news & workshop updates

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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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Workshops – book now!

30th March Watercolours with Marg Lewis


FREE for members.  Marg is a very experienced artist with over 50 years of experience painting and teaching, including hosting painting holidays.  Since moving to the region, Marg has developed a real love of the local landscape and enjoys painting the Mallee and the Murray River.  Marg will share with us some tips and techniques for watercolours.

Please Bring:  Pencil, envelopes different sizes, Watercolour or acrylic paints, soft brushes, water containers, paper towels, Picnic plates as pallets.  Card and cutting tools supplied.

April in Moulamein: Glass art and Mosaics

Spend one or two days in beautiful Moulamein.  Cabins available for overnight at Moulamein caravan park, right on the lake.  $40 per person (shared). Please bring if you have:  Apron, Safety dust mask, Safety glasses, Paper, pencil and Permanent marker plus Paper towel (these may be used in either workshop).

Day 1 Sat 23 April.  Glass Art with Kathy Gibson
$90 for members ($100 for non-members) 10am – 3pm

Workshop costs $100 per person and runs from 9:30-4. Class number is min. of 4 max. of 8. Price includes tea and coffee, project glass, tools and kiln hire. Findings and additional or speciality glass will cost extra.
Please bring your own lunch.  Visit Kathy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/moulamein.glass.art

Day 2 Mosaics with Sandy Peeters
$50 per person ($60 for non-members) 10am – 3pm

Mosaic covered Birdbath

Sunday fun day of mosaics with Sandy at her whispering waters studio at Moulamein lakeside caravan park.  A tour of the mosaics & sculptures in the park will start the day.  Enjoy a day of decorating a bird bath or a piece of your choice.  Great for beginners.  Sandy has an amazing selection of tiles, glass & China to choose from. Tea/coffee & light lunch included. Visit Sandy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mosaicartwithsandy

Wed 4th May – Playing with Clay with Nancy

Members: $10 per person to cover cost of clay (non members $20)

This will be a workshop on basic methods of hand building:- pinch pots, working with slabs, coiling etc.  We will be using raku clay which won’t be fired, so items should be kept dry once completed.  In order to try various methods, small items will be created. (see examples).  Please bring the following if possible.

Hand towel (it will be your permanent clay towel.  Wooden spoon or small bat, small sock filled with rice, small sponge, water container, small spoon, box or container to take your work home.

Wednesday 1st June Mono Printing & Gelli plates with Lorri

Free for members ($20 non members)

Gelli Printing Plates are a soft, reusable plate for transferring your work to paper with hand pressure. They are a very easy and mess-free way of making monoprints, and work especially well with acrylics.  Painting on the plates is supplemented with the use of natural and man made objects such as leaves and stencils.

Sat 25th June: Expressive Portraits with Paul Oswin

$40 members ($60 non members) 10am – 3pm


Pauls workshops have become very popular across the state and beyond.  Loosen up and experiment with expressive watercolour and charcoal techniques to create unique portraits.  Bring your own photos and materials.  Portraits can be human or animal.  (list to be provided when you book).

https://www.pauloswinart.com/

  Sat 10th Sept: Landscapes with Jon Lam

$40 members ($60 non members) 10am – 3pm

For those who came to Jon’s previous workshop in 2018 you will remember Jon’s relaxed and helpful tutoring.

Jon paints for the sheer pleasure it gives him.  Jon has won over 40 awards during his career and he seems to be going from strength to strength.  His paintings reveal an intensely inquisitive mind. This explains why Jon paints in various media and styles.

Jon is competent with watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastels and his works vary between traditional to contemporary.

More details will be provided later in the year.

https://jonfonglam.wixsite.com/mysite

#Note Workshop details and any changes will be posted on Website, Facebook and Email.

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MASH Newsletter – February 2022

End of Month Cuppa

Come along to a great social get together for all MASH members from both groups.
10.30am, Friday 25th February @ Modern Natural Café, McCallum St Swan Hill. 
Please let Norma or Sue know if you are coming.

21st Birthday Update

The exhibition dates are set and the finer details of how best to celebrate are still being thrashed out. 

We are planning an opening on the Friday night and a COVID safe dinner with finger food on Saturday.  Entry forms are now finalised, and we will arrange a day for works to be photographed if artists need help.  Lorri has prepared notes to help you write a short biography and artist statement to accompany your work.   Forms available soon.

Important dates

  • Friday 30 September 2022:    Entries close
  • Friday 25 November:              Official opening of Exhibition
  • Saturday 26 November:          6.30pm Artists and guests’ dinner
  • Sunday  30 January 2023        Last day of exhibition

Weekly Art Groups

Weekly painting days are in full swing again with everyone starting on new work and some completing their boards for the 9×5 Exhibition and charity auction.  Don’t forget they need to be either given to Sue or Lorri by the end of February or taken to the Gallery by 5th March.

  • Tuesdays 9.30 – to 12 @ Murray River Motel
  • Wednesdays 9.30 to 12.30 @ Woorinen South Community Hall.

