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.

13754254_10207113772988049_7697614216521618055_n-1Book by phone: 9439 8700 or elthambookshop@bigpond.com

 

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.