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Newsletter June July 2019

June/July 2019 Newsletter

 A Word From the President...

 Winter is here with a vengeance and a lot of our Members and Committee have been hit by a cold or flu, I do hope you are feeling better and that we can lure you out to our next Monthly Meeting.  Don’t forget our monthly meetings are now being held on the 2nd Thursday of the Month. It’s always great to welcome back Sandie Schroder from Art Scene and we hope you take advantage of the great Winter Specials being offered. Our Guest demonstrator will be Jane Lidbetter. 

 Armadale Society of Artists are not slowing down but moving forward into the 2nd half of 2019 with the majority of planned events still to come. We start off with our Armadale Shopping City Art Exhibition end of July and planning is well under way.   You should by now have all received your information and entry forms by email and mail.    Please see details inside ASA General News. 

 ASA will once again be included in this year’s Spring into Armadale Program which starts from 1 August to 30 November.   Armadale Society of Artists will be featuring three events over that period. 

 Art House on Hobbs, Art Gallery will be promoted to the Public during the 4 months of the Spring into Armadale period. 

 Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail will be on once again over the three weekends in September starting 6 September to 22 September.   This year our Members art will remain on display during the Arts Trail period. 

 An Art and Craft Market Day is planned for Sunday 15 September to be held in the courtyard with overflow stalls into the Doust Hall.  Devonshire Teas and light refreshments will be served along with an ASA trading table. (any donations welcome please contact Lynda Everitt)

 ASA’s Annual Art Exhibition will be included in the program and this year we have booked the Armadale District hall for the period 31 October to 3 November 2019.

Art House on Hobbs request to be a Feature Artist is now available and more details are inside Newsletter and on the notice board in the Library. 

 If you have not visited the Art House on Hobbs for a while it is well worth a visit to pop in and see our members Art in Doust Hall.  Just recently our original ASA banner painted by some our Members of iconic Armadale landmarks has been displayed above the notice board in the Library.  

 Artist Edgar Degas words of wisdom

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”

 appy Creating

Trish Halloran

  Dates for your diary

11 July






Mat with Janet



Armadale Shopping City Exhibition


21st JULY 19th AUGUST

KELLY DUNCAN clay workshops



Dot Marshall Mixed Media Workshop


9th 10th AUGUST

AHOH Doust Hall Gallery change over



Bridget Seaton Inspiring Inks Workshop



Leesa Padget Pastel Landscape Workshop




THURSDAY  11th JULY 2019

REMEMBER it’s the 2nd Thursday


4 Hobbs Drive (cnr of Coombe Ave) Armadale                     



Hello, I hope everyone is getting through this flu season by taking good care of themselves. 

July Monthly Challenge will be THE NIGHT SKY . Any medium, any genre. It will be fun to see each other's interpretation of this interesting subject. I am looking forward to seeing lots of paintings. Thank you to the participants in last month's challenge. Well done Debbie Wood! 

Stay warm and cosy! (Pun intended)

Cheers Diane Miles 

Monthly Meeting Coordinator 





Jane Lidbetter

Jane says

“My inspiration comes from a variety of sources and results in making handcrafted jewellery out of clay to produce work that is unique in design and workmanship.
My beads are hand rolled, decorated and glazed and no two beads are completely uniform and therefore not mass produced.
 Since graduating from Edith Cowan with a B.A I have been teaching art in a variety of venues and also privately in the areas of drawing, pastels and watercolour and also run courses on Japanese and Chinese brush painting as well as workshops on ceramic jewellery.”

 We will also, once again be welcoming Sandie Schroder


Sandie Schroder is booked to visit the AHOH with lots of art goodies to purchase including lots of specials, at 6.30 pm at our next members’ meeting which will take place THURSDAY 11 JULY

Sandie Schroder

Art Basics and Art Scene

Office  08 92933033 Mobile  0410 456 532

Email   [email protected]




Award winner from last month’s meeting with her interpretation of WARM AND COSY . Looks very inviting doesn't it. shown here with our demonstrator for the evening who chose the winner, Bridget Seaton. And coordinator Diane Miles

 More about Jennifer and some photos of her work is shown on




Thank you to Bridget Seaton for the inspiring and innovative demonstration last month of her techniques on building on shapes in the Australian landscape. Very interesting.

