Nelson Picture Framers and Art Supplies

Impressions shop with a fine selection of art supplies

Impressions carries an extensive range of artist supplies and offers a comprehensive picture framing service to the artists of the Nelson region.

Impressions is owned and operated by Lewis and Glenys Della Bosca, who started the business in 1983. The business has evolved over the years from its inception as a print gallery to what it is today, retailing custom picture framing and fine art supplies.

The business has developed to become an integral part of the local art community - as well as providing their framing service and selling artist supplies, Impressions provides sponsorships, presents  workshops, artist and product demonstrations and supplies information sheets.The Impressions Studio has become a centre for visual arts education for beginner and recreational artists as well as  offering workshops in a range of products.

Conveniently located in the heart of Richmond, the shop has parking at the door. Check us out today.

Our normal trading hours are: -


  Nelson Fringe Festival is on in May at the Refinery Artspace. There is a lineup of 23 workshops you can participate in and we're proud to have adopted one: -


Our Adopted Fringe Workshop at Nelson's Fringe Festival  is: Boal to Castrillo -

Explore the work of Augusto Boal and Christine Castrillo, with one of NZ's foremost experts on community theatre.

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We accept payment by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card (Visa, Mastercard & American Express.)



Fine Art Supplies

From play paints for junior artists to 'professional' artist quality acrylics, oils, watercolours, designers gouache, drawing media including inks, charcoal, pastels and pencils to canvas, papers, easels, brushes, palettes, additives, mediums and varnishes – we cater for most artists' needs. Impressions carries a number of reputable brands.

We have been appointed as the sole NZ Supplier for Unison Colour Soft Pastels. Orders can be taken by phone (03 544 5756), or contact us through this website. Orders can usually be filled and delivered to your door within 24 working hours (unless a rural delivery).  More details about these popular pastels and a colour chart can be downloaded from the Fine Art Supplies page.

For further information about Unison Colour Soft Pastels go to 

Picture Framing

Impressions is proud to offer a comprehensive picture framing service. Customers regularly say they choose us because we do the best job.

Owner/manager Lewis Della Bosca GCF and staff picture framer Penny Lennard GCF  adhere to the rigid picture framing standards set by the Fine Art Trade Guild  (UK)  of which Impressions is a member. Both have earned their Guild Commended Framer qualifications after extensive picture framing experience and passing the examination administered by the Fine Art Trade Guild in London.

Art Tuition

As well as offering a free directory to art classes available in the Nelson Waimea district, we  provide artists workshops, product demonstrations and tutorials on-site in the  Impressions Studio. The studio can be accessed from the Petrie carpark, behind the store (entrance off McGlashen Avenue), or for anyone requiring wheelchair access, through the Impressions shop. Classes available to members of the public are listed in the Impressions Art Workshop and Tuition Directory pages of this website.

Our  2016 programme of Impressions' Art Tuition is now available (click here). Registrations have opened and bookings are being taken.

The Studio is available for hire to artists wanting to conduct a small group session(s) for 6 - 10 people, depending on the activity planned. Details of room hire charges and conditions are available on application. The studio can be rented 7 days a week including evenings, depending on availability. Equipment available to studio users includes easels, overhead projector,tutor's demonstration mirror,  good artificial light and natural daylight, sink  and tea/coffee making facilities.

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