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Published June 18th 2017
The Monet Gallery of Fine Arts, situated at the gateway to the Swan Valley, awaits Tardis-like with a myriad of beautiful paintings and activities for all ages. At 85 Great Eastern Highway in South Guildford, well signed with easy access and ample parking, this gallery is a delight. Visitors are often amazed to find this treasure almost hidden behind the leafy archway.
The Monet Art Gallery in South Guildford is a hidden treasure with easy access and parking in South Guildford
The owner curator, Maureen Sylvia, who is a wonderful artist herself with her own unique abstract style, is passionate about art in all forms. She proudly provides a peaceful place housing a wonderful exhibition of the works by over 40 Western Australian artists of all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, wood turning and silk art. Most of the original art works on exhibition are for sale, and at reasonable prices, making a beautiful addition to your home or office, or as a memorable gift.
The original artwork by Western Australian artists is on display and is available for purchase for home, office or for gifts
The gallery is purpose-built, which enhances the art lover's joy of discovery and fulfils the need for quiet contemplation of each piece. The various spaces lead on and around much like the areas of a well-structured garden with colour awaiting at every turn.
Garden-like the gallery leads to beautiful rooms of emotion and colour
Every month Maureen features a different artist from her gallery. Last month Marion Dixon showcased her series of West Australian Birds. The current feature artist is Janine Cairnes with her impressive watercolours ranging from soft and alluring in the Beckoning White Roses to those with strength and impetus.
In July the artist of the month will be Jeremy Holton with his strong vibrant colours and bold art. Memorable works include Long Lunch, which evokes to me the dusk of a beautiful, perfect day full of flowers and love in a vineyard setting like the Swan Valley. Another of Jeremy's remarkable works is in a different style, allegorical and full of motifs of summer, nature and yearned for exotic places.
Other artists who have works on display are Carol Scott, Madeleine Geiser, Paula Wiegmink, Naomi Grant, Carmen Tyrer, Sue Coffee, Mary Cowell, Bryan Funnell, Keith Hamilton, Mary White, Greg Grigson and Allan Danby.
If you explore the menu on the gallery's website you will notice that not only does the gallery provide for passive viewing but is now a destination for educational tours and art workshops.
The hour-long educational tours are available for booking on Thursdays at any of the three time slots, 9.30 am,11.00 am or 1.00 pm. They include a walk-through tour and discussion with the curator who, as well as being a artist, is also an author and educator very interested in providing children with cultural and artistic opportunities There is a work sheet option available. Group cost is $70 plus GST for 32 students and accompanying teachers.
The gallery is a destination for educational tours and excursions, painters' workshops, poetry workshops with spaces available for hire
The tours are highly suitable for all primary school students especially art groups and academy extension or PEAC students. The gallery is close to the Swan River with a walk-way at the side of the building which provides access for picnic lunch and is also close to the nearby historic hub of Guildford which makes it a good day out for excursions. Bookings are essential.
In fact, there is an explosion of activity taking place at the gallery with painting workshops for artists, writing and poetry tutorials for children, a wearable art fashion parade and a children's art competition coming soon.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
The gallery can be hired out for regular or occasional meetings from 12 noon to 5 pm from Thursdays through to Sundays.
For more information about any aspect of the gallery including times and costs for the various tours, workshops and tutorials contact Maureen Sylvia on 08 9277 3685 during gallery hours 12 - 5 pm Thursdays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. To find out more visit the website and browse the menu.
Free to visit the Monet Gallery is a must for your calendar as an outing educational tour or a quiet haven on your journey
This free-to-visit gallery is a must for your calendar as a tourist destination, to brighten up your holidays in Perth or to spend a happy outing during the winter months ahead. An adventurous day out or relaxing in a peaceful sanctuary gives local and rural artists, both established and emerging, the chance to showcase their wares. Free to visit, and a great place for a school holiday activity, the Monet Gallery is well worth your support.