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
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)
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:
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.
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).
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.
Artists will be notified which artwork/s will be exhibited at the Gallery by 28 October.
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.
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.
All works selected for the exhibition must be available for the duration of the exhibition, current from 25 November 2022 to 30th Jan 2023.
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.
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.
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.
Artists are responsible for the return of their artwork and must be collected by 14 February 2023.
21st Birthday Retrospective Exhibition for members past and present
Artist Name: ____________________________________________________________________
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).
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.
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 tutorsample 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 email@example.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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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) ANDWednesdays 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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
MURAL 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Brawn: email@example.com ph 0448918771 Happy Painting!!