What a lovely morning we spent with the beautiful and learned Margaret Lewis learning to be brave and experiment with interesting brush techniques and colours. We are hoping to invite Marg back later in the year to explore landscapes. Here are some of our experiments!
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
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).
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.
#Note Workshop details and any changes will be posted on Website, Facebook and Email.
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.
- 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.
9×5 Exhibition and Online Auction, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, 1st April – 15th May
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Moulamein Art Gallery
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.
Cohuna Art/Craft Gallery
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
Balranald Art Gallery
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.
Mallee Artists will be celebrating 21 years with a retrospective exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Opening 25th November 2022! Stay tuned for more information!!
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 🙂
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.
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: email@example.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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
$90 for members $120 for non members (remember membership is just $25 per year!)
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/
- 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
- IPad/ phone
- White gel pens
- Paper towel
- Waterproof fineliners
- Dip pens (often used for calligraphy)
- Paint markers (these are markers that have paint in them. Ie. Posca)
Lorri Lambert, Secretary MASH
2019 Workshops Summary
This year we have a wonderful variety of workshops including Water effects with Jon Lam, Paverpol sculptures with Helen & Judy, Watercolour with Ross Paterson and Clay sculpted heads with Di. Combined with our First Tuesdays it has been a very eventful year!
Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM this week. Judy Brawn and Lorri Lambert have been re-elected to President & Secretary. The position of Treasurer is still open.
Biddy Pierce will be assisting Lorri with media and Maxine Harrop will be coordinating morning tea.
Due to growth in numbers we will have 2 days of art available!
Tuesdays 9.30am -1.30pm at the Murray River Motel, Campbell St Swan Hill.
(Gold coin donation) AND Wednesdays 9.00am – 1.00pm at Woorinen South Community Hall, starting 2nd October. ($5 per week)
Come to one or come to both! Art materials can be provided for beginners to come & try!
Cuppa and bikkies included.
Tuesday November 5th @ the Motel
Bring something to share for Cup Day morning Tea & don’t forget your hat!
Lunch will be on Tuesday … December at Java Spice. Bookings to Norma or Lorri.
Swan Hill Show
Schedule is now out! We support the show committee each year with a donation towards prizes in the art section. We also help hang artworks and we will be asking for helpers in show week – please help if you can, dates to be advised.
MONTHLY MEMBER WORKSHOPS
FIRST TUESDAY WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FIRST WEDNESDAYS @ WOORINEN SOUTH COMMUNITY HALL!
Wednesday October 2nd – Plein Air (painting outside) Hints and tips for making the most of catching light, making quick sketches and more!
Wednesday November 6th @ Woorinen South Community Hall from 9am. Workshop starts @ 10am
Business cards: these will be given to members on request to hand out as needed.
Promotional Brochure: Lorri has completed. This will be placed at Information Centre, The Regional Art Gallery and Library. Please ask for a bundle to distribute to other suitable locations such as Post Offices/stores in outlying towns.
Red Cross Fundraiser October: MASH will have a stall for this event. Small artworks would be the most suitable plus any crafty items you make. Please contact Lorri or Jenny to find out more.
Food & Wine Show March 2020: We will be having a stall in conjunction with the Artisan market. Details to come.
Mothers Day Fundraiser April 2020: We will be holding an exhibition with art for sale and a % of proceeds to local cancer support group. More details early next year.
PRESIDENT: Judy Brawn M: 0448 918 771 Email: email@example.com
SECRETARY: Lorri Lambert M: 0467 879 261 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
WORKSHOPS IN 2019
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
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.
END OF YEAR EVENTS
MELBOURNE CUP DAY
Tuesday 6th November.
Art group as usual PLUS bring a plate to share and don’t forget your hat!!
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.
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
Cezanne Style Still Life
Marian Caccianiga will be holding an acrylic workshop during our regular Tuesday Art Group, you can come along and participate or just do your usual thing. For those interested in participating and trying something different the workshop will be held over two days Tuesday the 4th and Tuesday the 11th of February. Marian will cater for all levels of experience from beginners to seasoned artists, she will show us how to use lots of glazing with our acrylics. You will need to bring a canvas no smaller than 30cm X 40cm (rectangle or square) prepared with a coat of Gesso or white paint. Bring your own acrylic paints and brushes or you can use those supplied. If you have an interesting piece of pottery etc suitable for still life bring it along also. Cost per day for members is $10 if you have your own paints and brushes or $20 if you use paints and brushes supplied, so come and give it a go. Non Members $5 extra per day. Phone Marian on 0427367506 to register.
Swan Hill Region Produce and Design Market is held as part of the Swan Hill Wine and food Festival. We have participated in this Sunrise Rotary Market regularly, lots of people are expected to be visiting Swan Hill on the Labour Day Weekend in March. As always it is held in the car park between the Gallery and Spoons. Mark the date Sunday March 9th in your diary, we will set up from 8am with the market starting at 9am and finishing at 1pm.
In 2012 we applied to the Swan Hill Rural City Council for funding to do a Mural of the old Swan Hill Wharf, at our second attempt in 2013 we were successful. The large board that we will be working on is at Joan Holmes Studio at Tooleybuc and we will be working on it during Feb/March anyone from the group who would like to be involved would be most welcome. Phone Judy for more information, 0448918771.
Anglican Art Show Get painting, May will come around quickly!!! This annual show will be on the first weekend in June. Please support this local show I will put more information in the April newsletter.
2014 Exhibition “ART from the hART”
Our bi-annual Exhibition will be held in September, make sure you have some work on the go for this occasion. There is still time to offer a suggestion for the name of our Exhibition or if you have any other suggestions contact Judy 0448918771.
Events coming up during February and March are:
February: Marian Caccianiga will hold a two day acrylic workshop maximum of 10 people per day. Bring your own canvas. (30X40) Venue: Murray River Motel Time: Tuesday 4th Feb 10am – 3pm, Tuesday 11th Feb 10am – 3pm Cost: With own paints and brushes Members $10 per day Non Members $15 per day. All materials supplied (except canvas) Members $20 per day Non Members $25 per day. Contact: Marian ph 0427367506 to book your place.
March: Food and Wine Festival Producers Market. March 9th.
Group Art days for FEBRUARY
Neighbourhood House dates (9:30am – 1:00pm) 1oth, 17th 24th
Murray River Motel dates (9:30am – 2:30pm) 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th .
Opportunities: Owl Little Studio If you have any work at the studio consider changing it over. If any one else has something to put in just pop down to the studio.
Caroline Ellis is running art classes in her studio at Mystic Park. More details can be found at her website Caroline Ellis Art
The next Newsletter will be put out on the 1st of April if you have anything of interest to go into it please email Joan Mellahn: email@example.com or Judy Brawn: firstname.lastname@example.org ph 0448918771 Happy Painting!!