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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

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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Our Artists

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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
Gavin 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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Peter Stanford
Peter StanfordBookbinder
Peter Stanford became interested in art bookbinding as a result of visiting paper makers in Thailand and Laos. Nearing retirement from a lifetime of office work, he found the time to investigate the intricacies of hand book binding, particularly Coptic stitching which has been in use for about 2000 years and allows the pages to lay flat when the book is opened, making is especially suitable for sketch books and Memory or Momento Books which can be used to record some special occasion: Birthdays, Weddings and even funerals, where the guests can record their special memories of the persons involved.
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Barbara Schey
Barbara ScheyTextile artist
Barbara, a native of Australia, was the recipient of the country’s first ever grant for a 2-year apprenticeship with a Craftsmen in the Community – Master Weaver Erika Semler. In addition, she has attended many residential courses with leading artists from all over the world, including: Clothilde Barrett; Peter Collingwood; Ann Sutton; Sylvia & Harold Tacker; Erika Semler; Lily Krams; Roderrick Owen; Madge Milston; Bertha Bochman; Hiroyuki Shindo; Yoshiko I Wada; Ana Lisa Hedstrom; Jim Liles; Darcie Decerberie; Shigeki Fukomoto; and the list goes on. Barbara has attended the ISS events in Chile, UK, Melbourne, Australia, Japan and France.
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Ian Lean
Ian LeanPainter
Born in Bellingen, country NSW in 1952, Ian lived on the north coast, NSW, until leaving school in 1970.
After a horse riding accident at 13yrs, he dabbled in painting landscapes. He can remember being driven around the countryside by his parents looking for scenes to paint.
After leaving school he moved to Sydney to follow a career in Land Surveying and it was at this time he viewed a number of art exhibitions and this renewed his interest in painting again. He had limited tuition from James Wynne, Allan Fizzell and John Wilson but is mostly self taught.
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Darren Oates
Darren OatesFurniture designer & craftsman
Darren is pragmatic, though not utilitarian, in his approach to furniture design.He considers both form and function to be vital. From a personal perspective, he doesn’t see any point in investing the amount of time he takes in making a piece if it can’t be used by its new owners.At the same time, he recognises that form has to come into play or the piece won’t attract a buyer in the first place. He believes in traditional joinery, but is not a purist.If he can make an extremely strong joint using a jig or machine, then that is what he will do. People are purchasing his furniture because of its design, not because it has hand-cut dovetails.
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Maurice Larkin
Maurice LarkinPainter & illustrator
Maurice has been drawing from his early childhood in Liverpool, England. He is self taught and has been drawing and painting places that have inspired him on his extensive travels.
Maurice has held successful sales exhibitions here in Sydney that have been well received. His drawings and paintings are now being purchased by local as well as international buyers who have appreciated the realism in his work.
With his love of history, and a good eye for a picture, he is able to capture the moment in time in his drawings and paintings for lovers of fine art to appreciate.

Images From Our Exhibiting Artists

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Melanie Jai

Gavin Stewart

Gavin Stewart

Peter Stanford

Peter Stanford

Barbara Schey

Barbara Schey

Ian Lean

Ian Lean

Darren Oates

Darren Oates

Maurice Larkin

Maurice Larkin