Shyihli 2017-10-20T02:22:06+00:00

Experience a beautiful outlook across a bushland valley.

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  • Shyihli

Shyihli – derived from the African Zulu language meaning time to down tools and rest after a day’s work.

A large untamed property has taken – and continues to take – a huge amount of work to initially break it in and to then maintain it.  But our paradise in the bush constantly rewards us with the most beautiful place to relax with a glass of wine on the cliff edge overlooking the valley after a day’s work. As we watch the birds flying in to roost in the valley,  followed by the appearance of the milky way in all its glory as night falls, this area of Sydney is certainly an inspiring place to live – and to paint!”    Merilyn

Our Art

  • Vibrant watercolour and mixed media paintings
  • Original , hand crafted gold and silver jewellery
  • Quirky and charming  felted garments and homewares
  • Dramatic sculptural ceramics
  • Delicate, intricate and tactile printed textiles

Our Location-Shyihli

Experience a beautiful outlook across a bushland valley.

25 Muraban Rd, Dural NSW 2158, Australia.

The approach to this contemporary white and glass gallery is via a long driveway and winding garden paths which meander through a lush, rambling garden.  Interesting urns and sculptural pieces are nestled amongst the exotic plants waiting to be discovered en route.  In addition, some of the ‘garden rooms’ provide the perfect setting for working artists to demonstrate their unique craft.  As one arrives at the upper gallery terrace one is greeted by a 180 degree vista over Cabbage Tree gully nature reserve.  The gallery itself is open plan and situated on two levels, with the lower level opening via massive glass door onto another terrace, also used for art exhibits.

Our Artists

After meandering through a verdant garden of luscious plants, huge sculptural urns and tall trees you will arrive at  Merilyn’s open plan  gallery  with its huge panels of glass windows  overlooking the valley..  This dramatic setting is a blank canvas for the hundreds of  vibrant paintings adorning the walls. These are the strong watercolour and mixed media paintings which are the work of talented painter, Merilyn Chappel. As you walk through the gallery you will meet jeweller Jill Davis with her uniquely crafted and exquisite gold and silver jewellery, as well as Katey Ghersini with her colourful array of felted garments and homewares.  Step outside through the massive glass doors to meet Katarina Wells whose ceramic sculptures have been exhibited to acclaim all over the country and Lisa Shepherd with her beautifully printed textiles featuring Australian flora.

“I am thrilled with the exhibitors I have with me this year,” says Merilyn.  “ The white gallery overlooking the untouched bush is the perfect backdrop for  the fabulous collection of unique Australian artworks we will be exhibiting.”

Merilyn Chappel’s studio “Shyihli” at 25 Muraban Road encompasses an eclectic collection of enthusiastic and talented artists who usea wide variety of mediums, styles, materials and subjects to ensure their work is eye catching, inspiring and all one of a kind.

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Merilyn Chappel
Merilyn ChappelPainter
An interior designer and journalist, Merilyn Chappel has been painting for over 25 years. Initially a watercolour artist, her work has evolved to encompass other mediums including acrylics and inks, but more recently mixed media. This foray into mixed media has resulted in uniquely textured, impressionistic works but these still exhibit Merilyn’s dramatic use of colour and design. Merilyn’s subject matter varies considerably from large dramatic landscapes to small interiors; from bold and colourful fruits to sensitively painted flowers; from Australian stockmen to French villages; from African giraffes to Australian dairy herds; from Sydney sailboats to outback towns – even shoes, hats and teacups have a look in!
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Katey Ghersini
Katey GhersiniFelt artist
Katey Ghersini recycles and reworks vintage buttons, buckles and fabrics as embellishments on her pieces.
After a washing “disaster” Katey has continued on her felting odyssey for eight years or so, not confining her felting to just sheep’s wool, she uses alpaca, rabbit, camel even poodle wool in her funky, but useful items.
At the moment, most of Katey’s time is taken helping run a busy family business, but she remains hopeful, that soon, she will be able to pursue her dream of entering into more formal study of textiles, fashion and furnishing design – using her love of feltable mediums and upcycled embellishments.
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Katarina Wells
Katarina WellsCeramic sculptor
Katarina’s aim is to express a sense of balance and harmony through her work. She hand builds her pieces over a period of a few days, to allow the clay to stiffen sufficiently, before adding more coils. This slow process fosters an organic growth, allows for time to step back and observe where a piece intends to go.
Terra Sigillata, a natural finish containing very fine clay particles, provides a sensual, tactile surface for much of her work. For many of her outdoor sculptures Katarina uses iron and copper finishes, relishing the rich patinas that develop when exposed to the elements. Inspiration is found in the natural world – the colours and textures of rocks, seedpods, wasp’s nests or shark eggs found on the beach.
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Jill Davis
Jill DavisJeweller
Born under the creative Aquarian star sign in Zimbabwe in the late 1960s, Jill grew up in a time where basic necessities were in short supply and imagination made drums out of tin cans.
“To create something unique for a person, I need to get a true feel for them, who they are, their values, and where they see themselves in the world. The piece needs to reflect them, needs to have a purpose and a reason for being. I do not consider these works to be just another gift that can be purchased at any mass-production department store, but an extension of the recipient something that they will hand down to their future generations, a memory of themselves.”
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Lisa Shepherd
Lisa ShepherdTextile illustrator & printer
Lisa has a life long love of the arts and began her career after studying Interior & Three Dimensional Design in Wales. She went on to specialize in textile design and printing and her passion for fabrics and a keen eye for colour grew. She now uses her many years studying a variety of techniques to produce both home and lifestyle products. Lisa was the recipient of the Porter’s Paints Award of Excellence for her wallpaper design whilst studying at the International School of Colour and Design.
She has always had a strong connection with nature and draws her inspiration from Australian flora, both native and unassuming plants often passed by; her latest collection is a celebration of the humble weed.

ECLECTIC COLLECTION OF ENTHUSIASTIC AND TALENTED ARTISTS 

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Images From Our Exhibiting Artists

Merilyn Chappel

Merilyn Chappel

Katey Ghersini

Katey Ghersini

Katarina Wells

Katarina Wells

Jill Davis

Jill Davis

Lisa Shepherd

Lisa Shepherd