January 2015

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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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Painting the Yarra River with Jenni Mitchell

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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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‘Woman with Stone’  Jenni Mitchell  Linocut Print.

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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…

Two Artist Garden Workshops

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  

Students from the Studios Poster

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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Late Sunday Afternoon Performance with Daniel Kahans

We are very pleased to invite you to a special event in our LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON Series. A Performance with  DANIEL KAHANS. SUNDAY 15 JUNE @ 3.30. Booking Advised

.Cost $9.50 includes High Tea and refreshments.

For More details of our forthcoming Late Sunday Afternoon click here.

 

 

TWO MONGOLIAN JOURNEYS

Our next exciting exhibition is about:  TWO MONGOLIAN JOURNEYS

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This exhibition will showcase the PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, TEXTILES & ARTEFACTS produced and collected from our two journeys to Mongolia in 2010 and 2012.

In 2010 we travelled with our Australian friends Marion and Peter to Mongolia to be with our Mongolian artist friend Tugsoo Sodnom. Tugsoo had come to Australia a few years earlier and travelled with us to paint in the Flinders Ranges. This resulted in the first exhibition DESERT SHARING held at Montsalvat Barn Gallery in 2005. We have continued the journey with travelling to the Central Mongolia landscape at Khorhorin, the North East to the Siberian Forest and later in 2012 South to the Gobi Desert with Tugsoo and her son Unench.

We camped in GERS along the way and made many small paintings and much photography and film which will be part of this exhibition. We will also be exhibiting some of the work Tugsoo made in the Australian Flinders Ranges.

Durning our 2010 visit we were invited to return and exhibit in the History Museum in Ullaanbaatar; being the first Australians to exhibit in the Museum. This was part of our reason for returning in 2012; and to travel to the Gobi to fulfil our DESERT SHARING with Tugsoo.

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO MONGOLIAN JOURNAL

The exhibition opens Sunday 10 November @ 2.00pm and continues through until the end of the year.

The exhibition will be open Thursday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.30, Sunday 10.00 – 5.00

all enquiries to: Jenni Mitchell: (03) 9439 3458, M. 0417 585 102  jenni@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au

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The Spring Show Opens this Sunday, 29 September at 2.00pm.

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Late Sunday Afternoon Reading –

Jennifer Strauss & Geoff Page – Sunday 27 October

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Jenni & Mervyn would like to invite you to listen to and meet two of our leading Australian poets. Jennifer Strauss (Victoria) and Geoffrey Page (ACT) are both respected and well known for their life dedicated to the craft of poetry.

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Jennifer Strauss & Geoffrey Page

at the Eltham South Fine Art Gallery
6 Mt. Pleasant Road, Eltham

27 October at 4.30pm

$8.50

includes refreshments & nibbles

A gentle way to close the weekend as we merge into the new week.

For bookings:
Phone: 9439 3458 Mobile: 0417 585 102 email: jenni@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au

6 Mt Pleasant Road, Eltham 3095 http://www.ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au

Jennifer Strauss was born on a dairy farm near Heywood, and spent the first six years of her life there. She received her education successively in a Catholic convent, Presbyterian boarding school, and Anglican College of Melbourne University. Her working life has been as an academic in English departments, which has afforded her a great deal of pleasure from teaching, and the chance to move about the world a good deal-living in Britain, USA, Germany, Canada and travelling in Spain and Latin America, especially Argentina. Her first published poems were in Melbourne University Magazine. As an academic at Monash University, Jennifer published a good deal of literary criticism, including books on Judith Wright and Gwen Harwood; edited 2 anthologies of Australian poetry, and co-edited The Oxford Literary History of Australia. Jennifer Strauss is national President of a woman’s NGO, the Australian Federation of University Women.

Geoff PageGeoff Page is based in Canberra and has published twenty-one collections of poetry as well as two novels and five verse novels. He’s also won the Grace Leven Prize and the Patrick White Literary Award, among others. His recent books include A Sudden Sentence in the Air: Jazz Poems (Extempore 2011), Coda for Shirley (Interactive Press 2011), Cloudy Nouns (Picaro Press 2012) and 1953 (University of Queensland Press 2013). Improving the News (Pitt Street Poetry) and NewSelected Poems (Puncher & Wattmann) are due out late in 2013.

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Photographs & Portraits taken and painted by Jenni Mitchell

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Three New Workshops –

TWO NEW dates for the ORCHARD GARDEN @ The Gallery and ONE for WINGROVE PARK, ELTHAM.

CLICK LINKS BELOW FOR DETAILS AND BOOKSINGS

Wingrove Park Workshop 

Orchard Garden Workshop 

 Orchard Garden Workshop

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The Late Winter ShowCome and join us in the gallery for the opening and share a drink and nibbles.

The Late Winter Show includes several large landscape paintings and a series of small recent still life works using fruits from the orchard garden. Works from a Coastal Norway Snow Shower, the Fiery Sky of a Western Victorian Sunset and a Heavy Mt. Buller Cloudstudy.  There are pastel works from Mervyn Hannan depicting the Flinders Ranges and the Digby Cottage. Still Life from Hilary Jackman and Bush Studies from Piers Bateman. Also included are several recent paintings by Ron Reynolds; Landscapes of Warrandyte and Still Life.

Works by Retro Eltham artists include Grace Mitchell, Alan Martin, Sonia Skipper, Leslie Sinclair and others.

From our recent visit to Dili, Timor Leste we have brought back some traditional textile including  Tias weavings. We are hoping to help support the community we stayed with through some gallery sales.

PAINTING CLASSES have recommenced for the term with regular classes being held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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The Summer Show

The Summer Show

Opening Afternoon: 2 Dec  2 – 5pm

A selection of works from recent journeys by Jenni Mitchell & Mervyn Hannan will be exhibitied along with works by Grace Mitchell from the estate collection.

SCULPTURE | PAINTING | PRINT | TEXTILE | JEWELLERY | PHOTOGRAPHY
Including small and affordable works

Exhibition continues through to 23 December.

This exhibition includes paintings and field sketches from Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan’s journeys to Mongolia, the Australian Desert, Norway, The Arctic and the Antarctic as well as from the home Orchard Garden.

*** If you have not already visited the gallery for Grace Mitchell’s retrospective; please do as the show will be coming down after 18 November. This is the perfect time to see the work in it’s entirity.