THE YERING STATION ART GALLERY FEATURES THE WORK OF BOTH ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT CAPTURES THE SYNERGY BETWEEN FINE WINE AND THE ARTS
Yering Station Art Gallery
Yering Station’s historic winery building (circa 1859) with its rustic charm, 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 is committed to exhibiting the work of both established and emerging Australian artists, 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 26 May – 1 July
ANITA OPHOVEN — DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS
Four Red Moreton Bay Figs, coloured pencil, 42 x 60cm
Like produce harvested from a forbidden garden, there is something unearthly about the seeds, fruits and foliage depicted in Anita Ophoven’s latest exhibition Drawings and Watercolours. Almost exclusively isolated against white backgrounds, Ophoven’s carefully selected subjects appear to be floating in a void within which their effusive life forces and startling individuality are mysteriously enhanced: the pigmented skin of fruit becomes a liminal space both absorbing and reflecting light, imperfections are invested with a heightened meaning and significance, while subtleties of colour, having been observed and given full expression, produce an air of unreality created with techniques generally specific to realist art. A transformation is effected as everyday objects become lenses inviting viewers to explore new ways of seeing.
Trained as a painter at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and at the Victorian College of the Arts, Ophoven has nonetheless, like many Australian artists before her, discovered unique possibilities inherent in pencil drawing: ‘I have been working mostly in coloured pencil on paper for some years. I like the directness of the process, and the degree of precision and control it affords. Learning to paint or draw is, as much as anything else, about learning to see. Most of these images derive from familiar objects. I’m interested in the ambiguity achieved by looking at ordinary things in a new way, and in the somewhat uneasy place between realism and abstraction.’
‘For a long time I avoided subjects from nature, preferring the ambiguity of images derived from man-made things, manipulated or distorted almost beyond recognition. In the past few years however I have become increasingly interested in the various plants and seeds I come across during morning walks, and eventually I began to draw them. I now find treasures wherever I go: seed pods in a gutter, shrivelled pears hanging over the fence, a weed in an alley, an endless supply of Moreton Bay figs under the trees in the park. Trips to the market have also become extremely distracting, as I find myself thinking more about what I might draw than about what I might make for dinner. Even the produce aisle at the supermarket can be overwhelming. What I find so compelling is the beauty and intricacy of the plants, and the intense pleasure of the drawing process.’
Rainbow Chard, watercolour and watercolour pencil, 60 x 72cm
Current Exhibition in the Winery Viewing Gallery 14 March – 9 July
ANGELA RIVAS & LINDY SCHNEIDER — FROM THIS PLACE
‘From This Place’ is the result of a collaboration between photographer Angela Rivas, writer Lindy Schneider and fourteen female artists from the Upper Yarra Valley region of Victoria. Through words and photography they explore how ‘place’ grounds artists in their creativity.
Artist Statement: This body of work had its genesis in the desire to inspire others through the telling of stories about women artists and their practice. The work locates itself deeply in nature and from this place we have been able to reveal a depth of beauty in these women, a beauty we understand as their ‘soul shine’. In this way, the process has also been one of healing and self-awareness for all of us. We, as the project creators, have been shaped by the encounters we have had just as the viewer of this work may be. It could be no other way. Embedded in each image taken, and in each word written, is a sense of collaboration, community and care. Our intention to inspire women to embrace their own art practice regardless of their age or place in life is present for the reader or viewer in a way that avoids prescription and encourages a deeper reflection and reimagining of the self as artist. And we are all artists. A deeply feminine process, we allowed the project to shape its own unique course and found a much larger expression than we had originally dreamed. Through this project, we have experienced a freedom to present our respective art forms in ways that reveal our gifts and our intentions for future practice. The clasping of the hands to the heart is a leitmotif of this work and is the source of inspiration for the title. Every woman spoke of her artistic life coming ‘from this place’ as she touched her hands to her breast – a reflection of both the inner source and the outer expression of their work.
Live as though all of life is artistic practice.
And if you need inspiration, go to the river.
Upcoming Exhibition in the Main Gallery 4 July – 5 August
Brenda Page – Nevermore
(Detail) “when i hear your name”, hand painted, screen printed decals on blown glass, 52 x 13 x 18cm
Upcoming Exhibition in the First Floor Gallery 8 August – 18 November
Upcoming Exhibition in the Winery Viewing Gallery from 16 July – 8 October
Chris Taylor – The Stillest Hour: Reimagining Victoria’s Highland Forests
Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards 28 October – 8 November 2018
Beatrice Magalotti, The Norns, Bronze, 28 x 42 x 29 cm
The Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards is the result of a collaboration between Yarra Valley Arts, a not for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural lives of Yarra Valley residents and visitors, and Yering Station, a premier winery in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria with an arts program encompassing painting, photography and sculpture.
The exhibition has grown steadily since October 2001 and is now an iconic event on the Victorian arts calendar attracting strong interstate interest. It is respected for its consistency and longevity and its ability to annually showcase a cross section of contemporary Australian sculptural practice from both established and emerging artists.
Staged across dramatic landscaped gardens designed by Michael McCoy, the exhibition provides ample opportunities for the installation of outdoor sculpture, while the long indoor corridors and breezeways offer indoor and sheltered spaces. Finalists are encouraged to select a site which best presents their work.
Dr Ewen Jarvis, Curator of the Yering Station Art Gallery and the annual Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, is a writer and practicing artist with both academic and arts administration experience.
The sculpture exhibition takes a 30% commission on art sales, 20% of which is donated to Yering Station’s preferred charity LARCH (Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital), while 10% goes to Yarra Valley Arts towards the promotion of arts across the region.
The sculpture exhibition is supported by long term sponsors who share the vision and aims of the exhibition: to foster the growth of contemporary Australian sculpture. Arnold Bloch Leibler – lawyers and advisors, Yarra Ranges Council, Workforce Extensions, and RACV Healesville have been particularly strong in their support of the exhibition.
We are also supported by a substantial list of current and former judges and mentors in the arts community who have been part of our selection panel and assist us in continually growing the exhibition’s profile.
Yarra Valley Arts / Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards 2018 Entry Forms
Yering Station Art Gallery is Currently Accepting Exhibition Proposals for 2019
Download a PDF version of the Yering Station Art Gallery Application Form here
Past Exhibitions 2018
Past Exhibitions 2017
Past Exhibitions 2016
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For further information please contact Dr Ewen Jarvis / Curator:
T (03) 9730 0102 E firstname.lastname@example.org