Mornington Peninsula-based artist Charlie Ryan’s solo exhibition ‘Meet Me in a Dark Cool Place’ is your warm welcoming to winter. Embodying community, art and culture, and located at the beloved Stoker Studio, this exhibition is sure to inspire and leave a lasting impression. 

The exhibition follows Charlie’s sell-out 2021 exhibition Cocoon at another Ninch favourite space; Kerri Greens Winery. The new works include his second series of paired Cocoons — an annual collection of beautiful natural abstract artworks. 

“Although stories in themselves are told through colour and texture, these unique paintings represent the things we can create and contribute after a state of reflection or hibernation,” Charlie said.

The Cocoon pieces will be auctioned over the two-week exhibition, with the profits going towards Charlie’s upcoming community projects. The sale of the 2021 collection helped support Charlie’s V for Victori project, whose uplifting billboards, posters and messages in response to the pandemic earned him a place in the finals of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards at the National Gallery of Victoria along with an exhibition as part of the NGV Melbourne Design Week in March.

Launching on June 24th, you can expect drinks, a range of activities inclusive of pottery and painting with Kate Bowman and a live performance form Northern Rivers-based band Boats. This weekend wander is set to make the perfect date night or a chance to take the whole family out. 

Running until July 10th and open both weekdays and weekends, you can be sure to find a slow winter slot to add a little culture and community.