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Meeting Notes

General Meeting of Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc.

Held 10.30am  Wednesday 10th February 2021 at Woorinen South Community Centre Hall

(12 members in attendance, 7 apologies received. full names not publicly available)

Correspondence

SHRCC Hall invoice and COVID safe rules for hall.

Business Arising

  • Venues (COVID SAFE)
    • We can have up to 20 here at the hall.  Please BYO mug, entry by donation.  Although we have to pay $30 per week it was agreed to keep the weekly fee as a gold coin donation with MASH paying for the shortfall if necessary.  Lorri to approach Council to see if we can have the fee waived or lowered.
    • There are 4 regulars attending the motel and the limit is currently 6 people.  If you wish to attend please contact Sue.  No fees for the motel at this stage.  BYO food and mug.
  • Thank You to Justin & Jean. 
    Judy and Sue presented them with a thank you gift.  Judy to be reimbursed.
  • Art Supplies.  Dandy Lion studio has some good quality supplies, although Limited.  The Gift of Craft has some Monte Marte supplies, suitable for beginners.  Discussion to approach both Dandy Lion and Bakker and Glen regarding supply of watercolour paper and odourless turps as being the most difficult supplies to get. Most people order online.
  • Raising our profile:  The suggestions presented last year will be followed up on.  Lorri to check if Information Centre & gallery still have flyers.
  • Swan Hill Show:  If the show runs in 2021 MASH will continue to support with a donation and assistance in hanging works.  T was suggested we also have flyers available to be handed out.
  • Exhibition
    • Discussion was held regarding a suitable venue and if we want to do the Mothers Day exhibition in 2021.  Lorri suggested that more important was that it was MASH’s 20th year of operation and that perhaps a “Retrospective Exhibition” and celebration be held instead.  It was agreed to put our energy into that instead of the Mothers Day exhibition. 
    • Lorri to contact Ian Tully to discuss.  If the Regional Gallery is not available other possible venue have been suggested including:  Anglican or Uniting church halls, Grain Shed.

A sub was formed committee to organise the exhibition and celebration consisting of:

Joy, Judy, Lorri and Helen Mc.

  • Social Activities
    Norma suggested that a sub committee be formed to arrange some social outings to connect the members especially as we now have two groups.  It was agreed that some social outings such as coffee mornings and some trips to neighbouring galleries would be great.  Norma and Sue agreed to take on this role and will meet to discuss ideas to bring to members.
  • Workshop ideas
    Members were asked to suggest ideas for major workshops as well as “First Wednesday” in house workshops.  Workshop sub Committee is currently: Judy, Helen Mc, Lorri, Nancy, Maxine and Sue.
  • Major Workshops
    • Paul Oswin (watercolour)
    • Jon Lam (oils or acrylics)
    • Kathy Gibson Glass art (requires travel to Moulamein)
    • Shirley Pinchen (drawing)
    • Di Giddings (clay heads)
    • Mosaics (requires travel to Moulamein)
    • Ross Paterson (oils)
  • First Wednesdays the Hall
    • March 3rd: Merrilyn offered to run “Funky Trees” acrylics workshop over 2 days.  Lorri to liaise with Merrilyn and send out information.
    • April 7th & 14th: Paverpol (sculpture) price to be advised  
    • May 5th: Collage and paper mosaics.  (free) bring your ideas and materials to share!

Meeting closed 11.30am

Next Meeting May 12th 12 noon

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Funky Trees Workshop

May be art

Wednesday 3rd & 10th #2 days $20 per person These fun and funky trees are painted using acrylics. Materials required:

~Large canvas, minimum size recommended 300 x 600

~Acrylic paints & brushes including a wide flat brush and a few old round brushes

~ smock

~ Field easel if you have one

~ water container for dirty brushes

~ a small palette eg ice cream container lid.

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Workshops March & April

First Wednesday Workshops!
The First Wednesday each month will be an in-house workshop facilitated by one of our members. These will be held at the Woorinen South Community Hall. The Committee have the first couple organised but would love input into subjects and mediums members would like to try or re-visit.

March: Collage 2D and 3D
Wednesday 3rd from 10am Cost: $5
Explore the difference between collage and decoupage, bring along all kinds of paper, fabrics, other embellishments, scissors, glue and something to stick it on! Bring something 3D for an extra challenge like this cute little ceramic duck covered in rice paper. (Rice paper is quite thin and can be purchased locally from Hillbilly Scrappin’ )

Decoupage or Collage? Either one the duck is cute!

April: Paverpol
Wednesday 7th and 14th. Starts 10am
This is a two day workshop and those who have done this previously can help newbies to get started. Costs and a list of materials you need to bring will be provided to those who are interested. Please let Judy or Lorri if you wish to attend.

Our last Paverpol workshop was very successful.
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COVID Safe Painting Days

Mallee Artists will resume regular painting days from the first week in February.

