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Workshops and Gallery

Great new workshops organised,

things are buzzing at the Art House on Hobbs

see here 

Also the new Gallery is now open at The ARt Hosue on Hobbs

opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 12noon

A new page with updates on activities etc at the Gallery will be here soon so keep looking


Great News, we are having our inaugural Art Exhibition to celebrate the opening of our ART HOUSE ON HOBBS, information below

fabulous workshops


Just click this link WORKSHOPS to read all about them 




Armadale Society of Artist’s  - 2018 Annual Art Exhibition

Weekend of 27-28 October 2018, Armadale Society of Artists Inc. (ASA) held the 31st Annual Art Awards at the Greendale Centre, Armadale.  The exhibition was launched by Henry Zelones, OAM, JP Mayor, City of Armadale who officiated the evening and presented this years awards with President and MC Trish Halloran.  

 2018 Annual Art Exhibition Winners

1st prize Most Outstanding Artwork Award sponsored by ASA’s and Patron, Peter Risk - Winner was Gail Reid for her painting “Afterglow”

2nd Prize Most Outstanding Artwork Award sponsored by Subway, Armadale - Winner was Jenny Herbert for “Pretty Boy”

3rd Prize Most Outstanding Artwork Award sponsored by Oxlades Art Supplies - Winner was Geraldine Gustavino for “Regal”

ASA Best Watercolour Award - Winner Hanna Michalzik for “Golden Eagle”

ASA Best Dry Media Award - Winner Jane Trichet for “Sweet Treat”

Tony Buti MLA, Best Acrylic/Oil Award - Winner Vicky Alchin for “Dreamer”

Leesa Padget Artist, Best Mixed Media Award - Winner Aaron Bleasdale “Untitled”

APK Craft - Best Portraiture Award - Winner Debby Banks for “Hello”

The Art Scene Award - Winner Alexander Robinson for “Landscape”

Norvek Framers Award - Winner Catherine Kelley for “Eco Surprise”

Art & Craft World Award - Winner Vicky Alchin for “Out of the Mist”

The Manse Restaurant Award - Winner Anna Newbey for “Stare Down”

The People’s Choice Award - Winner Jane Trichet for “Curious”

This years Judges were well known local Perth Artists Leon Holmes and Stephanie Boyle.  The judges commented on the high standard of artwork this year and felt honoured to be given the difficult task of choosing the winners.


ASA sponsors supported this years awards and congratulations to all our winners.  The prizes this year were 1st prize Most Outstanding Artwork for 2018, Trophy and $700, 2nd prize $300 and 3rd prize $200.  


Winners of Donated Raffle Prizes for the Annual Art Exhibition 


Artist Jeanette Dyson, painting won by Mary Jarrett

Artist Helen Cockburn,  painting won by Jim Halloran

Artist Dot Marshall,  painting won by Ann Anderson

Artist Geraldine Gustavino  painting won by Sue Voitt

Artist Ruby Ellen, painting won by Wayne Brouwer




        2018 Armadale Society of Artists Annual Art Exhibition


The 31st Annual Art Exhibition and Awards will be presented from Saturday to Sunday 27-28 October 2018 from 10am to 4pm.


This years Annual Exhibition will be held at the new Greendale Centre, 20 Coombe Avenue, Armadale (corner of Hobbs Drive).  The Greendale Centre is located in the grounds of the Dale Cottages and is a spacious modern building with an inviting Reception and spacious Function Room for such an Event.  The recent Minnawarra Awards were held in the same space.  


This Event showcases the collective works of Armadale Society of Artists (Inc.) members who reside in the Armadale Hills Region.  This Exhibition is held annually for the past 31 years and each year the Society endeavours to highlight the talent and diverse range of Artists we have in our local area.


This years the Exhibition offers their Artists the chance to have their work recognised and win a Trophy of Excellence for the best overall 2018 painting.   With the increase in Memberships this year there are many new talented artists exhibiting for the first time.


This event is Free Entry ‘“We love that the visitors buy our Program for $5, which raises funds for the Art Society and they get a miniature original painting” said ASA President Trish Halloran.


Featuring over the weekend Daily demonstrations, Devonshire teas and a Daily raffle for an Original Painting donated by our Artists.  


For further information go to

Email us: [email protected]

Telephone: 0455 552 842

artwork on the website

we have had a feast of new artwork on our website from our members. Its worth taking a few minutes to view them. just click on the names and it will take you to their pages.


Dot has been a member for quite a lomg time and has a unique style 


Ivan is a founder and life member spending years on the committee in various roles, until a couple of years ago he was coodinator for our exihibitions.


John is a new member to our society and we look forward to seeing some of his works at our exhibitions.


