Montsalvat is an artist colony in Eltham, Victoria, Australia, established by Justus Jorgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 48,562 m2 (12 acres) of land. The colony of Montsalvat has a detailed history that reflects the life of Jörgensen and his friends and family; there is also a legend behind its name, while its buildings and gardens are steeped in the art and culture of Melbourne and its surroundings.
Visitors can pay a small fee to walk throughout the colony's historical gardens, artists' houses/workshops and explore the surrounding buildings. All of the buildings on the site were designed and built by residents with locally available materials, from various sources. The Great Hall offers an extensive network of spaces from extravagant halls and vast exhibition spaces, to small corridors and tiny balconies overlooking the gardens.
Currently Montsalvat's grounds and buildings are mostly used for exhibitions, performances, conferences, seminars, weddings and receptions; however, many artists (such as luthiers, jewellers, painters, sculptors and a writer) continue to reside in Montsalvat. Several classes on various disciplines of art are offered year round by the resident artists.
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What a beautiful day trip destination.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! Wonderful colors and contrasts.ReplyDelete
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beautiful pictures. i like most the last one.ReplyDelete
Amazing photos! And yes, i agree with George, the last photo is stunning and so artistic!ReplyDelete
now, that´s a place I would love to explore :)ReplyDelete
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Oh, I love the history of this venue. I would love to visit it some day. Great captures.ReplyDelete
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Beautiful pictures, as always, with so many interesting cultural and artistic aspects! A walk is something precious in that location. It's the historical view that attracts to exploration... Best regards!ReplyDelete
How wonderful this is. I did not know about this, despite being an Aussie! Lovely story and shots. DenyseReplyDelete