Early Australian Watercolours and Drawings

April 17, 2021 - May 8, 2021


Gallery hours Tues - Fri 11- 5 pm, Sat & Sun 12 - 5 pm


Sarah Stone painted over a thousand watercolours of birds, mammals, fishes and insects including many specimens brought back from Captain Cook’s three round-the-world voyages. The two attractive birds in this exhibition resemble works by Stone found in the collection of the Natural History Museum, London.

Among the Maritime works in our exhibition are Frederick Garling's depiction of the Schooner Eclipse, which was involved in the Maori Wars; a lovely portrait of The Blue Jacket  in 1869 by a crew member; a drawing of the Oberon, an Irish sloop...


December 24, 2020 - February 28, 2021

The gallery is open Tuesday and Thursdays, 10-5 pm, and intermittently at other times while we prepare our next exhibition which will be Early Australian Watercolour and Drawings.

Contact Bridget on 0419 306593 or email the gallery for an appointment at other times.

Barry Dickins - Recent Works

September 28, 2020 - October 10, 2020

When I was a child my contented father showed me the mystery of painting with water-colors. It was revelatory the way in which he swished the red sable Windsor and Newton purest camel-hair or red sable brushes into a freshly rinsed Pura milk bottle and diluted my holiest colors such as Veridian Green and Alizaron Crimson and the most remarkable one of the whole spectrum - French Ultra Marine.

I sat so peacefully with him wherever I went, which was everywhere there was to go in Whittlesea, and I, at ten years of age would watch him blend in the...

Russian Oil Sketches

September 8, 2020 - September 25, 2020

"... At the end of the Soviet system the professional artists were given ownership of their apartments, and those with studios got them as well, and although they no longer had the State support, they retained the studio contents ...however, their work was completely out of fashion. The lifeline was interest from abroad.  The studios were full of preparatory sketches. These immediate impressions of life by these highly trained artists were a revelation. They were certainly the basis of the interest I have maintained over the last twenty eight years of buying them."  extract from "Art in Russia",   John Barkes, London


Mary Hammond - Unseen Drawings

August 20, 2020 - September 5, 2020

I visited Mary recently and was rewarded with the opportunity to look through a box of drawings I hadn't seen before. Delighted, It took me an hour to select a collection to take away. Here they are.

25 unframed watercolours and drawings from between 1971-2015 depicting Melbourne life as observed by Mary Hammond while shopping in Richmond, Northcote or Fairfield and while watching the local golfers.

Bridget McDonnell 2020


Small Wall - Contemporary

July 27, 2020 - August 1, 2020

Continuing our theme of the Small Wall, here is a collection of pictures by our contemporary artists.  Included are new works by Jan Senbergs, Glenda Fell Jones, Kevin Foley and Peter Brown and some we found hidden away by Peter Trusler, Nick Botting, Lucy Boyd and Mary Hammond. Also some favourites by Jeff Ferris, Celia Perceval, Barry Dickins, Don Heron and John Gollings.


Small Pictures

July 9, 2020 - July 31, 2020

After watching a Masterclass by American interior decorator, Kelly Wearstler, we were inspired to put together a wall of small pictures. We have at least 300 in stock ....

In this selection there are 26 paintings, watercolours, drawings and etchings - a mosaic of colour, texture and subject. All favourites of ours.  If you don't want a whole collection of pictures, each of these would be just as happy on its own small wall.