Meeniyan Art Gallery is an innovative gallery showcasing Gippsland’s best visual artists and artisans. It has a focus on handcrafted and original works and promotes both emerging and established artists. In addition to the galleries and a gift shop it also has a studio/workshop area available for hire.  The Gallery periodically stocks book of interest, please check the Books page for more information.

February Exhibition

30 January to 25 February (Opening 3 February)

‘caelum et terram (sky and earth)’:  Martin King

In his large etching titled ‘Overflow’ we see a cormorant silhouetted in stages of flight – the site could be anywhere, and it could be any bird flying in our field of vision, but it is, in fact, the Darling River.  The artist, Martin King, believes that birds have a timeless quality and an ability to ‘carry all history before them’, in which they hold not one reality but many.  Images of birds have pre-occupied King for the past two decades, and his use of the darkened silhouette is both a romantic, temporal image of time or things passing, as well as an enigmatic play about distance, vision and movement.

As King has said, ‘I am not concerned with ornithological accuracy; I want to convey the patterned elements, the texture and the shape, the physical lightness of the form’, but his art is also homage to the species.  Above all Martin King’s interest in birds, both as a printmaker and a lay ornithologist is about our connection with nature and the life of birds, between the earth and the sky.

‘Ebb and Flow’: Mandy Gunn

At Cassis the pebbles, the fish,
Rocks under a magnifying glass,
Sea salt and the sky,
Have made me forget human pretensions,
Have invited me
To turn my back
On the chaos of our goings on,
Have shown me eternity
In the little waves of the harbour
Which repeat themselves
Without repeating themselves.

This poem by one of the French Romantic Poets has been pinned on my studio wall for the last 25 years.  It sums up my feelings about landscape; communication with patterns; repetitions and rhythms of nature, something larger than one’s self and one’s immediate world, as well as solace, calm and connection with something ancient.

​I have learned a great deal  through working with and visiting indigenous people and their country.

The works on show have been completed over the past year or so.  I live next to a coastal park, I see the oceans; its colours, its movements, I hear its roar and its moods – it gets into your system.

I work flat so I am looking down on the work like the aerial image ​it shows; I use mainly palette knives and spoons to apply the paint, which I have premixed into a range of colours.  I paint from images in the mind and memories of constant looking.  It’s an exciting process: the materials often react in ways I don’t expect.

February Events

Open Artists Studios & Art Spaces (17 February)

As part of the Meeniyan Garlic Festival (16 February), a series of open studios and art spaces has been organised.  Examples of works by participating artists can be seen at the Meeniyan Art Gallery for a week prior to and including the Garlic Festival.  For more information on participating artists – Details of open studios

SUSAN HALL – Inverloch
CHRIS BEEHAG – Koonwarra
BOB HICKMAN – Koonwarra
MEG VINEY – Koonwarra

March Events

An evening with Sandra Pankhurst (Inspiration for the award winning biography, “The Trauma Cleaner”)

Join us in an intimate setting as we delve into Sandra’s extraordinary life as she takes us through her journey from being born Peter, to becoming transgender, was Victoria’s first female funeral director, a wife, and now director of a trauma cleaning company where she tirelessly supports people with unspeakable tragedy and emotional scars. Get the chance to hear Sandra’s story in her own words, be involved in discussions with bubbles and nibbles served on arrival, followed by a light supper at the end of the event. Sandra’s humour, grace, integrity and compassion will draw you into her incredible story that above all else is about survival.  Sandra has also featured in interviews for SBS Viceland, and more recently on Studio 10.

When:   Friday 8thof March, 7.00 for 7.30pm, Meeniyan Art Gallery, 84 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan

Cost:      $35pp

To Book:  https://www.trybooking.com/463926  * Tickets are limited so bookings are essential.

More information on Sandra Pankhurst – Sandra Pankhurst BIO- book