Sue is also a fairly new member so we are looking forward to seeing her unique paintings at our exhibitions


Verena is a new member but not new to us having been a demonstrator at our meetings and run workshops at the art house


Diane is also a fairly new member and is one of the feature artists at the art house


Angela is a long standing member and has won many awards at our exhibitions, she was feature artist last month at the art house


Brian is also a long standing member of our society, he is well known for his very realistic paintings of well known buildings, also planes, and cars


Leesa is a very well known multi award wining artist and a member of our society for many years. running popular workshops and demonstrations, its safe to say that she has a style all of her own


Word From the President... 

Dear Members,

I don’t know if you feel like I do but this year has flown by.  The next few months will see some big changes for ASA.   I can understand for our long term members it’s a little unsettling but hopefully at the same time it’s very exciting to be entering a new chapter for ASA. 

In this edition you can catch up on the news from the Pop-Up-Shop.   We have been operating the shop for the past nine months.    It has been a mammoth task which has been coordinated very well by Sandie Spindler and her shop committee, who have kept things humming along.

Inside there is more information regarding how you can get involved in the forthcoming September Armadale Hills Open Studio and Arts Trail and our Special Open Day on Sunday 16, which will be our last official event before we move.

Thank you, if you have already added your name to the roster for Outside of the Frame Exhibiton starting 11 August.  I am asking for additional volunteers to fill the roster, especially those Members who live close by to the Gosnells/Piara Waters area.  We will have the roster sheet at the next Monthly Meeting. 

The Art House and Gallery has had a variety of talented Feature Artists this year for the past few months our Feature Artists have hosted some delicious and enjoyable afternoon teas.  (Here’s a few photo’s).  Our August Feature Artists have been members for less than twelve months please support them by viewing their work at the Art House.  You are invited to come along for Drinks and Nibbles on Saturday 18 August following on from Ian Kallas’s afternoon class.   Good reason to stay on or pop in especially.

A reminder for our Informal Groups at the Art House that from 01 August our Fees will increase to $4 a session for both Members and Non-Members.

A welcome back to Geraldine who has returned from her overseas holiday and will be restarting her Saturday fortnightly AM classes from 21 July.   A new class is starting up with Linda Glover from 02 August each Thursday PM.  (Refer to class schedule back of Newsletter). 

“Every change brings opportunity with it”

Trish Halloran

June Feature Artists, Jo Howarth, Angela Saunderson & Trish Davis


July Feature Artists—Isabel Colenutt,  Sandra Reynolds & Jenny Jacobsen


Members enjoying afternoon tea with the July Feature Artists



¨ Outside the Frame

11-19 August

Piara Waters Pavillion


¨ Art House & Gallery Open Day

Sunday 16 September


¨ Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail (AHOSAT)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Art House & Gallery

7-9, 14-16, & 21-23  September

10am till 4pm daily


¨ Armadale Society of Artists  Inc.

Annual Art Exhibition

26-28 October

Greendale Cent


Thursday 2nd August 7:00pm at

Creyk Park Pavilion, Waltham Road, Armadale.      

  Supper provided by the “Loose & Luscious Ladies”


Jude Scott is a watercolour artist who teaches and conducts workshops locally, and also in Bali, India and Italy.

Her award-winning paintings have been accepted in exhibitions throughout Australia and in Italy and Poland.

At this month’s AAS Monthly Meeting, Jude will demonstrate portraiture.

Our challenge topic this month is Insects

Please bring along a picture in any medium or sketching style in a frame, or with mat.

The guest demonstrator will choose their favourite painting to win a prize!

Future Challenges:

September:  Outback

October:  Boating


Penny Maddison was last month's demonstrator

Jane Trichet was chosen by Penny as the winner of the challenge at the July meeting with her wonderful self portrait


prize winner of the raffle




Our Pop Up Shop is looking fantastic, with many compliments and positive comments on the display and qualiy of artworks.  We must be doing something right!

 4 new artists joined us for the month of June and we expect about the same for July/August. With artists coming and going we usually have a team of between 40 and 45 artists at a time participating in the shop.

 Our attendance record book is showing an average of 47 visitors per day with well over 250 paintings sold to date. Several commissions for our artists have also come about through the shop, plus many card sales.

 The ASA is supporting a registered and very worthy charity by the name of ART Vs DEPPRESSION. You can meet our latest member "PALLETTE" sitting on top of a brightly coloured collection box in the shop. A nice talking point for visitors stopping to chat and hopefully dropping a donation into the box. Pallette was created by Kay Cooper owner of Cottonwool Creations in Kelmscott.

 If you are interested in joining the Pop up shop as an exhibiting artist, please contact one of the shop committee The cost of displaying your artwork is $30 monthly plus 2x  full day shifts 9am-5pm per roster

 Shop Committee

Co-ordinator Sandra Spindler

0414 361 321

Jim Halloran        0400 370 089

Mary Jarret         0419 801 624

Art House News




 Last year’s AHOSAT was once again a great success, many sales were made and lots of fun was had by all involved,  even the trees at the front of the art house were dressed up for the occasion, attracting lots of passing visitors and bringing smiles to their faces. A community painting was done by the visitors, mainly the children and is now on the wall at the art house.

