Art gallery to replace Toys of Ringwood store in Furlong

A FINE art gallery opens on the site of a recently closed toy store in downtown Ringwood.

The popular Toys of Ringwood store, which closed in March, will be replaced by a Clarendon Fire Art gallery as a first for The Furlong shopping center.

Specializing in original works, limited editions and sculptures by emerging and established artists, it is hoped that the new boutique art gallery will become a “cultural destination” for the market town of New Forest.

The gallery will also feature a collection of rare, signed editions by 20th-century artists, including Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, and Andy Warhol.

About how the gallery will operate, a Furlong spokesperson said: “Their services are designed to make art acquisition an uplifting and refreshing experience, and include; personal appointments in the gallery or at your home, artist commissioning, interest-free credit, tailor-made insurance, gift list services and much more.”

Charlie Reed, marketing manager of Furlong, said: “We are delighted to announce that Clarendon Fine Art will join us in opening a boutique art gallery in The Furlong shopping centre.

Toys at Ringwood’s Furlong Mall

“We look forward to becoming a cultural destination for anyone interested in art, from original works to limited editions and sculpture.”

Some residents reacted to the news on social media and welcomed the new concept for the city. One woman said: “It would be great if local artists were represented.”

Others, however, were concerned that the space would not continue as a toy store. One said: “It’s a shame it won’t remain a toy store. It always seemed popular and we’ve used it a lot over the years.”

This comes shortly after the announcement that the former Aga store in The Furlong, a stone’s throw from the Toys store, would be replaced by high-end women’s activewear retailer Sweaty Betty.

An opening date for the art gallery has not yet been announced.

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