Arts in The Valley

Wanted – 2016 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 2016 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

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)

Healesville Art Exhibition – June 2016

Paintings for Sale

Come and enjoy the art work on exhibition by members of the Society.

There is a great variety of paintings in  oils, pastels, water colour and other mediums on display – at very reasonable prices.
Venue – Darron Honey Centre , at rear of Uniting Church, Maroondah Highway, Healesville.

Dates – Saturday 11 June to Monday 13 June 2016.

Meeting June 2016

Date – Sunday 5 June 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 Peter Smales, who will show a range of ways to work with oils.

Peter moved from England to Australia in 1966.  He began to paint in his early teens, and received early encouragement from the watercolourist, C.Dudley Wood, and the well-known portrait painter, Sir William Dargie.  He attended the classes of Alan Martin and Ron Crawford, both students of Max Meldrum, who gave him lessons in the tonal realism style of painting.

In 1983, Peter completed a Bachelor of Education at Melbourne State College, majoring in Painting.  Subsequently, he taught painting and drawing there for three years.

Peter has held exhibitions annually, since 1982, at Leveson Gallery in Carlton, Elgin Gallery, Victorian Artists’ Society. Recently, he has also exhibited with Jenny Pihan Fine Art.

 Drawing his inspiration from nature, Peter’s paintings are principally known for their rich colours, captured moods and impressionistic effects.

This demonstration will be of special interest to any artists wanting to improve their oils techniques.

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

Meeting May 2016

Date – Sunday 1 May 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 Janet Hayes, who will demonstrate working with pastels.

Janet is an award winning artist and mainly works in pastels, being attracted to their unique texture, the possibility of glowing colour and the variety of artwork achievable from a quick sketch to a more detailed, finished painting.

Janet studied at the Melbourne College of Decoration in the mid seventies, then with Melbourne artist/teacher Con Pappas before twice travelling to New York to study pastel portraiture with portraitist, artist, tutor Daniel Greene in the mid eighties.

Among several awards Janet Hayes has received is the Allied Artists of America Award at the Pastel Society of America annual exhibition, New York City in 1993.

This demonstration will be of interest to any artists wanting to explore using pastels.

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

Meeting April 2016

Date – Sunday 3 April 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 Tang Ying, who will demonstrate working with watercolours.

Tang Ying is a member of Yarra Valley Open Studios. She describes herself as “… a watercolourist. My works style is between realistic and abstract, bold lines and attention to the details of the performance. My works show a variety of watercolour compositions, figures, flowers, animals and landscapes.
There are many elements of Chinese painting in my style.”

She also says that “…I love the beauty of Australia. Recently, I have been trying to depict the beautiful scenery of Melbourne suburbs and the Yarra Valley.”

This demonstration will be of interest to any artists wanting to explore some different forms of watercolour painting.

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