The Monash Gallery of Art, located at 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, is a relatively small gallery attached to the Wheelers Hill Library. People are excused for not knowing about it's existence, given that it is hidden away from view by a large shady park/garden. Visitors marvel at the tranquility of the location, noting how difficult to hear the road traffic which is mere meters away. A medium sized pond lies next to the gallery, with a walking track and tiny pier, where visitors can stroll and enjoy the peace.
The gallery itself provides the public with mostly free (sometimes very cheap) entry to view art by various artists, whether that be photographic, paint, drawing, sculpture etc. Some of the displays are extensions of the National Gallery of Victoria exhibitions, held at the more accessible location.
The gallery also boasts a small gift shop and cafe.
Currently, the gallery is hosting an exhibition called "In the spotlight: Anton Bruehl photographs1920s-1950s" (a National Gallery of Victoria exhibition). This photography exhibition gives the public an incite into the work of a talented man, who created colour photographs for various magazines such as Vogue, in an era where colour photography wasn't the norm. It is truely an eye-opening exhibition.
by Anton Bruehl, courtesty of the Monash Gallery of Victoria
The exhibition is running from the 24th June 2011 to the 25th September 2011.
Operating hours are Tuesday to Friday (10am to 5pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (12 midday to 5pm). The centre is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
All in all, this gallery provides the public with the perfect activity for a lazy afternoon of culture.