Here at Hentley Farm we consider ourselves locals, and we are proud to showcase the beautiful work from featured Barossa Valley artists.
The current artist we are showing in our Cellar Door and Restaurant is Stuart Hoerisch.
Stuart was born in the Barossa Valley; growing up in Nuriootpa and now residing in nearby Kapunda. His creative urge has seen him not only become a secondary school arts teacher (since 1993) but also an active practitioner in the arts.
Stuart has been involved in Clare and Kapunda Rotary Club exhibitions, local Kapunda Community Gallery exhibitions, (of which he was a committee member for 6 years), was Artist of the month at the CASA Newland Gallery in 2006 and has participated in local group exhibitions. He has shown works in such venues as Pikes Wines (Clare Valley), Whistler Wines (Barossa Valley), Salon Rouge (Kapunda), The Barossa Regional Gallery, Shutterbug Studios (Port Adelaide), Waikerie Institute, Kabminye Wines (Barossa Valley), Blue Bush Underground (Riverton), Courthouse Gallery (Balaklava), Yorke’s Surfarama (Yorke Peninsula), Greenock Creek Tavern and the Owen Arms hotel.
Along the way he has sold work locally and interstate. Stuart’s unique style has seen him acknowledged with merits and prizes. In 2010 “Dance of the Wee Folk” received a second prize, as did “Buoy” in 2008, while “LEO” triptych received a first prize that same year. At the Balco Balaklava Art Prize in 2008 “The Twin” won the prize for the Most Outstanding Creative Art Entry.
As well as participating in exhibitions, Stuart has officially open exhibitions for Nikolas de Masi, Aaron “Simon” Simonson and Jacqueline Pomery. He has been involved in The Fringe Festival, SALA, the Barossa Vintage Festival, the Balaklava Cup and the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.
Stuart has been involved in community projects at several primary schools and has created significant pieces for the St. Petri Lutheran Church. He has co-curated exhibitions, has judged and has hung group and solo exhibitions.