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Merilee Bennett is a maker, artist, creator.


A Thousand Faces of the Feminine, Exhibition at Montsalvat

Merilee Bennett

I am delighted to invite you to view A Thousand Faces of the Feminine, on show at the Residents Gallery at Montsalvat from 18th January till 19th March 2017. Small, hand stitched and painted textile figures, beaded and adorned, inspired by myths and fairytales, paleolithic goddesses, dreams, the natural world and the occasional mystical revelation.

The Residents Gallery is a beautiful intimate space, a little house accessed through the Barn Gallery, or through the Montsalvat restaurant. 

I will be also be running a 2 day Wisdom Dolls workshop, on Saturday 11th March and Sunday 12th march, in the Skipper Studio. This workshop is deigned to explore life naratives and the myths  you are living, or perhaps the energies you want to evoke. You will have the opportunity to create your own textile figure, your own image of the archetype, and engage deeply with your own story through a contemplative and intuitive writing process. 

We live in a highly individualistic culture, and it's easy to feel alone at times of major transition, or of intensity, fear, grief, longing, sadness. Archetypes remind us that our experiences have a universal aspect. With archetypes, we find stories that underpin our experiences and make our lives richer, more meaningful and more connected to others. My art, and the Wisdom Dolls Workshop, are an invitation to explore the sacred feminine through the ritual of art making.

To sign up for the workshop or get more information, please email me

Montsalvat is at 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham, Victoria