 The Art House and Gallery have registered with City of Armadale to be part of this years Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail planned for three weekends in September 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23.  Please give some thought if you would like to be involved in this years AHOSAT, we have an Event Sheet in the Shed and you are encouraged  to add your name to the list.  

  Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail and Open Day

 During the Arts Trail we are holding an Open Day on Sunday 16 September.   This Open Day gives ASA a chance to promote our classes and workshops to the Community.   We are calling on ASA Teachers or Members who would like to help run demonstrations on different mediums, Oil, Pastel, Watercolour, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Drawing.  Hopefully this will motivate some new students for our classes and workshops.  There is an expression of interest sheet in the art house shed.

 The Open Day will also include a market day.  If any members would be interested in booking a market stall single or shared, you will find event sheet in the shed to write your names down.  We will also have fun raffles, Devonshire teas and sausage sizzle. Also a sheet in the shed for you to put your names down.

 Both these events will be promoted in the Spring into Armadale Festival guide and local papers. 

 Feature Artists for August...

Introducing Diane Miles...

'Emerging from the Subconscious'

 It is thanks to a very close family friend who encouraged me to join an art class over 2 years ago. Since school I have always wanted to paint as I loved my art classes. After learning how to paint with acrylics, early this year I discovered Mixed Media and Intuitive art which I absolutely love doing. I believe that there are no limits in this medium. The key to doing any form of art or anything in life for that matter is that you enjoy what you are doing. We all have our individual talents! 

 Introducing  Wendy Bishop...


I’m new to ASA having joined in February.  I’ve been doing something in the arts since grade school drawing horses while I was supposed to be paying attention to the teacher.  

I have a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University where I studied pottery (and a B.S. in Geology).  

I started in watercolors around 15 years ago as a hobby.  This will be my first foray into a public display!   

 Introducing Barbara Cotter...


 I was born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and migrated to Australia in the early 1960’s. I lived and worked in Sydney, Canberra, then moved to Perth in the early 1980’s. I’ve held a variety of jobs including starting a successful boutique business in Canberra in the 1970’s where I enjoyed fashion designing.

I joined the Armadale Art Society earlier this year after having studied drawing with Hazel Moore some years ago, then I studied painting with Susan Angwin at Avocados, and I’m presently developing my skills with Irene Young at Stonegate Art Studio.


You are invited to AFTERNOON TEA

Saturday 18th August From 4:00pm

Drinks and Nibbles supplied

Please call in and meet the artists! Everyone welcome


What’s on My Easel: Jane Trichett

So I am fairly new at displaying my art in exhibitions and such, but have been creating in one form or another for a long time having tried folk art, calligraphy, mosaics, pencil etc, etc, for my own enjoyment, it wasn't until I happened on the Art House and started drawing lessons that I was encouraged to exhibit pieces. Becoming a member 3/4 years ago I  tried my hand at pastels originally but found I couldn't get the detail I was after. Having admired scratchboard art through art magazines for a while. I was finally able to purchase this product locally much to my joy and have been scratching ever since.  (Ha) sounds like I’ve caught something and I think I have! The scratchboard bug!

I guess I should explain what scratchboarding is. As a lot of people are not familiar with this medium.

A Masonite board which is coated with clay then a layer of black ink, a blank clay board Is also available on which you can apply your own ink. An image or design is then scratched out to reveal the white clay beneath. My most used tool for scratching would have to be the simple craft knife.

Though there are a variety of tools available for different effects. Diluted coloured inks  or watercolours can be applied if wanting colour or diluted black india ink can also be used to create more depth which can be done several times if you so choose, re-scratching in between washes.

My favourite subject is wildlife, as scratchboarding is a great medium for creating fur, feathers and such, it can be a bit time consuming as many strokes are used to get the effects needed put I’m really enjoying this medium and finding it very satisfying.

The pictures I ‘m showing here, Lost and Alone, one I produced after watching a demonstration on paint pouring at one of our ASA meetings, I thought I’d use the same technique with inks on blank clay board and liked the effect it gave and may try it again in the future. The second one (one of my latest) I’m not sure of the title yet, is just a love of natives, I take lots and lots of photos before drawing up how I want it to look, then transfer it onto the board and start scratching away


This is a self portrait of Jane that she

displayed at the last meeting, winning the monthly prize








Once again we have been asked to man this wonderful display of work by high school students.

This year it will be held on

August 11 to19.  and  will be at the Rossiter Pavilion

In Piara Waters  

We are asking you to volunteer to help with this, there is a roster on the board in the shed

Or ring Trish on  0455 552 842

Art Camp News

Ferguson Valley was our Art camp getaway, what a beautiful place, the weather was perfect for this time of year, cold at night , but we had a big log fire and wine , visited lovely wineries and eating places, Gnomesville was amazing, not much painting got done as we were too busy exploring


Eye Candy

Lunch, Cheers!

