Art at Work

Open Shutters is delighted to be hosting the inaugural Art at Work exhibition here on the Central Coast from Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October.

The brainchild of Open Shutters’ very own Marion Mikkelsen as a celebration of creativity, Art at Workbrings together artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines including painting, photography, glass metal and wood sculpture and industrial design.  With limited opportunities to showcase their work, Art at Work is an organisation dedicated to fostering a collaborative culture between artists, business creatives and the community.

You are cordially invited to visit us and see for yourself a collection of exquisite works, and be involved in a community art project whilst supporting Central Coast Kidney Health.

Entry to the exhibition is a token $2 per person. The opening night is on the evening of Friday 29 September and should you be interested in attending, we would be grateful if you could please RSVP to info@openshutters.com.au
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Australasian Gaming Expo

Open Shutters were at the Australasian Gaming Expo this week, which was held at the ICC at Darling Harbour in Sydney.  We showcased our custom made shutters, louvres and screens to the trade, having done various jobs in the gaming and hospitality sectors in the past, such as at Burwood RSL and Kings Cross Hotel.
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Get to Know Us Inside Out

Have you ever wanted to see where our beautiful custom made shutters, louvres and screens are designed and created?  Take a virtual tour of our 3,000 m2 factory by clicking here and then navigate around the place.

If you are considering shutters for a bespoke project, why not arrange a visit to come and see our operation in practice? You'll also be able to interact with our craftsmen to understand a little more about what goes into the OpenShutters experience.

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Another completed apprenticeship

Belated congratulations go to our 'former' apprentice Aaron Pomeroy, who last month successfully completed his apprenticeship in Furniture Finishing.  For the past four years, Aaron has been a key member of our paint team, and he is the latest in a long line of apprentices to have completed his training with Open Shutters.  We were pleased to offer him a full time position going forward, and have no doubt that he will continue to develop his skills in helping ensure the finishes on our custom made product are of the highest possible calibre.
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Every Day is a School Day

We were delighted to welcome Year 10 students from Berkeley Vale High to the factory this week.  The students were keen to learn about our manufacturing process, and get an insight into the “real workplace” and discuss pathways to apply for apprenticeships.

Gail and our apprentice Keller O’Sullivan were delighted to show them around the factory, and demonstrate the various stages of the production process responsible for making our high quality, custom made shutters.  Who knows, we may see one or more of these students again in the coming years………

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Rogue One-s

December 2016 saw the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga, the title of which prompted a timely reminder that not all shutters are created equal, and that consumers should be inquisitive when researching their shutter supplier options, and guard against possible rogue products and suppliers.

Over the years, we have seen many products claiming to be a similar standard to that of an Open Shutter, but (using a Harrison Ford link) you need to be aware of “What Lies Beneath”, and the pictures of another company's shutters attached to the end of this blog are very revealing.

Questions you should therefore ask include:-

Are the components cut from solid timber, as is the case with an Open Shutter?  Be aware of offcuts joined together to give the look of appearing solid.

Are there any signs of paint cracking (an indicator of instability in the timber beneath)?

How will the shutters be installed?  Will they function as you want them to?  How will you clean them, and what happens when your kid’s soccer ball takes out a blade or two by accident?  Will you have to wait an eternity to have them replaced?

We understand that choosing shutters is an investment, therefore we would encourage customers to ask as many questions as possible in order to ensure you receive the maximum benefit from that investment.

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Telstra Telephone Outage

You may have seen the news regarding the issue at the Telstra exchange today, and unfortunately our phone lines are among those affected.  Internet and e-mails all appear to be fine though, so please use info@openshutters.com.au should you wish to contact us.  Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly.
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