THE ROAD: Towns of the Hume Highway

The Road is a photographic series first shown at Red Earth Gallery, Mooroolbark, Victoria 16 August – 23 September 2017. This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Yarra Ranges Regional Exhibition Program in partnership with Creative Victoria.

My love of these towns and this road has been built over thirty years of travel.

It’s Been a Warm One (Yass 2016)

I’m delighted to be presenting this exhibition of photographic works of the Hume Highway and its towns at the Red Earth Gallery in Mooroolbark this August and September. I’d love to see you there.

Opening night: Thursday August 17 2017, 6pm – 8pm
Free entry
Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Avenue Mooroolbark Victoria
Exhibition runs 16 August – 23 September 2017
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Gallery Hours
SAT 10 – 2PM



The Road is an invitation to share local artist Michele Fountain’s love of the treasures of the Hume Highway in a series of vibrant, textural photographic images.

Several years in the making, this photography series forms a study intended to lead to a further series of textile and print based works. They are exhibited now as a compelling record of a slice of the country that many never experience.

A Dandenong Ranges local, the artist has spent a lifetime travelling the Hume Highway between Melbourne and Canberra. The images of The Road show the ordinary and the whimsical, the colourful character of the highway towns from the perspective of a regular – and fond – traveller.

With a love of colour and texture, and a unique way of seeing the world, Michele’s images are a rare glimpse into an Australian way of life that is particular to highway towns. They show an Australia built by individuals and families, and a way of life worth celebrating.

This exhibition is an invitation to experience the joy of The Road through the artist’s eyes.

Featured towns: Chiltern, Glenrowan, Tarcutta, Kyeamba, Gundagai, Jugiong, Yass