Gold Plate Pizza

Just Cheers!!



Sponsor Focus


The Manse Restaurant has received many awards for excellence over the years and have been a  long time sponsor for Armadale Society of Artists. 

As a special offer for ASA Members when dining for 2 or more people you will receive $20 off their A-La-Carte Menu.  Valid from 1 August to 31 October 2018.  The Manse Restaurant is centrally located at 31 Church Avenue, Armadale.  For Reservations phone 9399 6078.




New Premises for the Art House

Word From the President...

 Dear Members,

 It has been an interesting past few weeks for ASA, by now you should all have read “Facts ASA Members Need to Know”.  If for some reason you didn’t receive by email or post you can see a copy of this report on our Members Only Section of the ASA website.  Details for access to our Members Only Section are on your Membership Card, you can also view the Minutes of our past two meetings as well.    

Following on from our Monthly Meeting our Committee did view the old St Johns Ambulance building in Armadale.  After careful consideration we decided to accept the offer to Rent these facilities as our new ASA - Art House and Gallery.     Once the contract is signed we will organise an Open Day for our Members to view these premises.    Our planned date for moving will be early October which is just prior to the October Annual Exhibition which will be held in the same grounds of Dale Cottages at the Greendale Centre.   

It was heart warming to receive such strong support at our last Members Meeting in June, and consequently the many emails we received back to our Secretary and Myself with your positive comments.   Their have been many dedicated  Presidents, Committee and Volunteer Members that have helped to build the ASA over the past 30 years.   This year we have welcomed many new Members you might say you have joined at the right time.   

 At our next Monthly Meeting on 5 July we will have our Roster for ASA Members to man City of Armadale’s  “Outside the Frame” year 12 students Exhibition of Artworks.  The dates will be 11 to 19 August and the event will be held at the Piara Waters Pavilion.    

 Back in April we started the process of applying for a Community Grant with the City of Armadale we applied for $1000 to go towards purchase of Equipment.  We are happy to report we were successful in our submission and ASA will be purchasing a replacement Printer, and Consumables.  The current printer will go to the Art House.    

 “Opportunities don’t happen

 we must create them”

 Trish Halloran

Thursday 5th July, 7:00pm at

Creyk Park Pavilion, Waltham Road, Armadale.        Supper provided by the “Loose & Luscious Ladies”

 Watercolourist Penny Madison will inspire us with ideas and hints to record our travels in a journal. She will bring examples of carrying brushes, paint and paper to suit our individual arty ways.

 Our challenge topic this month is Character Portraiture.

 Please bring along a picture in any medium or sketching style in a frame, or with mat.

 The guest demonstrator will choose their favourite painting to win a prize!

 Future Challenges:

August: Insects

September:  Outback

Above: Lasr month's demonstrator Catherine Kelley demonstrating frame embellishment and repairs.


Tania Smith was chosen by Katherine Kelley as the winner of the “Birds” challenge at the June Monthly Meeting. 


Catherine Kelley, last month's demonstrator, would like to let you all know that she is away for the month of July.


Art House News

 Changeover of Art at the Art House - Friday 6 July

 We are changing over the Art at the Art House & Gallery on Friday 6 July, if you would like to display some of your art please drop your paintings in a couple of days before 4 and 5 July.     If you have Art on display please collect, or you are welcome to change over with some fresh art.    If you are displaying for a first time please ensure  your paintings are ready for hanging.  There are labels on the desk to fill out and list also in our register book.  If you are a new member this is the perfect opportunity to hang some of your artwork and introduce yourself.

 Printer for the Art House - Ones4Tech 

Ones4Tech are ASA’s preferred Technology Centre and look after our Printing needs.  David Vardy has generously donated a Printer for the Art House and we thank him very much.  For your convenience you are welcome to use the photocopier, however to help us cover the costs we are charging 20 cents a copy there is an honesty box near the Printer. 


Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail and Open Day

The Art House and Gallery have registered with City of Armadale to be part of this years Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail planned for thee weekends in September 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23.  

Please give some thought if you would like to be involved in this years AHOSAT, we will put an Event Sheet in the Shed you are welcome to add your name to the list.   More details will be advised in July Newsletter.    

During the Arts Trail we are holding an Open Day on Sunday 16 September.   This Open Day gives ASA a chance to promote our classes and workshops to the Community.   We are calling on ASA Teachers or Members who would like to help run demonstrations on different mediums, Oil, Pastel, Watercolour, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Drawing. Hopefully this will motivate some new students for our classes and workshops.   

The Open Day will also include a market day.  If any members would be interested in booking a market stall single or shared, you will find event sheet in the shed to write your names down.  We will also have fun raffles, Devonshire teas and sausage sizzle. 

