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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 Etching Press will be available this Saturday Afternoon 21 February 2pm – 5pm for students and artists who attended the recent LinoPrint workshop. It will be available once a month for printing.
Painting the Yarra River with Jenni Mitchell
Two upcoming events for Eltham South Fine Art include A LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON LITERARY with SIGMUND JORGENSEN. Sunday 15 February 3.00 – 5.00. For further details and bookings click here… Late Sunday Afternoon with Sigmund Jorgensen.
The Eltham South Fine Art: Gallery & Studios will officially re-open for 2015 Thursday 29th January. (The gallery will be open on other days before the 29th if we are working in the studios.) The gallery will be open regularly Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sundays – please check first. Eltham South Fine Art is an artist-run-space and to enable us to pursue our own artistic life will not be opening every Sunday in 2015. Eltham South Fine Art is a working studio, gallery and the family home of artists Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan. The gallery space permanently exhibits the family works of painting, print, sculpture, textile, jewellery and books by the Mitchell, Hannan and Skipper family; Jenni Mitchell, Grace Mitchell, Mervyn Hannan, Joe Hannan, Sonia Skipper. and Sigmund Jorgensen. The gallery also exhibits our contemporaries and has work from the early Eltham artists for a sense of Eltham history; Alan Martin, Leslie Sinclair, Peter Glass, George Chalmers, Piers Bateman and more. As well as the studio and gallery visitors are welcome to wander through the orchard garden which was originally established by Arthur and Grace Mitchell in 1948. Textile and jewellery from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Nepal, Timor and Turkey. We also offer custom Picture Framing and have been framing as Studio Framing since 1988.
Painting classes are held with Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan and will be commencing for 2015 from Thursday 29th January.
Thursday 10.00am – 12.30
Thursday 4.30am – 6.30
Friday 10.00am – 12.30
Saturday 10.00 – 12.00
Saturday 2.30 – 4.30
Private sessions by arrangement.
Painting and Drawing Workshops are organised throughout the year and held at the Studio, The Orchard Garden, The Yarra River and other Landscape locations. These will be posted at they are organised. There are currently places available in the Orchard Garden Workshops for February.
The Lino Print workshop for January is full at this time.
November is looking good at the Eltham South Fine Art: Studios & Gallery.
The Orchard Garden is in full bloom and producing an array of Spring Flowers and vegetables.
Several Garden Workshop dates have been organised for painting in the Orchard through to February 2015 and during the Summer break in January a two day linocut printmaking workshop will be held in the gallery. Bookings are now being taken for these workshops.
Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan’s private studios will be open for the next two weekends as part of the Nillumbik Shire Open Studio program. Come into the gallery studio and through the orchard to the visit their private working studios.
The current exhibition in the gallery is a selection of works by Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan.
New into the gallery are some beautiful silver and gemstone jewellery made by artists and craftsmen from ethnic Hill-tribe communities and work by several Nepalese women’s communities. We also have new work from Mongolia, Timor, Nepal and India.
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.
Students from the Studios
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW CLASSES WITH MERVYN HANNAN
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.
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.
Phone: 9439 3458 Mobile: 0417 585 102
6 Mt Pleasant Road, Eltham 3095
Enquiries Bookings are now being taken. contact: jenni@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au
(94393458 M. 0417 585 102)