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.

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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

Yarra-bookings-2014

All Workshop Dates Spring/Summer

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Students from the Studios

DV News Oct 1 2014

DV News Oct 1 2014

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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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.

 

 

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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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Artist’s Garden Painting Workshop nov 2012

The next ARTIST’S GARDEN painting workshop will be held in the Orchard Garden SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER (That’s Remembrance Day in Australia – and we will respect the minute silence at 11.00am).

Date:  Sunday 11 November, 2012

Place: Enter from Six Mount Pleasant Road, Eltham

Time: 10.00am – 3.30

Cost: $145  – morning tea and lunch provided         (NOTE WORKSHOP FULL)

Artist: Jenni Mitchell

The day will commence with a painting demonstration in the Orchard Garden by Jenni Mitchell followed by one to one tuition. Jenni will be focusing on how to capture quickly and simply the essence of the chosen subject. How to bring to the viewer a painterly interpretation.

All participants are welcome from beginners or experienced artists wanting to work in a colourful and old garden.

A home cook lunch will be provided along with morning and afternoon tea.

For bookings and further information  please contact Jenni Mitchell

Phone: (03) 9439 3458   Mobile  0417 585 102

Email: jenni@jennimitchell.com.au

 

Orchard Garden Painting Workshop

The first all day orchard garden painting workshop will be held at Eltham South Fine Art on Sunday September 16.

Set in the large ELTHAM orchard garden amongst the fruit and citrus trees, hen house, flower and vegetable garden Jenni Mitchell will demonstrate how to capture the subject and interpret it onto the canvas. She will guide students through the process of looking at nature and transposing the image onto paper or canvas in the chosen medium.

After the demonstration students are guided on a one to one basis. The workshop is suitable for advanced students and beginners.

Bring your favorite painting oil and water based materials or pastels.
Basic materials may be purchased from the studio.

Class size is limited – early bookings recommended.

For further details please contact email: jenni@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au
Ph 9439 3458 or mobile 0417 585 102.

Fee includes a light lunch and refreshment.

Workshop commences 10.00 am – 3.30pm

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From May to end of July the Eltham South Fine Art: Studio & Gallery will open ‘Gentle Hours’ – 11.00am – 4.00pm Thursday to Sunday.

While Jenni & Mervyn are exhibiting in Mongolia all phone enquiries are to Trish 9439 8806 AH or between 11.00am – 4.00pm the usual 9439 3458.

The studio is open to current paid up students May – July.

Regular Classes and Private tuition groups will recommence from July 12, 2012.

You can follow the Mongolian journey at http://www.jennimitchellblog.com

A short Mongolian journey from 2010 is available from here.

A Mongolian Snapshot.

Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery

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Eltham South Fine Art: Studios and Gallery is an Artist Run Initiative growing from the legacy of the late Grace Mitchell. The Mitchell family moved to Eltham in 1948 and bought a property that runs between Mt. Pleasant Road and Fordhams Road, South Eltham. Initially Grace and Arthur Mitchell lived in the old minors cottage at the top of the hill (Fordhams Road) and began constructing the orchard garden.

Grace Mitchell, a tailor and pastry cook began building a new residence and shop at the bottom of the hill at Mt. Pleasant Road and commenced her pastry business which she continued to run until the 1970s. On retirement Grace (then 67) swapped pastry and fabric for paint and sculpture and began her Fine Arts Degree at RMIT. Grace passed away April 2011.

Jenni Mitchell (Grace’s daughter) and husband Mervyn Hannan have re-opened the residence/shop as a Fine Art Gallery and teaching studio.

Jenni Mitchell commenced formal painting classes with Lesley Sinclair at Montsalvat in Eltham at the age of 10 and has since completed a Master of Visual Arts at Monash University.

Jenni travels regularly to wild and exotic locations around the world to find rare material for her painting and photography. Landscapes include the Australian desert, The Antarctic, The Arctic, Greenland, Norway and more recently, Mongolia.

Mervyn Hannan has also travelled widely in the search of inspiration to use with his painting, sculpture and music. Locations include Africa, Europe, Arctic Greenland, Canada and Mongolia.

Together Jenni and Mervyn run the Gallery and teaching studio. Visitors are invited to view  current  work of the resident artists and stroll through the orchard garden. Classes are run regularly and private tuition is available.

The Gallery is open Thursday – Saturday 10.00 – 5.30 and Most Sundays 11.00 – 5.00

For further information please contact Jenni Mitchell (03) 9439 3458 or Mobile 0417 585 102.

email: jenni@jennimitchell.com.au  or info@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au