Arts in The Valley

Monthly and Annual Competitions


At each monthly meeting, members can enter a competition. The judge is the demonstrator for that month.

Entries are in three (3) categories:

  1. John Adeney Section
  2. Tom Stephens Section
  3. Alternate Section

Points are awarded in each section to decide the winners of the Annual Competition.

Categories 1 and 2 are for paintings only. The Alternate Section is for contemporary paintings and other media.

Members start in the John Adeney Section. Once they win the Annual Competition, they advance to the Tom Stephens Section.

July 2017 Results

Warratina Art Show 2017

Presented by – The Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Art Society

Date – Saturday 14 October to Sunday 22 October 2016.

Time – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location – Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Road, Wandin Yallock – Melway Reference 121 F1.

For further information, please call Warratina Lavender Farm on 03 5964 4650.

About the Art Exhibition

Want an enjoyable day in the beautiful Yarra Valley treating yourself to some outstanding local art exhibited in a unique, rural setting? Or perhaps you’re looking to buy an original artwork.

The 2018 Warratina Lavender Farm Art Show is just the place to go..

Enjoy the Art Show, spoil yourself with some delicious home-made food or a coffee in the restaurant and finish with a stroll around the beautiful gardens. Set among rolling hills, it’s a wonderful, relaxing way to take some time out.

A wide range of paintings by members of the Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Arts Society will be on display. All works will be available for purchase at very modest prices. A selection of unique greeting cards and craft items will also be available.

The paintings exhibited will include works in various mediums and styles – traditional and contemporary – and some of the artists will be in attendance at various stages during the week to answer your questions.

Visitors are very welcome and entry to view the exhibition is free. So come along and enjoy.

Note: Only members of the Society can enter their work in the exhibition.

October 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 1 October 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month’s demonstrator will be Christine Cafarella-Pearce, who will be showing us some of her oil painting techniques.

Christine, a local artist from Healesville, paints with a distinctive technique, pallet and sense of design. Inspired by The Heidelberg School and the French Impressionists, Christine enjoys artistic challenges and new projects are a necessary part of her artistic development.

Of her love of painting, Christine says:

“For as long as I can remember I have wanted to travel the Australian outback. I have been very blessed and have fulfilled the dream. What a joy to see firsthand, the diversity and majesty of our incredible country. Our landscape and our iconic attractions blew me away. To see them for “real” it confirmed for me that photos could not be a substitute for reality. I saw wonderful beauty everywhere I looked. Each day revealed its own special delights and encounters and these I will cherish forever. Looking at the experience through the eyes of an artist I am convinced that it doesn’t matter what part of Australia I decide to paint, my slant on the experience will add the final key dimension to the experience.”

A past winner at the Yarra Glen Art Show, Christine is passionate about supporting her local art community in many different ways. She has been an art mentor at Healesville Primary School and donates time to support workshops for students at local primary schools.

Currently Christine is experimenting with a watercolour technique using acrylic paint and stabilizer mediums to create some unique “bird in flight” paintings and intriguing landscape interpretations.

Christine’s demonstration is sure to inspire artists to experiment with new techniques, no matter what their style, preferred genre or ability.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

September 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 10 September 2017 (as Fathers’ Day is on 3 September)
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstrator for this month will be Season Heise, who will be focussing on some further acrylic techniques.

Season is well-known to members, having recently served as President of the Society.

She is one of the many artists who live in the Yarra Valley.

Season is a painter whose long immersion in the world of French painting has yielded an oeuvre of fashionable and decorative images of modern Australian life. Her debt to the French Fauvists, particularly to Raoul Dufy, is apparent, for within her works one can draw parallels to Dufy’s Bouquet de tulips et anemones or to the Feuillages et Perroquets and especially to Le bouquet de lys.

The impressionist landscape painters, Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro have also influenced her profoundly. Her style also reflects the Classical Japanese wood prints which became popular in art circles in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century.

As you would expect from such a committed painter, Season has developed her own distinctive approach to floral arrangements with such innovations as foreshortened perspective and the use of washes of colour.
The brightness of Season’s palette envelops objects in atmosphere. She paints with colour and movement. She is a master of depicting a calm grandeur, an extraordinary unity, a subdued radiance. Her intimate studies are sympathetic, elegant and trendsetting.

It is little wonder that Season’s French influence is substantial. Her ancestry on her mother’s side goes back to the Filluel’s from Rouen in Normandy. Durand Filluel, an ancestor in the thirteenth century was the Mairie in Normandy. Season Filluel’s scrapbook is held by the Societe Jersiaise and the Societe des Antiqiaires de Normandie. Interestingly, her favourite French painter, Raoul Dufy also lived and painted in Normandy.

The Musee Saint Gregorie at Cordes-sur-Ciel is pleased to be associated with Season, whose dazzling works continue to fill collections the world over.

