Say Hola on Merchant Lane | Thu 8th Sep, 7pm – Live mural by Kristy, Josh & Joel

Say Hola on Merchant Lane | Live Mural
Thu 8 Sep, 7pm @ Merchant Lane

The Nook on Merchant Lane is a curated, ever changing art space that showcases local prominent and emerging artists, bringing you street art on the lane with a new artist every 2 months. 

We have the amazing Say Hola joining us on the lane this Thursday 8 September doing a live mural painting from 7pm. Please join us with free entry and free drink by adding your name to our guest list! Add your full name in the comments below to be included on the list. Thursday nights is also 'Acoustic Sessions' at Merchant Lane!

About the artist
Maria Flores is a Melbourne based artist/maker/creator. Her artwork, executed in screen prints, embroidery and illustration under the moniker Say Hola! Her artwork is is a celebration of all things vibrant and detailed, capturing her love for colour and quirk. Her work has been recognised and featured by popular Australian and International publications and online blogs. Currently working on her next range of original pieces that introduces new techniques and concepts. 

Come down and support a local artist doing what she does best!

Say Hola will also be exhibiting at The Nook Gallery – FIESTAS BY MARIA FLORES Opening 15th October 2016, 2–4pm. All welcome! See for more info.

Upcoming Exhibition | Sat 27 Feb | Alex Jennings by Kristy, Josh & Joel

Somewhere, acrylic on canvas 50 x 40cm

Australian Escape | Landscapes by Alex ‘Ajay’ Jennings
Saturday 27 February, 6pm - 9pm
One Night Only

Through the study of Communication Design, Ajay developed an interest in the realm of image-making and the connection between visual and verbal language. Through Art & Design and a visceral collaboration with the viewer, he hopes to position a narrative that challenges people to see beyond the object.

Prior to 2014, Ajay’s primary focus was digital design. It wasn’t until later that year - after being diagnosed with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) - that he could fully immerse himself into painting, a more intimate practice.

Australian Escape is a small collection of Ajay’s works completed from his studio in Northcote over the past 6 months. A manifestation of his chronic illness, these paintings offer him a form of escapism whilst opening up a channel for communication.


Mornington Peninsula Magazine by Kristy, Josh & Joel

Kristy from The Nook


Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
I'm a graphic designer, currently working as a senior designer at ERD, although I have a number of other projects on the go that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I run The Nook Gallery & Studios in Mornington, along with my two brothers. I manage The Collection – Vintage Wedding Prop Hire and I'm also renovating my new studio at The Nook where I plan to start freelancing from at the end of this year. There's not much time for anything else, but I also have a rhodesian ridgeback named Duffa, a husband named Brendon and a baby on the way, whom is yet to be named!

Describe your style:
My style is a bit of everything – but I tend to keep my colour palette fairly neutral with a splash of colour here and there. I love going camping in winter so I can wear some of my favourite items – my Hunter gumboots, Elk Scarf and Norquay Co. beanie.

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?
I think there is definitely a distinct difference in style on the Mornington Peninsula, particularly in comparison to Melbourne. We are much less pretentious and our overall style and attitude is much more relaxed.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?
My favourite website would have to be Pinterest – I could sit there for hours looking at interiors and design related imagery. One thing leads to another taking me on a never ending journey of inspiration. I also love Etsy and The Design Files.

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?
Ok i'll break it down:
Cafe - Flock amongst the Dava shops in Mornington, they have the best avocado Vegemite toastie’s there!
Shop - Scout’s Honour, Dromana, from Emeldo necklaces to Made by Frank Washable hand bags.
Beach - Mt Martha South Beach – I grew up here.
Winery - Trofeo Estate, Dromana absolutely love their food, wine and industrial interior.

See Kristy's design folio here:

Its just begun {Exhibition} by Kristy, Josh & Joel

A solo exhibition by Janine Everett.

Exhibition opens Thurs 19 March, 7.00pm
Exhibition runs 19 March – 26 March
Mon to Fri: 10am – 5pm / Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Janine Everett is a Mornington Peninsula based artist, teacher and creator. Her work is evoked through imagination using mixed media, paints & wood that inspire and transform re-cycled materials into an art form. Working on canvas and creating color, texture, collage into each art piece - drives passion into all artworks.

