Go North Arts Festival

Since relocating to the Murray River Motel, Mallee Artists Swan Hill  group has flourished and grown due to the generous hospitality of hosts Kathy and Peter. Each month members have a theme as a challenge, while also participating in markets and the Swan Hill Show. Currently they have installed an exhibition of small paintings at Café Allure, as part of the “Hidden” project through Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery during the “Go North Arts Trail.”

The nominated theme for November will be an abstract work, any size, any medium.

Members will be working, exhibiting and selling at two of the ‘Trail’ venues on October 20th/21st,  in Swan Hill at the Murray River Motel,

also Joan Holmes’ studio at Tooleybuc, from 10am to 3.00 pm on both days, and they hope to welcome lots of people at each.

On the following week there will be a watercolour workshop conducted by Ross Patterson at the Tooleybuc Club 9.30am to 4.00pm on Wed.24th and Thurs. 25th. Limited places may still be available.  If interested, contact Joan Holmes on 5030 5554.

art drawing painting

Arts Trail

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21, October

The Arts Trail is on again this year!


 Joan’s Studio Gallery will be open from 9am with a display of a wide variety of work. Images will include  works in Oil,  Acrylic,  Watercolour , Pastel,  LinoPrints,  Etchings, Pencil,  Pen and wash and Silk Painting.    Artists include: Joan Holmes, Marian Caccianiga, Rhonda Avery, Sandra Boulton, Helen Porteous, Jackie Treseder, Elizabeth Terrell and others                                                   Open 9am – 4.30pm,   74   Murray St, Tooleybuc           Ph:03 5030 5554

 Old Tooleybuc Dolls Cottage:   A large range of dolls collected over the years by Amy Reed.  The cottage at 53 Cadell St is open 10am – 4pm every day

 Don’t forget the Tooleybuc Club has great meals and coffee!!


 Old Goodnight:  Artist Steve Cole’s studio will be open with a display of some of his drawings, prints and woodwork.    You can look at Steve’s work on his website     Wakool Junction Rd, Goodnight


While on the Arts Trail, why not visit The Gallery at Balranald and view a permanent collection of paintings rarely seen in a small country town.  Also enjoy living landscapes by Riverina artist Debbie Wills, glass work art and jewellery by Moulamein artist Kathy Gibson, original watercolours, oils and pastels by local and visiting artists.         Open 11am – 5pm, 51 Mayall St, Balranald     Ph: 03 5020 0200

 Woorinen South:

Woorinen Art Group:  Mosaics, three dimensional sculptures made from recycled materials and acrylic paintings. Some art is for sale and orders can be taken.         $3 entry fee includes morning or afternoon tea.                                                                 Open: 11am -4pm  Woorinen South Community Hall,  McCalman St, behind the Pre-school.

Gail Groat & Donna Angus Studio:
Gail and Donna will have on display some of their acrylic paintings.                                                                                                           Open 1pm-4pm,  36 Smith St, Woorinen South             Ph:0438 376 730

 Swan Hill:

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery:
Lesley Dickman: Salt and the Dress    plus
Colour Me Crazy 2012  
Open 11am – 5pm,    Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill   PH: 5036 2430

Gloria McKerrow Studio: Open house exhibition and preview of Abstract artwork and an opportunity to chat to the artist.  All recent works on paper and canvas are displayed.  Explore new themes and developments.    Experience this little part of the world where are is created every day for the duration of the festival.                    Open: 10am -3pm,   10 Gillespie St, Swan Hill       PH: 50331212

Mallee Artists of Swan Hill: Drop in for a visit to see the Mallee Artists at work. Visitiors are welcome to attend. Please bring your own art supplies if you wish to participate.  New members are most welcome.  Yearly membership fee is $25.     10am – 3pm   Murray River Motel, 481 Campbell St,  Swan Hill   PH:0448 918 771

Swan Hill Arts Collective [SHAC] @ Murray ACE:  Artists Franz BAUMGARTNER, Susi BAUMGARTNER, Jack KIRBY, Louise MACAULAY and Margaret Ann WILSON will have an exhibition of sculptures and paintings as well as a demonstration of modelling in clay at Murray Ace.  Tea, Coffee and Cakes available!
10am – 3pm (both days)  Murray ACE, 353 Campbell Street, Swan Hill

Cornerstone Community: Members and friends will be there with some paintings – acrylic, mixed media and pastels. Cards for sale.  Tea and coffee provided.  Your participation is welcome.
Moulamein Rd, opposite The Fed Hotel
Open Saturday 1pm -4pm     Ph: 0429323750


