SYNERGY SERIES – Hannah DiStefano

Hannah’s watercolour works encapsulate a synergy of colour, rhythm and movement.All these works are created to music, and this is reflected in their titles. She describes her painting process as, “dancing on paper”. She draws upon her extensive dance experience, and her lifelong exposure to the visual arts, which is apparent in her work. 

‘All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music” – Walter Pater

‘Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.’ – Wassily Kandinsky


In March and April 2017, Five Ways Galleries hosted an exhibition of painting by Sue Martin. These works represented several years of retrospective work, together with new works from her recent vigorous return to painting. Sue finds great joy in the use of colour, and her works express that joy.

The Gallery continues to exhibit works by Sue martin.

THE FOOTHILLS FOUR – The Harvest of a Quiet Eye

THE FOOTHILLS FOUR exhibition brought together four distinct artists from the foothills of Mount Dandenong

The Foothills Four are from the Veszely family and their friend Kevin Currell. Their media and style range from watercolour to oil paint, from realism to semi-abstract.

They are:

Ern Veszely

Liz Veszely

Eugene Veszely

Kevin Currell.

The exhibition ran 3 – 18 November 2017. If you missed the exhibition, we have a number of the Foothills Four’s work in the gallery.

WONDER – Pamela Pretty Exhibition

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In September and October we held a successful exhibition of Pamela Pretty’s work

Since joining our artists at Five Ways Galleries, Pamela’s work has been greatly admired and in demand. Apart from creating such contemplative and inspiring paintings, Pamela also runs classes in watercolour and pastel media at the Ringwood Arts Society.

Pamela shares, “Wonder is a word that is associated with sight and feeling and often relates to things beyond our grasp.

I am inspired by the way that children perceive the world with fresh eyes and hearts full of amazement and wonder in response to the world around them, seeing simple things that we take for granted and finding them fascinating.

This thought has inspired me to look deeply at some things and places around me and to share my view of them with you. I hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I enjoyed making them.” Pamela Pretty

The gallery will hold a number of paintings from the Wonder exhibition in the near future


Five Ways Galleries presented NGOOTH by Jennifer Grover, a photographic journey through nine years with a UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan.

The exhibition was held in October and November 2016.

Jennifer Grover’s photographs are from her years working with the UN Peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. NGOOTH (Hope) gave a deep insight into the world of the Dinka peoples, their cattle camps and their fears and aspirations.

Five Ways Galleries continues to hold unframed works from the exhibition, together with copies of Jennifer’s book of collected images.

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Spring of 2017 was long awaited and with it came a series of exhibitions at the gallery.

September 21 – October 14   Pamela Pretty. Pastels, watercolour and ink. Completed

November 3 – November 18    The Foothills Four – A variety of works from a collective studio of artists living in the foothills of Mount Dandenong. Completed

November 25 – December 2   Heather Bradbury Studio – Works from students of Kalorama artist. Completed

December 7 – 23 A number of new works on display from It Hao Pheh, Di King and Julie Ricketts. We are also showing Synergy Series 1 by Hannah DiStefano – 28 watercolour paintings,each based upon a piece of music.


THE GIFT It Hao Pheh

The exhibition of It Hao Pheh, The Gift, ran until our Winter closure at the end of June

It Hao has established himself as a highly esteemed water-colourist. With this show we also see something of the breadth of his talent, with dynamic oil paintings, acrylics and oil pastel works, to compliment his beautiful watercolours.

The landscape paintings are plain air and studio works of scenes around the Dandenong Ranges, South Gippsland and The Grampians. It Hao’s signature watercolours of  buildings and streetscapes are of recognisable locations around Melbourne. including Montsalvat, Malvern Town Hall and Toorak Road.

The works are in a range of sizes, from miniatures to a little over A1 size images. We have retained a selection of paintings from this exhibition for general showing.

Recently, It Hao took out first prize in Best Traditional Work Valued Less than $3,500 the Rotary Camberwell Art Show, for a painting of Montsalvat, as well as receiving a Highly Commended.

Sue Martin Exhibition – PURSUIT OF COLOUR


Throughout April 2017 we delighted in an exhibition that played against the standard image of ‘Still Life’, which is how many of the works might be categorised. Sue’s works are actively colourful. We selected a few of Sue’s paintings to remain on display until sold.


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