Melanie Jai 2017-10-24T06:58:17+00:00

A rustic haven nestled in the bush

  • Melanie Jai
  • Melanie Jai
  • Melanie Jai
  • Melanie Jai

Our Location

A rustic haven nestled in the bush

18 Megan Rd Galston NSW 2159 Australia

Our Artists

With the spectacular Galston Gorge as its backdrop, this sprawling natural bushland property is home to Melanie Jai Artists Studio. Architecturally designed buildings mixed in with rugged hardwood and currogated iron studios fuse urban and traditional elements to create an utterly inviting space. Melanie’s studio sits at the front of the property, featuring vibrant contemporary figurative paintings. Best known for her narrative pieces tackling the issue of Autism, she accesses an arsenal of materials such as paint, metal, wood, bitumen, ink, and shellac, to tell the stories in these large scale works. The Cottage, the second studio space, sits snuggly into the main hub of the property, and is opened up for use by other artists and craftspeople working in a diverse range of materials during the Arcadian Artists Trail. Come get your culture on and immerse yourself in our wildly talented artists’ community.

Our Art

  • Mixed media artworks on canvas
  • Metal garden sculptures and plaques
  • Handmade books
  • Unique handmade textiles and garments
  • Finely detailed pencil drawings
  • Bespoke timber furniture

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Melanie Jai
Melanie JaiMixed Media Artist
Melanie’s artworks have extensively toured through Queensland and New South Wales galleries, and her story and artworks published nationally and internationally. Her artworks are used as an educational tool worldwide in seminars on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Aspergers Syndrome. She is available for workshops on various subjects such as Mixed Media, Life Drawing, Concept Development, and How To Tell Your Story Through Art for adults or school groups. She has a special interest in art therapy for the disabled, and ran classes for this for many years.
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Gavin Stewart and Naona Stewart
Gavin Stewart and Naona StewartMetal artist
Metalscape was established in 2006 by designers and artisans, Naona and Gavin Stewart, who share a passion for creating artwork made from metal. Based in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Metalscape design and produce artwork for businesses and individuals across New South Wales, Australia-wide and internationally.
Gavin has a life-long connection with metal, working in various forms from industrial applications through to the creative arts; and Naona relishes creating distinctive original designs that are both personal and resonant for her customers.
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Nicole Miranda
Nicole MirandaCeramic artist
Nicole Miranda of Originally Nic is a Sydney Graphic and Visual Artist plus Ceramicist inspired predominantly by nature; largely Australian flora and fauna. Nic has been creating and selling her original pieces for over twenty years through exhibitions, craft shows, markets, selected stores and galleries. She likes to create and produce original paintings in a variety of mediums plus design and produce earthenware ceramic items which she either hand builds or slipcasts. These include table tops, tiles, homewares, garden art and jewellery. The hand built pieces are each quite unique and most often are imprinted with plant material and other interesting forms either grown by Nic or collected locally.
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Tizzana Winery
Tizzana WineryWinemaker
Situated in the historic Hawkesbury, Tizzana is a unique agribusiness located on the doorstep of Sydney and within easy reach of the famous Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Listed Area and the magnificent Wollemi Wilderness.

Offering a complete agritourism experience, Tizzana has its own vineyard and olive grove, and offers the discerning traveller a rewarding mix of locally produced wine, food and luxurious five star bed and breakfast accommodation. Tizzana also offers consultancy and market research services to key Australian industry sectors.

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Roy Davi
Roy DaviBodger – Traditional woodcrafter
My enthusiasm for this ancient craft began many years ago when I first came across ‘bodging’ – the traditional craft of greenwood turning. Bodging was developed in medieval times and later used for creating fine furniture including the classic Windsor chair.
More recently I have broadened my interests and now create my own style of greenwood furniture as well as traditionally crafted wooden household utensils.
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Desley Stewart
Desley Stewart Nature and Landscape Artist
I love the way art can solve problems for people. There are only so many coffee mugs, t-shirts and gift cards you can give for a special occasion or corporate gift – but an original painting or limited edition print is guaranteed to make an impact and a welcome change!
Pastel is my preferred medium because of its vibrancy and versatility – it’s not chalk or crayon – it’s a stick of pure pigment, and the vast colour range is pure joy. Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance including Degas and Manet.
My work is detailed and takes countless hours to complete depending on the subject. I like to paint landscapes and natural subjects, particularly places that people recognise and connect with.
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Trina Walker
Trina WalkerQuilt Artist
Trina’s passion for fabrics started while she was learning to sew at high school. She then followed up with an Associate Diploma in Custom Clothing, before finding her passion making patchwork quilts. Trina discovered how many beautiful fabrics are out there wanting to tell a story.

Each quilt starts with just one piece of fabric and the rest grows around it and there is a unique story behind every quilt.
Pre-washed fabrics are used in all her quilts, she professionally quilts and all binds are finished by hand, various sizes for different purposes. Trina has snuggle rugs, lounge throws, cushions, bags and some bed quilts.

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Helping our local community
Helping our local communityWarrah Special School
As artists we embrace those that think differently. Those that see, and allow us to see, the world through different eyes. This year, with this ethos held close to our hearts, we have extended an invitation to a cherished part of our community to join us. Warrah is a local organization guided by the Rudolf Steiner philosophy to develop Social Therapy for adults with intellectual disability or autism, and curative education for children in need. Their art therapy has produced stunning results, rivalling many able bodied artists. We are extremely proud to have a group of Warrah’s members represented at Melanie Jai’s Studio this year.

Images From Our Exhibiting Artists

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Melanie Jai

Gavin Stewart

Gavin Stewart

Ian Lean

Ian Lean

Desley Stewart

Trina Walker – Playmat

Trina Walker

Tizzana Winery, Winemaker

Tizzana Winery

Roy Davi, Bodger

Roy Davi