Both these events will be promoted in the Spring into Armadale Festival guide and local papers. 


Pipe Didgeridoo at the Art House!

King Toogarr was most impressed with the sounds coming from Jim Trapski’s version of the pipe Didgeridoo!


Palette is in the Pop-Up-Shop...

Palette our teddy bear mascot to support Art Versus Depression is keeping everyone in the Pop-Up-Shop company, just waiting for donations to this worthy cause!

Deb Webber, Sandie Schroder & Airene Hutchens

Thank you Sandie…

Thanks to Sandie Schroder for coming to last month’s meeting and bringing with her an assortment of well priced art supplies.

We appreciate the support & service that you and The Art Scene provide to the society.

City of Armadale Workshop


Some of our members contributed to this beautiful artwork on a table recently at the Greendale centre. Well done members who contributed.

Feature Artists for July... AT THE ART HOUSE


Jenny will be at the Art House on Thursday mornings and Saturdays in July. 

I have been a member of the A.S.A. for many years. I started to come to the meetings as a visitor, thanks to Audrey Farley who introduced me to the society.

Before that I went to Liddelow Homestead to learn watercolours. There I met Pam White, Jude Scott, Yvonee Lane and many more. It was Jude Scott who advised me to join Pam Whites class.


I have been a member with the Art Society for the last 13 years, being introduced by Dot Marshall. For those of you who don’t know me, I look after the Society’s Facebook page.

I started my artistic journey, when my sister paid for me to go to a watercolour workshop, run by Karl Haapanal, for my birthday. It was the start of many years of enjoyable creativity.

I went from using the medium of watercolour to acrylics, pastels, and lastly textile/mixed media. Textile/mixed media is probably my medium of choice.
Apart from exhibiting with the society at our annual exhibition, I have had successful exhibitions at The York Mill in York, and The Zig Zag in Kalamunda with Irene Young and Christina Vebrugge. Also Genesis in the Hills with Jenny Jacobsen.

I am really looking forward to being one of the featured artsist alongside the other artists this month.

Isabel will be at the Art House every Saturday in July.


I started painting at Art college in Manchester and have been

a member of A.S.A for 12 years.

My first love is Watercolour, but I also paint in Acrylics, pastels and oils.

Sandra will be at the Art House on each Wednesday and Saturday in July.



Sunday 1st July

2:00pm till 4:00pm

Nibbles supplied

Please stop in and meet the artists!


What’s on My Easel: Tania Smith


I’ve never shown my art to anyone other than family and friends, until the bird challenge at the June ASA meeting.  And boy did I feel pretty special when Catherine Kelley selected my Ibis painting as the winner.  Then to add to my excitement I was asked if I would like to be featured in the What’s on My Easel section of next months newsletter.  I’m usually a bit reserved about this sort of thing, but I was on such a high, how could I say no?  And part of being an artist it putting yourself out there isn’t it?

I’ve always loved painting and drawing among many other crafts, but keep finding things to distract me; work, family, gardening etc. (Sound familiar?) So I joined the ASA about 3 months ago as a way to keep myself motivated, and to meet other creative talented people to inspire me.

The inspiration for my works come from nature.  I’ll often find myself fascinated by little things like how bright red a kangaroo paw flower is when the light hits it just so, or how rain drops cling to the ends of the grass tree leaves.  I find I’m happiest with the results I get from oil paints, but I also like soft pastels, and have an ongoing struggle with acrylic paint.


I usually paint in a representational style, and it always amazes me when I paint something and it looks (pretty much) like real life.  I find when I paint realistically it makes me look at the wonderful patterns that the light makes on the water, or the shadows on the leaves.  It's fantastic!  But then I get so excited that I just want to paint a big abstract of that one tiny detail.  So I’ve questioned if I want to keep painting realistically - a photo can do that?  But what I see when I'm trying to create this illusion is both mesmerising and unexpected.  It provides more inspiration.  So I’ve decided to embrace both.

I’ve got 3 paintings on my easel at the moment, and that’s probably because I’ve only got 3 easels.  There are so many more half finished pieces stacked away.  I’m good at starting – not so good at finishing.  The big waterfall has been on the go for over a year.  I’m proud to say I’m persevering and am determined to finish it.  The other two paintings are Turquoise Bay.  The abstract one is loosely based on the layout of the realistic piece and I’m using it to play around with some different techniques. It’s not going so well at the moment.  Anyway, I should probably get back to painting now and see if I can get some of these finished!

Thank you all for making me feel so welcome and for giving me this opportunity to share.  I’m looking forward to meeting you all and being more involved with the ASA in the future.  The work it does in the community makes me very proud to be a member.


Dot Marshall’s Website News...

