A collection of artwork donated to Eelco Boswijk and Chez Eelco cafe is on auction at Refinery ArtSpace at the moment to raise funds for Nelson Arts Council. I understand Eelco moved out of his big house and had to let go of some of his treasures, and his family donated these to Arts Council.
Walking into the gallery was eery as there were some works that used to look down at us as we sipped coffee, listened to different languages spoken on any given day, and in my case, ate lunch every week day for one year until suddenly, one day, I found the place closed. We also bought our very first New Zealand painting at an exhibition at Chez, pronounced in New Zealand like "chaise".
You can see all the pieces on the Arts Counsel website and even bid over the Internet if you are so inclined. Bidding closes 12.30PM , Friday June 1.
Here are some links: about the auction here and here; what the place looked like way before our time; our posts relating to the place or the man.