McLaren Vale is home to Australia’s richest landscape art prize, The Fleurieu Art Prize (http://www.artprize.com.au/). Founded in 1998, the $50,000 main prize is much sought after, and the entrants are extremely high quality. As you would expect in a region with such an illustrious prize, there is a lot for the art enthusiast to discover in McLaren Vale.
A favourite starting place for me is Red Poles, Roz always has a fabulous exhibition going, and is a strong supporter of the local art scene. She runs numerous art classes, brilliant school holiday classes for the kids, a fabulous ‘arty apron’ auction to raise money for the local CFS, as well as a beautiful café and B&B (http://www.artprize.com.au/).
At DogRidge (http://www.dogridge.com.au/), resident artist Jen Wright always has some awesome works on display in the gallery at their cellar door (Bagshaws Rd, McLaren Vale). The pictures show some of her current pieces. I am biased, as Jen is my mother-in-law, but they really are worth checking out!
Penny’s Hill has excellent regular exhibitions in their cellar door and restaurant (http://www.pennyshill.com.au/), as does Chapel Hill (http://www.chapelhillwine.com.au/cellardoor/gallery/) – both being linked with established Adelaide Galleries. Fox Creek’s gallery (http://www.foxcreekwines.com/news-events/events/Jordan%20Bang) always has something interesting to check out, and David Dridan is established at Tintara Winery in the Main Street. The Barn, also in the Main Street (http://www.thebarnbistro.com.au/default.aspx), always has local artists on display. There is a Fleurieu Art Trail- see brochure- with loads more galleries to see.
Anyway, come down to visit McLaren Vale and, as the saying goes, let one thing lead to another!