Mish Wookey opened The General Wine Lounge in June 2013 with the vision of a welcoming wine bar featuring live music, events and art exhibitions.  She has achieved all of this except the art exhibitions, but as of June 28, a permanent space called the Fig Tree Gallery will launch within the venue. 

Prominent local artist Gabrielle Leonard will curate monthly exhibitions, starting with Chisolm Visual Arts students and then branching out to include other local artists.  Leonard has been a photographer in a professional and artistic sense for most of her career, but has gone back to study further at Chisolm.  Some of her work will also feature in later exhibitions.  Wookey, who has an events management background including running exhibitions with Art the Movement, said that she had always wanted to exhibit Leonard’s work. So to have her on board as the regular curator is very exciting.

The Fig Tree Gallery Launch is on Saturday June 28 from 6pm-8pm at The General Wine Lounge, 677 Point Nepean Rd, Mc Crae.  After party from 8pm will feature electro DJ Nickoroll.

PENNY IVISON