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

September 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 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.

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)