April 5th: Pen & Wash with Lorri lambert $5 (plus normal hall fee) $20 non members
Archival pens supplied. BYO watercolours and paper A5 or A4 (can be supplied if needed)
May (no workshop due to Kerryn Finch Sat 6th)
Kerryn Finch Workshop:Expressive Still Life
Sat 6th May 10am—3pm
$60 members $80 guests
Kerryn loves painting still-life , but with some quirks and things not typically seen in traditional still-life painting.
Her style has developed over time, and Kerryn describes it as being a bit like her own language. She paints the things that have meaning to her, whether that’s a packet of chips, or a CD cover or some flowers from her garden, it’s her unique view of the world.
Life memberships were presented to Joan Mellahn, Helen McKerrow and Judy Brawn for their long term commitment to the group, their support of local artists and promotion of the group by continued involvement in the broader community. Judy has also been President for 11 years.
The group is once again meeting at Woorinen South Community Hall each Wednesday morning. If you need a lift, let us know there is always someone heading out from Swan Hill.
Our AGM was held on 17th January at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, followed by a General Meeting. Norma Anderson has taken on President, and Lorri Lambert remains in the role of Secretary and acting Treasurer. We currently have 17 members.
General Business from the meeting:
Twilight Arts Market This will be held at the Town Hall on Saturday 25th February. Members agreed to have a 2m x 4m stall at the cost of $90. This is an opportunity to promote the group. The market runs from 4pm – 8pm with further details to be obtained by Lorri and members advised regarding delivery and pick up of items. Norma has offered to collect display stands from Judy for the event and will check with her regarding the banner. Once more details are obtained Lorri will consult with Helen and Norma to plan how the site will be set up to best highlight the artworks and display other items.
Workshop Survey Results
The survey showed that members are happy with the current format of First Wednesday workshops and special guests for one or two days on weekends.
Pastels, Oils and Pen and Wash were the top three selected medium.
Portraits, Life drawing/painting and colour mixing were the top three in skill development.
Jon Lam, Di Giddings, Jan Lawler and Kerryn Finch were the top four tutors in the survey.
Newly suggested tutors include Bethany McKay (Dandy Lion studio tutor), Glenda Cornell and Basil Hall.
Workshop planning group will include Lorri, Norma and Nancy with Maxine and Sue to be asked if they wish to participate.
Thanks Helen McKerrow thanked Norma for organising our annual Christmas functions and for always providing beautiful decorations for the event. This was supported by a round of applause.
Swan Hill Show: MASH will continue to support with a donation and assistance in hanging works.
Motel Group: Thank you to the Tuesday group for arranging a gift as thanks to Justin and Jean.
Lake Boga Annual Art Show February 23-25 Joy advised the group that entries are still open and that it is a great community event and an opportunity to sell some work. Lorri to post an update on Facebook to remind members. Entry forms will be taken to art group on Wednesday.
Insurance Some discussion was held about our insurance and what it covers. Lorri explained that it is called Market Stall Insurance but also covers us for $20m public liability insurance. This covers us against accidents at any event we participate in anywhere in Australia. *Lorri looked up policy to confirm following the meeting.
Membership The question was raised why we have not continued the $10 reimbursement at the Christmas event. Lorri explained that the funds were needed for insurance and also used to purchase materials and support workshops. Effectively we were only charging $15 membership if we continued the reimbursement. Members agreed that the annual fee is still very reasonable at $25.
Life Memberships Presented to Joan Mellahn and Helen McKerrow for their support of MASH, local artists; often representing MASH in other forums and promoting the Arts in the region. Lorri will present Life Membership to Judy Brawn for 11 years as President and her support for the Arts in our community.
Monthly Cuppa/get together It was agreed to continue these in 2023 as they are a great way to keep the group connected. There was discussion around venues and it was agreed to meet at the same venue this year to make it easier to remember. The group agreed to meet at Modern natural (opposite the town hall) as it is roomy, has plenty of parking and usually not busy so we can hear each other. Norma will contact the café and the first one will be February 24th 10.30am.
Survey for Art Gallery Redevelopment Members were asked to complete the survey being conducted to gather ideas for the redevelopment of the Regional Art Gallery. Lorri completed the survey online and hard copies were made available.
9×5 Exhibition again in 2023 This will be held in April this year and some members took boards and signed up. More boards will be made available for those who wish to participate.
Lorri will provide feedback to the organising Committee of the exhibition regarding the obscurity of the Auction site and difficulty for some to locate and navigate. Being inside the real estate agent website made it unclear as to the real purpose of the fundraiser. Also it was questioned that the platform was used by some artists to self promote and concerns that this was not appropriate for a fundraiser.
Moving House Joan Mellahn advised the group she has moved to Logan Lodge and as a result will have paintings and art materials that can not be housed. Family are assisting in sorting and Joy has offered to photograph Joan’s paintings. Members agreed to assist Joan in selling paintings at an afternoon (date to be announced) where funds will be donated to a charity of Joan’s choice.
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: ____________________________________________________________________
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!
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.
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: email@example.com or Judy Brawn: firstname.lastname@example.org ph 0448918771 Happy Painting!!