The environment of the Mornington Peninsula is the main influence, where aesthetics are around Janine. Especially the ocean & bay beaches, everyday the light changes, & the mood, which captures another inspiration of art.

Art in Australia excites Janine, especially Indigenous Art, which is a major influence & stimulus that enlightens the creative process.

This exhibition is a celebration of the beginning, where past & present influences of music, surf, art and culture celebrate where Janine is at today. 

Book Launch and Exhibition @ The Nook – Paul Dillon by Kristy, Josh & Joel

The Symphony by Paul Dillon
{Illustrations by Josh Brown}

To celebrate the launch of local author Paul Dillon's children's book 'The Symphony', we invite you to The Nook on Sunday the 14th of December from 2pm to 6pm for an afternoon of drinks and nibbles. 'The Symphony' illustrator, Josh Brown, will be exhibiting the entire set of illustrations created for the eco children's chapter book (available for purchase).

"Each day and night a magical musical symphony is performed under the stars, the sun, and the moon.

Each of the animals in the Balbirooroo wetland has a different voice and sound to make in their mysterious orchestra. Every day Sticky Webster, the symphony conductor, weave’s a spider’s web for each animal in her old gum tree. In the morning the sparkling dew drops settle on each web, and they become the musical notes that each animal is to sing in their part of the symphony.

But... the symphony is suddenly silenced when the oldest frog in the wetland The Balbirooroo Guru informs all the creatures that their water has been poisoned and all of the Pobblebonk frogs have left. Can five girls, a nosy blue dragonfly, a banjo playing cockatoo, and a young hero frog called Kobi save the Balbirooroo wetland and the symphony... If not it could even reach you humans too!!"

'The Symphony' books and 'one off' framed giclee prints of the book illustrations will be available for purchase at the launch along with a book signing from Paul Dillon.

All welcome.

Visa / Mastercard facilities available.
Proudly supported by Vasco's Mistress Wine.

Exhibition @ The Nook – 'Rough' by Lily Nicholson and Jordana Henry by Kristy, Josh & Joel

Opening Night: Sat 25th Oct 2014, 6 – 10pm.
Open daily 10 – 3pm until 31st Oct, 2014.

Lily Nicholson and Jordana Henry are two Byron Bay based artists.

After studying at art school together for four years, Lily and Jordi have continued to inspire each others creative endeavours.

ROUGH is their third travelling art show held in unique spaces throughout Australia.

Lily Nicholson 
Instagram: @lilyjohannah

Jordana Henry

There's a new kid on the block by Kristy, Josh & Joel

There’s a new kid on the block

The Nook Gallery & Studios

The long awaited opening of The Nook has arrived! 
Sunday 12th October 2014

Come and check out a new creative hub for Mornington that includes six studios and expansive gallery. The Nook is located in the heart of the Mornington Industrial Estate – on Progress Street (next door to Commonfolk Coffee). 

To celebrate the opening, brother sister duo, Kristy Oates and Josh Brown will exhibit their latest works, titled ‘All Relative’ - a collaboration of their creative styles. The show will encompass simple and bold pieces with Kristy’s flair for layering and digital collage and Josh’s sinuous illustrative techniques.

Come and see what all the fuss is about! 'All Relative' will be showing from Sunday 12th to Thursday 23rd October. All artwork will be available for purchase. You'll find The Nook Studios & Gallery at 18 Progress Street, Mornington.

For more information about The Nook, visit or check us out on Instagram @thenookgallery

The Nook has been granted council approval! by Kristy, Josh & Joel

Finally we have the official council approval, so we are moving as quick as we can to get the renovations finished. At this stage we are aiming to launch The Nook around the end of August / early September (if all goes to plan!). The studio frames are now up and the gallery is also taking shape. Quite a bit more work needed in order to get everything looking awesome, but we are really happy with the outcome so far! 

Studio lease rates and formal application form are all now online. So hop to it!

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