The Hive Ocean Grove brings together a unique mix of Bronze sculpture, paintings, handcrafted furniture, and ceramics made by both established and emerging artists, many of them talented locals.
Downstairs is the exclusive home of Willie Wildlife Sculptures with their signature bronze birdbaths.
Upstairs each month we feature a Solo or Group Exhibition in the Middle Room Space with a guest or in-house artist along with our stable of over 25 represented artists work.
Current Exhibition Kylie Sirett and Alexandra Lewisohn
Kylie Sirett and Alexandra Lewisohn will present “Gifts for the Table” from December 6th to 29th 2019 with an Opening on Saturday December 7th.
A stunning collection of still lifes. Alexandra will exhibit fine, detailed gouache on ply board works inspired by her cottage garden vistas and pickings. Kylie will exhibit works in oil on linen, exploring shadow and light in her portrayal of produce and everyday items.
Upcoming Exhibition Summer of Sport
Summer of Sport is quintessentially Australian, and in this two part group exhibition the themes of Cricket and Cycling are both explored.
How’s That?! features William Linford & Wayne Elliott paintings with varied interpretations of elements of the game, inspired by everything from Backyard Bowling with the wickets drawn on the garage door, to the Boxing Day Test time of year.
The Exhibition runs from 3rd -12th January with an Opening on Saturday 4th January, 2-4pm.
Bespoke is a Group Exhibition of bronze sculpture and paintings by Martin Goldin, William Linford and Wayne Elliott with a cycling theme, tying in with our new local sporting tradition, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
This Exhibition runs from 17th -27th January with an Opening on Saturday 18th 2-4pm.
Recent Exhibition Kaz Shirley
Kaz Shirley is an abstract artist based in Ocean Grove. She is a timeless giver to the local Art Community, being instrumental in establishing the local Arts Trail over the past three years and is also the current president of the Barwon Heads Arts Council.
Kaz has explored the concept of attaining “Balance” in life throughout her current body of work.
Her Solo Exhibition runs from October 4th to 27th, with a Launch 2-4pm Saturday October 5th. Please join us.
Recent Exhibition of Sculpture
We introduce our first International artist Laura Jane Wylder, along with Fiona Watson from Sydney and Dawn Robinson from Victoria in the first of our annual bronze sculpture Group Exhibitions. FORM with its figurative focus was on throughout September 2019.
In-house sculptors Lucy McEachern and Martin Goldin will also present new work and Lucy will demonstrate sculpting in clay, a highlight of the month.
Willie Wildlife Sculptures
Will Wilson has always been passionate about wildlife and worked in National Parks in Northern Australia and East Africa before he began sculpting 19 years ago. He specialises in making bronze birdbaths to suit any setting with designs including frogs, fish and native birds and is developing a larger body or free-standing works.
Wayne Elliott is an outsider Australian Naive artist who has been creating colourful and vibrant artworks for over thirty years. Wayne has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, North America and Europe in corporate, private galleries and collections.
His most recent Solo Exhibition was “NEW LANDSCAPES” in 2019 based on his time in the APY Lands and he is currently working on his next works from the Tenant Creek region, along with a narrative of local cycling and cricket events.
Auld Design has created beautifully handcrafted furniture with contemporary designs and the influence of mid-century times for over 9 years. The quality and attention to details and the joinery is exceptional. Hardwoods are handpicked and interesting materials such as Paperrock also feature.
Richard Weatherly OAM is regarded as one of the world’s finest bird artists. His attention to detail is exquisite.
He is also an experienced naturalist, biologist and conservationist and this knowledge is portrayed in his art.
Previously exhibiting at Australian Galleries, his most recent Solo Exhibition was “TRAVEL WITH BIRDS” at The Hive in 2019.
Pam Connelly completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Deakin in the 90’s. Her life has been surrounded by sea and the theme of light, movement, energy and the visual indicators of energy like mist and cloud are still a focus.
Lucy McEachern is a renowned, bronze sculptor drawing inspiration from her rural Australian surroundings and demonstrating her affinity with the local birdlife. Lucy’s bird sculptures are tactile and uniquely styled. Her work can be found in galleries throughout Australia and collections worldwide.
Jill Barber Richardson
Jill Barber Richardson has spent a life on the land and is inspired by all the animals that are so familiar to her. Jill captures the soul and life of each subject with her magnitude of size and detail of her images.
Her artistic journey is progressing successfully, with 2019 marking the first year for Jill as a full time artist.
William Linford has a unique style. His paintings in oil are bright and bold, and often full of symbolism with a touch of the surreal, or portrayals of humans, our similarities and differences and what it means to be together.
His work can be found in private collections around the world.
Margaret Delahunty Spencer
Margaret Delahunty Spencer creates abstract works on linen where she explores mark making and the subconscious “gesture”.
Her inspiration is varied but currently features the microscopic world abounding in the waterways and nature surrounding us, the nectar that the bees survive on and the seasons we pass through .
