Maxine Donald at Hemera Estate

About Maxine Donald

Acrylic / Drawings / Pastels / Watercolour

Maxine McDonald, a qualified Art Teacher who served in the education system from 1968 to 1993, embarked on her artistic journey while living abroad between 1971 and 1993. During this period, she completed numerous commissioned works in Holland and England, with a primary focus on heritage farmhouses and family homes. Though she occasionally indulged in her passion for drawing and painting upon her return, it wasn't until the year 2000 that she committed more seriously to her craft by joining the Gawler Art Society.

Maxine's involvement in the arts community extends beyond her personal practice. She served as the Chairperson for the Gawler Art Society from 2001 to 2003 and has been the ongoing Chairperson for the Kapunda Community Gallery Inc. since 2005. Additionally, she fulfills the role of Facilitator for the Kapunda Monday Community Art Group (KCG).

Her artistic contributions have found homes across the globe, with collections in England, Holland, the U.S., Hong Kong, New Zealand, and various Australian states. Notable acquisitions include "Necessity (Gawler Railway Station)," which is permanently on display at the Gawler Public Library after being acquired by the Gawler Council. The Burra Regional Gallery added "Waiting for the Mail" to its collection, while "Toasting Jack" was purchased by the Proprietors of the Bunyip Newspaper in Gawler. Furthermore, her work "Lisa 'n Mum" was acquired by the Sponsors of the "Brush With Our Heritage" Art Awards in Port Broughton, and the Kapunda Museum proudly displays her commissioned piece, "Memories of Ron."

In a brief statement about her art, Maxine expresses that her work is a reflection of what personally appeals to her—capturing the essence of things, places, and people that evoke feelings of the moment or a bygone era. She gravitates towards the beauty and history inherent in subjects, aiming to counterbalance the inherent ugliness in the world through her artistic expression.

Hemera Estate

Welcome to the Hemera Estate Cellar Door, where visitors are invited to explore the rich heritage and exceptional wines of this renowned winemaking destination at the southern end of the Barossa Valley. With a history dating back to 1855 and vines planted soon after, the estate provides a unique setting for an immersive winemaking experience.

Hemera Estate takes great pride in crafting a diverse range of wines, meticulously sourced from both estate-grown vineyards and trusted premium grape growers with vines that have stood the test of time, boasting over a century of existence. The vineyard is a harmonious blend of grape varieties, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Old Vine Grenache (dating back to 1912), and Mataro.

Guiding the winemaking journey is Jason Barrette, a seasoned winemaker with over 30 vintages of premium winemaking experience spanning the globe—from France and the USA to Portugal and Canada. Jason's illustrious career includes 11 years as a Penfolds winemaker, contributing to the creation of esteemed wines such as Magill Estate, St Henri, Bin 707, and Grange.

At Hemera Estate, the winemaking philosophy revolves around the dedication to producing wines that honour the grape varieties' inherent qualities and showcase the vineyard's unique characteristics and region. This commitment to excellence has been recognized with over 600 domestic and international awards, underscoring the quality and distinction of Hemera's wines.

Visitors are encouraged to explore a range of food-friendly styles designed to complement a diverse array of cuisines. In addition to the mainstay offerings, Hemera takes pride in producing Limited Release wines, meticulously crafted in small volumes from exceptional grapes or wines sourced from specific vineyard blocks, growers, or regions. The Icon Range is unveiled for extraordinary years, featuring wines of excellent fruit quality.

Guests are warmly welcomed to the Hemera Estate Cellar Door, where history converges with innovation, and each bottle narrates a tale of unwavering dedication to the artistry of winemaking.

Venue Features

  • Cellar Door

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Opening Hours

Monday - 10am to 5pm

Tuesday - 10am to 5pm

Wednesday - 10am to 5pm

Thursday - 10am to 5pm

Friday - 10am to 5pm

Saturday - 10am to 5pm

Sunday - 10am to 5pm

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