YERING STATION’S  ARTS PROGRAM ENCOMPASSES PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND SCULPTURE WITH EXHIBITIONS FEATURING A DIVERSE RANGE OF ARTISTS WHOSE WORK CAPTURES THE SYNERGY BETWEEN WINE AND ART

Yering Station Art Gallery

Yering Station’s Cellar Door, with its rustic appeal, high ceilings and white painted, hand-made brick walls, operates as both a tasting room and a contemporary art gallery. Exhibitions are located in the Main Gallery on the ground floor and in the more intimate First Floor Gallery, with exhibitions rotating every four to six weeks.

The Yering Station Art Gallery has a solid reputation in the arts community and is sought after by emerging and established artists alike, while the annual Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, which runs from late October through to early December, has a long history of showcasing an outstanding cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice.

All commissions from sales associated with Yering Station’s Arts Program are donated to LARCH: The Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Current Exhibition in the Main Gallery and First Floor Gallery 24 February – 21 March 2017 

LAURA WHITE – THE PAINTED GARDEN

Official Opening: Friday 3 March 6.00 – 7.45 pm

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Laura White, Bird of Paradise, Oil on canvas, 120 x 90cm

In the winter of 2015, White’s first solo show Harvest opened in the Yering Station Art Gallery. Bringing together an accomplished range of still life oil paintings, Harvest offered up compositions of fruits and blossoming branches arranged in domestic settings that captured a fresh and nonetheless nostalgic affection for the bounty of the garden.

Principally a still life painter concerned with composition, balance, perspective and ellipsis, the botanical works of White’s ‘Painted Garden’ take her tableau into a lusher, closer, livelier glasshouse atmosphere. Freshly opened flowers and succulent foliage dominate, transforming the gallery into a conservatory in which everything grows as though magnified by the moisture in the air.

Perhaps because these works are immediately communicable to the senses, White finds it easy to get lost in the multiple layering, the translucent glazes, the waxy textural depth and the vibrant natural hues, and although she works within the realist tradition, these paintings, like the often serene and unsettling works of the hyperrealists, recognise a mysterious grandeur within nature which links them to the European Romantic tradition. Working creatively with plants opens a space for White in which it is possible to enter calm, meditative and altogether timeless states. These quiet, benighted and deeply creative moments enable White to enter into the drama of the plant: a connection between artist and subject is established, and this connection deepens her understanding of petals, leaves, stems and the ongoing play of light and shade. When calm and creative meditation informs the movement of the brush, the paint on the canvas soon begins to live and breathe.

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Laura White, Echeveria Saturn, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60cm

Originally from Argentina, White moved to Australia with her family in 1976. The rediscovery of art later in life has propelled her into new arenas and opened new areas of enquiry. Following on from a course in interior design, White’s first steps in oil painting were largely self-guided and driven by curiosity and experimentation, after which she spent two years studying under Mary Petruccelli from Petruccelli Art Studio in Upper Beaconsfield. She currently works out of her studio in Berwick, Victoria.

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2016 Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition!

After much deliberation the judging panel awarded the Yering Station Sculpture Award to ‘Hold’ by Bridget Nicholson!

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The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award went to ‘Boxed-In’ by Todd Stuart

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The RACV Award was won by Antonio Villella for ‘Embryo’

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‘The Matrix of Perceived Value’ by Terrianne Murray won the Yering Station Art Gallery Award

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And the Winery Choice Award went to ‘What We Do’ by Emmy Mavroidis

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A heartfelt thank you to all artists, partners, sponsors and supporters for contributing to an outstanding exhibition!

The Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition runs through to the 5 December and all works are for sale.

Vote for your favourite sculpture in the RACV People’s Choice Award and go in the draw to win a ‘Stay and Play’ prize package at the RACV Country Club and a luncheon for two at the Yering Station Wine Bar Restaurant!

Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery and the First Floor Gallery from 24 February – 22 March 2017

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Yering Station Art Gallery is Currently Accepting Exhibition Proposals for 2018

You can download a PDF version of the Yering Station Art Gallery application form here

Past Exhibitions 2017

Anthony Bowles and Tim Jones Macedon and Beyond 20 January 21 February

Karen Hopkins Impermanence 2 December 17 January

Past Exhibitions 2016

Ben Fuog The Four Givens, The Great Pearl and Ikaria 28 October 29 November

Paul Laspagis The Floating Landscape 16 September 25 October

Ernst Fries Selected Works 16 September – 25 October

Bree Edgar The Naked Face 16 September 25 October

Flossie Peitsch Not Black and White 29 July 13 September 2016

Kerryl Shirley Constructions 24 June 26 July 2016

Neil Kelly This Kind of Blue 22 June 27 July 2016

Nellie Zimmerman Scape Artist … Evolving Forms and Nikki Perzuck Festive Journey 19 May 22 June

John Forrest Selected Works 7 April 18 May 2016

Lorna Garnier Eco Mind 7 April 18 May 2016

David Bowers and Nick Morris 25 February 6 April 2016

Justin Stone 25 February 6 April 2016

Chunky Move 21 January 24 February 2016

Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 2016

23 October – 5 December

Elisabeth Weissensteiner, Three Yellow Dancers Floating, Polyester resin, fibre glass, pigments, steel rope, Height 220cm

The annual Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards commenced in 2001 and is now an iconic event on the Victorian Arts calendar. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Yarra Valley Arts and Yering Station and runs for six weeks, from the last week in October until the first week in December. During this time sculptures spill out across the established gardens and line the long corridors and breezeways.

The exhibition showcases a cross section of modern Australian sculptural practice and provides opportunities for artists while giving visitors the opportunity to interact with contemporary art.

The judging panel comprises distinguished professionals from the arts community, and the prize money and exposure associated with the exhibition work to encourage artists in their practice while lifting their professional profiles. Catalogues are available during the exhibition, all artworks are for sale and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite work via the People’s Choice Award.

Panel Selection & Exhibition Judges 2016

Alex McCulloch: Director Alex McCulloch Art Consultancy
Amanda Swanson: Co-founder and Events and Sponsorship Director Mossgreen Gallery
Jeannette Davison: Art Director Montsalvat

Prizes & Awards (non aquisitive)

Yering Station Sculpture Award $12,000
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Award $5,000
RACV Award $1,000
Yering Station Art Gallery Award
People’s Choice Award

Application Form and Conditions of Entry

Applications for the 2016 Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards closed on the 4 July

Contact Details

For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Curator:

T (03) 9730 0102 M 0400 894 646.