Hi everyone, just letting you know how our website is going. We have had many new additions of members displaying their paintings. If you want to get involved remember you can have your very own page with your profile, and as many paintings as you like at absolutely no cost to you. If you have your own website, Facebook page or Instagram,  we can include a link to that.  This is a very easy to navigate website so visitors are finding it good to hop on a browse the paintings and our artists. You can also find out about the latest workshops and classes and in the new “members only” section. You can access the minutes of both the general and the committee meetings so you are kept well up to date all the time. You can also access membership forms and entry forms. If you have an art related notice please let me know and I can post it on the latest news page. Just send me an email at [email protected] and I will do the rest. Big thank you to my daughter Claire Botman for developing this site for us, we are very lucky to have such a great interactive website, lets make the most of it.  Dot


 Left to right: Trish Halloran & Claire Botman with her acknowledgement gift for her valuable services & contributions to the Society’s website development.








Then come to Linda Glover’s

Thursday afternoon classes

Each Thursday in August

2nd to 30th August

1pm to 3 pm


Classes will cover Colour Theory and  Mixing, Composition,

Tonal Values and other aspects of creating a painting.

Applies to any medium but Acrylic/Watercolour

are suitable for the exercises.

The course will be $24 a class/day

Limited places available



Mob: 0472 601 557

Email: [email protected]

May 2018 Newsletter

The Art House and Gallery

63 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott, WA, 6111

Phone: 0455 552 842 

[email protected]

Facebook: groups/301465203199849/about/


Outside the Frame

11-19 August

Greendale Centre

Art House & Gallery Open Day

Sunday 16 September

Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail (AHOSAT)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Art House & Gallery

7-9, 14-16, & 21-23  September

10am till 4pm daily

Word from the President

Dear Members

We mentioned in the last Newsletter that the ASA would be involved once again this year with the Armadale Arts Festival.  (previously known as The Minnawarra Art Festival.)

Our ASA members were recently invited to participate in a Professional Development Session with Ron Nyisztor, 2018 Art Awards Curator and Christen Bell, History House Museum Curator.  Twenty three of our members were treated to a special preview of the exhibition with Ron hosting a floor talk and highlighting particular points of interest on some of the artworks displayed.  Christen also introduced us to tactile tours, showing us how to experience artwork through dialogue and touch.  Hopefully we all came away looking at ways to incorporate what we learnt with our own forthcoming October Weekend Exhibition.

The ASA Committee was invited to the Opening night of the Minnawarra Art Awards held for the first time at the new Greendale Centre in Armadale.  We were delighted to view two of our members Artworks on display Cathy Willey and Debbie Banks.  Cathy Willey won the award for Best Local Artist for her painting “Depression Is” Artist for 2018 The Honorary Festival Artist for this year was Cathie Travers, Musician.

The ASA Pop-Up-Shop and Gallery received great coverage in the City of Armadale’s Festival Program and in the Minnawarra Art Awards Catalogue.  Over the two weeks of the Festival any visitors to the shop get a chance to enter two free raffles.   We would like to thank all our rostered artists over that period who were busy painting in the shop and a special thanks to our two members who generously donated their paintings for raffle.  Artists:  Pam White “Blue on Blue” which was drawn on Saturday 19 and Jane Etienne’s painting “Pilbara Sunrise” which will be drawn on the Saturday 26 May. 

A special thanks to our members who manned the Minnawarra Art Awards.   I hope you managed to get a quiet moment to browse the art on display. The Armadale Arts Festival ran between Saturday12 to Sunday 27 May 2018.

Sandie Schroeder from the Art Scene will be at our next Members Night with some specials, and is this month’s guest on our “Sponsors Corner”.  Sandie is offering two door prizes one for Trading Table Raffle and the other as the Challenge Prize at the June Monthly Members Meeting along with Catherine Kelley as our guest demonstrator.

Please come join us at the Art House.

There are classes scheduled each day of the week.  You can join in on one of our Informal Groups, or join one of our classes specialising in a medium, it’s great that Ian Kallas Watercolour Artist is starting a 4 week class in July.    I have also started an informal group on Friday afternoon between 1pm to 3pm.  I have been a lover of oils since I started painting 19 years ago I am happy to share any tips with you.

 Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”

Quote by Thomas Merton

Trish Halloran


Top to bottom: Christen Bell & ASA members,

Debbie Banks & Tony Buti MP with “As Time Goes By”


Thursday 7th June 7:00pm at

Creyk Park Pavilion, Waltham Road, Armadale.       

Supper provided by the “Loose & Luscious Ladies

This month’s demonstrator, popular local artist Catherine Kelley, Catherine views art as a never-ending, ever-evolving creative journey and will show techniques to repair, distress and embellish old art frames to restore them to new grandeu

June’s challenge is Birds.

Please bring along a themed painting in any medium or sketching style in a frame or with a mat.

The guest demonstrator will choose their favourite painting to win a prize!

