Two Day Workshop with Jenni Mitchell – Fundamentals: Understanding Ton

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TONE: Creating and using the Grey Scale

Understanding how to use the Black and White Tonal Scale is one of the fundamental rules of painting. Knowing how one tone affects another tone will increase the painters skill for all painting whether classical traditional work or contemporary abstract. The use of tone is the artists’ friend and the skilled artist has then the knowledge to manipulate the painting to create depth and spatial effect – you will be better able to paint what you see rather than create ‘the happy accident’ and not know how you achieved an effect.

DATES:            Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 May

TIMES:            10.00am – 4.00pm

COST:               $285.00 includes 2 day workshop tuition and some  materials for creating tonal chart plus home cooked lunch and refreshments.

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Day 1

Jenni will demonstrate how to use the classical technique of tone (Max Meldrum) to paint what you see using black and white to create a formal chart to use with all your paintings. Day One – Demonstration and creating your own Tonal Chart to use in any medium.

Day 2

You will be able to understand more about how the grey scale works and setup your own subject and use the created tonal chart to help accurately paint the shape and tone thereby helping to paint the essence of the chosen subject quickly.

A Country cooked lunch and all refreshments will be provided. Students will be given the canvas and paper to create the Black and White tonal scale. Please bring your chosen medium – oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolour pastel or pencil or purchase quality materials from the studio.

FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT JENNI MITCHELL

Phone Mobile 0417 585 102 or.  

email: jenni@jennimitchell.com.au

link to more workshops at PETSCHEL HOUSE WORKSHOPS

Painting Autumn – Colours of the Petschel House Garden

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Painting Autumn + Booking flyer click here for flyer & details

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April 2018 

10.00am – 4.00pm

Petschel House Hamilton Victoria

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.

Painting Autumn + Booking flyer click here for flyer & details

 

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Artists’ Picnic

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ARTISTS’ PICNIC 15 April (click for 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 – jenni@jennimitchell.com.au

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.

Final Days

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Artists Jenni and Merv Mitchell on the move

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…

Gallery & Studio News Update.

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Mervyn and I have bought a property in the Western District at Hamilton and will be relocating the Studios & Gallery at the end of the year. If you know our property you will realise we have a huge task with packing up the studios and our family goods and arts works.

We have begun to set up a studio clearance of art books, artworks and studio items to help us ‘downsize’ before the move.

We will also be holding our LAST ELTHAM EXHIBITION later in the year – details to be posted in the near future.

Classes will continue until the end of October and the Picture Framing with Mervyn @ STUDIO FRAMING will continue until the end of the year unless settlement takes place sooner.

Do come and see what we have on show – we will have works that have not been see before as well as selected Studio Pieces of the family including: Jenni Mitchell, Grace Mitchell, Mervyn Hannan, Joe Hannan and Sonia Skipper.

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A special book launch will be held in conjunction with Eltham Bookshop, Text Publishing and  Eltham South Fine Art Gallery

Wednesday 10 August

A Tribute to Brett Whitelely
An Evening of Art, Life & the Other Thing ~
WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST
6.00 for a 6.30pm start until 8.00
with Music
by
Linda Pearson & Jill Khans
Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery
6 Mt Pleasant Road, Eltham 3095
Prepaid early bookings  are essential as seating is intimate

Entry: $60 includes a copy of the book or a $45 gift voucher, a glass of wine and refreshments.

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When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity—some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.

Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through.

Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia’s most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year—his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll: Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.

Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this dazzling biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist.

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