2017 – Update

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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.

Book Launch

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Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery in conga action with Eltham Bookshop and Melbourne University Press invite you to a special evening with the authors to launch MODERN LOVE – The Lives of John & Sunday Reed. For bookings … Continue reading

Winter at the gallery

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The gallery has been re-hung with paintings and works on paper after our return from our painting trip.

Winter is a lovely time to come and attend a painting class or workshop in our warm gallery environment. There are currently vacancies in the Thursday and Friday morning sessions. If your are interested in Saturday afternoon please contact the gallery and we will will resume that session too.

We will run a series of exciting workshops in the coming weeks – details soon to be finalised.

Usual gallery days for gallery viewing, classes and Picture framing (Studio Framing) are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are generally contactable and available for viewing and picture framing outside of these days too by arrangement. Please phone Jenni (0417 585 102) or Mervyn (0411 423 886) to make a time.

Look forward to seeing you soon in the gallery.

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NEW EXHIBITION – Works on Paper


Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery will be open for 2016 from Thursday 4th February.

Our first exhibition for the year is a collection of recent works on paper by Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan. These works have been made in the field on travels to the Outback Queensland gem fields of Sapphire, Emerald and Lightning Ridge, Tibooburra and White Cliffs North West New South Wales, Digby and Portland  in Victoria’s Western District.

Included are watercolour, pastel, gouache and photography.

Do come and join us for a celebration treat on Sunday, 21 February from 2.00pm or come anytime soon for a preview.

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Also on exhibition are a number of Exotic Textiles, Silks, Silver and precious stone Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture, Photography, ceramics and many other wonderful things.

 

New Orchard Garden Workshops for March 2016

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PAINTING CLASSES

Painting Classes with Jenni Mitchell and held at the Gallery Studios weekly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons. As needed we also hold a special Saturday afternoon class and have spaces available for private tuition one on one. Contact Gallery for further details.

 

PICTURE FRAMING – STUDIO FRAMING

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We have been operating STUDIO FRAMING Custom Picture Framing for our location since 1988. Clients and artists needing picture framing may now come directly through the gallery at 6 Mt. Pleasant Road Eltham when the gallery is open or phone for an appointment and call directly into the framing studio at 19 Fordhams Road Eltham (same property access from back on Fordhams Road). Mervyn can be reached on 0411 423 886 or phone Jenni 0417 585 102 or gallery on (03) 9439 3458.

 

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Summer Break Dates

Eltham South Fine Art Gallery will be closed between Christmas and New Year and open periodically throughout January. Look for the Red umbrella or phone for times.  M. 0417 585 102.

We wish all of our friends, students, colleagues and new visitors to our gallery a Happy and SAFE summer period and look forward to seeing you in and gallery in the New Year.

Jenni and Mervyn

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Stairway to Heaven: Exotic Textiles & Other Beautiful Things is an eclectic collection of beautiful hand woven and embroidered textiles from around the world along with local ceramic works by Geoff Davidson, paintings and works on paper by various Mongolian artists, Jenni Mitchell, Grace Mitchell and  Mervyn Hannan. There are colourful Turkish Ceramic pieces, garden porcelain and African carved wood pieces.

We are also introducing to the gallery White Cliffs jeweller Linda George. We met Linda recently while on our painting trip to Tibooburra and White Cliffs. She is an extraordinary artist working with gold and silver using both local and other Australian Opal in her settings along with pearls and fine gemstones. Linda works from her underground opal mine home.

We have a selection of jewellery in our showcase by Linda.

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The exhibition will continue through until end of December and is open Thursday to Sunday. Hours Thur – Sat 10.00 – 5.30 and Sunday 11.00 – 5.00. (Note: Please check first re: Sunday as on occasion the gallery will be closed on a Sunday).

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Hal Barton (1927 – 2015)

Hal Barton, a former Eltham artist identity recently passed away. Hal had been living in Noosa on the Queensland Sunshine Coats for many years where he has continued to paint and exhibit his work. Hal was fine Australian Landscape painter and Portrait painter; becoming a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 1992. He was very much part of the  artistic community during the heady days of Eltham in the 60s and 70s. Hal Barton

January 2015

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News:

The Etching Press will be available this Saturday Afternoon 21 February 2pm – 5pm  for students and artists who attended the recent LinoPrint workshop. It will be available once a month for printing.

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Two upcoming events for Eltham South Fine Art include A LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON  LITERARY  with SIGMUND JOSigBookRGENSEN. Sunday 15 February 3.00 – 5.00.Sigmund For further details and bookings click here… Late Sunday Afternoon with Sigmund Jorgensen.

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Two Orchard Painting Workshop for February will be held on Sunday 8th and Tuesday 17th. More information here… GardenWshopFeb

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The Eltham South Fine Art: Gallery & Studios will officially re-open for 2015 Thursday 29th January. (The gallery will be open on other days before the 29th if we are working in the studios.) The gallery will be open regularly Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sundays – please check first. Eltham South Fine Art is an artist-run-space and to enable us to pursue our own artistic life will not be opening every Sunday in 2015. Eltham South Fine Art is a working studio, gallery and the family home of artists Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan. The gallery space permanently exhibits the family works of painting, print, sculpture, textile, jewellery and books by the Mitchell, Hannan and Skipper family; Jenni Mitchell, Grace Mitchell, Mervyn Hannan, Joe Hannan, Sonia Skipper. and Sigmund Jorgensen. The gallery also exhibits our contemporaries and has work from the early Eltham artists for a sense of Eltham history;   Alan Martin, Leslie Sinclair, Peter Glass, George Chalmers, Piers Bateman and more. As well as the studio and gallery visitors are welcome to wander through the orchard garden which was originally established by Arthur and Grace Mitchell in 1948. Textile and jewellery from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Nepal, Timor and Turkey. We also offer custom Picture Framing and have been framing as Studio Framing since 1988.

