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.
January 2 to January 28 (Opening 5 January at 2:00pm)
‘Eclectic’: Ysabel Kershaw, Jessica Knight, Emily Lethbridge, Gaby Martin, Miriam Robinson, Nikita Rainey, Kelsi Vanderstaay and Chelsea Vivian (Years 10 – 12, Newhaven College)
An exhibition reflecting the diverse and wide ranging ideas created in artworks inspired from many different sources by student artists from Newhaven College in Years 10 to 12. Featuring the artworks by Ysabel Kershaw, Jessica Knight, Emily Lethbridge, Gaby Martin, Miriam Robinson, Nikita Rainey, Kelsi Vanderstaay and Chelsea Vivian.
‘Two Ladies, Two Sheds . . . Again!’: Leslie Monahan and Helen McInnes
Following the huge success of their joint exhibitions at the Meeniyan Art Gallery in 2014 and 2017, Leslie Monahan and Helen McInnes are both delighted to be returning to MAG for ‘Two Ladies, Two Sheds. . . Again!.
Leslie and Helen share a passion for creating works of art that show that steel and timber can take on many cloaks of intrigue, texture and colour. In ‘Two Ladies, Two Sheds . . . Again!’ they have created a complementary yet very contemporary exhibition.
Leslie’s sculptures are based around her beloved corten steel and recycled materials. ‘Icarus’ reflects the large sculptures for which Leslie are renowned. In this exhibition she also showcases her ability to produce ‘metal millinery’. These unique pieces range from the samurai history that is ‘Katsumoto Watanbe’ to the humour that is ‘Sister Bertrille’. Camelot features in ‘Guinevere’ and also in the simple elegance of a pillbox hat that is ‘Jacqueline’, while collaboration with nature creates ‘Audrey’.
Helen’s love of animals and the environment is translated through to her work. Helen’s sculptures start life in local farm properties and forests but transform under her artful eye to pieces that take recognisable form whilst maintaining and revealing the natural grain and colours of the timber. Her digital images reveal the creative process that materialises into her sculptures.
‘Across the Strait: Series Two / Passages’: Lex Palmer Bull
Though now living in Launceston, Tasmania, Lex Palmer Bull has spent a great deal of her recreational life at Venus Bay. As a child, the sea, sand and sky of this coastal region shaped her development and artistic temperament, and during her art studies at the VCA and her recent BA Honours degree at UTAS, Launceston, she pursued the abstract emotions of lines that lead over paper, across pages, across land and sea to elsewhere, a utopian desire to see beyond her present place to where her coastal memories beckon.
From Eagles Nest to Walkerville, Cape Liptrap and Sandy Point, Lex navigates in her art passages and lines that connect these memories and geographies. The delicate pin holes connect her from Launceston over Bass Straight to the southern tip of South Gippsland, functioning as a time map for returning home; they are minutes logged in her memory of travelling to and fro or are the notion of time in a passage that leads towards her coastal home of Venus Bay.