One of Season’s most recent awards was a Highly Commended at the 2017 Camberwell Art Show.

Season’s demonstration is sure to inspire artists to experiment with new techniques, no matter what their interests or ability.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

August 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 6 August 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstrator for this month will be Peter Thorpe, who will be sharing with us some further watercolour techniques.

Peter Thorpe emigrated to Australia from the UK in 1978 and, after a career as a painter and decorator, began to develop his interest in watercolours in 1997.

To learn more about watercolour techniques, Peter studied under Master Watercolourist Tony Lewis in Queensland. He is particularly skilled in landscape painting.

One of Peter’s recent exhibitions was at Art in Linden Gate at 899 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen.

Besides pursuing his love of art, for many years Peter taught advanced watercolour painting at U3A in Croydon.

Peter’s demonstration is sure to provide fresh inspiration and be full of ideas and interest.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10


July 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 2 July 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstrator this month will be Antoinette Blyth, who will be showing some further watercolour techniques.

Antoinette Blyth is an artist, tutor and demonstrator. She lives in Melbourne.

She is a past Vice President of AGRA, (The Australian Guild of Realist Artists) a member of the Victorian Artists Society, The Watercolour Society of Victoria, Sherbrooke Art Society and Whitehorse Arts Association.

Antoinette has work represented around Australia, New Zealand and Europe and has won many awards and commendations for her Watercolour Painting.

Of her passion for art and teaching, Antoinette says:

“As an artist and teacher, I feel privileged to be able to impart the skills involved in watercolour painting to others in a manner that encourages confidence, individuality and determination to succeed.

To watch the development and passion of a painter grow is exciting and rewarding.”

We are fortunate to have an artist with Antoinette’s talent for our demonstration, which is sure to provide fresh perspectives on watercolour painting.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

Demonstrator Antionette Blyth

Demonstrator Antionette Blyth

June 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 4 June 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstrator this month will be Nadine Dudek, who will be demonstrating watercolours. Nadine is a well-known local artist who has exhibited at many of the art shows in Melbourne, including the Knox Art Show, Warrandyte Art Show, Hobson’s Bay Art Show and Yarra Glen Art Show. She has been awarded First Prize at a number of these shows.

Nadine is a member of Victorian Artists’ Society and A.G.R.A.

She says of herself:

“Born in Melbourne and growing up in Canberra, I have a passion for wildlife art with a particular affinity for birds. Now based in Melbourne, I continue to develop a fluid style using watercolour as my primary medium. Watercolour performs beautifully to capture the movement and freedom of the subjects I paint. For me the most rewarding paintings are those with the fewest strokes, created with a minimalistic approach. In 2015 I left my twenty-year career as a research scientist to become a professional artist. The decision to paint full-time has been rewarded with numerous successful solo exhibitions and award winning paintings.”

We are privileged to have Nadine for our demonstration, which will no doubt provide fresh perspectives on watercolour painting.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $7 (First meeting free)

May 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 7 May 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstrator this month will be Julie Ricketts, who will be demonstrating pastels. Julie is a well-known local artist who has exhibited at many of the art shows in Melbourne, including the Knox Art Show, Camberwell Rotary Art Show and Yarra Glen Art Show. She has been awarded First Prize at a number of these shows.

Julie is a member of A.G.R.A.

Julie was fortunate to be born into the artistic Ricketts family. As a child she spent many hours watching her grandfather paint in the shed out the back when he came to live with the family. She also spent time playing at her uncle William’s sanctuary in the Dandenongs. Later in life this helped her to understand and appreciate his magnificent art works and the message he was trying to convey.

Julie lived in the Dandenongs for many years, before moving to the Yarra Valley in the early 1980’s which is where she now draws most of her inspiration.

We are privileged to have Julie for our demonstration, which will be of interest to members whatever medium they prefer to work in.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $7 (First meeting free)

April 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 2 April 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstrator this month will be Alan Close, who will be conducting a demo/workshop working with an abstract art piece. The aim will be for all participants to take home a completed painting in the style of Wassily Kadinsky, the noted Russian artist and art theorist.

Alan is a Melbourne-based artist and art teacher with over 40 years experience. His workshops are always popular and informative.

Participants will need to bring an HB pencil, paint brushes, including a 1/2″ flat and No. 6 round brush for detail, water pot, disposable plate, scissors or knife and sellotape.

Alan will supply the paper and paint.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $7 (First meeting free)

Workshop Fees – $10.00 to cover entry and materials.

March Art Exhibition – Mont De Lancey

The Gallery at Mont de Lancey Historic Homestead is the venue for the Society’s March 2017 Art Exhibition.

Entry to the Exhibition is free.

Address: 71 Wellington Road, Wandin North

Exhibition Dates: 11 to 26 March 2017 – Wednesday to Sunday only (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

A wide range of art created by members of the Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Art Society is on display. All items are for sale.

Drinks and light refreshments are available from the cafe.