Fine art thrives at Manyung Gallery By Liz Rogers

Drop by Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza and Sorrento next month to view the exquisite work of fine art originator and East Sydney Art School graduate student Barbara Tyson. Barbara’s detailed and highly individualised ‘movement-loving’ work hangs in private collections across the globe, and her undeniable portraiture is critically acclaimed.

Creating brushstrokes that enable the viewer to explore and define their own journey via the smooth softness of thick textures and detailed realism, Barbara uses varnishes to create a rich depth on the canvas. This is art to dive into and swim with the tide of heart-felt skill and expression while basking in the pure joy an experienced and confident painter delivers.

Manyung Gallery Group provides the perfect space to view this world-renowned artist’s work. Whether you are a drawing, illustration, portraiture or still-life enthusiast, or just admire the creativity of an artist whose career has spanned decades, June is the month to peruse and purchase that special piece of art for art’s sake.

Ground-breaking art is thriving at Manyung Gallery, and every admirer of fine art needs a Barbara Tyson. Take the time to find yours at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza and Sorrento this winter and embrace the delightful play of light, freedom of expression and motivational movement of an artist’s joy in watching her subject come to life.

Immerse yourself in Barbara’s work from June 1-30 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza and Sorrento, and enjoy.



A: Mount Eliza, Sorrento, Malvern, Flinders and Mornington (factory)

T: 9787 2953 all sites



Five minutes with Dr Andrew McLean 


The Human Elephant Learning Programs is about the conservation of Asian elephants. Tell us more.

Our focus is on the Asian elephants  that are in captivity so that they may live the best life possible. This means that their training is humane and ethically undertaken and that their management is best practice. The other side of the coin is the focus on the mahout and improving their lot as well through education. In the last couple of years, however, we have now begun to turn our sights on to conservation of elephants in general because the three projects are interdependent. Our hope is that someday all Asian elephants can live in free-range environments that will no longer require human interaction. However, until that time comes, the H-ELP Foundation is committed to creating the best life for elephants possible, using scientific, evidence-based training techniques and frameworks, and improving the lives of mahouts.

Tell us more about elephants in captivity. Is it a better option?

It isn’t a better option, it is just that there is nowhere near enough habitat for the 14,000 captives. In fact, there isn’t enough habitat for Asian elephants anywhere in Asia.  Even in Myanmar, which had one of the largest populations, the wild elephant populations are decimated in their structure. Males are much rarer than they were and most populations hang around human settlements because they feel safer due to the threat of poaching. The Asian elephant is highly threatened.  

What has H-ELP achieved of late?

As a result of our work in foundation-training and rehabilitation, The HELP Foundation is now the official training partner of The Wildlife Trust of India, The National Elephant Institute of Thailand and The MTE (the largest private owners of elephants in the world — 3000). The MTE located in Myanmar are attempting to rehabilitate elephants whose former lives were in hauling timber since there were world-wide restrictions on timber harvesting in Myanmar. The alternative is that the elephants will be bought by Chinese buyers and either used in unregulated tourism or ‘melted' down for traditional medicine. 

What can a patron learn by coming to the ball on June 16 at the Mornington Racecourse?

We are looking forward to showcasing our work through visual platforms  and I will present a talk that will educate and provide an insight. We heavily rely on donors and we are very grateful for the local support from individuals and companies across the Mornington Peninsula who are donating and contributing to the event. All the funds will be donated to on-the-ground workshops in multiple countries across Asia.

Children of Ghana 8th annual charity ball By Cheryl Carter

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This impressive event run by the Rotary Club Frankston Sunrise has been making a massive difference to the lives of so many children living in poverty in Ghana since Rotary member Tony Carter’s daughter Aimee spent some time there in 2005.

Last year’s ball raised almost $27,000, enabling Rotary to help with major work at a local school in Kumasi along with a water project in a remote village. The Days for Girls Program was also supported.

This year’s event will be at the Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday, June 16. Included are savouries and drinks on arrival, a four-course meal and a very impressive line-up of talent to be enjoyed.

You can look forward to pre-dinner entertainment followed by the internationally acclaimed show band Big City Beat. They will have the whole place rocking, says Tony. The MC for the evening is the beautiful and talented Brodie Harper from Channel 9’s Postcards.

Sponsors already include Mercedes Benz Mornington, Mickey Blue, Bridgestone Tyres Frankston, Mornington Peninsula Magazine and Wise Choice Catering. The Charity warmly welcomes Belmar Real Estate as   major sponsor for 2018.

