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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.

Jenni Mitchell

 

August in the Gallery

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday and showing selected works from the stock room.

Sally Armfield has also joined the Eltham South Fine Art group with some of her beautiful botanical work. Sally grew up in Eltham and is the daughter of well known artists Joan and David Armfield.

Other artists who are currently showing in the gallery include Piers Bateman, Janet R. Boddy, Tony Muratore, Clifton Pugh, Shane Pugh, Jenni Mitchell, Mervyn Hannan, Sally Duncan, Geoffrey Davidson and more. 

The showcase has new silver and gemstone jewellery and a range of new textiles are on show. 

Painting and pastel classes with Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan are held Thursday to Saturday – new students welcome. 

In September we will be holding an exhibition in the gallery of work by Eltham South Fine Art students. 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

New Exhibition & Late Afternoon Poetry Reading

From The Studios

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LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON POETRY

with

Tom Shapcott, Judith Rodrigeuz & Kristin Henry

6 MT. PLEASANT ROAD, ELTHAM

Sunday 16 March @ 4.30pm

Donation: $9.50    Includes refreshments & nibbles

bookings:  phone 9439 3458 M. 0417 585 102
jenni@ElthamSouthFineArt.com.au
 A gentle way to close the weekend as we merge into the new week.
 

about the Poets’

Thomas Shapcott   Tom Shapcott

Queensland-born Thomas Shapcott has been publishing poetry since the 1960s and is also the author of  eight novels, libretti, and some non-fiction works. .He also engaged with Australian literature as editor of the University of Queensland Press poetry list in the 1970s, as Director of the Literature Board of the Arts Australia Council in the 1980s, and as the first Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. Some of his book titles are Selected Poems (UQP, 1978), The City of Empty Rooms (Salt Publishing, 2006), and Parts of Us (UQP, 2012).                                                                                                                                         photo of Tom by Nicholas Walton-Healey.

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Judith Rodrigeuz is a poet, librettist and teacher. Her collections – some contain her linocuts – include New And Selected Poems (University of Queensland Press, 1988), The Cold (National Library of Australia, 1994), and chapbooks Terror (2002) and Manatee (Picaro Press, 2008). The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites – a long ballad with historical account and lyrics – was issued by Arcade Books in 2012. She has read at numerous venues world-­‐wide and taught in universities in Australia, London, Jamaica, the United States and India.

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Melbourne poet and performer Kristin Henry has published two non-­‐fiction works, five poetry collections and a verse novel. She has been shortlisted for the N.S.W. Premiers Award and twice been the feature for Radio National’s programme Poetica. Kristin has established a rapport with audiences throughout Australia, her native United States and the U.K. In 2012 UWAP published her critically acclaimed verse novel All The Way Home, described in Australian Book Review as having ‘the ring of truth, fabulously lyrical and concise’.

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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