About Sherbrooke Art Society & Gallery
Sherbrooke Art Society is a vibrant community of artists with a growing membership each year. Currently in its 55th year, The Society, and its associated Gallery, are both well-established and highly-regarded within the local and wider community.
The Society hosts numerous exhibitions including the renowned Streeton Roberts McCubbin Exhibition, Spring Exhibition, Small Packages Exhibition and Artist of the Year Exhibition. The Society members enjoy a range of activities which include workshops, life drawing groups, demonstrations, field days for outdoor painting, and a library.
The Gallery, which is considered a key ‘art and culture’ destination for visitors to the Dandenong Ranges, provides members and visiting artists with a light and spacious exhibition space set at the edge of the breathtaking Sherbrooke Forest. The Gallery has a constant changing display of over 300 works of art for sale.
The Gallery also houses a series of art classes with tutors teaching in a range of mediums which are open to beginners through to professional fine artists.
The Society's History
The Gallery's History
The Gallery is housed in a 1920s building which was originally the Red Mill Tea Rooms. The original road leading to the Tea Room was just a dirt road and visitors would park their cars -- many of which were Model T Fords -- to venture into the Sherbrooke Forest. The building also survived a bushfire during this era.
Later on the building became the "Moulin Rouge Gallery" operated at the time by renowned Nicholas (Nick) Bentinck and his wife Marguerite. In 1971 The Society took up a 3-year lease to make it their Gallery, eventually purchasing the property.
Sherbrooke Art Society was established in November 1966 by well-known local artist Jack Montgomery who had a vision of an Art Society located within the "Hills".
The Society's primary objective was to provide professional artists an opportunity to grow through meeting and collaborating with other artists.
The Society would also provide those interested in art a chance to enjoy the works of art by local artists, as well as give them an opportunity to try their own hand at creating art through undertaking lessons.
The Sherbrooke Art Society is a not-for-profit that is solely run and managed by a Committee of volunteers and overseen by an voluntary Executive Committee. Committee elections are held annually at the Society's AGM in June.
President: Jeffrey Murphy
Treasurer: Leanne Vassallo
Secretary: Deborah Zang
Committee: Glenda Van Trojen ( Gallery Manager ) , Janet Matthews ( minute Secretary ) Sue McCall ( Workshop co-ordinator ) Phillip Wills ( Maintenance )