Tuesdays @ the Murray River Motel, Swan Hill from 9.30am
Entry by donation.
please note that numbers are limited to 6 due to COVID social distancing restrictions.
Register your interest with Sue M: 0409376839

Wednesdays @ Woorinen South, Community Centre Hall from 9.30am
$5 fee to cover hire costs and insurance.

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Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at the Woorinen South Community Centre all on Wednesday 10th February, 2021 at 10am.

All members past and present are welcome to attend ad to stay and paint or draw for the day.


BYO snacks and drinks to make this a COVID safe meeting.

Painting days resume the first week of February. restrictions apply @ the motel on Tuesdays.

Wednesdays at the Woorinen South Community Centre Hall 9.30am to 1.30pm. Gold Coin Donation.

Please contact Lorri to find out more about our painting days. 0467 879 261.

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River Days

Members met in a social distancing friendly get together by the Murray River in Swan Hill. Tuesdays by the river will continue, weather permitting until the group gets back together indoors.

Members rugged up in the wintry weather

Meanwhile here in USA where I am still waiting for flights and money from Qantas…. It is summer, hot and humid!

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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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/isolationartchallenge

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February NEWS

Hi all 
Just a reminder that Lorri will be away from 28th Feb until 15th April.  Norma is currently looking after Petty Cash & morning tea supplies.Please make sure you book in for these two great workshops!  Call Judy if you have any other questions!!

March 4: Clay heads and objects with Di Giddings. 

$20 per person (members)  Non members $25

10am—4pm @ Woorinen South Community Hall, McCalman Street (behind pre school)

Please contact Helen McKerrow if you are coming.  M: 0422 636 597.  Email: ggmck4@bigpond.com

You will need a base for your sculpted head.  A nice fat piece of dowell screwed into a rectangular or square base works well.  The one in the images is approx 16cm high and on a base of approx 15cm x 20cm.  You can make it smaller.  Once the head is dry you can remove it & reuse your stand.

Alternately you could bring a piece of board and make a mask or something similar.

image of stand for cclay heads

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April 1st (nothing arranged for first Wednesday – any volunteers to run a foolish workshop?  

Something really fun or a bit crazy would be great considering its April Fool’s Day!

April fools day image

Paul Oswin : Expressive Watercolour human and animal portraits

Sat 25th & Sun 26th  April 10am—4pm 

Woorinen South Community Hall, McCalman Street (behind pre school)

Please book with Judy Brawn.  M: 0448 918 771 E: brawnjudy@gmail.com

$90 for members $120 for non members (remember membership is just $25 per year!)

Art by Paul Oswin,.  Photo of child in front of large painting.

Paul’s workshops are fun and instructive.  Alternative uses for watercolours are explored in an explosion of colour!With Paul’s workshop you can break from the traditions of painting and develop an expressive skill set that will help develop more visual movement in your wet medium painting.  Paul’s aim in painting is to marry strong compositional methods with expressive qualities. He also develops rich textural elements by re-working finished painting with markers, pens and pencils.

Paul demonstrates his painting methods in a series of simple steps that participants can easily follow along. Participants can also take home an information sheet that outlines these steps for future reference as well.  Gain some new tips and tricks that will help your own artistic journey in a relaxed and creative environment. This workshop is suitable for both the beginner and experienced painter alike.  https://www.pauloswinart.com/

 Materials:

  • Watercolour paints and/or inks
  • Black drawing ink or ink pens
  • Masking fluid
  • Watercolour paper
  • Masking tape
  • Water containers
  • Pics of Person Bird or Animal for Reference

Optional materials:

  • IPad/ phone
  • White gel pens
  • Paper towel
  • Waterproof fineliners
  • Pipettes
  • Salt
  • Dip pens (often used for calligraphy)
  • Paint markers (these are markers that have paint in them. Ie. Posca)

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Lorri Lambert, Secretary MASH

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Mothers Day Fundraiser

This will be a “pop up shop” exhibition with sales. It will be held at the Community Tree, Campbell Street Swan Hill on Friday 8th May 10-4 & Sat 9th May 9-1.  If you are submitting works then you must also agree to go on the roster to man the stall for at least 2 hours.  It is suggested that paintings are framed or on canvas with fixtures for hanging.  Smaller unframed works are acceptable if they have a mount and are wrapped in cellophane.  Other quality crafted items are also acceptable for this exhibition.  eg: handpainted cards, ceramics etc. 
10% of all works sold will be paid to the local Cancer support group. Payment for works sold, is made at the conclusion of the exhibition, when all works have been paid for. We will also be having a raffle with all proceeds going to the local cancer support group.  Donations of mother friendly items accepted. 
For more information call Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261 or email lorog42@hotmail.com

If you cannot afford custom framing, check out ready made frames for works on paper from the Reject Shop, Target and Cheap as Chips in Swan Hill.

Pre cut mounts can sometimes be found at these shops or online:
https://www.cavalierart.com.au/product/pre-cut-cardboard-mounts/

For unframed works

HOW TO HANG A CANVAS PAINTING

(this Wiki How shows you how to prepare an unframed canvas for hanging.

https://www.wikihow.com/Hang-a-Canvas-Painting