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Painting classes are held with Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan and will be commencing for 2015 from Thursday 29th January.

Thursday 10.00am – 12.30

Thursday 4.30am – 6.30

Friday 10.00am – 12.30

Saturday 10.00 –  12.00

Saturday 2.30 –  4.30

Private sessions by arrangement.

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Painting and Drawing Workshops are organised throughout the year and held at the Studio, The Orchard Garden, The Yarra River and other Landscape locations. These will be posted at they are organised. There are currently places available in the Orchard Garden Workshops for February.

The Lino Print workshop for January is full at this time.

News for November

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November is looking good at the Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery.

The Orchard Garden is in full bloom and producing an array of Spring Flowers and vegetables.

Several Garden Workshop dates have been organised for painting in the Orchard through to February 2015 and during the Summer break in January a two day linocut printmaking workshop will be held in the gallery. Bookings are now being taken for these workshops.

The Orchard Garden in Spring Bloom.

The Orchard Garden in Spring Bloom.

Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan’s private studios will be open for the next two weekends as part of the Nillumbik Shire Open Studio program. Come into the gallery studio and through the orchard to the visit their private working studios.

The current exhibition in the gallery is a selection of works by Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan.

New into the gallery are some beautiful silver and gemstone jewellery made by artists and craftsmen from ethnic Hill-tribe communities and work by several Nepalese women’s communities. We also have new work from Mongolia, Timor, Nepal and India.

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Spring/Summer Workshops 2014

A series of four new workshops have been planned to work with Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan both in the Artists Orchard Garden at the gallery and in both Wingrove Park Eltham and along the Yarra River in Warrandyte.

Click here for Workshop details…

 

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New Painting Workshops

A series of four new workshops have been planned to work with Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan both in the Artists Orchard Garden at the gallery and in both Wingrove Park Eltham and along the Yarra River in Warrandyte.

Click here for Workshop details…

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Wingrove Park Details & Bookings

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All Workshop Dates Spring/Summer

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Students from the Studios

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September News  

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Jenni Mitchell’s Painting Students Exhibition.

The first exhibition by 27 of Jenni Mitchell’s Eltham Studios painting students will open Sunday 28 September at Eltham South Fine Art: Gallery & Studios.

This is the first student show at the gallery since moving the teaching studio from Montsalvat to the studio and home of the late pastry cook and sculptor GRACE MITCELL. The last exhibition of Jenni’s students was held in the Long Gallery at Montsalvat several years ago.

I am excited at the breadth of the work in this show. Most of the students are from the Eltham and Nillumbik area and range in ages from 11 – 76. Some of my students have been working in my studios for eight years and others just a few months. The diversity of the work also ranges in styles and materials from works on canvas, paper, oil paint, pastel, pencil and water based paints.

The Exhibition subjects include simple black and white studio studies to complex and intricate still life paintings, the orchard garden at the studio and paintings from recent plein air workshops in Wingrove Park and the Yarra River.

The quality of the work in show is excellent due partly to the disciplined basis of the tonal painting technique encouraged in the studio.

My philosophy is to encourage them to spend the time in developing good painting skills through a formal understanding of tone using first black and white to understanding how to ‘see’ the subject objectively. By using these classical early techniques the artist students are able to develop their own methods in which they may ‘express themselves’ through any medium and will have knowledge of how make their art with conviction rather than by using the hit and miss approach.

Many students will be hanging their work in a gallery for the first time while others have been exhibiting regularly. The idea of the show came from the students who wanted to experience the complete process learning and making art through to the exhibition.

Also on exhibition are works by Mervyn Hannan’s pastel students. Mervyn has been taking classes also this year. Students are able to take classes with both Jenni and Mervyn.

This is an opportunity to show support for the thriving artistic community in our area as well an opportunity to make a purchase from new and emerging artists who may become our Finest Artists of the Future. Some works are for sale and are reasonably priced.

The Exhibition will be opened by Councillor Helen Coleman 2.oopm Sunday 28 September and run until 12 October – Wednesday’s to Sunday 10.00am – 5.30pm.

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Further Background –

Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery grew out of the Mitchell family property in Mt. Pleasant Road. My parents, Grace and Arthur Mitchell purchased the property in 1948 – an old rambling weatherboard cottage stood at the top of the block. When my father became ill Grace built a small tearoom and pastry shop, as a way of earning an income to support Arthur and her young child (Jenni) then. Together they built the large orchard garden that survives today. (Mervyn and I maintain the garden as well as run the gallery and teaching studio to help preserve this little piece of Eltham history).

After Grace retired from the shop, age 67 she got a driving license and completed a fine art degree at RMIT. The ‘tearooms’ then became her home and sculpture studios. The old cottage is now a mudbrick house and Jenni’s painting studio. When Grace passed in 2011 at nearly 95yrs Mervyn and I decided to turn her home and studio into what is now ELTHAM SOUTH FINE ART: Gallery & Studios.

 Prior to this I rented the Studio at Montsalvat by the pool as my teaching studio. Seemed wasteful to continue to pay rent to Montsalvat when I was also paying rates for Grace’s house; and we didn’t want to sell to a developer; which was suggested. 

Grace would be delighted to see her home being used as a gallery and studio today. She loved to teach too and used to teach pottery and bee keeping at the Eltham Living and Learning Centre.

We have had several shows at the gallery in the last couple of years including an important RETRO ELTHAM SHOW in which we exhibition 61 artists who were working in the Shire during our youth (1960s – 1980s). Mervyn and I both want to continue to show the art and history of local region. Both Eltham born and with strong ties to Montsalvat from an early age we have a sound knowledge of the arts history in region, and how quickly it can disappear.

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