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

June 2018 Meeting

Date – Sunday 3 June 2018

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 Malcolm Calder, a botanical artist who will work with watercolour techniques.

Malcolm is a local artist resident in the Yarra Valley and is associated with The Steels Creek Open Studio, a combined group from Steels Creek and the Yarra Glen Living and Learning Centre.

Among other things, Malcolm is one of the founders of the Yarra Glen Arts Show, one of the major community-based art event run every second year. 

The Yarra Glen Arts Show promotes the Yarra Valley and the attractions of Yarra Glen as a friendly and accessible place to visit with an enriched and diverse cultural lifestyle.

With a focus on botanical art, this promises to be another interesting demonstration for both beginners and more experienced artists.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

2nd Place – John Adeney – _Leila_ – Monica Smith – Oil cs

1st Place – John Adeney – _Riverstone Estate_ – Les Godfrey – Watercolour cs

2nd Place – Tom Stephens – _Early Snow Marysville_ – Helen Beasy – Pastel cs

1st Place – Tom Stephens – _Red_ – Season Heise – Mixed Media cs

2nd Place – John Adeney – _Leila_ – Monica Smith – Oil cs

May 2018 Meeting

Date – Sunday 6 May 2018
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 Cherry Manders, who will show us how to work with oils and acrylics in a contempoary style.

Cherry describes herself as “a contemporary impressionist, who works with oil on canvas capturing figure, landscape and still life.”

Her passion is for colour and movement.  Cherry’s rural river environment and the flowers from her rambling bushland garden often feature in her work.  Her passion for colour is reflected in her still life studies, landscapes and figure studies.  Her use of natural light, including in her studio, is reflected in her vibrant canvases.  Plein air landscape means she is often to be seen battling the elements.

Cherry’s portraits, still life studies and landscapes have won numerous awards in recent years.  Her works can be found in private collections across Australia, in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

This promises to be another outstanding demonstration for both beginners and more experienced artists.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

April 2018 Meeting

Date – Sunday 8 April 2018
Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

(Please note the change of date because the 1st Sunday in April this year is Easter Sunday.)

Demonstration – The demonstrator this month will be Pamela Pretty, who will show us how to work with pastels.

Pamela is a well known local artist, who exhibits at many art shows and has won numerous prizes for her work. Her most recent award was Best Pastel at the Camberwell Rotary Art Show. Pamela also conducts regular workshops.

This promises to be a very valuable demonstration for both beginners and more experienced artists.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

March 2018 Meeting

Date – Sunday 4 March 2018
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)

February 2018 Meeting

Date – Sunday 4 February 2018
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 Pamela Gordon. The technique Pamela will demonstrate is inks on ampersand board, with pastel drawing over the top. This will build on the demonstation in November last year by Lynette Orzlowski, with Pamela developing her own unique techniques.

As well as being a member of the Society, Pamela is a regular exhibitor in the Yarra Valley Open Studios.

This promises to be a very interesting demonstration to start the year.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10