Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
— Short Introduction by Charles Nodrum
Founded by Max Hutchinson in Melbourne in 1959, Gallery A was innovative in two ways: first in its presentation of contemporary art and contemporary furniture as mutually enhancing; and second, from 1964 when he moved to Sydney to establish the new branch, in offering its artists exhibitions in both cities – a serious “plus” at a time of limited interstate travel.
Cherelle ran Melbourne until its closure in the early 1970s by which time Max was setting up his new gallery in New York.
Her fellow directors included James Mollison and Janet Dawson. The later was also active as an exhibiting artist and in the printmaking and furniture aspects of the gallery.
Cherelle’s collection, as can be seen, was both personal and principally focussed on artist’s she exhibited, with quietly significant works (Williams) beside some more stridently substantial statements (Powditch and Partos), a rarity (Stuart) and some international work found in few Australian collections (Resnick and Bhavsar).
These works can be seen as a fascinating time capsule of the 1960s aesthetic espoused in her gallery.