The MASH community were saddened to hear that our member and friend Merrilyn lost her husband, Bill to cancer recently.  We send our most sincere sympathy to Merrilyn and her family.

Monthly Workshops – March to June, 2022

  • 30th March: Watercolours with Marg Lewis (member tutor)
  • 23rd & 24th April: Glass Art and Mosaics in Moulamein*
  • 4th May: Clay workshop with Nancy (membertutor)
  • 1st June: Mono Printing using Gelli plates and other fun stuff with Lorri
    (member tutor  sample image right)
  • Saturday 25th June: Expressive Portraits with Paul Oswin*
  • Saturday 10th September: Landscapes with Jon Lam*

All workshops are held at the Woorinen South Community Hall unless otherwise stated.  # COVID safe rules apply.  Please supply own materials where possible.  Sanitiser is available to clean any shared resources.

Exhibitions & Competitions

The Mallee Through My Eyes

Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum.  Opens Friday 18th February.  Did anyone enter? 
Send the Secretary some photos, especially if you are a winner!

  • Winners will be announced at the opening.
  • People’s choice award will be announced 4 pm Sunday 20th February.
  • Entries to be collected Sunday night at 4pm.

Notions of Care until 27th March at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
This exhibition explores the ways in which art and nurture are interlinked, through the works of Arini Byng, Snapcat, Polly Stanton, Kate Tucker and Katie West. The exhibition asks questions about the ways that art can care for both viewers and artists. Notions of care are unfolded, cultivated, and enforced.

Completed artworks and your profile need to be handed to Sue or Lorri by the end of February or delivered to the Gallery by 5th March.  Please put your name on the back of the artwork, complete the form provided or email the responses to carusoproduce@bigpond.com
Artworks will be on display at the Gallery and images and profiles will be on the auction website, address not yet given.

Kerang Rotary Art Show, Easter 2022

Entries are now open.  Entry forms have been emailed to all on our list.  Judge: Jon Lam.

Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards 2022The awards promote excellence in Australian prints and drawings; present an exhibition of contemporary Australian prints and drawings, and continue to build a high quality collection for Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Entry forms available from Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Small Regional Galleries – well worth a visit

Open Thursday & Friday 10-4pm.  There is a great selection of local art, crafts, gifts & produce for you to purchase.  Plus good coffee, tea & cakes.  Grab a couple of friends and take a drive.

Gallery Hours: Fridays 10am – noon and 1.30 -3.30pm Plus Saturdays 10am – noon.

Kerang Library Gallery (see creative Gannawarra website for information on exhibitions) https://www.gannawarra.vic.gov.au/Community-Services/Creative-Gannawarra

Open 10am – 4pm most days.  Phone 03 5020 0200 before taking a trip to check opening times. 
Opening of the new Balranald Creative & Learning Centre building was celebrated recently.  It is located on the grounds of the Balranald Art Gallery.  It was a wonderful day of celebrations which also included celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Balranald Community Arts & Crafts and the 140th Birthday of the Original Masonic Hall.

Congratulations!

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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: malleeartists.swanhill@gmail.com

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November News!

Just can’t believe it’s November already!

October Workshop

Mallee Artists had fun with the theme of Sun and Moon as we participated in the Moulamein School Holiday Art Challenge. This was in place of our first Wednesday of the Month workshop for October.

Below are some of the artworks.

November Workshop

The group revisited Acrylic paint Pouring and it was a fun and relaxing morning for the group with some very interesting results. I will post photos as soon as I can (lost them all off my phone 😦

December

Christmas breakup will be Tuesday 7th November at the Lake Boga Pub. Traditional Chrissy Menu – check with Lorri or Norma for more details and to book.

Wednesday 8th & 15th December Art @ the Hall as per usual! We will break for 4 weeks, returning on Wednesday 12th January for those who are keen to keep on painting!!

Motel dates will be posted on Facebook.

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The year so far…

February: Finally back together after the summer break! No workshops but it was wonderful catching up with everyone. Had an AGM and set some ideas for the year. Also instigated a last Friday of the month catch up cuppa date to enable the two groups to get together. Tuesday at the Motel has a cap of 6 but we can still have up to 20 at the Woorinen Hall. Then another lockdown on 12th Feb!

March: Funky Trees with Merrilyn Kemp. We had a lot of fun painting these and the workshop consultation lasted weeks with the final one completed in June 🙂

April: Paverpol with Helen Mac. PaverPol is a fun 3D sculpture using wire frame and then covering in fabric dipped in special hardening cement like stuff! (very technical description)

May: Collage on one day ( a diy) session

May: Clay heads with Di Giddings. It was lovely to be able to have former member Di back for a visit and to run another clay workshop for us. Some really interesting results. Check out Kylie’s wonderful patina finish.

June: Another snap lockdown slowed us down a bit but we kept working on our funky trees!

I just had to add Reike’s fantastic pyrography! Also check out Sue’s lovely maggies (these are featured as our current image on the Facebook group).

Coming up July 7th: Abstract Trees and Rocks with Merrilyn Kemp (see next post for)
Please post your latest work or email Lorri your images if you don’t know how!

cheers Lorri 🙂