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Save the Date!

SAT 10TH SEPT: LANDSCAPES WITH JON LAM

An image of Jon Lam demonstrating painting techniques
Jon demonstrating during his water effects workshop

$50 members $70 non members

*If insufficient numbers full price of $70 will apply to all participants

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

Jon paints for the sheer pleasure it gives him. He has won over 40 awards during his career and he seems to be going from strength to strength with 5 successful entries in this year’s Camberwell Art Show!

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

Bring some landscape reference photos and your own choice of medium for this one! Oils, Acrylics, Watercolour!

Bookings essential!!

Visit Jon’s Facebook page or website:

https://www.facebook.com/jonfonglam

https://jonfonglam.wixsite.com/mysite

And on the Ballarat Art Society page:

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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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How to photograph your artwork

DIGITAL CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

  1. Hang your work on the wall. Find a neutral coloured wall (white or grey) and hang your work at the height where the middle of your piece will be parallel to where your camera is pointing – either on a tripod or sitting on a hard surface, such as a shelf or table.

2.     Light your work. If shooting indoors, make sure you shoot in a room with plenty of windows and natural light. Avoid direct sunlight on your artwork as this may create glare and affect the colours of your photograph.  You can light your work with lamps. For 2D works, all you need is two lights. (Preferably using Daylight bulbs). Place the lights halfway between the camera and your work on the wall at a 45-degree angle pointing towards the wall (this angle will help eliminate any glare you might get from the lights). If you are still experiencing glares from the lights – you can diffuse the lights with white sheets in front of them. See image for camera placement.

3.    Once your artwork is hung on the wall and lit with lamps, double check that the camera is set to where the lens lines up with the middle of the painting.  The artwork should take up the majority of the frame in your picture. The ISO and aperture of your camera are very important to get clear, crisp and bright images of your artwork. In this case, since we want very crisp images, we want a low ISO. Studio shots will generally be shot at ISO 100. The f-stop of the aperture of your camera adjusts how much light is let through the lens by making the opening bigger or smaller. The higher the number, the less light is being passed through. With a DSLR the ideal range for shooting artworks is between f-8 and f-11. Set your camera’s timer to four or five seconds so that pressing the shutter button doesn’t create a shake in your image.

#NOTE Look up specific instructions for your Camera or Smart Phone for step 3

4.     Take the picture!

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQmt8y9V6wc&ab_channel=PaulRichmond
Photo editing app demonstrated in this video that you can download:  Snapseed

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What is an Artist Statement?

An artist statement is piece of writing by you that helps the audience access or
understand your artistic work. It is written in the first person, while artist bios are written in the third person. Both represent you as an artist, even while you are not there. Both are not meant to come to you right away and it will take some time, revisions, and fine tuning to have a finished written product. They may include sources, ideas, and materials in your current practice.

HOW TO WRITE AN ARTIST STATEMENT WITH A SHORT BIO

Between 150-200 words (two paragraphs) is the best length for a statement that is going to be published. It is long enough to let a viewer learn more about you and your work, but not too long that they can’t follow your story and get distracted. 

The “Who”  Very briefly state a bit about yourself and your highlights and education as an artist.  Do not write a resume!  Readers will be bored if this is the main feature of your statement.  In fact I recommend putting it at the end!

The “How” Refers to how you created your works. Many visitors are interested in knowing about your artistic process. Describe your works; what colours do you use, do you make large marks or small marks, or do you use blending so there are no visible marks at all? If you’re a photographer, what kind of tools are integral to your process?

The “What” Are your paintings abstract? Portraits? Do you take photos of landscapes? What is your imagery? When people describe what you make, what do they say? Describe the content of your works in a general way to flow from how you work to what you make.

The “Why”   Why do you make what you make? What does your life say about your work and your work say about your life? What symbols do you use and why? Explain the influences behind the meanings of your works.