If you would like to part of this awesome event with sponsorship or donations, we’d love to hear from you.

For all information and ticket sales, please call Cheryl on 0400 516 265.



Paper craft all wrapped up

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From scrapbooking to card making, stamping to kids’ crafts – if your hobby involves paper, then you do not want to miss the next Peninsula Paper Craft Fair on Saturday, April 21.

The fair is one of two held each year – the next is on Saturday, December 1 – and it was started in 2015 at the Somerville Mechanics Hall by Somerville resident and keen paper crafter Jen. As the fair grew in size and popularity, Jen was joined by Sarah and Jo, who have helped turned the fair into what it is today.

Now at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Mornington, this month’s fair will include more than 20 stalls ranging from scrapbooking to card making to mixed media. So whether you’re a keen paper crafter or just embarking on this wonderful and absorbing hobby, head along between 10am-3pm and grab a coffee from Peninsula latte ladies, a toastie from Golden Toasties and check it out. You’ll be rapt.


An evening of choral delights


If you haven’t experienced the charisma and magic of the Australian Chamber Choir in concert, here’s your chance. On Saturday, May 12, at 7.30pm, Mornington’s Peninsula Community Theatre will host the choir as it presents Essence of the Renaissance, with works from the Italian, Spanish and English schools.

Founding director David Lawrence established the Australian Chamber Choir in 2007, and it quickly won critical acclaim in Austria, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, as well as in Australia. The Melbourne Observer wrote in 2007: “For the Australian Chamber Choir, an acknowledgement of a creative force that transcends faith and soars … with a devotion and assurance that is inspirational and affirming.”

With accomplished youthful members of the choir contributing, this will be an evening with dramatic touch and great promise. Tickets, which include complimentary pre-concert tastings of Bittern Estate wines, are available online at, by phone on 9789 8392, from Farrells Bookshop in Mornington and Robinsons Bookshop in Frankston, and at the door an hour before the concert.

Main Ridge garden opens for autumn weekend


A spectacular 1.2ha garden at Main Ridge will be in full autumn glory when it opens to the public next month with Open Gardens Victoria.

Akenfield, at 237 Barkers Rd, Main Ridge, is a truly beautiful garden. Once an apple orchard, it lies in the picturesque valley of Main Creek with a micro-climate and soil composition not dissimilar to those of Mount Macedon. The garden is blessed with stunning mature trees – among them oaks, elms, beech, eucalypts and camellias – planted over the decades by successive owners.

The garden descends to Main Creek in a series of lawn terraces, creating beautiful vistas and defined and linked by tree-lined walks, hedges and magnificent stone steps.

Special features include small Irish knot gardens just above the house and two century-old camellia trees. A lovely arching crab apple walk leads to an intimate space with a delightful bench seat built into a curved stone retaining wall. A picking garden above the vegetable patch provides cut flowers for the house.

Akenfield is open from 10am-4.30pm on Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 18. Details:


Be On the Map Explore local creativity thriving in industrial precinct

On April 28 there is nowhere else you’d rather be. Priority One presents On The Map 2018 – a festival of local creativity showcasing the talent nestled within the Mornington Industrial Estate.

Precinct partner venues have forged a unique program of experiences, exhibitions, performances, open studios and workshops to immerse both locals and visiting friends and family in what makes the Peninsula thrive.

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of local makers between 8.30am-4.30pm. With a plethora of open studios offering a glimpse of the design process behind the scenes, be captivated by drawing, sculpting, Indigenous art, jewellery making, furniture design and photography.

Scheduled live music, dance and street theatre will highlight some of the best inspirational creatives the area offers. Stay tuned to social media for all the program timings.

Local schools and colleges will stage musical talent and up and coming film makers will help tell the story of the event and those collaborating by documenting the day.

A roaming hop-on/hop-off bus will guide visitors through the program circuit. Or guests can drive to create their own ideal day out. Why not breakfast, brunch or lunch as you explore at any of the participating cafes – Pala Cibo, Commonfolk, Cafe Thirteen83 or Cyco Motorcycles Café.

The countdown begins.

Presented by Priority One and proudly supported by our sponsors: Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mornington Chamber of Commerce, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, MP Magazine, Design by Bird, Pier Marketing, Jacobs and Lowe, Print Depot, Positive Design, Manyung Gallery Art Warehouse, Pala Cibo Cafe, Budget Car & Truck Rental, CoCo Place.

