Eltham South Fine Art: Studios and Gallery is an Artist Run Initiative growing from the legacy of the late Grace Mitchell. The Mitchell family moved to Eltham in 1948 and bought a property that runs between Mt. Pleasant Road and Fordhams Road, South Eltham. Initially Grace and Arthur Mitchell lived in the old minors cottage at the top of the hill (Fordhams Road) and began constructing the orchard garden.
Grace Mitchell, a tailor and pastry cook began building a new residence and shop at the bottom of the hill at Mt. Pleasant Road and commenced her pastry business which she continued to run until the 1970s. On retirement Grace (then 67) swapped pastry and fabric for paint and sculpture and began her Fine Arts Degree at RMIT. Grace passed away April 2011.
Jenni Mitchell (Grace’s daughter) and husband Mervyn Hannan have re-opened the residence/shop as a Fine Art Gallery and teaching studio.
Jenni Mitchell commenced formal painting classes with Lesley Sinclair at Montsalvat in Eltham at the age of 10 and has since completed a Master of Visual Arts at Monash University.
Jenni travels regularly to wild and exotic locations around the world to find rare material for her painting and photography. Landscapes include the Australian desert, The Antarctic, The Arctic, Greenland, Norway and more recently, Mongolia.
Mervyn Hannan has also travelled widely in the search of inspiration to use with his painting, sculpture and music. Locations include Africa, Europe, Arctic Greenland, Canada and Mongolia.
Together Jenni and Mervyn run the Gallery and teaching studio. Visitors are invited to view current work of the resident artists and stroll through the orchard garden. Classes are run regularly and private tuition is available.
The Gallery is open Thursday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.30 and Most Sundays 11.00 – 5.00
For further information please contact Jenni Mitchell (03) 9439 3458 or Mobile 0417 585 102.