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Water Effects workshops

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Two workshops with Jon Lam

Sat 25th & Sun 26th May 2019

Two days of exploration of water themes under the excellent instruction of Jon Lam.  Jon’s versatility with various media and styles has won him first prize with his Acrylic, Oil and
Watercolour paintings. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Jon enjoys exploring different styles in his work.

Artists may work in any water based medium.

Please bring your source images of wet streetscapes and
water scenes plus materials such as paints, canvas, paper or boards.  brushes, palettes, water containers etc.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May

Tine: 9.30am to 4pm both days

Cost: $90 for members   $110 non members

Venue: Swan Hill Neighbourhood House

Tea & Coffee, morning & arvo tea provided.  BYO lunch.

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January News

Welcome to 2019!

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We hope everyone has had a lovely break over Christmas & New year!

The first day back at the Motel is tomorrow 15 January.  It’s going to be a hot one and we also have a birthday celebration !

The executive met last week and worked out some dates for our First Tuesday workshops and looked at some other weekend workshop ideas.

The Mothers Day exhibition at the library has been cancelled due to it clashing with the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery Exhibition.

Have you paid your membership for 2019?


May to July Exhibition @ Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

“From Paddock to Pleasure”

Exhibition Opening 31 May  – 28 July 2019

One artwork per person will be displayed.

Artworks to be delivered by 26 May (unless prior arrangements have been made with the gallery)

Artworks to be picked up in the week 29 July to 2 August

The pleasures of food are many and complex…..extending far beyond the kitchen table. From cultivation of the land and the sowing of seeds, the harvest, the catch and the kill, the aroma of baking , a pot simmering on the stove.  Food production, preparation and dining are represented here in a selection of paintings that reference the age old  visual arts tradition of still life.

Paverpol Workshop

Paverpol is a much sought after fabric hardener that was developed by a group of artists in the Netherlands. Artists and hobbyists have been using it for over 15 years and love its versatility. It is weatherproof and adhesive and becomes rock hard when dry. Paverpol can be used to make all sorts of materials rock hard. Porous materials such as textiles, paper, chamois leather, fiberglass, self-hardening clay and all kinds of natural materials are ideal. It will adhere to wood, ceramics, plaster, concrete, stone. You can make figurines, wire figurines, garden statues, dolls, sculptures and many, many other decorations.

This workshop will be held over 2 days with day 1 being preparation of the wire structure and day 2 at Sue’s attaching this to your support and then applying the Paverpol.

Materials will be supplied but if you have old lace and other suitable fabrics please bring them along.  Helen Mac & Judy will be providing guidance on the days and an information leaflet will be provided.

Free to MASH Members!  

Limit of 10 people.

2019 Art days @ the motel January to June:

January 15, 22, 29

February 5th First Tuesday: Collage 3D and texture.  Bring along bits & pieces and your ideas.
Painting days: 12th, 19th, 26th

March 5th First Tuesday: Revival and Re-vamp.  Bring along old works that need fixing and we will do a self help/critique session. 
Painting days: 
12th, 19th, 26th

April 2ndFirst Tuesday: Paverpol sculpture Day 1 preparation day, materials supplied.

Painting days: 9, 16, 23, 30

Saturday 6th April Paverpol sculpture Day 2 completion of work.  See link to Paverpol ideas. A flyer will be prepared for this.

May 7thFirst TuesdayPallette knife techniques
Painting days: 14, 21, 28

June 4thFirst Tuesday: 11am Gallery Visit to see our exhibition  & optional lunch at Spoons (self funded)
Painting days: 
11, 18, 25

Other workshop ideas for 2019

Ross Paterson Watercolours: August

Mosaics with Di Giddings

Marian Caccianiga workshop

Raelene Richardson Textiles & paint

Glenda Cornell.  Landscape, pallete knife work

Jon Lam (Echuca) Water effects and wet landscapes

If you have any news about exhibitions or workshops in the region please contact either Judy or Lorri so we can spread the news!

Judy Brawn, President

Sue McGrath , Treasurer

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Lorri Lambert, Secretary

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Paint Pouring Re-visited!

Lorri is running a paint pouring workshop on Friday 23rd November at Woorinen South Community Hall as part of Regional Arts Victoria “Home is where the Hall is” celebrations.

Time: 1pm until 3ish

Cost: $5 per person
Acrylic paint and pouring medium are supplied

Please bring the following:
# A tray to catch drips and take your work home (aluminium roast trays are good, one per painting)
# A small canvas or two
(I will have some 20 x 30 cm available for $5 each)
# Apron!

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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.

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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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Barbed Wire Workshop ~ 2nd October!

Our last “First Tuesday of the Month” for 2018

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Joy Jones will be sharing this beautiful technique of painting barbed wire using watercolour and gouache.

byo heavy watercolour paper with  low tooth/ smooth surface and paints.

MASH does have some watercolours.

(Joy does have gouache to share if needed).

Please email Lorri Lambert if you have (or can get) some actual barbed wire (rusty preferred)



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July ~ September what we have been up to!

Sorry I have been a bit slow posting .. got a bit sidetracked with Facebook, setting up my art therapy business and of course painting!

Below is a bit of a selection of images from workshops we have held over the past few months.  First Tuesday of the Month in July we did monochrome work, followed by collage in August and Pastels in September.

The pastels were inspired by the Ross Paterson workshop held a week earlier.  Members brought along their work and we shared ideas and techniques.

The annual General meeting was held Tuesday 18th September.

President: Judy Brawn  Secretary: Lorri Lambert  Treasurer: Sue McGrath

Membership is still $25 per year.

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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