 Bridget is doing a workshop shortly at the AHOH more information later in this newsletter. It will be very popular so book inearly

 What’s on My Easel:  this month is   JENNY MEYRICK


ABOVE —  A Rainy Day

 I have always loved drawing, for as long as I can remember.  I always enjoyed art at school; it was my favourite subject.  As a horse-mad youngster, I spent a lot of my time drawing horses. My sister and two brothers were all good at drawing and art, yet our parents didn’t draw at all.

 After I left school and started work, I realised a childhood dream and bought a horse of my very own.  Life took over and I married, had children and was still involved with horses, so I didn’t find much time to pursue my art all.  OuUnr place was a bit of a menagerie and we took in various waifs and strays over the years, from guinea pigs, birds of all kinds, rabbits, dogs, cats, goats and horses.  We even had a pet pig at one stage. It was a great experience for our children to be surrounded by so many animals.

 I used to occasionally draw or paint something when I had a moment, but it wasn’t until later in life that I found myself in the position, with time the time required, to pursue my love of drawing and painting.  I joined the Armadale Society of Artists and have enjoyed taking part in painting and drawing classes and also the friendships made as a result of involvement with such a friendly group. Being part of the Pop-up Shop in Armadale was the first time I actually exhibited any of my work and I managed to sell some, which was very exciting.  I enjoy sketching, drawing and painting with watercolours, but would like to also try other mediums.  As my life constantly evolves, my painting is too, and that is pretty exciting and frustrating at the same time.  It’s all an adventure!”



Ethereall Equine









Woman with Purple Scarf



 Leesa Padget

Landscape Pastel Workshop


 come and join me on the

18th August

for a Pastel Party”


 Together we will delve into the colourful world of pastels, and learn about landscape too.  The Workshop will comprise some fun exercises to loosen up before we let loose on a full size landscape painting.


Location: Art House on Hobbs, Doust Hall,

Time: 10 to 3pm

Cost: $80 for the day (full payment required on booking)

Materials: Paper will be provided (if you have own pastels bring them along)

Contact: Leesa Padget on 0413 243 186


“Mat with Janet”

A picture can speak 1000 words

Mat your picture   and hear its voice

Class details:

Location: Art House on Hobbs, Small Classroom

4 Hobbs Drive (cnr Coombe Avenue) Armadale

(Entry from Hobbs Drive)

Dates: Saturday’s 6 July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept 5 October,

2 November, 7 December

Times:  12.30 – 3.30pm (3 hours duration)

Cost:  $26 includes all materials


Learn to measure up & Logan cut your mat boards and display your picture / painting / photo

You are welcome to participate in a friendly, casual Workshop, up to 4 students.

 A simple selection of cards, pre-cut Mat Boards together with a craft knife, metal ruler & cutting mats will be available for your use.

 Contact:  Janet Turany  Mobile:  0418 934 753     Email:  [email protected]

Classes must be paid for prior to commencement of Workshop Book early to avoid disappointment 

Kelly Duncan Workshop


Exploring creating useful things with clay –

Kitchen dish soap pump

During this workshop you will create your own refillable dish soap dispenser.  You will be guided step by step to design, build your unique and useful work of art.  This project requires two workshop dates. The first date, July 21st, you will be building your piece.  Then once dried and bisque fired, we will meet again for a shorter session for glazing on Aug 19th.

Fees include two sessions, all materials, fittings, firing, instruction and tools. Fee: $80

  Dates:    July 21, 9:00-1:00 Aug 19, 9:00-11:00



please contact Kelly Duncan.Phone: 0434966188

Email: [email protected]



Thank you so much to Trish, Jim, Dave, Mary, Janet and Vicky for doing a fantastic job this morning cleaning and fixing the upstairs rooms. It looks a million dollars! These rooms are ideal for a resident  workshop, ask committee member to show you! 

Diane Miles Meeting Coordinator and Property Manager


Changeover of Art Display in Doust Hall


 Having our members Art on display has created a wonderful atmosphere in Doust Hall.  To keep our Art display fresh and vibrant we have arranged changeover days for Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August, 2019, between 9 and 12 noon.  These dates were chosen as they are just after the Armadale Shopping City Art Exhibition.

If you would like to keep your current work on display you are welcome, but we do encourage you to bring in some fresh new art (up to 3 pieces).  We do have some members who did not participate in May who would now like to.  We have plenty of room and we do encourage all our Members to participate even if we need to use some extra screens.   We will have Members of our Committee and Sub Committee there to assist you with marking off paintings and supplying you some labels and a copy of guideline information for being an exhibitor at Art House on Hobbs.  This display will stay up for a two month period which includes the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail and our Open Day.   

