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Seeing the light – The story of Jeff Morris, the new Commercial Manager at the Suter Art Gallery.

I arrive at the main reception desk and ask for Jeff Morris. There’s a man behind the counter with no name tag, a mischievous grin appears on his face and I know I am in fact talking to the man himself.

We wander around the ‘Encounters with Cook’ Exhibition and it becomes evident to me that Jeff is very excited to see so many people enjoying the gallery. There is also an exhibition about water, with 30 children building structures on the floor out of straws – a wonderful educational experience for them and maybe there’s some future artists in the making.

Jeff was born in Whanganui but lived most of his life in Auckland. He is clearly not scared of change or challenge. He has worked 20 years in the Retail sector, and 16 years in the Gambling industry.

Life threw him a nasty curveball one Christmas ten years ago when a series of strokes resulted in a loss of 50% of his visual field. He could no longer drive a car, causing him to re think his career plan.

Jeff found an advertisement online for the Commercial Manager at MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) and was there for five years. Last year he saw the ad for Commercial Manager at The Suter Gallery in Nelson. Looking for a new challenge he decided to apply for the position and was excited to get the job. With his wife Kay currently committed to her school teaching job in Auckland they decided that Jeff should initially embark on this adventure on his own.

“What I love about living and working in Nelson is the friendly and relaxed people. You have such an amazing region with jaw dropping beauty right on the doorstep.” Jeff is committed to Nelson and has recently become a home owner here.

Jeff says, “The Suter Art Gallery is a very special place for the community to visit, learn and utilise.”

Take a look at their website and check out what’s on. Located next to the iconic Queen’s gardens, the Gallery is at 208 Bridge Street, Nelson. Enjoy their stunning cafe and see what’s screening at the theatre. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

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