Words – Kate Forsyth

Photos – Kate Forsyth

Yering Station Gallery, Yering Station Winery, 38 Melba Hwy Yarra Glen 3775 Victoria, Australia. Max Grierson, Savaad Felich, Robyn Henchel and Mim Kocher. Until 30 September, 2012.

Have you recently wrestled with an old lady for the last loaf of sour dough? Have you honked your horn while simultaneously shouting at a pedestrian on crutches to hurry up? Been complaining about ‘all the roadworks’ making you late? Have you told a colleague to eat a bag of dicks? In the past fortnight, have you made your mother cry? Pushed a kid over? Elbowed someone in the face during netball who was ON YOUR OWN TEAM? Rooted your girlfriend’s sister? Told your boss, “See you next Tuesday” when it was Thursday, knowing full well that you will see them Friday?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you are in acute and desperate need of a break from city life, work life, people life, family life and your girlfriend’s sister’s lady garden. The city also needs a break from you.
The Yarra Valley welcomes angry honkers, bread thieves, child pushers and aggressive netballers. And one particular spot that will help wash away the city residue is the delightful Yering Station in Yarra Glen. On a recent mini-break, we lunched in the restaurant, admired the architecture and gardens, before a final stop at the cellar door, which doubles as a gallery.

The work of four artists was on display (and is until the end of September), cluttering the walls and sitting on wine barrels and the floor.
Many of Mim Kocher’s brightly coloured paintings made of recycled bases, acrylic and ceramic paints, dyes, inks, powders and resin feature flying women and are quite striking, pulling you in for closer examination. Hailing from the nearby Healesville, Mim is sure to be a local favourite.
Savaad Felich’s wood carvings are by no means your typical hippie wood carving. They’re fun, contemporary and different. Part table leg, part alien, the result is a series of animal like creatures, some standing as tall as person.
Robyn Henchel’s acrylic paintings on canvas are nature inspired, with bright block colours that grab your attention. The simple detail of the landscapes make you feel all happy in your special place. A great remedy for those afflicted with the aforementioned ‘city issues’.

Max Grierson’s acrylic and ink paintings combine naturalism, impressionism and fantasy to create rather moody landscapes, which are highly suited to the lovely landscape surrounding Yering Station.
ON AND OFF THE WALL contains a huge number of artworks and is worth a look. Fifteen per cent of commissions is donated to the Leukimia Auxillary of the Royal Children’s Hospital (LARCH), so you can acquire art while contributing to a very worthy cause. Surely, that’ll warm your cold dead heart?
The cellar door where the gallery is situated is a lovely space, as is the restaurant which is strikingly beautiful with views and food that make you gush ridiculously to your lunch companion. May I also recommend standing in the treed area between the restaurant and cellar door? If after absorbing all this loveliness, you still wish to kick a bin over, I diagnose you a serial turd and say to you, ‘See you next Tuesday’. Good day.