Petschel House is open by appointment during the week and most weekends. If you would like to be sure we are here it is best to call ahead on 0417 585 102. We are very happy to take visitors through our gardens and studio if we are home. Otherwise – three special days coming up.
Petschel House will be open for three afternoons in August for guests to come and visit our Bijou Gallery and have a look around the gardens and orchards. The Studios will also be open. You may find produce to your liking, a piece of art or specialist jewellery.
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.
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.
New Exhibition of recent Works on Paper by Jenni Mitchell & Mervyn Hannan. Included are pastel, watercolour, gouache and photography from outback Australia, Western District and Eltham. Continue reading →
The Orchard Garden was first established in 1948 by Arthur & Grace Mitchell to grow produce for the family and their pastry shop business. Today still in the family the garden is maintained by Jenni & Mervyn for food, beauty and a pleasant way of life.
The workshop will commence with a demonstration by Jenni Mitchell followed by one to one tuition around the garden. The large garden has plenty of corners to set up an easel or drawing board in comfort.
The focus is to capture on paper or canvas the essence of the garden quickly using your chosen materials. You will be shown how to view the subject using your Artists’ Eye.
These workshops are suitable for all student levels including beginners & experienced artists who like to work with nature in a colourful garden setting.
* Bring your favourite painting materials: oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolour, pencil or pastels. Lunch and refreshments provided.
*basic art materials available for purchase at gallery.
Cost $155.00 each or $285 for two workshops. includes home cooked lunch and refreshments.
We are saddened to acknowledge the passing of our gallery artist, friend and colleague PIERS BATEMEN. Piers has been in both Mervyn and my life forever. The Bateman family lived nearby when I was growing up in Eltham and came regularly to our Pastry shop. Piers was always the artist and when I began painting he made my first picture frames. He attended our local Eltham High School and contributed significantly to the artistic ethos of our community. Piers had the opportunity to work with and be mentored by some of our country’s greatest artists’ such as Arthur Boyd. We were excited for him when he had his first successful exhibitions and how proud he stood with those first achievements. He went on to have a highly successful career as an artist in Australia and overseas. He had a passion for the sea and travelling extensively making a home where ever he was and in particular Spain and more recently China. He began teaching painting as a Professor for the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art.
Piers was an adventurer and great inspiration for just heading out there and doing it! We saw the Australian Desert through Piers’s paintings, our local Bush and later the works from China more recently. He made his mark as a strong and unique Australian Landscape artist and did not ever ‘sell out’ to the fashion of the day with his art.
Piers has been showing at Eltham South Fine Art: Studios and Gallery since we commence and will be greatly missed for those regular chats and coffee around the table.
Painting – Summer Bush Piers Batemen
Piers Bateman wall plate from our Retro Eltham Show
Piers Bateman (1947 – 2015)
Born in Perth Piers moved to Eltham with his family in 1957 where he spent his formative years and attended the local Eltham high school. In 1966 Piers travelled to London where he studied art with Arthur Boyd and shared studios with Canadian and English painters. He held his first exhibition in Melbourne at the Munster Arms Gallery in 1968 age 20. From thereon he has travelled and exhibited regularly in Australia and overseas as well as setting up a studio in Alicante Spain in 1985. He has work held in many Private and Public collections nationally and internationally including Shanghai; where he currently holds a position at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.
From the Sydney Morning Herald
Former Liberal Andrew Peacock, has paid tribute to his “dear friend” landscape artist Piers Bateman, who died in a boating accident on Friday.
Mr Bateman, 67, was accompanied by a friend from New South Wales, who also perished in the incident.
In an email to Fairfax Media from his home in Texas, US, Mr Peacock said he was “very sad” to learn of the death.
Artist Piers Bateman.
“Piers was a dear friend and I greatly admire his work,” he said.
“Six of his works hung in the Australian Ambassador’s Residence in Washington,DC while I was there and I have five of them hanging in my Texas home today.”
Mr Peacock said so much of the Melbourne artist’s work evoked a distinctive Australian spirit.
“Piers was a fine artist and I will miss both him and his work,” he said.
Mr Bateman’s work has been exhibited in art galleries in Australia and abroard, including the Red Hill Gallery in Brisbane, Eltham South Fine Art and the Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair.
His art also hangs on the walls of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne University and the conference room in the Australian Embassy in Washington.