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The magnificent art of
'AS LEAVES TURN GOLD’
April 8 - April 25, 2017
Open daily: 11am-5pm
(inc. all public holidays and Easter days)
655 Fairbank Road, Arawata
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Phone 0428 598 262
MAYFIELD GALLERY PRESENTS
DI & JOHN KOENDERS
Wildlife and landscapes
(10 mins north of Leongatha / Korumburra)
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Extensive range of
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We have something for everyone!
Open: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm Saturday or by appointment
9 Mine Road, Korumburra
(next door to Treacy Real Estate)
Phone: 0408 551 410 or 0409 404 612
Independently owned & operated
Based in Korumburra - Servicing Gippsland
0412 102 262
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THE magnificent old oaks and maples at
Mayfield Gallery are now donning their autumn
garb of gold and russet tones.
Fresh new grass appears on the hillsides, and
the autumn light casts a beautiful glow all around.
Di and John Koenders of Arawata have been
busy putting brushes to canvas to prepare
some amazing new paintings for their exhibi-
tion, entitled ‘As Leaves Turn Gold’, which com-
mences on Saturday, April 8 and is open daily
from 11am to 5pm until April 25, including all
public holidays and Easter days.
They have some spectacular new paintings on
display - very large works on canvas - designed
to suit the large walls and open spaces of mod-
Di and John’s studio/gallery is an intrigu-
ing place, and gives a rare glance into the
Situated on an historic and picturesque farm-
ing property, Mayfield Gallery surrounds visi-
tors with a welcoming ambience and charm.
Di and John are always happy to chat about
their art, and offer a chilled glass of wine or
cup of tea or coffee. ‘Country-style’ hospitality
at its best!
Their mountain-top home is both their pas-
sion and their inspiration, and you feel like
you’re ‘on top of the world’ when you gaze
across the rolling Strzelecki Ranges.
John, of course, is well-known for his soar-
ing gum-trees – a passion of his, and he is hon-
oured to often be compared to the legendary
John also has an endless supply of inspira-
tion all around him – all the wonderful old local
farmhouses and our tranquil scenery give him
a bountiful supply of subjects.
Old Fergy tractors “peep-out” from farm
sheds and chooks roam around the yard. Fa-
miliar scenes to us all, and truly nostalgic.
John has been busy on commissioned works
for people who wish to immortalise their prop-
erty and pass it on to the next generation – a
Also, if you have any special paintings of your
own which need restoring, John is also an ex-
pert in this dying art.
He paints in watercolour and oils, and has
included some paintings of Holland, England,
France and Italy in this exhibition.
This latest collection of Di’s work includes
magnificent vibrant ‘portraits’ of many of our
wonderful birds - preserving them for posterity -
like all our wonderful wildlife artists before her.
From tiny blue wrens with their splendid
coats of shining blue, to majestic wedge-tailed
eagles, which are so much a part of our rolling
South Gippsland hills.
Tiny garden birds in cottage gardens to
haunting images of owls in the mist of a forest -
there is something for all bird-lovers.
Di has also painted some beautiful water-
colours – nostalgic images of flowers and
birds, which evoke another era. Native ani-
mals in minute detail are also a speciality in
The recent revelation that they are related to
the famous Dutch Master – Vincent van Gogh –
has added even more provenance to their beau-
Di and John have produced a documentary
covering the life and times of Vincent, and their
connection to their famous ancestor, and were
thrilled to have the honour of presenting it at
The documentary entitled ‘Vincent – the Un-
told Story of our Uncle’ has been shown in
many countries around the world.
DVDs of this unique and fascinating art film
can be purchased at the gallery.
This year, an exhibition of Vincent’s works
will be held at the National Gallery of Vic-
toria, and John has been contacted by the
NGV for his contribution and knowledge of
Vincent van Gogh.
An ‘animated’ film will be released next year,
where Vincent’s paintings “come to life”.
these events can only add to the provenance of
Di and John’s art, and shows there is still mas-
sive interest about Vincent and his short, but
Di and John’s work is very highly sought-
after, and they have an extremely impressive
list of famous clientele incliding HRH Princess
Anne (The Princess Royal), Mr John Howard,
The Sultan of Brunei, Jeff Kennett, the late Bud
Tingwell, Rob Gell, Peter Hitchener, John Wood
and Andre Rieu.
Clients purchasing paintings also receive the
major benefit of being able to buy direct from
the artists – thus avoiding costly commissions
charged by private galleries.
Mayfield Gallery is located at 655 Fairbank
Road, Arawata, approximately 10km north of
Leongatha or Korumburra.
Just follow the brown art gallery signs.
If you would like further directions or have
any enquiries, phone Di or John on 0428 598
262, visit www.mayfieldgallery.com.au or email
‘As leaves turn gold’
This latest collection of Di Koenders’ work includes magnificent
vibrant ‘portraits’ of many of our wonderful birds.
John Koenders is well-known for his soaring gum-trees.
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