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IN March 2002 the Meeniyan Art
Gallery was officially opened as a
space to allow the region’s very tal-
ented artists to exhibit their work.
Hundreds of exhibitions have
since flowed through the two gal-
lery spaces in the converted shop
on the corner of Whitelaw Street
and Nerrena-Meeniyan Road.
The focus is artists in the Tar-
win Valley, but it has extended out
to around Gippsland, bringing
varied and in wonderful exhibi-
The gallery is run completely by
In many cases you can often
catch the artists at the gallery
as they hang their works, or are
booked in for shop duties.
The exhibitions are curated by
Glenys Mann, herself an active
and well-respected fibre artist.
The current exhibition features
photography and fibre art, includ-
ing landscape photography by
Ken is especially known for his
photography of South Gippsland
scenes, ranging from local week-
end football matches, to one of
his favourite places – Wilsons
Selections of Ken’s work often
sell out as visitors to the region
take home a lasting memory, and
piece of reasonably priced art-
Local basket weavers’ work will
also be on display at the Meeniyan
Art Gallery during this exhibition.
The gift shop has an outstand-
ing collection of art for gift giving
at very reasonable prices.
Everything is handmade by lo-
The Meeniyan Art Gallery is
open 10am to 4pm weekdays
(closed Tuesdays) and 11am to
5pm on weekends.
PROOF TO BETH
A taste of South Gippsland
89 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan
5664 0010 | www.moosatmeeniyan.com.au
restaurant & café
Meet the team with our
new exciting summer menu
Shop with the lot
IF YOU get stuck in an unexpected South Gippsland cold snap, or you’ve
forgotten something for your trip at one of the very popular camping spots,
Pop in to the Meeniyan Area Community Shop (MACS) on the main road; the
opportunity shop has a selection of everything you would need, all washed,
laundered and sorted for easy browsing.
In turn MACS supports local community groups, organisations and chari-
Volunteers, like Fay Boag (above) are ‘paid’ a percentage of the shop’s prof-
its to the community group they are representing.
In the past two years $100,000 has been donated back into the community.
It’s a model that has been picked up around the region - proving very popu-
lar with volunteers and shoppers.
The well-organised MACS has a selection of clothes, linen, household
goods, jewellery, books and various toys and board games to keep everyone
MACS is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. D064915
Thriving art scene on show at Meeniyan
A minute with MAG volunteer Avril van Wamel
VOLUNTEER Avril van Wamel is
an identity of Meeniyan.
She’s involved in lots of groups
around the town – one of an army
of volunteers that keeps Meeniyan
vibrant and welcoming.
She volunteers regularly and
“whenever she’s needed” at the
Meeniyan Art Gallery.
“Artists are very good at what
they do, they just need someone to
help out and sell their work,” Avril
“I’m not an artist, I just help out.
“However, most of the people
who are involved with MAG are art-
ists in some way.
“We’re very lucky to have an ex-
cellent exhibition coordinator in
Glenys Mann and support from the
“We always try to have Gippsland
artists, to promote their work, so
it changes from month to month,
there’s something to cater for ev-
“Our next exhibition is of Ken
Spence’s photography. His work
is always very popular, especially
since it’s local scenes.
“He also has a calendar that we
sell as well - we usually sell out of
“Soon we’ll have local sculptor
Leslie Monahan in with her father,
that’ll be in the Access Gallery [an
adjoining room] – that’s a very
interesting exhibition, they have
quite a sense of humour; it’s good
fun and very reasonably priced.
“The most popular exhibition we
have is the annual primary school
show – that’s absolutely terrific, the
whole town comes in and enjoys it
and the kids get very excited too.”
Carol Evans from Koonwarra flicks through some of the available,
unframed artwork that is for sale at the Meeniyan volunteer-run art
Moo’s provides a taste
of South Gippsland
The outdoor deck at Moo’s at Meeniyan is a beautiful spot to watch the world
go past, or to enjoy some sun this summer. D104915.
IF YOU’RE after a culinary experi-
ence of South Gippsland, Moo’s at
Meeniyan is the place to be.
Marty Thomas and his team
of chefs including Trevor Baker
and Jack Panozzo are inspired by
Gippsland produce and showcase
the best of the region on the ever-
Only the best, fresh seasonal pro-
duce is used to serve up Gippsland
on a plate.
Daily specials take advantage of
the best of Gippsland’s produce.
A brand new summer menu is
now available, featuring beautiful
summer fruits and vegetables.
If you’re visiting Meeniyan or in
the district, stop in town, stroll
around the local shops, stock up
on goodies and sit and have a meal,
coffee or cake at Moo’s.
You can make a day of it at Meeni-
yan, and recharge your batteries
along with the friendly locals.
You can even buy some of the lo -
cal produce featured in the Moo’s
at Meeniyan menu – there are deli-
cious wines, olive oils, chocolates,
truffles, jams and more – all made
Moo’s at Meeniyan is open seven
days a week over the New Year holi-
days – open for breakfast, lunch,
coffee and cake all week from
8.30am to 4.30pm, and dinners on
Friday and Saturday nights from
Special dinners are held each
month. The Round the World din-
ners will continue in February.
These social evenings are a
chance to experience some unusual
cuisines – recent meals have in-
cluded Cuba and Ethiopia. The very
popular nights usually book out, so
call the team at Moo’s at Meeniyan
to reserve a seat.
Under Moo management
The Gippsland roasted coffee
available at Moo’s at Meeniyan,
along with a selection of delicious
cakes, will soon be available at the
Sandy Point store.
Marty Thomas is the new manag-
er of the Sandy Point store.
Marty Thomas and the team at Moo’s at Meeniyan
are passionate about local food and produce. Mar-
ty (‘Moo’) recently hosted a local meat producers’
dinner, showcasing the excellent record these local
producers have in presenting top-notch meats in an
environmentally sustainable way. DM114915.
The provedore pantry at Moo’s at Meeniyan is
carefully selected – it’s local and features on the sea-
sonal menu. D124915.
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