CarolineEllisMysticPark Art & Photographic Gallery:
Opening Day: Saturday, October 20:                                                                              10am -6pm  Art Workshops on the day:  Bookings Essential
11am -12.30pm Kids Workshop $10 per head, all materials supplied.
2pm-4pm Adults and Secondary students workshop $10.  Please bring your own oil paints and canvas.
Materials can be provided at an extra cost of $40            
5-6pm DRINKS AT THE GALLERY- All welcome, no charge

Mon 22nd, Tues 23rd and Wed 24th  –  Open 10am – 3pm  (phone ahead to avoid disappointment)
Also open any time by appointment. Art lessons
2495 Murray Valley Highway,  MysticPark (30km south of Swan Hill on the LHS)
Ph: 0408 500 451


Go North Arts Festival

Visit MASH at Murray River Motel during the festival ..Also look out for our unique mini artworks at Cafe Allure!

13 –  27 October 2012

Mallee Artists of Swan Hill Weekly Art Group                                                              

See the Mallee Artists at work at the Murray River Motel.  Visitors are welcome to attend. Please bring your own art supplies if you wish to participate.  New members are most welcome.
Yearly membership is $25.00.
10am – 3pm,
Murray River Motel
481 Campbell St, Swan Hill


Want to learn some serious Printmaking?

art workshop


Annie’s Earth Art

Local artist Annette Joy offers workshops in Woorinen. Aug – painting, Sept – drawing, Oct – mosaics, Nov – paper jewellery, Dec – painting. Contact Annette Joy for further information, ph 03 5037 6640 or email 
Caroline Ellis is running workshops at her Lake Charm Studio, contact details can be found at her website 


Watercolour Workshop

Ross Patterson

Ross Patterson Returns with another fabulous workshop – not to be missed!

October 24th and 25th, 9am – 4pm each day at the Tooleybuc Club.

The list of requirements will be in the October newsletter.

Cost Member $90, Non Members $110,limited bookings available.

Contact Joan Holmes 50305554.


September Challenge!

Helen’s September Challenge

Helen Porteous has challenged us to create a Self Portrait by the end of September! (Any medium but must be A4 size) We will bring them to our Tuesday meeting on September 25th. It will be great to see everyone’s interpretation of themselves.

my daughter (not me)




Twig Project Manangatang

Several of our members travelled to Marian & Rodney Caccianiga’s farm at Manangatang on Friday 20th July to experience a “Twig.”

Preparations for the event had continued all week under the guidance of artist-in-residence, Trevor Flynn, funded through an arts grant.  A spectacular bonfire (very BIG ‘twigs’!) greeted the 60 attending, who were then told of the journey they were about to share.

Marian & Rod with torches
Marian & Rod with torches

Trevor, with Marian & Rod bearing ‘survivor-style’ torches, led the group on a winding pathway past fire lit machinery “monsters” & a giant white field bin (which would later be used as a film projection screen.) We were invited to walk barefoot & silent to absorb the feel of the environment, & the specially created sound track of mood music.


Tall ‘palings’ of mallee roots lined either side of a path to a special pyramid of fire surrounded by smaller mallee pointers in a circle of stones. Marian read a piece describing the offering of grain as thanksgiving for the harvest, after which people were invited to take a handful of barley & throw it into the fire.

The trail then led to a labyrinth of stones set in a dry dam surrounded by eroded banks. Another reading described the difference between “Labyrinth & Maze”, the first being a journey of discovery, the latter, one of many dead ends.  We were asked to journey to the centre, & reflect on the symbolism of the experience, as in self awareness of our place in nature, then walk on towards ‘re-birth’ at the one exit.

Video projection on the side of the truck

Retracing our steps, we paused to watch the projection of pictures taken during the week on the property, which included one of an albino kangaroo bounding away. One weeknight had included spotlighting, the product of which had been prepared by Marian as a rabbit stew.



As we returned to the original fire, by now about 6 metres long & 2 metres high, we were offered the stew, soup & damper plus sausage rolls, courtesy of our hosts. The night was so still, the pale smoke drifted straight upwards lit by occasional flurries of sparks. Spectacular! Everyone had dressed warmly & no complaints were heard against the night air.

Marian invited people to go into the house before leaving to see some of her wonderful collection of art, & all were amazed at the range & versatility of her subjects & mediums, & her obvious delight in creating this extensive body of work.

candle in the night


Marian & Rodney, we all thank you & Trevor most sincerely for providing us with such a special experience as an “Introduction to a TWIG.”

written by Joan Mellahn




photo of Joy Robinson
Joy at the easel

During July we said farewell to Joy Robinson who has been an active member in our group since moving from Mildura, She has moved to Byron Bay and we wish her all the best. Her knowledge and helpful suggestions will be missed by the Tuesday group.