A ‘Beautiful Mess’

An image from 'Beautiful Mess' by Georgie James.

A photographer that has documented the renovations of historic Rutherglen property, Mount Ophir Estate over the past few years is launching an exhibition of her work.

The estate which harks back to 1891 as a farm and vineyard, was once the largest state-of-the-art wine producing complex in the Southern Hemisphere.

The renovated property has been a labour of love for the Brown family of Eliza, Angela and Nicholas who wanted to transform the estate into a centre for private events and luxury accommodation.

Eliza Brown says a Rutherglen photographer Georgie James was also captivated by the transformation.

From the ‘Beautiful Mess’ exhibition by Georgie James.

“Georgie is our neighbour at Mount Ophir and she turned up with her camera on the first day we took over the property and started taking photos of the shenanigans,” Eliza said.

“It was a way of documenting the utter craziness of the place.”

The photography exhibition, ‘Beautiful Mess’ will be launched on Friday 24 August from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

The exhibition leads into the first Rutherglen Corowa Unlocked weekend, where a host of properties rich in heritage will be open to the public.

A number of the sites will host guided tours, allowing visitors to explore areas not normally open to the public and learn more about the rich history, stunning architecture and current use of each property.

In the case of Mount Ophir Estate, the tours are already fully booked, given it is only the second time in 30 years that the doors have been open to the public for a guided tour by the owners.

Details for ‘Beautiful Mess’ photographic exhibition: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mount-ophir-estate-rutherglen-corowa-unlocked-tickets-47544572095

Details for Rutherglen Corowa Unlocked: https://www.explorerutherglen.com.au/listing/rutherglen-corowa-unlocked-rutherglen/