Torquay Wine Store’s ‘The Artist’s Series’ debuts with exhibition from local seascape photographer Tal Lemmens

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Torquay Wine Store’s ‘The Artist’s Series’ debuts with exhibition from local seascape photographer Tal Lemmens

Tal Lemmens

Torquay Wine Store will transform from a bar to a gallery this June with 'Tales Of The Sea' in the first of a new local artist series.

Taking over a shopfront in the heart of Torquay, wine has been the beating heart of Torquay Wine Store since opening back in December 2021. Both a wine retailer and a wine bar,husband-and-wife duo Mick and Sarah Dowling have transformed the central spot into a cosy, heaving wine bar with the food, decor and ambience to match their wines.

Now renowned as one of Torquay’s essential experiences, the light and airy wine bar will transform into a gallery for a whimsical new artist series inspired by their love of local creatives.

Stay up to date with what’s happening within the region’s art scene here

Mick and Sarah from Torquay Wine Store

Named The Artist’s Series, this new initiative from the Torquay Wine Bar will shine a light on incredible local creatives, beginning this June with an exhibition featuring international and award-winning photographer Tal Lemmens.

Originally from Warrnambool and having taught himself the ins and outs of photography, the Surf Coast-based surfer and bodyboarder thrives on the captivating ocean as his canvas, capturing the arresting beauty of the open waters through his hypnotic ocean wave photography.

With his signature style of moody seascapes and knack for documenting the wild, windy and rugged atmosphere of the southern hemisphere’s oceans, Lemmens has well and truly established himself as an avid Ocean artist at an international level, capturing the attention of the art world and nature lovers across the globe and taking out top honours in the likes of The Vienna International Photo Awards.

The exhibition, Tales Of The Sea, will offer a chance to meet Lemmens and explore his work up close, focusing on the incredible local artist’s photography and most compelling compositions, revealing up-close views of the water and the waves with white-capped crests, swirling colours, translucent tubes and crashing tides frozen in time.

The exhibition will launch on Thursday 15 June with a special opening night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine/beer plus some light snacks and acoustic set on the night by talents, Sunny Thapa & Eden Namuna!

Following the launch, Tales Of The Sea will be on show in the wine store until 29 June 2023.

You can purchase tickets to opening night here, or you can browse Tal Lemmens work via

Torquay Wine Store is located at 19A Gilbert St, Torquay.