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Ria Brenchley Art Exhibition at Phaedrus Estate Winery

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Come roam the Peninsula, taste wine, & visit art exhibition
Mornington Peninsula with sneak peaks of the ocean
Mornington Peninsula with sneak peaks of the ocean

Do you love the sun and walking on the sand and the fresh sea breezes of the Mornington Peninsula? If you have never been there, it is stunning location south east of Melbourne where rural country flows to the sea. The drive down gives you dramatic sneak peaks of our mighty southern ocean across rolling hills shaded with soft creamy light that soothes the soul.

Phaedrus Estate, 220 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc
Phaedrus Estate, 220 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc / Image courtesy of Phaedrus Estate

Would you love tasting the inspired wine from a local grower that celebrates the climate of the area?

Ria Brenchley - The Artist capturing the seductive scenes of the Mornington Penisula
Ria Brenchley - The Artist capturing the seductive scenes of the Mornington Penisula

Do you love viewing vibrant local art with friends?

How about all this in one lovely day trip just a few hours from Melbourne? Well, then I do have a gift for you. You can have all of this wrapped into one "escape to the country package" with a silver bow.

Phaedrus Estate Winery
Phaedrus Estate Winery come for the tasting stay for the art / Image courtesy of Mornington Peninsula Tourism

There is an exceptional art exhibition on at Phaedrus Estate Winery on April 10 from 11 am and continuing weekends only from 11am-5pm, until 22 May 2016.

The artist on show is the simply elegant, Ria Brenchley.

Now devoting herself full time to her artistry, Ria Brenchley has journeyed from outer Melbourne and reestablished her self at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. And with that move she has found new inspiration that has added dramatic flare to her style as she brings the scenery around her to life on canvas. Ria in the past has worked in many mediums and created stunning, vibrant floral works.

Flowers so divinly crafted you feel you can smell their floral burst
Ria's flowers are so divinly crafted you feel you can smell their floral burst

But her new found home has inspired her further, resulting in her latest series 'Peninsula Roaming', "which celebrates a love of the Peninsula and its rugged coastlines, golden pastures, sunny beaches and hay bale harvests. Ria's technique exploits the palette knife and results in highly textural paintings full of colour and movement."

I have seen these paintings live and up close and this is an understatement! Putting this art on your wall, is like capturing a summers day to keep you warm and toasty year round.

I was curious about Ria's journey as an artist to this point.
Ria stated, "I have always drawn and painted. At a very young age I entered a colouring competition for a newspaper. It was a simple garden scene, however I extended the drawing to include a detailed landscape with large trees and complex plants. It was 'out of the box', I won and was very proud. I had found what I loved to do at an early age yet it took me many years to come back to it in the form of painting. Those years were filled by a busy career, being a mum and a significant family health issue. It is comforting that many years later, now in my 50's, I am able to immerse myself painting these landscapes that were quietly waiting for my return."

Ria's art celebrates the space and forms of the landscapes, and human interaction within the landscape from farming to leisure. I find the scenes are nostalgic, vibrant, and beckoning for you to join in the to play and just be there.

And as she looks to the future after this exhibition, she plans to open a new studio from her home in Flinders in late 2016.

But this exhibition is your chance to get the first of the best of Ria's new inspirational work and meet Ria herself. I certainly have peered into my crystal ball and foreseen a weekend road trip for my hubby and me.

To make bookings contact Ria at email:

And lock in these GPS coordinates for 10th of April at the Phaedrus Estate, 220 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc.
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Why? Meet the artist capturing the glory of the Mornington Peninsula country and seascapes
When: April 9, 2016 to May 22, 2016
Where: Phaedrus Estate, 220 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc
Cost: FREE
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Ria's art looks amazing. I'd b love to see it. I may be able too coax my husband down there with the promise of wine.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 1050 days ago
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