The Summer Show

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The Summer Show

2 Dec – 23 Dec 2012


The Summer Show exhibition is a selection of family works and friends that include Grace Mitchell (dec.), Jenni Mitchell, Mervyn Hannan, Sonia Skipper (dec.), Damien Skipper, Geoffrey Eggleston (dec.) and Tugsoo Sodnom (Mongolia). Much of the subject matter showcases recent journeys by Jenni & Mervyn to the ends of the earth including The Antarctic, The Arctic, Norway, Mongolia, The Australian desert and Eltham.

Grace Mitchell (1916 -2011) lived on this property since 1948. Grace passed away 2011 and the gallery is her legacy showcasing much of her sculpture and textile work. The gallery was once her pastry business and the orchard garden her pantry. Grace exhibited regularly in Open Studio exhibitions for many years and gained a Fine Art degree from RMIT (PIT) in the 1980s.

Jenni Mitchell – (1955) daughter of Grace Mitchell. Jenni grew up on this Eltham property and began painting at Montsalvat from age 10; later Fine Art Diploma  RMIT (PIT) and a Master of Visual Art  Monash Uni. Travelled extensively to wild places including the Australian Desert, The Antarctic, The Arctic, Norway and Mongolia.  Work held in many public and private collections in Australia and internationally.

Mervyn Hannan – (1954)  grew up Eltham son of Montsalvat artists Sonia Skipper & Joe Hannan. Travelled extensively working as an artist and musician.  Works in exhibition primarily pastel on paper from Mongolia and Flinders Ranges. Work held in public and private collections in Australia and internationally.

Sonia Skipper – (1918 -2009) Founding Montsalvat artist, sculptor and painter. Student of Justus Jorgensen exhibited regularly in Eltham before retiring to Renmark SA. Made a South Australian Living Treasure.                       


Damien Skipper – (1956) current resident, grew up at Montsalvat son of Matcham Skipper. Diploma Fine Art RMIT (PIT). Exhibited regularly since the 1980s. Major work as a painter working in oil and musician – guitar and song. Damien often creates a theme series. Work in many private collections.

Geoffrey Eggleston – (1944 – 2008)

Primarily a poet and founder of the Montsalvat Poetry Festival in Eltham. Considered himself a mystic. Painter of fine and delicate still life and watercolour work. Studied National Gallery School.

Tugsoo Sodnom – (1955) Mongolian born studied in Russian University gaining Master of Visual Art. Travelled and exhibited frequently throughout Europe, the US and Australia. Working in oil, acrylic multimedia and as a printmaker.