ELTHAM SOUTH FINE ART: STUDIOS & GALLERY is a new gallery created from the legacy of Grace Mitchell (1916 - 2011) who lived and worked at this property from 1948.
Jenni Mitchell, daughter and Mervyn Hannan (son in law) have continued to maintain the Orchard Garden and various studios on the property. The house is now open to the public as the exhibition space for Eltham South Fine Art Gallery. Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Textile work is on show from the resident artists and invited artists. The gallery is open Thursday to Sun.
Jenni Mitchell also has relocated her painting school from Montsalvat to one of the studios at Six Mount Pleasant Road, beside the gallery. Classes teaching painting for beginners to advanced students are run regularly or by private tuition.
New PAINTING WORKSHOPS with Jenni Mitchell will commence in MAY 2018 on Thursdays and Fridays in the Petschel House Studio 10.00am – 12.00am.
Classes are suitable for beginners and advanced and practicing artists’ looking to increase their skills.
Students will be encouraged to work with the FUNDAMENTALS OF PAINTING – TONE and COLOUR to improve their understanding and skills to enable the artist to paint from Observation and Life. With an understanding of how to ‘see’ through an artists eye you will be able to more readily paint a Classical Subject or a Contemporary Abstract. Knowledge of Tone and Colour and how to use the various materials will be covered and make the production of a fine work of art more simple.
Jenni Mitchell & Mervyn Hannan will be demonstrating how to paint the essence of the subject quickly using different materials. Jenni will work using oil paint and gouache and Mervyn soft pastel.
Workshop will be based on one to one tuition. There are many beautiful subjects around the cultivated garden and lake with a variety a deciduous trees and shrubs. It the weather is unkind we will work in the studio and under shelter from the deck and verandahs.
Bring your own favourite painting materials – or purchase quality art materials from studio. Bring your lunch. Refreshments will be provided.
PETSCHEL HOUSE – 107 Petschels Lane Hamilton Vic. 3300.
Petschel house is a historic bluestone homestead built circa 1856 with a rich history. Jenni and Mervyn purchased the property in 2016 and this event is the first painting workshop to be held at their new home.
Please contact Jenni or Mervyn on 0417 585 102 for further details.
We are having an Artists’ Picnic in the gardens of our new Hamilton Property. After 15 months of relocating our house, studios and gallery to Hamilton we are finally ready to welcome artists into our new gardens and studios.
Artists picnic is an introduction to our new space and an opportunity to showcase the studios and picture framing workshops. We have a small gallery showing our work and offering quality art materials for sale. Picture Framing is up and running and all enquiries welcome.
Bring your own materials, picnic and rug to relax and enjoy the day of creating.
Bookings and RSVP to Jenni on 0417 585 102 or email – email@example.com
We have now well and truly re-located to Hamilton in the Western District of Victoria.
It’s been quite a journey and many removal trucks to relocate 256 human life years of goods and chattels collected and art works made on the family property hillside at Mount Pleasant and Fordhams Road Eltham. Two houses and several workshops and sheds as well as the garden and gallery. What was not given away or sent to recycling depots is now in Hamilton. Pieces of our Eltham garden are now growing in a new soil, just like us. There were not too many casualties along the way.
We also want to thank the many friends and students who stopped by to give us a hand with this daunting task.
So what’s the future?
We’ve begun discussions and drawing plans for the next painting studio and planning how we will promote our beautiful new grounds in Hamilton. There are thinking plans ahead for painting workshops around the beautiful new garden, lake and orchard. The property is everything we had in Eltham; but on a larger scale and the land is FLAT! And that’s is beauty – no more garden or working like a mountain goat on the steep hillside of Eltham South.
Influential artists Jenni Mitchell and Merv Hannan who were born and bred in Eltham, are moving. Closing their studio and making a move to a new life in Hamilton. The pairhave played a huge part in shaping and supporting the artistic community in and around Nillumbik.
Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery will be opening our doors for the last day next weekend.
We close Saturday 19 November.
We ask all items held in the gallery on LAYBUY to be collected before or by this date as we will be packing the gallery for the Hamilton Relocation.
We thank our many friends, students and supporters of the gallery who have made it a pleasure over the years to present our work and various events. The Gallery will be a huge hole in our lives and the garden greatly missed. We are only 300 kilometres away, a three hour drive…