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Gavin Byrt's Studio

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by FIONA (subscribe)
I am a travel writer loving Australia.
Published June 5th 2011
'Zany' Frogs
Fishing clay frogs greet you in the foyer

Red Hill is certainly as beautiful as it is enchanting, a definite must for day trippers and tourists alike. Open every weekend from 11am to 5pm all year around, Gavin Byrt's Giddy Bull Frog Gallery and Tea Room is situated deep in the woodlands of mystical Red Hill. Gavin is an art teacher on weekdays and a painter and sculptor on weekends.

Established over thirty years ago the gallery is built on five acres of captivating bushland, the inspiration for Gavin's art. He is in particularly fascinated by trees hovering on the ridges of the Red Hill and Shoreham landscapes. "I like painting the light coming through the trees at the top of Red Hill," he commented. "I am committed to capturing the magic of Red Hill."

Painting
Gavin loves to paint the light coming through the trees on Red Hill

The Giddy Bullfrog and Gallery name comes from Gavin's long term fascination with frogs. Having kept them as pets when he was a child, some of his first pieces when he took up pottery were actually frogs with humorous zany expressions. Some of these frogs will greet you as you enter his gallery, sitting, fishing and contemplating around and indoor pond next to Gavin's work area.

But his gallery is no ordinary gallery. The peaceful and welcoming atmosphere is accompanied by the smell of hot scones, cake, soup and pizza all of which he serves in his atrium café. The eatery, that seats thirty people, overlooks woodlands as well as a favourite feeding spot for local crimson rosellas and galahs.

Atrium
Gallery eatery overlooking woodlands

Gavin said that his gallery is a compromise for him and his wife to live near both the woodlands and the beach. "It is the fulfilment of a dream," he said. He has managed to combine his love of art with his love of Red Hill, sharing it with anyone who walks in the door. "I'm always happy to talk to people about what and how I am painting," he said.

Ocean View Avenue is easy to find with Gavin's 'Scones are on' sign out on weekends, running off Red Hill Shoreham Road in Red Hill South.

Gavin painting
Gavin's gallery is also a working studio.
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Why? A niche gallery in spectacular surrounds
When: Weekends all year around
Where: 38 Ocean View Road Red Hill South
Cost: Nothing or as much as you like
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