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21st Birthday Exhibition Update

The Mallee Artists of Swan Hill (MASH) is celebrating their 21st Birthday this year with a retrospective exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery in November.  

Important dates

Friday 30 September 2022:           Entries close

Friday 25 November:                    Official opening of Exhibition

Saturday 26 November 2022:       11am Walk through the exhibition with artists

Saturday 26 November:                6.30pm Artists and guests dinner

Sunday  30 January 2023              Last day of exhibit

Past and present members of the organisation are invited to submit items for the exhibition and can include 2D and 3D artworks that have been created anytime over the past 21 years.  Deceased members’ works can also be entered by family members or current owners of the art.

MASH members meet weekly and love to share their skills and knowledge with an annual program of in-house and professional workshops. 

For an exhibition entry form please contact the Secretary Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261 or email:

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Welcome to 2022!

Another year on and we are still battling the pandemic. Creativity keeps us going in troubled times and our groups will still meet to give members some time out with friends in an environment that is as safe as we can make it.

Woorinen South Community Hall starting Wednesday 12th January
9.30am. Gold coin donation to help pay for hall hire and cuppa supplies.

Murray River Motel, Campbell Street, Swan Hill starting Tuesday 1st February. 9.30am

Workshops will be announced soon following a sub committee meeting to set up the schedule.

Annual Fees Now due! $25 per person
#Participants must be double vaccinated to attend art days.

Water Spirit, Lorri Lambert 2022
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Lorri’s 30 day Art Challenge

I joined a facebook group and have made something for each theme. SOme took a long time others just a few minutes. This has been part of my morning routine while I am here in iso with my daughter and her family in Ohio, USA.

The challenge is not about doing every day or even in order, its about stimulating the imagination whilst we are in isolation. The next 30 days have been posted and I am still deciding if I want to keep going. Hope you get some smiles from this. Join the group just for a look – you don’t have to add artwork – there are some amazing artworks by people from all over the world. Stay Safe. Love Lorri

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Welcome to 2020

MASH will resume weekly painting/creating days in January

Tuesday 14th at the Murray River Motel, Swan Hill

Wednesday 15th January at the Woorinen South Community Hall.

Each day is from 9.30am until around 1.30pm. Come for some or all of the time, come for one or two days, the choice is yours!

If you are interested in helping organise workshops for 2020 please let Lorri know and she will give you an invitation to attend our first planning meeting on Tues 14th Jan.

Memberships are now due so if you have not yet paid please catch up with Lorri .. she has a list and is checking it twice!

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September News

2019 Workshops Summary

This year we have a wonderful variety of workshops including Water effects with Jon Lam, Paverpol sculptures with Helen & Judy, Watercolour with Ross Paterson and Clay sculpted heads with Di.  Combined with our First Tuesdays it has been a very eventful year!

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Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM this week.  Judy Brawn and Lorri Lambert have been re-elected to President & Secretary.  The position of Treasurer is still open.

Biddy Pierce will be assisting Lorri with media and Maxine Harrop will be coordinating morning tea.

Exciting news!

Due to growth in numbers we will have 2 days of art available!

Tuesdays 9.30am -1.30pm at the Murray River Motel, Campbell St Swan Hill.
(Gold coin donation) AND Wednesdays 9.00am – 1.00pm at Woorinen South Community Hall, starting 2nd October. ($5 per week)

Come to one or come to both!  Art materials can be provided for beginners to come & try!
Cuppa and bikkies included.
Melbourne Cup

Tuesday November 5th @ the Motel
Bring something to share for Cup Day morning Tea & don’t forget your hat!

Christmas Celebration

Lunch will be on Tuesday … December at Java Spice.  Bookings to Norma or Lorri.

Swan Hill Show

Schedule is now out!  We support the show committee each year with a donation towards prizes in the art section.  We also help hang artworks and we will be asking for helpers in show week – please help if you can, dates to be advised.



Wednesday October 2nd – Plein Air (painting outside) Hints and tips for making the most of catching light, making quick sketches and more!

Wednesday November 6th @ Woorinen South Community Hall from 9am.  Workshop starts @ 10am

Upcoming Projects

Business cards: these will be given to members on request to hand out as needed.

Promotional Brochure: Lorri has completed.  This will be placed at Information Centre, The Regional Art Gallery and Library.  Please ask for a bundle to distribute to other suitable locations such as Post Offices/stores in outlying towns.

Red Cross Fundraiser October: MASH will have a stall for this event.  Small artworks would be the most suitable plus any crafty items you make.   Please contact Lorri or Jenny to find out more.

Food & Wine Show March 2020: We will be having a stall in conjunction with the Artisan market.  Details to come.

Mothers Day Fundraiser April 2020: We will be holding an exhibition with art for sale and a % of proceeds to local cancer support group.  More details early next year.

PRESIDENT:  Judy Brawn  M: 0448 918 771   Email:

SECRETARY: Lorri Lambert  M: 0467 879 261  Email:

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October/November News

TUESDAY ART GROUP @ Murray River Motel 9.30am – 1.30pm

2018 Dates: October 23, 30   November 6, 13, 20 ,27  December 4, 11, 18

2019 Dates: (January No Art Group) Resuming 5th February 2019


August: Ross Paterson Pastels

A very successful workshop was held at Tooleybuc and some beautiful work created!

