Arts in The Valley

Wanted – 2017 Demonstrators

A small, active Art Society in the Yarra Valley is looking for demonstrators.

Our enthusiastic members appreciate learning about the techniques of artists keen to pass on their talents.

If you enjoy sharing and showing your knowledge and skills, we would love to have you come and demonstrate them at one of our 2017 meetings.

If you are interested, and can help, or want more information about location, dates, fees, etc., please email me at:

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Artists working in any medium are welcome.

The Society generally meets on the 1st Sunday of each month at Coldstream – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Joy Brown

Arts Co-ordinator

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.

March 2017 Meeting

Date – Sunday 5 March 2017
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – As this will be our Annual General Meeting, there will not be a demonstration.

Annual General Meeting – At the Annual General Meeting, reports will be given on our activities for the last 12 months, and the office-bearers and committee elected.

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

November 2016 Meeting

Date – Sunday 6 November 2016
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 Janicke Johansen, who will be working in acrylic. She will focus on demonstrating contemporary styles of painting.

Janicke was born in Norway, raised in Adelaide, and now lives in Melbourne, which she describes as “very creative and always changeable”.

Of her career, Janicke says, “I have been creating art my whole life, but it wasn’t until 2009 that I took a leap of faith, quit my teaching job and went head first into my art.  There has been no clear path or set of directions; however, I continue to strive for success and artistic fulfillment.”

As an artist, she says, “My art work is interpretive and modern, combining textures, patterns and intense colours to create responses to my environment and memory. Colour is dripped, sprayed, scraped and splashed onto the canvas and then blocked out with bold whites and muted colours to create the final image. There are recurring themes such as people, flora and fauna that emerge from my work, often with a quirky playfulness about them. I also create sculptures using recycled plastic, tape and wire as the core of the piece with a papier mache and plaster covering to create a stone like appearance.”

Janicke’s art is featured at Happy Hubbub Co Working Space, which was recently featured on the Sunrise morning TV show.

As an artist who is “passionate about my art and the environment” and whose “ambition is to continue to limit further environmental impact and to pass on this message to current and future artists”, Janicke “reuses, reduces and recycles when creating her art and in her day to day life”.

Janicke’s demonstration promises to be lively, and full of new ideas and points of interest.

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

October 2016 Meeting

Date – Sunday 2 October 2016
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 Joseph Attard, who will be working in oils. He will focus on demonstrating seascape painting.

In 1980, Joseph was Harold Freedman’s assistant on that artist’s renowned public mosaic and painted murals.

As well as painting, Joseph conducts art classes for the Diamond Valley Arts Society.

His many awards include:

2005 – Pastel Society of Victoria – Best Figure Painting in show
2003 – Diamond Valley Artist Society Acquisition Show – Best in show – Best pastel
2002 – The Australian Art Excellence Medallion
2001 – The Alice Bale Award for oil painting.
2001 – The Tom Roberts Award – portraiture (Heidelberg Heritage Artists).
2001 – Australian Guild of Realist Artists Winter Exhibition prize.
2000 – The John Balmain Award for figure drawing,
2001-2003 – Finalist – Alice Bale Travel Award.
2001- Finalist – Camberwell Prize Travel Award.

Joseph’s demonstration promises to be full of new ideas and points of interest.

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

September 2016 Meeting

Date – Sunday 11 September 2016
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Note – As 4 September 2016 is Fathers’ Day, the next monthly meeting has been changed to the following Sunday.

Demonstration – The demonstration this month will be given by Peter Thorpe, who will be working in watercolours.

Peter emigrated from the UK in 1978, and after a career as a painter and decorator, began painting with watercolours in 1997. He studied under Master Watercolourist, Tony Lewis, in Queensland.

Peter is particularly skilled in landscape painting and teaches at U3A in Croydon.

One of Peter’s recent exhibitions was at Art in Linden Gate at 899 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen, from 27 November 2015 to 18 January 2016.

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

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

Warratina Lavender Farm Art Exhibition 2016

Presented by  – The Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Art Society

Date – Saturday 15 October to Sunday 23 October 2016 – closed on Tuesday 18 October.

Time – 9:30am to 4:30pm

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.

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

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 by talented local artists.

The Warratina Lavender Farm Art Show could be just the place you’ve been looking for.

This year, the Show will be judged, with the exhibition theme being “My Favourite Place in the Yarra Valley”.

Enjoy the Art Show, spoil yourself with some scumptous home-made food or a coffee in the restaurant and finish with a stroll around the beautiful gardens – a delight in Spring. It’s a wonderful, relaxing way to wile away the time.

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.

Meeting August 2016

Date – Sunday 7 August 2016
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstration this month will be given by Julie Goldspink, who will be working in watercolours. Julie has exhibited widely in New South Wales and Victoria, and is currently based in Blairgowrie.

Julie describes her approach to painting as follows:

” … works in the area of traditional media but does a lot of experimenting in the area of mixed media, while she is probably best known for watercolours. She likes to describe herself best as a realist impressionist and doesn’t like to be governed by one style, medium or subject. Watercolours are wet into wet technique.”

“Art is an addiction for me that never wanes,” Julie says. “I hope to be able to enjoy painting and exhibiting for the rest of my life.”

Among Julie’s most recent achievements are:

2010 – 1st Prize – Mid north Coast Open Art Prize

2011 – Overall Champion – Camden Haven Show

2011 – Highly Commended – Open Section – Port Macquarie 36th Annual Easter Art Exhibition

2012 – Highly Commended – Mt View Art Show Mount Waverley

2012 – Winner – AGRA Seasonal Spring Exhibition

2013 – 3 Highly Commended – Alongside Exhibition at Edrington

2013 – Highly Commended – AGRA on Line Exhibition

Julie is a member of:

Australian Watercolour Institute

Victorian Artists Society

Australian Guild of Realist Artist, Melbourne, Victoria (signatory member)

Peninsula Art Society of Victoria

Pastel Society of Victoria

McClelland Guild of Artists Victoria

Coastal Villages Art Group Warneet Victoria

Waverley Artists Society Inc Victoria

Sherbrooke Art Society Inc Victoria

Berwick Artists Society Inc Victoria

Julie is sure to provide a demonstration full of ideas, interest and inspiration.

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

2016 Raffle Winner

The winner of the 2016 raffle drawn on 13 June 2016 at our Darron Honey Art Show was Annette Morgan.

Congratulations, Annette, and thank you to all the people who supported this fundraiser.

Meeting July 2016

Date – Sunday 3 July 2016
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm
Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – The demonstration this month will be given by Margaret Mc Loughlin, who will work with acrylics.

Margaret describes her approach as follows:

” … expresses her creativity by working in a large range of media – from oil painting on canvas to mixed-media works on paper, printmaking and silk painting- all of which influence each other and help to maintain a freshness and integrity.
“Her works are recognizable as expressions of her passion for vibrant colour, pattern, texture, strong form and the figure. Margaret’s compositions, commonly lyrical, often reveal a story and recent works are strongly inspired by views of the local Yarra Valley landscape.”

Margaret was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Melbourne in 1985. She has lived in the Yarra Valley since 2004.

She holds a number of tertiary qualifications in art, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Her Awards include:

2010                  Finalist, Nillumbik Prize (VIC)
2009                  First Prize, Pivot Group Exhibition – Red Earth Gallery (VIC)
2008                  Finalist, Nillumbik Prize (VIC)
1989                  First Prize, RSPCA Art Show (VIC)

This demonstration sure to be inspiring.

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