Stories Behind the Façade

Through a shared love for storytelling and keen interest in architecture and heritage, Stories Behind the Façade is a yearlong collaboration between mother-daughter artists, Jola Pawlowska and Sam Moon, alongside Tex Moon and Jesse Raaen.

Inspired by the unique Polish paper cutting art form Wycinanki (pronounced vee-chee-none-kee) the artworks in this exhibition are a nod to Jola and Sam’s Polish heritage as they extend the boundaries of this traditional folk art style.

The exhibition showcases five significant heritage buildings in the Dandenong Ranges. History and stories are revealed through multiple layers, brought to life by recorded memories, photographs and building biographies.

The buildings featured are:

  • Burnham Beeches / Art Deco mansion (arch. Harry Norris)
  • Miller-Short House / Mid-century entertainer (arch. Frederick Romberg)
  • Mawarra / Arts and crafts home (arch. Harold Desbrowe-Annear + Ind. Edna Walling)
  • Kenloch Estate / Edwardian home and eatery
  • St Michael and All Angels / Church (arch. Keith Reid)

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Sat 9 Nov – Sun 26 Jan 2020
Free entry

Meet the Artists
Sat 9 Nov 12pm - 2pm
Join Sam and Jola as they discuss the inspiration behind the exhibition, their research on the buildings and the process of producing the artworks.
Free event, no bookings required  


Upcoming programs:


Paper cutting workshop with Kelly Sullivan
Sat 16 Nov - Booking details coming soon

Edna Walling – The Woman who Grew a Village
Public talk with Author Sarah Hardy
Sun 24 Nov 2pm - Booking details coming soon

Public Talk with Caitlin Metropoulos
Heritage Advocacy Advisor for the National Trust
Sun 1 Dec 2pm - Booking details coming soon

Proudly supported by Yarra Ranges Council’s Grants for Community

Sat 09 Nov 2019 - Sun 26 Jan 2020
10am - 4pm daily, excluding public holidays
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
35 - 37 Castella Street, Lilydale, 3140

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