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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  

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.

Jenni Mitchell

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.

 

 

From the Studios

The Gallery has just recently opened for the new 2014 year. Classes have resumed and we are on our way to an exciting new period.

When you visit the gallery you will notice a few changes. We have made some small alterations over the summer break.

The current exhibition FROM THE STUDIOS is a culmination of work from our studios and stock room and from our gallery artists. Large oil on canvas ice paintings by Jenni Mitchell welcome you into the gallery and will cool you during the summer heat.

From The Studios

New silver and gemstone jewellery is also on show.

We hope you will join us for a celebration of the new exhibition on Sunday 23 February.

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NEW CLASSES WITH MERVYN HANNAN

Mervyn Hannan
Dry Pastels

Mervyn Hannan will be taking PASTEL PAINTING & DRAWING classes Saturday Afternoon between 2.30 & 4.30.

Classes will run in the Studio and weather permitting in the Orchard Garden and the Eltham Environs for some Plein Air work. Bookings – contact gallery (03) 9439 3458.

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POETRY READING

The first LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON POETRY READING for 2014 will be held Sunday 16 March @ 4.30.
The work of TOM SHAPCOTT (read by poet Judith Rodrigeuz and KRISTIN HENRY will be read.

Jenni & Mervyn would like to invite you to meet and listen to three of our leading Australian poets: Tom Shapcott & Kristin Henry. Tom Shapcott’s poetry will be read by the poet Judith Rodrigeuz.

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

Enquiries Bookings are now being taken. contact: jenni@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au
(94393458 M. 0417 585 102)

Late Sunday Afternoon Poetry

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

Strauss Page details

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.

Jenny Strauss

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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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