The galleries that dot Sorrento’s Ocean Beach Road are an integral part of the village’s fabric, contributing to its sophisticated yet small-town feel. We take a look at some that are worth popping into when you’re next in town.

Manyung Gallery

One of five galleries under the Manyung Gallery Group banner, this gallery has not one, but two art spaces, housed in a spacious corner building. And now is the ideal time to visit – spring is when the Sorrento gallery really comes into its own, with a back-to-back exhibition schedule running every October through to Easter.

Founded in 1968, the group is directed by Sharyn and David Wemyss-Smith, a couple who’ve dedicated their lives to art and supporting contemporary Australian artists. The exhibitions held at their galleries feature oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, as well as various sculptures, ceramics, wood and jewellery pieces. The next couple of months are shaping up to be busy ones for the Sorrento outfit.

On Sunday, October 20, printmaker Kate Piekutowski will be bringing her printing press into the gallery to demonstrate how her art is made. Inspired by her Polish heritage, Kate’s works weave Europe and Australia together by intertwining places and spaces, alongside the depiction of someone exploring the world. Then there are two exhibitions scheduled for November.

On Melbourne Cup weekend, an exhibition by Dutch artist Miertje Skidmore and glass artist Llewelyn Ash launches, and at the end of the month on November 30, there’ll be an exhibition by Bayside-based artist Craig Penny titled Relaxing on the Peninsula. Craig paints calming bay, landscape and ocean settings, and this particular exhibit will focus on favourite Peninsula beach scenes. Alongside his works will be pieces by sculptor Rob Davy, who crafts designs from found objects.

Manyung Gallery Sorrento, 113 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. 9787 2953 / manyunggallery.com.au.

Vine Gallery

Australian artist Christopher Vine hails from Adelaide, but these days he calls the Peninsula home. The region’s sweeping landscapes are a perfect match for his own colourful, soothing paintings. Christopher has his very own gallery where he sells his original pieces, as well as made-to-order canvas and paper prints. He often spends his days painting in the studio, and visitors are welcome to stop by for a chat. Aspiring artists of all ages and experience levels can even take classes with Christopher – sessions for October and November are now available to book online.

Vine Gallery, Shop 4/69-75 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. 5984 4901 / christophervine.art

Gallery Sorrento

A gallery space that feels like home, Gallery Sorrento is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful designs and homewares. First of all, it’s located inside a white weatherboard cottage with an arched roof that resembles a quintessential beachside abode. Secondly, the interior set up vibes more like the cosy yet stylish residence of a particularly artsy friend. Ceramic vases, glassware, woven baskets and timber furniture are grouped together on the floor, while the walls are adorned with all manner of paintings and knick-knacks.

Gallery Sorrento, 148 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. 5984 2380.

Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery

Also located on Sorrento’s main drag of Ocean Beach Road, Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery caters to art lovers and bibliophiles alike by combining a classic independent bookstore with a space to showcase handpicked art pieces. It’s owned by local resident Jane McAuliffe, who was a devoted customer long before she took the plunge and purchased the Sorrento icon for herself. The exhibition space sits within the main store. Until October 27, visitors can check out the exhibition A Long Way Back, a series of ceramics and paintings by Melbourne-based artist Lyn Baines. Lyn has participated in dozens of solo and group exhibitions over the years and works with clay, mixed media, paint and prints. There are also regular events ranging from author talks to children’s storytime and creative writing workshops.

Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery, 138 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. 5984 4217 / antipodesbookshop.com.

images courtesy of Manyung Gallery.

Manyung Gallery, Craig Penny, Gulls at Camerons

Craig Penny, image courtesy of Manyung Gallery


Craig Penny, image courtesy of Manyung Gallery

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