Future Challenges:

July: Character Portraiture (apologies for error in last newsletter)

August: Insects

Sandy Schroder from the art scene will also have a trading table at the meeting offering some sale items. Sandie is generously donating our raffle prizes for our June meeting.


 Above: Dave Archer with last months demonstrator Karen Barnes and his prize winning picture. Enlarged below.

Sponsor Focus   

Contact Sandie Schroder on 0410 456 532


[email protected]



Art House News

Library Nook

Maureen Smith is our Librarian and will be at the Art House on most Friday’s between 10 and 12 noon.  If you need assistance Maureen’s number is 0416 257594

We have an extensive range of art reference books and DVD’s you can borrow from our library. .In the absence of Librarian you can still borrow by recording details in folder on the library table. Books can be borrowed up to 4 weeks.

Each category/item has its own record sheet.  Could you please fill in the appropriate details and with DVD’s limit of two at a time, and for a two week period.

This Month’s featured DVD is “Painting Adventures” with Richard Robinson (No. 37)  

Future Workshops

We have been approached by Janet from “Mat with Janet” to run a workshop which we are looking at scheduling on a Sunday in July.  This workshop will run for 3 to 4 hours for up to four people at a time.  What you will learn is how to measure up, logan cut your ‘mat’ boards and display your paintings with pride.  The cost will be $40 per person.  We will include further details in the next Newsletter.

We are still happy to offer a Print Making Workshop,  date to be decided on in July or August.  Marlene Wilson from Beverley is offering to run a Dry Point Etching Workshop (Print Maker) price would be $120 and this includes all materials.  You will take a beautiful Print Making art work home with you. 

New Watercolour Class

Great News! Ian Kallas is starting a new Watercolour Landscapes and Composition class starting from;

Saturday 7 July 1 to 3pm for 4 weeks. 

Please see further details in Newsletter.


Art House Co-Ordinator

Val on 0478 530659,

or alternatively

Trish on 0455 552 842.


We will no longer be stocking canvases and we are sorry for the inconvenience caused. The good news is that our local suppliers RIOT Art & Craft, Jacksons, Oxalades & The Art Scene have good specials throughout the year on a wide range of sizes of canvases. We will endeavour to display flyers in the shed and share on our Facebook page. All our suppliers have a mailing list that you can subscribe to and receive by email.

Catalogue Covers for Annual Art Exhibition

 (Fund Raiser for ASA)

Our members have donated their time over many years to produce original artwork for the front cover of our Exhibition Programs which we sell for $5 at our Annual Exhibition..  We have placed some boxes in the shed with art paper and also a box for completed works and would appreciate your help in creating some colourful and creative covers for our forthcoming Exhibition in October.

Future Workshops

We have been approached by Janet from “Mat with Janet” to run a workshop which we are looking at scheduling on a Sunday in July.  This workshop will run for 3 to 4 hours for up to four people at a time.  What you will learn is how to measure up, logan cut your ‘mat’ boards and display your paintings with pride.  The cost will be $40 per person.  We will include further details in the next Newsletter.

We are still happy to offer a Print Making Workshop,  date to be decided on in July or August.  Marlene Wilson from Beverley is offering to run a Dry Point Etching Workshop (Print Maker) price would be $120 and this includes all materials.  You will take a beautiful Print Making art work home with you. 


Dot Marshall

2-Part Resin Workshop

Sunday 27th May 10am-3pm


All you need to bring is lunch.

If you have always wanted to try resin, but don’t want to buy all the stuff needed (it’s not cheap!), come along and play for the day!

$120 everything supplied, including the resin, several small boards, inks, paints dust etc.

Contact Dot for further info;

0409 921 838 Or [email protected]

 Bottle Critter’s Workshop



Charlotte A O’Shea

Digital Artist

Sunday 24th June part one—build your model, and Sunday 1st July  decorate.

$60 for the course, further information to follow.

LIMITED PLACES; contact Charlotte A O’Shea

on 0429 630 016 or email

[email protected]

  What’s on My Easel: Dave Archer

I am most drawn to streetscapes and perspective scenes especially with high detail.  I guess it’s my love of drawing which has steered me in this direction.  Ever since childhood, I have sketched and drawn.  Water colour was my chosen medium.  Only as an adult, at one of my hosted art evenings, a school art teacher friend introduced me to soft and pencil pastels.  It was without a doubt a revelation for me.  At last a medium I could apply with exactly the result I was looking for.  It’s sketching, but just so much more.  It offered rich colours which can be blended and is just so portable.

I prefer to work on smooth paper using soft and pencil pastels, which I find allows the high detail that I like. I am totally self taught and have never attended any demonstration before. 

Over the years I have travelled extensively for work.  Business travel affords one with so many hours alone in hotels.  My sketch book and a hand full of pastels is all I need to pass the hours.