Participating partner venues: Priority One, Baluk Arts, Barefoot Gypsy Homewares, Black Spot Gallery, Cafe Thirteen83, Commonfolk, Cyco Motorcycles Cafe, Lifestiles Design Studio, Made In Japan, Manyung Gallery Art Warehouse, MPRG, Oak Hill Gallery, Obtainium Antiques & Vintage Wares, Pala Cibo Cafe, Pole & Aerial Divas, Poppy Culture, Sorrento Furniture, Southern Buoy Studios, Styro Art, The Nook Gallery & Studios, The Snake Hole.

Interested creatives welcome.

Contact: [email protected] 


Connect: Instagram @onthemapevents Facebook @onthemapevents2018


Meet Manyung Gallery creatives at On the Map event By Liz Rogers

Saturday, April 28, sees Manyung Gallery Warehouse roll up its doors to welcome you into a world where hundreds of paintings and sculptures can be viewed. A huge array of differing styles, medium and price points can be seen, and this generous space is the perfect place to view wonderfully large works.


Many of Manyung’s artists will be passing through during the day and Red Hill artist Stuart Westle will be painting throughout the afternoon, giving you the chance to converse with a creator who has been painting for more than 40 years.

Sculptor Charles Wilcox’s work comes from a place of adventure, spontaneity and connection with the Earth. This self-proclaimed driftwood, reclaimed iron, flotsam and jetsam ‘junkie’ regularly travels to the Cape York Peninsula in search of objects that have lost their way and they all play a part in his organic ocean-inspired sculpture, while his graphic designed-based women on corrugated iron and historical newspaper clippings float seductively.

A pianist will be providing the background music to this interactive and very creative arts event. Enter with eyes wide open.

April 28 ties in with On The Map throughout the Mornington Industrial Estate.


A: Factory 7 & 8/35 Progress St, Mornington

T: 9787 2953 all sites


Radiant display of colour and texture

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The Energy, Emotion & Euphoria exhibition by Sharyn Del Giudice is a collection of contemporary seascapes and landscapes evolving from personal travels to the Mornington Peninsula, Daintree Rainforest, the Great Ocean Road and California.

Nature unfolding in a radiant display of colour and texture. Emotion and movements of life connecting and  illuminated as if in a dream.

As an artist, Sharyn draws inspiration from her travels and expresses her emotions by painting scenes alive with energy and movement. She wants you to share her imagery, see the beauty and feel the energy.

“Compositions of acrylic and mixed mediums reflect my continually evolving contemporary style whilst creating the sense of a place you’d like to enter while your imagination is intrigued,” Sharyn says. “My passion for painting is defined by exploring various techniques with the use of brushes, palette knives and sponges to create light, energy, emotion, movement and texture.”

Sharyn defines her creativity by combining photography with drawing to arrive at the imagery created in her original paintings. Subject matter is nature-inspired, derived from personal experiences and infused with awe.

Energy, Emotion & Euphoria is open from 11am-5pm Friday to Sunday until May 27 at Whitehill Gallery, White Hill Rd, Dromana.  Phone 5931 0146 or visit or Sharyn’s website - - for details. It’s definitely worth visiting!


Thirty-nine years of artistic expression By Liz Rogers


There’s something special about the first weekend in May on the Mornington Peninsula. For 39 years, artists from the Peninsula and throughout Australia have been exhibiting their work in the wonderfully diverse offering that is Art Red Hill. This event for lovers of creation and those who pursue it welcomes thousands of visitors on May 4-6 to the Red Hill region, brimming with aesthetic promise. 

More than 1000 artworks will be on display, with fabulous coffee, delicious fresh food and indigenous works from Whistlewood Gallery in Shoreham, all contributing to making this an unmissable event. Paintings, works on paper, sculptures, glass, ceramics and jewellery will be exhibited, while the stunning Pop Up Shop retail store will be selling giftware, fashion, homewares and jewellery. 

The little ones can get their hands all arty in the craft tent from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday with activities to thrill the most creative minds. The opening night for over 18s on Friday, May 4, includes delectable food from Red Gum BBQ and music from Peninsula-based singer-songwriter Eve Ward from 7.30-10.30pm. Tickets are $30 if bought online and $35 at the door.




A: 341 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill

T: 5989 2321 (events co-ordinator)


INSTA: @artredhill

FB: @ArtRedHill


Relax from your labours at Balnarring races

With its gorgeous setting, laid-back atmosphere and attractions for all ages, there’s more to the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club than just great races.

