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 Exhibitions – February 2 to March 2 (Opening, February 4)
Gallery 1: Ecology – Susan Hall, Robert Barron & Scott McFadden
Susan Hall – I am a Gippsland artist specialising in Printmaking and Painting. Beach walking and collecting plastic left by an unthinking consumerist society became the grounds for a new environmental art practice. My work evolves around my local environment that reflect the tension between nature and the human exploitation of nature. In the Ecology exhibition at Meeniyan Art Gallery I will be submitting works based on my perception of the ever changing moods of Andersons Inlet and beyond.
Robert Barron – For over forty years, making pots and firing with wood continues to be a great force in my life. Whether it is preparing the clay, throwing on the wheel or stoking the kiln, I find all aspects of the process immensely satisfying. These days I find myself diving into the embers and moving work around, creating my own individual expression out of the fire it’s self. The firing process has become an aesthetic tool and the division between technique and idea has become blurred.
Scott McFadden – Ecology: “house”, or “environment”; is the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment. Ecology includes the study of interactions that organisms have with each other, other organisms, and with a biotic components of their environment. Within a painting I try to capture a moment in time, for a memory is the essence of our existence. Only time will tell if a single thought or narrative will have any cultural significance in the story of our existence.
Gallery 2: Beautiful Bones – Kerry Strauss & Robyn Cerretti
Robyn Cerretti and Kerry Strauss are graduates of the fine art department at RMIT, recently moved to Fish Creek and Foster from Brunswick East, where they were neighbors. They are founding members of the artist run space “Upstairs at the Napier” in Fitzroy. Kerry and Robyn are now part of the Various Space collective, which continues the principles and practice of the Upstairs at the Napier artists in different locations.
This exhibition explores complimentary themes which run through both artist’s work; the notion of transformation and the passage of time, using locally sourced and repurposed material in works of sculpture and drawing.
Artists Wall: Seasonal Celebrities – Prom and Pears – Carolyn Johns
This exhibition introduces my new passion for luxury silk scarves. I want people to be able to wrap themselves in the luxury of love given to us from nature, whether it be a pear or an experience from the purity of the Prom. Being a photographer is a great privilege. Thank you