More recently I have begun working with acrylic paints.  I am currently building a pipe organ which will be highly decorated with Acrylic painted murals.  I have chosen an African theme. I have completed the central featured Carousel.  The Animals are all hand carved and in the finished work, the animals are mechanically connected to move up and down as the big bellows drive wheel rotates. More on this at a later time.

My love of woodworking together with drawing and art in general has made this project, of my own design, a challenge that I am thoroughly enjoying.

Both my wife Jackie and I are very creative and so our home is filled with our creative treasures.  We do battle over wall space.

Finally I would like to express my thanks to my Wife for pressuring me to join this wonderfully friendly society and also I would like to express my thanks for the recognition of only my first ever displayed artwork.  I have been most humbled by this experience.

Dave Archer

Pop-Up-Shop News


The Armadale Arts Festival has bought us lots of interest and an increase in visitors calling into our Pop Up Shop.

Our Free raffle, as part of the Festival has proved very popular.

The first weeks raffle was drawn on Saturday 19th May and the beautiful watercolour painting donated by Pam White was won by John Mason from Gosnells.

I had the pleasure of calling with the good news to be greeted with squeals of delight from the winners.

Thank you to Pam for your much appreciated donation.  The second raffle is starting on the 21st May and is drawn on the 26th. This is a painting donated by Jane Etienne. The raffle has also given us a record of names to include in our data base for future events.

We are hearing very positive comments in regards to the artworks we have on display and the presentation of the shop. Since reopening after the Easter break, we have sold 56 painting plus 5 on laybay. This is after only 38 days of trading! A fantastic result!

We have recently had 2 new artists join the shop and look forward to welcoming a further 5 artists ready to join us in June.

Expressions of interest should be directed to;

Sandra Spindler 0414 361321 or  [email protected]


Sarah Johns and Sarah Boydell who drew the raffle (pictured with the lovely Sandy Spindler).

Thank you to the lovely Mary Jarret for being our roving reporter!

Social Club News


A camp venue and date has been set!!

From 5th till 8th July at Wellington Forrest Cottages, in the picturesque Wellington Mills.

Each cabin fits 8, and is $165 per night. Each person would share the cost, so if 8 people come, it will only cost you $21 per night! Excellent value!

The cottages are situated in the Ferguson Valley National Park and are between Bunbury & Busselton, and close to “Gnomesville” which we plan to visit.

Please contact Sandra Reynolds for further information and to come along!   

Sandra: 0414 410 137

 2018 ASA Committee Contact Details

click here for information


Feature Artists for June...

Trish & Jo will be holding an afternoon tea on Saturday 23rd June from 2:30pm.

Please add the date to your diary and come along 


Introducing Trish Davis…


My art began with stitch and I have exhibited in many textile exhibitions over time. Wanting to paint and draw, and a chance meeting with some artists led me to ASA and Art House. Being part of the Art House community has been very special, and a wonderful training ground for my current interest in Pastels and Acrylics. My mentors at Art House have been Dot Marshall, Hazel Moore and Geraldine Gustavino. I am very grateful for the opportunity to put some work on the wall in a testament to those who have helped me so much.

Trish will be at the Art House on Saturday & Monday afternoons.


 Introducing Jo Howat...



I started painting in Zimbabwe, where I lived on a farm, not far from our local town.  I was very fortunate to have many experienced artists in the community, who inspired me.  Political upheaval in Zimbabwe, resulted in us immigrating to Auckland, New Zealand and then to Perth. 

Wherever I’ve lived, I tried to attend art lessons and using different mediums.  I have used oils, acrylics and water colours.

As a primary teacher, time for personal hobbies has been a challenge, but I am now semi-retired and am hoping to have more time to pursue my art.  I am delighted to have  the opportunity to develop my skills as a member of Armadale Society of Artists.

Jo will be at the Art House on all Saturdays in June.


Introducing Angela Saunderson...




I have been a member of the Armadale Society of Artists for five years.  I have always enjoyed painting, and while I mostly work in acrylics, since joining the art house I have been inspired by Dot Marshall; Geraldine Gustavino, and Leesa Paget to experiment with mixed media techniques. I love this medium, it is exciting to see the effect that can be created adding all types of materials to my artworks.

Angela will be at the Art house on all Saturdays in June, except the first.


Classes and  Informal Groups at the Art House

The Art House and Gallery, 63 Railway Ave, Kelmscott                Open:  Friday & Saturday, 10am-3pm and during classes.

                                                                Fees: Informal Groups $3 Members, $5 Non Members


Ian Kallas Workshop Watercolour, Landscapes and Composition is 1pm to 3pm starting Saturday 7 July to Sat 28 July 2018 

The cost per class its $23.  Please bring along your own materials.   If this class proves  popular Ian may run another course

PATRON - Peter Risk

NEAMI - Armadale - Organisation member

Ones 4 Tech, Kelmscott