For a wonderful day out the whole family can enjoy, head to Emu Plains Reserve for the club’s next meeting on Sunday, March 11, during the Labour Day long weekend. You can bring a picnic and BYO alcohol or buy from a range of food vendors and the bar at reasonable prices. The playground and amusements ensure the kids are well catered for so the adults can relax and enjoy all the on-course excitement.


The track is in superb condition and kept to a high standard by the dedicated committee members, earning praise from trainers and jockeys for its safe surface that benefits the horses.

The club’s partnership with Peninsula Party Hire has ensured a smooth booking procedure for sites and marquees, while sponsorships on all races for the past two meetings have sold out. Crownbet is once again sponsoring one race at each meeting, and every year people sponsor races for birthdays or memorials for family members as a personal tribute. 

For information about sponsorships, membership, meeting dates and more, go to, and follow the club on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget that on Saturday, March 31, the club will hold its Easter meeting with Fashions on the Field, live music and an Easter egg hunt.


Red Hill Show celebrates 90 years

The Red Hill Show is one the state’s most popular agricultural shows, and on Saturday, March 10, the Red Hill Showgrounds will come alive with activities and attractions befitting its 90th year.


The show is well known for its remarkable array of animals, including Clydesdales, gypsy cobs, alpacas, cattle, poultry, sheep, miniature goats, working dogs and more, and this year the Fly Dogs return to dazzle the crowd with their speed and agility. The cider show will take centre stage with Peninsula cider-makers demonstrating their trade, and there will be a public tasting of the award-winning ciders from the show. Red Hill’s own published foodie, Richard Cornish, will be the show’s MC and will be joined by members of the CWA.

The public will be invited to visit the show’s historical display, which opens at 11am. The pavilions will be filled with flowers, fruit, vegetables, cooking, craft, photography and art, and the country’s best woodchoppers will fight it out for a Victorian title. There will be plenty of free music, activities and attractions for the whole family, and of course a real highlight will be the state’s only remaining grand parade at 3pm.

For show inquiries, phone 5989 2357, email [email protected] or visit


Festival celebrates precinct’s creativity

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The industrial precinct of Mornington has undergone a dramatic facelift. Now a thriving hub of creatives, the area has evolved into a destination for artists, creative businesses and studios.  To celebrate this unique community, On the Map was formed to invite the community into the spaces where innovation and creativity come to life. On April 28, Priority One presents On The Map 2018 – a festival to gather the Peninsula’s makers, thinkers and doers.

Offering visitors a unique program of experiences, participation, education and exhibitions, a collaboration of creative entities on display will share work within their own spaces and perform at venues across the industrial estate.

One of the founders of the event, Luke Carson of Design by Bird, said: “The idea behind the event was not only to give local creatives an effective showcase for their work, but to foster a collective identity in the precinct. As a local designer, I believe it is positive to feel part of a growing art community. Recognising the progressive and inspiring work emerging helps build awareness of what makes this such a great place to develop creative businesses.”

Open studios will feature a plethora of painting, drawing, sculpting, Indigenous art, jewellery making, furniture design and photography. Performing arts will bring music, dance and street theatre into participating spaces within the precinct. Local schools and colleges will also contribute. Festivalgoers will be able to walk between venues or utilise the branded shuttle buses roaming the precinct program circuit.

Presented by Priority One, the event is supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, Design by Bird, Commonfolk, Oak Hill Gallery and Manyung Gallery Warehouse with more to come.

Interested participants are welcome. Email [email protected], visit or follow the festival on Instagram @onthemapevents or Facebook @onthemapevents2018

Winery walk returns bigger and better By Andrea Kellett

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The Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk returns on Saturday, May 5, and this year’s event promises a new venue and exciting new-vintage wines to sample along the way.

The unique format sees wine lovers sampling food and sipping wine among the vines and in the cellar doors of some of the Peninsula’s best wineries. It is run by the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association and it is growing in popularity each year.

The meandering 7km walk follows a historical rail track from Red Hill to Merricks. It’s a unique way to combine exercise, great wine, scenery and more with family and friends outdoors. You’ll meet Peninsula vignerons, learn about current vintage wines and taste a variety of wines complemented by a fine selection of food.

The MPVA donates profits from tickets sold to the Fred Hollows Foundation, a charity that works to end avoidable blindness. The 2017 walk raised about $5500 for the foundation and organisers hope to raise even more this year.

This year’s event welcomes the new Pt Leo Estate at Merricks to the itinerary. It also offers a more intimate format, with six guided walking groups and numbers limited to 50 walkers in each. The first group sets off at 8.30am, with the remaining groups following half-hourly after that.

