By Jed Lanyon
The YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub is officially open to the public following the launch of the first of four Members Only exhibitions, one each month between now and August.
Councillor Fiona McAllister was on hand on Thursday 9 May to declare the gallery and arts hub open in the presence of 150 Yarra Valley Arts members, guests, dignitaries and local business operators.
Reggie Clark, President of Yarra Valley Arts gave a comprehensive overview of the history behind the journey of art in the valley to this point.
Andrew Chew, The Gallery Director has curated this month’s exhibition featuring seven Yarra Valley Arts members namely, Ali Griffin, David Bennett, Kerryl Shirley, Jenny Reddin, Brenda Meynell and Lee Herath.
Amidst the art, were cocktails, wine, food and music performed by pianist Carol Franklin and violinist Sally Banks.
One of David Bennett’s artwork was sold on the evening to kick the gallery off to a promising start.
In the words of Jan Cochrane-Harry, Chair of the Margaret Lawrence Bequest which has funded the establishment of the Gallery,
“YAVA will become an important community hub where people can experience art by local and internationally acclaimed artists, attend workshops and enjoy musical and theatrical experiences,” said Jan Cochrane-Harry, Chair of the Margaret Lawrence Bequest, which has funded the establishment of the gallery.
The gallery is located at 252 Maroondah Highway, Healesville and is open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday.