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April News

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Helen Porteous and Judy Brawn promoted our group at the Sunrise Rotary Market on Sunday the 10th of March, luckily we had a marquee so had some shade. There was a good crowd wandering around and some small sales were made. Sunrise Rotary run two markets each year and we look forward to participating in the November one.

motel-groupTuesday Group
Our room at the Murray River Motel is a hive of activity. Dawn’s Art Group has joined us. It is great to have lots of chatter about art and other topics! It is an enjoyable day so if you haven’t been for a while come and join us.

Anglican Art Show:2013 feature artist and judge for the 38th annual show is Fiona Merlin. Hope you have your oil paintings finished or the acrylics and watercolours underway for entry into this show. Entries close 21st May and must be delivered on Thursday the 30th of May between 9am and 12noon. It will open on Friday the 31st of May at 7:30pm and continues Saturday and Sunday.

Drews Jewellery will again be in attendance, there will be glassware, creative hats, stamping and performances as well as the Foyer Cafe serving scones and light luncheons. For further information contact the Co-ordinator Marg Crilly (03) 50325447.

Events coming up during April and May are:

April: Come and visit the Tuesday group or our Neighbourhood house group on Monday

May: “Go with the Flow” with Jacquie Treseder. Come and enjoy a fun workshop where we will play in a loose style where you explore how flowing paint mixes for interesting results. What to bring: Brushes, 3 jars for water, sponges, tissues or cloths or old rags and protective clothing. We will supply boards and acrylic paint When: Sunday May 5th Time: 9:30am-4pm Where: Dowling House (Murray Ace) art room Cost: Members $40 Non-members $50. Contact: Judy Brawn 0448918771 to book a place.

June: Anglican Art Show


Dates for the Murray River Motel and Neighbourhood House

Neighbourhood House dates (Monday’s 10am – 1:00pm)

Murray River Motel dates (Tuesday’s 10:00am – 2:30pm) are as follows:

Dates for April: 2nd , 9th , 15th / 16th, 22nd /23rd , 29th / 30th .

Dates for May: 6th / 7th , 13th / 14th, 20th / 21st , 27th / 28th .

Dates for June: 3rd / 4th, 10th / 11th , 17th / 18th , 24th / 25th.

Opportunities: Caroline Ellis has a Chalk Pastel Workshop on Sunday the 7th of April for Adults and one for children on Monday the 8th of April. She also has classes starting in term 2 commencing on May 7th . If you would like further information on any of Caroline’s workshops contact her on 0408500451 or visit her website

 The next Newsletter will be put out on the 1st of June if you have anything of interest to go into it please email Joan Mellahn: or Judy Brawn:

Happy Painting!!

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Art Workshop Sunday 5 May

“Go with the Flow” with Jacquie Treseder.

Come and enjoy a fun workshop where we will play in a loose style where you explore how flowing paint mixes for interesting results. What to bring: Brushes, 3 jars for water, sponges, tissues or cloths or old rags and protective clothing. We will supply boards and acrylic paint

When: Sunday May 5th Time: 9:30am-4pm

Where: Dowling House (Murray Ace) art room

Cost: Members $40 Non-members $50.

Contact: Judy Brawn 0448918771 to book a place.

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More Members for MASH

On February 26th, Mallee Artists Swan Hill were pleased to welcome a group of local artists formerly painting as “Dawn’s Group at Dowling House” for 30 years.

Kathy Wiseman and Peter Holt, proprietors of the Murray River Motel, have extended their hospitality to further accommodate these friends-in-art.

Several have intentions of joining MASH, which provides regular newsletters through President Judy Brawn, and discounts at the frequent workshops during each year’s activities. Workshops with professional artists may be for one day or a weekend, costs announced in the newsletters.

MASH participates in local and regional art shows, and weekend markets where their banner will be displayed.

Annual membership is $25.00.Some art suppliers give discounts on MASH  membership cards.

We meet from 10am to 3pm each Tuesday in the lounge area of the Murray River Motel, a pleasant well-lit space,  sufficient for about sixteen people.

The “High Noon train” at the nearby crossing signals our (BYO) lunch break, ending around 1.00pm with its return trip to Melbourne!

Currently the members will be preparing works for the Anglican Art Show, May 31st, June 1st & 2nd. Entry forms out soon.


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Go North Arts Festival

Since relocating to the Murray River Motel, Mallee Artists Swan Hill  group has flourished and grown due to the generous hospitality of hosts Kathy and Peter. Each month members have a theme as a challenge, while also participating in markets and the Swan Hill Show. Currently they have installed an exhibition of small paintings at Café Allure, as part of the “Hidden” project through Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery during the “Go North Arts Trail.”

The nominated theme for November will be an abstract work, any size, any medium.

Members will be working, exhibiting and selling at two of the ‘Trail’ venues on October 20th/21st,  in Swan Hill at the Murray River Motel,

also Joan Holmes’ studio at Tooleybuc, from 10am to 3.00 pm on both days, and they hope to welcome lots of people at each.