It’s a solid day of supreme enjoyment Peninsula-style. For full details and to book, head to



When: Saturday, May 5, first walk sets off at 8.30am



Natural intelligence and the subaquatic By Liz Rogers

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Step inside Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza this month to view an exemplary exhibition of photographic works by master photographers Beth Mitchell and John Bodin. Both moment-catchers present incredible works that reflect dialogues with the natural world to create art that hangs brilliantly on the walls of both domestic and commercial interiors.

This is photography that speaks to the mind and heart and gives the viewer time and space to reflect on the wonder of nature and what lies beneath. Beth’s The Dome series is “inspired by the brilliance of old-world cultural and artistic explosion and captures the circling of the four seasons by exploring the symbol of Renaissance beauty in rebirth”. This magical collection of strong and seductively romantic female forms taken below the waterline and printed on metallic pearl are full of colour, light and reflective richness.

John’s magnificent photographic works come from a place where natural intelligence reigns. Aesthetics is key in this series of nature-scapes where moments in time reflect the power of environment and the gift of internal monologue pondering it gives. Silent, vast and dramatic, these mood-lifting works act as an escape from the artificial intelligence of the modern-day world and take you into a haven of ambient beauty. John believes that “one ocean transcends all continents”, and his non-site-specific work reflects this notion. One nature. One life.

Manyung Gallery has made yet another artistically adventurous statement with this wonderful photographic exhibition that’s perfect for Peninsula art-lovers who think big. It’s on from March 3-18 at Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza, 60 Mount Eliza Way. Don’t miss it.



A: Sorrento, Mornington, Malvern, Flinders & Mount Eliza

T: 9787 2953 all sites



Feast your eyes on treats at Frankston Waterfront

Street and barbecue food will once again take centre stage at the Frankston Waterfront from March 16-18 when Feast at Frankston Waterfront returns after its successful debut last year.

The event promises to be a treat for foodies and those looking to enjoy live music and a cold beer as Frankton’s Pier Promenade is transformed into an Australian favourite - a beachside barbecue.


Featuring some of Melbourne’s best barbecue-style food vendors, the event will provide a great opportunity to test and try a variety of barbecue styles and flavours. Matched with a selection of popular beers, ciders and wine, there will be a little of something for everyone.

With an array of exhibitors to excite, pop-up bars, artisan market stalls, stage entertainment and flavours of barbecue and street food to tempt the palate, this is another not-to-be-missed addition to Frankston City’s growing calendar of popular events.

Feast at Frankston Waterfront will take place over three consecutive days, including Friday, March 16, from 4-10pm; Saturday, March 17, from noon-10pm;  and Sunday, March 18, from noon-6pm.


Entry $2 entry and kids under 6 are free – but please, leave your pets at home!

Feast at Frankston Waterfront is proudly sponsored by Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Dental Clinic, Costco and Nova. For more information, visit the Facebook page at or the website at

Big Picture Fest changes the face of Frankston


Frankston’s city centre is about to be transformed thanks to the inaugural Big Picture Fest on March 23-25. The three-day festival will bring the community together with renowned street artists who have been commissioned to revamp drab walls in high-profile locations across the precinct.

Headlined by a significant piece by international street artist Smug, from Glasgow, the program includes an art walk, street party, photographic tour, Ironlak jam (group street artwork), and large-scale artworks in key locations across Frankston City starting on March 19.  

Meet the artists working in Frankston during the Big Picture Fest:

Smug is a street artist who has spent years converting the facades of multistorey buildings in Glasgow into significant works of art. Originally from NSW, the expat has gained a reputation in Scotland for creating imagery with photo realism. @smugone

Loretta Lizzio has transformed some of Melbourne’s industrial precincts with images of forgotten fairytales, spectacles of cinema, fleeting glances and dog-eared National Geographics to create art that tells a story.  @loretta_lizzio 

DVATE uses street art to celebrate our natural environment, with significant pieces paying homage to native animals.  @dvate 

Lucy Bonnin has altered significant spaces in Adelaide, celebrating geometric shapes and bold colours. @bonninart

Tristan Kerr creates a patchwork of text, imagery and colour to overhaul spaces and start a conversation.  @tristan_kerr

ZEDR’s works celebrate significant cultural figures, such as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. He also creates faces with haunting accuracy.  @zedr_one

The Big Picture Fest will be overseen by Brecknock Consulting and Joel Van Moore, the creator of the popular Port Adelaide Wonderwalls festival. It is being funded through the city’s Street Art Masterplan, part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to revitalise Frankston City.