Kylie Sirett draws inspiration for her intimate still life works from her immediate surroundings, drawing attention to light and it’s effect on surfaces and textures. Using common household objects, Kylie’s compositions highlight not only their aesthetic beauty through colour, form and light but also their relationship to one another and the space they individually hold.
Martin Goldin is a member of the Association of Sculptors Victoria, and recently received an Honorable Mention for his work Carmen at their Annual awards 2017. He is self taught and predominantly sculpts in wood initially, then selected wooden sculptures are cast in bronze.
Georgie Gall captures the changing Australian landscape with rich and interesting colours as well as unique textures in her paintings. She has a very free style to her work and signature use of impasto.
Her most recent solo exhibition here was inspired by the water both inland and sea titled “SALT LAKES AND OCEAN BEACHES” .
Alexandra Lewisohn graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Ceramics.
Alexandra is concentrating presently on flower paintings inspired by her garden. She delights in the delicate detail which gouache helps to achieve as well as the rich spontaneity of oils.
Nathan Wilkinson draws inspiration from colour and texture.
“I describe my work as contemplative with undertones of the dark and light elements of life”
“I start painting by working with a few colours I think work well together and more often than not them image becomes either abstract or figurative, sometimes silly and absurd and often by a process of trial and error”.
Pam Wilson was a talented silver-smith before turning her hand to bronze sculpture. Learning from our own esteemed Lucy McEachern, Pam produced impressive work early, drawing on her previous skills and attention to detail. A rural background provides a source of inspiration for the bronze animals she creates.
Virginia Farley has an energy and vitality to her work that stems from both a love of vibrant colour and a deep rooted passion for country life.
Virginia has been a finalist in the Inglis Equine Art Competition and winner of the FIP World Polo Championship Art Exhibition 2017.
A Fine Art graduate from RMIT, Sarah Boulton has always painted.
Her work reflects a love of pattern and texture and the way Sarah sees, feels and experiences the world around her. In particular the local bushland in central Victoria where she now lives is a powerful influence. It has also encouraged Sarah’s work to become more abstract.
Lois Basham has completed a Diploma of Ceramics at Holmesglen, a figurative sculpture course in London and is currently enrolled at RMIT Melbourne. Lois is a member of the Association of Sculptors Victoria, exhibiting with them regularly.
Lois works both in ceramics and bronze
David Henderson is an artist and furniture manufacturer based at Maryborough, central Victoria.
His recycled tables offer plenty of texture and interest with filled nail holes, gum nuts & sap veins within their refined finish. David also creates totally unique design tables made with the age old craft of marquetry. Exotic woods featuring rich colours and grains are mixed with Australian hardwood frames.
Karen Steenbergen is a ceramic artist who creates and teaches workshops in both Torquay and Melbourne and is active as a Community Arts Project Coordinator. Karen recently returned from a residency at Guldagergaard, International Ceramics Centre in Denmark.
Karen has a Diploma in Ceramics and has run her own KARst Ceramics business since 2013.
Vayu’s work on canvas begins with a drawing. He captures the soul of his subject, usually animals portrayed in a distinct style.
Vayu is both artist and poet and every painting contains a thoughtful title.
Dougal Ramsay is an illustrator from Queenscliff. He has been a contributor to “The Age” newspaper and author & illustrator of his own book on the small holding farmer. Dougal is a passionate advocate of preserving our Australian rural and suburban culture; much of which is disappearing.
Lance Nutt is a mixed media artist and art teacher and has also been practicing the art of bonsai for over 15 years. He showcases some of his oldest creations here, including a Chinese Juniper, a 50 year old English Oak, Firethorn, English Elm species and more.
Phillip Butters artistic style has developed over decades of self-taught practice: and after previously working in large striking colours and bod brush strokes, he has arrived at an impressive monochromatic style that is sophisticated, striking, layered and full of mood.
Phillip’s Solo Exhibition entitled “A MOMENT IN TIME” asked the viewer to experience and translate his paintings from a personal perspective, in their own version of “Now”.
Wendy Jagger is a renowned ceramicist and painter from Mansfield, Victoria. Wendy responded to the unique landscapes of the Wollemi, Blue Mountains and Gardens of Stone National Parks during her recent artist residency at BigCi. Wendy painted regularly “en plein air”, engaging with the landscape and responding to its ever-changing weather, light and moods and capturing this in works in oil on board. Back in the studio, this was further developed into works in gouache, acrylic and on her signature ceramics.
Based on this, her Solo Exhibition “TERRAIN” was on throughout August 2019 at The Hive.
Kate Gorman is an established artist who works in an expressive, painterly technique, building layers of vibrant colour in an abstract style. Her art reflects her interpretation of the landscape around her and experiences of memories and life.
Her solo exhibition, “DREAMING” is a calm, tranquil body of work on mood and experiences that allow reflection and was on throughout July 2019
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