On the following week there will be a watercolour workshop conducted by Ross Patterson at the Tooleybuc Club 9.30am to 4.00pm on Wed.24th and Thurs. 25th. Limited places may still be available.  If interested, contact Joan Holmes on 5030 5554.

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Arts Trail

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21, October

The Arts Trail is on again this year!


 Joan’s Studio Gallery will be open from 9am with a display of a wide variety of work. Images will include  works in Oil,  Acrylic,  Watercolour , Pastel,  LinoPrints,  Etchings, Pencil,  Pen and wash and Silk Painting.    Artists include: Joan Holmes, Marian Caccianiga, Rhonda Avery, Sandra Boulton, Helen Porteous, Jackie Treseder, Elizabeth Terrell and others                                                   Open 9am – 4.30pm,   74   Murray St, Tooleybuc           Ph:03 5030 5554

 Old Tooleybuc Dolls Cottage:   A large range of dolls collected over the years by Amy Reed.  The cottage at 53 Cadell St is open 10am – 4pm every day

 Don’t forget the Tooleybuc Club has great meals and coffee!!


 Old Goodnight:  Artist Steve Cole’s studio will be open with a display of some of his drawings, prints and woodwork.    You can look at Steve’s work on his website     Wakool Junction Rd, Goodnight


While on the Arts Trail, why not visit The Gallery at Balranald and view a permanent collection of paintings rarely seen in a small country town.  Also enjoy living landscapes by Riverina artist Debbie Wills, glass work art and jewellery by Moulamein artist Kathy Gibson, original watercolours, oils and pastels by local and visiting artists.         Open 11am – 5pm, 51 Mayall St, Balranald     Ph: 03 5020 0200

 Woorinen South:

Woorinen Art Group:  Mosaics, three dimensional sculptures made from recycled materials and acrylic paintings. Some art is for sale and orders can be taken.         $3 entry fee includes morning or afternoon tea.                                                                 Open: 11am -4pm  Woorinen South Community Hall,  McCalman St, behind the Pre-school.

Gail Groat & Donna Angus Studio:
Gail and Donna will have on display some of their acrylic paintings.                                                                                                           Open 1pm-4pm,  36 Smith St, Woorinen South             Ph:0438 376 730

 Swan Hill:

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery:
Lesley Dickman: Salt and the Dress    plus
Colour Me Crazy 2012  
Open 11am – 5pm,    Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill   PH: 5036 2430

Gloria McKerrow Studio: Open house exhibition and preview of Abstract artwork and an opportunity to chat to the artist.  All recent works on paper and canvas are displayed.  Explore new themes and developments.    Experience this little part of the world where are is created every day for the duration of the festival.                    Open: 10am -3pm,   10 Gillespie St, Swan Hill       PH: 50331212

Mallee Artists of Swan Hill: Drop in for a visit to see the Mallee Artists at work. Visitiors are welcome to attend. Please bring your own art supplies if you wish to participate.  New members are most welcome.  Yearly membership fee is $25.     10am – 3pm   Murray River Motel, 481 Campbell St,  Swan Hill   PH:0448 918 771

Swan Hill Arts Collective [SHAC] @ Murray ACE:  Artists Franz BAUMGARTNER, Susi BAUMGARTNER, Jack KIRBY, Louise MACAULAY and Margaret Ann WILSON will have an exhibition of sculptures and paintings as well as a demonstration of modelling in clay at Murray Ace.  Tea, Coffee and Cakes available!
10am – 3pm (both days)  Murray ACE, 353 Campbell Street, Swan Hill

Cornerstone Community: Members and friends will be there with some paintings – acrylic, mixed media and pastels. Cards for sale.  Tea and coffee provided.  Your participation is welcome.
Moulamein Rd, opposite The Fed Hotel
Open Saturday 1pm -4pm     Ph: 0429323750


CarolineEllisMysticPark Art & Photographic Gallery:
Opening Day: Saturday, October 20:                                                                              10am -6pm  Art Workshops on the day:  Bookings Essential
11am -12.30pm Kids Workshop $10 per head, all materials supplied.
2pm-4pm Adults and Secondary students workshop $10.  Please bring your own oil paints and canvas.
Materials can be provided at an extra cost of $40            
5-6pm DRINKS AT THE GALLERY- All welcome, no charge

Mon 22nd, Tues 23rd and Wed 24th  –  Open 10am – 3pm  (phone ahead to avoid disappointment)
Also open any time by appointment. Art lessons
2495 Murray Valley Highway,  MysticPark (30km south of Swan Hill on the LHS)
Ph: 0408 500 451

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Go North Arts Festival

Visit MASH at Murray River Motel during the festival ..Also look out for our unique mini artworks at Cafe Allure!

13 –  27 October 2012

Mallee Artists of Swan Hill Weekly Art Group                                                              

See the Mallee Artists at work at the Murray River Motel.  Visitors are welcome to attend. Please bring your own art supplies if you wish to participate.  New members are most welcome.
Yearly membership is $25.00.
10am – 3pm,
Murray River Motel
481 Campbell St, Swan Hill