amazing customers who have become our friends and we have sent furniture and art pieces home for them, to all corners of the planet.
What types of artists do you represent/exhibit?
We showcase leading and emerging Australian Artists in many different genres including: Paintings, Jewellery, Sculpture, Woodturning and Ceramic. Some are local to the Margaret River region, which is an area full of artistic talent and creative inspiration. There is always a great story behind every artist that we represent and we are proud to be able to share in their artistic journey. Being makers of an artistic product ourselves, we can relate to what it takes to succeed in the art world, and we form great working relationships with the artists we represent for this reason.
How would you describe the gallery & the art it shows to someone who hasn’t seen it?
Visit JahRoc Galleries and you will find exquisitely designed and made solid timber furniture using local hardwoods and quality collectable Australian Art. With such a large stable of artists, over 600m2 of wall space, and a meandering contemporary layout, it makes JahRoc Galleries one of the largest and most diverse galleries in the South West (and possibly Australia). You are guaranteed to find that special something to your taste.