FIRST TUESDAYS: September – Pastels

Members brought along their artwork from the Ross Paterson workshop and we shared pastels, techniques and ideas.  The workshop was held at Neighbourhood house in the art room adjacent to the Men’s Shed.  The space does not have much natural light and it was very dusty due to the woodwork next door and the ceramics.

FIRST TUESDAYS: October – Barbed Wire

Joy Jones led a fascinating workshop using barbed wire as the model.  Members learned how to paint this Aussie icon using watercolour and gouache.  For those who missed out Joy is willing to repeat the lesson on a future date.  We were joined by some members from the Moulamein art group and its always great to meet & share ideas.  Big thanks to Joy for sharing her knowledge.

barbed wire


First Tuesdays February, March & April 2019

Still Life: using a different style and a range of ideas each month (not just a vase of flowers) in preparation for our Gallery exhibition in May.

Weekend workshops planned include: Mosaics, Printmaking, PaverPol (sculpture) and watercolour with Ross Paterson.

Any other ideas?  Please email or talk to Judy or Lorri.

# Note: There will be no scheduled workshops for November/December/January

Show Winners

Congratulations to members who won prizes at the Swan Hill Show art competition this year. Riekie: 1st prize pencil drawing and 1st prize collage Helen P: Encouragement Award for her paint pouring.  Merrilyn: 1st acrylic, 2nd pastel and Joan M: First Watercolour, second Acrylic.


Tuesday 6th November.

Art group as usual PLUS bring a plate to share and don’t forget your hat!!

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Tuesday 11th December, 12 noon.
Boo’s Lakeside Café (Lake Boga)

We will be ordering off the menu and there are Gluten free and Vegetarian options available.  Please Bring a gift to the value of $10.


Mothers Day

We are working on holding an exhibition in April/May leading into Mothers day.
This will be a ‘Frameless’ exhibition.  Small works on paper or canvas.  The theme is flowers & gardens.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

It is proposed that we will have an exhibition at the Gallery in May.  Theme will be “Still Life” and our monthly workshops will be working towards the exhibition.


Membership Now Due!

Fees remain $25 per year!

Please pay ASAP!

Entitles you to discounts on Workshops!

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” Leonardo da Vinci

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Monochromatic Workshop

FREE In House Workshop with Lorri (visitors $5)

Tuesday 3rd July 10am till noon, Murray River Motel, Campbell Street Swan Hill.

Painting in various shades of a single colour can inform and improve your more advanced, colour-rich work by helping you identify contrast versus relying on hue to build a painting

Old Man Painting - Jim In Monochrome by Anna Rose Bain
Old Man Painting – Jim In Monochrome by Anna Rose Bain


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June Newsletter

What has been happening?

Our new logo was created by a student as part of her Graphic Design (her name is Muniza and she is from Pakistan).

Winter Chills?

Winter is a time for travelling and a few of our members are off enjoying warmer climes.  We miss them but we are really enjoying the posts on Facebook that show their smiling faces and amazing destinations!  We continue to enjoy Tuesday’s as casual painting days and its always a great opportunity to catch up with friends.  The wood fire is keeping us toasty and warm and as always wish to thank our generous hosts Justin & Jean Taylor at the Murray River Motel for providing the room free of charge!

Our new initiative of holding an informal “1st Tuesday” workshop is proving popular and Lorri is happy to take on ideas for further workshops.  So have a think about what your would like to try out and let her know.

We are currently investigating options for an additional space to get together for those who cannot come on Tuesday mornings.  This is NOT a replacement for what we are already doing but will be in addition to our current Tuesdays.  If anyone has some ideas about an affordable (or free) venue, please give Lorri a call 0467 879 261.   

Print Making At The Gallery

Some of us joined in “The Biggest Print project” run in conjunction with the Print and Drawing Awards in April/May.  Visiting artist, Judy Holding and local artist, Kerryn Finch showed us some great techniques and we also had a lot of fun.  Our results (along with many others) can be seen on the outside wall of the gallery as you approach from the railway line.

Lorri, Maxine, Joan, Di, Glenys, Judy Holding (artist), Merrilyn and Norma at the first workshop.

Paint like Paul Klee

This was our 1st Tuesday in June (actually was held today, on the 2nd Tuesday as Lorri was ill)

We had a lot of fun experimenting with oil pastels which were painted over with acrylic paint, and then scratched back to reveal a drawing or to create one. 

Coming up…..

1st Tuesday in July:    Monochromatic painting 

FREE In House Workshop with Lorri 

Painting in various shades of a single colour can inform and improve your more advanced, colour-rich work by helping you identify contrast versus relying on hue to build a painting.


  • A reference image (preferably in black & white)
  • Pencil, tracing or transfer paper (there will be some supplied if you don’t have any)
  • Opaque paint medium of your choice: ONE colour, plus white and/or black 
  • Small palette knife, for mixing
  • Brushes
  • Painting surface of your choice

Ross Patterson Pastel Workshop

This will be held on the 25th and 26th of August please put this in your diary.

Judy will give you more details in a later newsletter. 

We will have some pastels for beginners, so if you would like to have a go please consider this workshop.

Murray River Motel Casual painting days 9.30am – 2.30pm 

June: 5th , 12th , 19th , 26th

July: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Want to put something in our newsletter?

Please email Lorri Lambert:  ph: 0467 879 261

or Judy Brawn:  ph:  0448 918 771 

Happy Painting!!