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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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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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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!

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The year so far…

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 🙂

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September News

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!

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AGM

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.

Exciting news!

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.
Melbourne Cup

Tuesday November 5th @ the Motel
Bring something to share for Cup Day morning Tea & don’t forget your hat!

Christmas Celebration

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

Upcoming Projects

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: brawnjudy@gmail.com

SECRETARY: Lorri Lambert  M: 0467 879 261  Email:  lorog42@hotmail.com

Find us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/groups/290342061365987/

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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

WORKSHOPS

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.

barbed wire

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

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.

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!!

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XMAS PARTY
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.

EXHIBITIONS 2019

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