You don’t have to have the same amount of each type of information, but it is a good idea to have part of your statement devoted to each of these categories. However, if one category seems far more relevant to your work than the others, feel free to emphasize it in your statement. You can put as much or as little of each category as you like. If your works are about the medium then you can focus more on how you make your works and if it is more about the “why” and your inspiration, focus on that. Balance your content in any way you need.

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21st Birthday Exhibition

Past and Present members of Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc. are invited to exhibit in the 21st Birthday retrospective exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Any work created by the artist in their lifetime may be exhibited.  Deceased artist works may also be included at the discretion of their owners and or families.
(in this document they are called Agents)

Important dates

Friday 30 September                     Entries close

Friday 28 October                         Artists notified of successful entries

Monday 21st November                Artwork to be delivered to the Gallery

Friday 25 November                     Official opening of Exhibition

Saturday 26 November                 11am Walk through the exhibition with artists

Saturday 26 November:                6.30pm Artists and guests dinner

Sunday  30 January 2023              Last day of exhibit

Tuesday 14 February 2023            Last day to collect artworks

All Enquiries including assistance with photography:

President: Judy Brawn 0448918771  Secretary: Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261

Conditions of Entry

  1. Artists must be registered past or present members of Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc. Two works may be submitted, however only one may be displayed.  This is at the discretion of the Gallery Director.
  2. Members (or their agent) must submit an entry form with an electronic or printed image of the work (either TIF or JPG max. 5 MB) and a short artist statement maximum length of 200 words – word or rtf format).
  3. Images, statement about the work, and signed entry form will be accepted by MASH up until 5pm 30 September 2022.  Late entries will not be accepted.
  4. Artists will be notified which artwork/s will be exhibited at the Gallery by 28 October.
  5. Artists or their representatives are responsible for delivering all accepted work/s to Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery no later than Monday 21st November 2022.
  6. Adequate protection must be taken in packaging work as no responsibility will be taken by Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery for damage or lost works during transit. Works of art will be insured whilst in storage and on display at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
  7. All works selected for the exhibition must be available for the duration of the exhibition, current from 25 November 2022 to 30th Jan 2023.
  8. Work is to be suitably mounted and ready to hang. Instructions are to be supplied with the work if alternative installation is required.  Small 3D work is also accepted.
  9. Works DO NOT need to be for sale but if they are, a commission of 20% will be retained by Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery upon sale of the artworks.
  10. All artworks and statements must be available for any form of media promotion and advertising of the exhibition. The Gallery will strive to ensure any publicity of artwork is appropriate.
  11. Artists are responsible for the return of their artwork and must be collected by 14 February 2023.

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Registration Form

21st Birthday Retrospective Exhibition
for members past and present

Artist Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Agent: (if applicable) ______________________________________________________________

Contact Telephone: _______________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________________________________

Postal Address: ___________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________

ARTWORK #1

Title: ____________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

Year created: ______________  Medium: _______________________________________________

Size:   L  _________________W ___________________ H________________

ARTWORK #2

Title: ____________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

Date: ______________ Medium: _______________________________________

Size:   L  _________________W ___________________ H________________

Please attach

  • Artist Statement/short bio (up to 200 words)
  • A digital or printed image of the work/s. Email images to malleeartists.swanhill@gmail.com

Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc.

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

malleeartists.swanhill@gmail.com

All Enquiries including assistance with photography:

President: Judy Brawn 0448918771  Secretary: Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261

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Expressive Portraits with Paul Oswin

Sat 25th June:

$50 members ($70 non members) 10am – 3pm

Paul Oswin Portraits


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/

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Printmaking with Lorri

Wednesday 4 June, 10am @ Woorinen South Community Hall

FREE member workshop

Demonstration of several types of printmaking followed by YOU having a go at one.
Demo includes:
Gelli plate printing (gelatine plates)
Relief (using easy cut)
Collograph (collage printing)
Etching using acetate
Monoprint methods
BYO Acrylics, wooden spoon, cartridge or watercolour paper.
MASH supplying ink and rollers
Non members $20
Please contact Lorri 0467 879 261

Example of a collograph

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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!