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Art marks joy of spring

Lighting effect: John Koenders’ landscapes are iconic.

SPRING is finally here!  Grey wintry days are giving way to sun-filled spring-time beauty.

In celebration of spring, Mayfield Gallery in Arawata is holding an exhibition of Di and John Koenders’ latest art, entitled The Joys of Spring.

Open from Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, September 16, daily from 10am to 5pm.  The gallery is fully air-conditioned for your comfort.

John’s traditional artworks of landscapes, seascapes, old farmhouses and local scenery, to imposing images of France, England, Holland and Italy.

There are oils and watercolours and intricate black and white studies in pen and ink and pencil, something for every taste in art.

Di’s realistic bird ‘portraits’ in oils, gouache and pastel provide a feast for the eyes.

Tiny blue wrens in cottage gardens, brightly coloured rosellas and cockatoos, majestic wedge-tailed eagles, and many other remarkable members of our bird family glow from every canvas.  Paintings can be purchased direct from the artists – thus avoiding costly commissions charged by private galleries.

Their paintings are highly sought after and this has only increased following the news that they are related to the famous Vincent van Gogh.

A documentary has been produced, following a trip by Di and John throughout Europe tracing Vincent’s life, and painting where he produced some of his most famous works.

This revelation has added a special provenance and value to Di and John’s work.

The documentary entitled, Vincent – the untold story of our Uncle, is currently being shown in countries all over the world, and DVDs of this interesting and unique art film are now available at the gallery.

The venue is stunning – especially at this time of the year – and views of the surrounding hills can be enjoyed, whilst sipping on a chilled glass of wine or cup of tea or coffee.  Wild birds also feed from the gallery’s balcony.

Di and John are always happy to share their passion for art with others, and also to answer questions about art and their ‘journey of discovery’ tracing Vincent van Gogh.

They  have received many accolades for their work throughout their 40-plus year careers and during their recent trip to Europe, have been offered art exhibitions in both London and New York.

An illustrious list of clients from all around the world include HRH Princess Anne, The Royal Household of the Sultan of Brunei, John and Janette Howard, Jeff Kennett, the late Bud Tingwell, John Wood, Rob Gell and Andre Rieu.

A short drive from Leongatha or Korumburra – along Fairbank road – takes you to Mayfield Gallery.  It is a picturesque property, with magnificent oak trees planted by the pioneers and massive bluegums and conifers towering overhead.  Idyllic cottage gardens are breaking into bloom and the peacocks, ducks, geese and chooks complete the country serenity.

It’s a great way to spend an afternoon – and if its on your “things to do” list – take a trip to Arawata. The Koenders assure the experience will not disappoint you.

If you need directions, or have any enquiries regarding the exhibition, phone Di or John on 56598262 or 0428 598262.

Online: www.mayfieldgallery.com.au Email: info@mayfieldgallery.com.au

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