 Feature Artist

Art House on Hobbs are launching the Feature Artist program which gives our members a chance to highlight their work in a dedicated space for a period of one calendar month.  The location will be in the Foyer area where our current hanging devices are displayed.

Details on being a feature artist are on the notice board in the Library.  If you are interested in being a feature artist please feel free to take a request form and complete details along with your preferred month and hand into our Administration Office between 9 to 12 Monday to Saturday.  Someone from our Sub-Committee will contact you and confirm your request.

 Feature Artist for July is

Geraldine Gustavino


“My name is Geraldine Gustavino, and I have been creating art since I can remember.

From a very young age I would sit and draw for ages, art becoming my very favourite subject at school.

I continued art as one of my chosen subjects at school and later went on to do a foundation course in art and design in Canterbury, Kent.

I completed my certificate and it was around then that I met my husband and I decided to immigrate to Australia with him.

Then children came into our lives so it became hard to have the time to paint.   My art was put on the backburners for twenty years or so, but as every artist

Knows if its there it will eventually come out to play again.  And so here I am,  still learning , teaching others and creating.




Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail


Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6,7,8 – 13,14,15 – 20,21,22 September, 10 to 4pm

 ASA have applied once again to be involved as a Collective Group for this event which is now in it’s 5th year.  ASA have paid the entry fee so our members will be benefitting with no extra charge to yourself to have a small studio space allocated at Art House on Hobbs.  Vicky Alchin is our ASA representative attending City of Armadale meetings and this event will be co-ordinated by the Sub Committee of AHOH’s.  At this stage please give some thought if you would like to be involved this year and you are welcome to advise your interest to Vicky Alchin.  

 Also if you have an independent studio and you are thinking you would like to be included in the AHOSAT Program you can direct your enquiry to Kelly Jennings, City of Armadale Email: [email protected] or phone 9394 5187.

 Upstairs rooms at Art House on Hobbs

 Extra Workshop Space

Just a reminder to our Members that our upstairs rooms are empty currently and available on a short term basis to use for art related or special interest groups during the week days or weekends.  Upstairs has a small kitchenette, and two work areas, air-conditioning and good lighting.  Contact Trish on 0455 552 842


 Armadale Shopping City Exhibition –

Monday 22 July to 4 August 2019


 We have once again been provided space near the Target end of shopping Centre for our display and we plan to extend down the corridor towards Noni B if we get enough entries. 

 Our Entry fee has not changed and is still $40 and we have allocated all entrants a dedicated space of 90cm wide x 120cm vertical (note area is taller than it is wide)   In that space you have a choice of hanging whatever size artwork you would like and you are welcome to share with another Member.  However, you will still have to do individual rosters.  If you sell a piece of artwork you can replace with another.

Entry forms, terms and conditions and the roster were emailed or posted to all members, however if you need a hard copy of forms you can pick up from Art House on Hobbs or alternatively you will be able to download a copy in our “members only” on the ASA website.

 Our roster form you received by email showed AM and PM shifts, the exact roster times for AM are 9 to 1.30pm, PM is 1.30 to 5.30pm, and Thursday Evening times will be 5.30pm to 9pm.  We have amended the roster form and hard copies of all forms will be at the next Monthly Meeting. 

 Closing date for entries: Conclusion of Monthly Meeting 11 July 2019.

 Payment and Entry forms can be submitted along with payment by EFT or correct fee can be paid at the Monthly Meeting on 11 July.  You are also welcome to post, pay by cheque to Armadale Society of Artists and address to Vicky Alchin, 16 Stevens Road, Bedfordale 6112 and include entry form.






Fun (and usually messy) workshops at the art house


Sinatra, sold from the Gallery at AHOH .  This is one of many paintings now sold from the gallery


3 PICTURES ABOVE Photo’s of TRISH HALLORAN'S 70th  Birthday Party with 50 guests dining.  Showing the versatility of AHOH’s for Members Functions.



Lots of you will remember many hours spent sitting around the table at the old Art House in Kelmscott.


Sadly it is now gone, happy memories of classes, workshops, fairs etc.



 This is simply a page in your newsletter for your own news and snippets, email me with anything you think may be of interest  to your fellow members [email protected] 

art related of course . Before 15th of the month please


 Hello all !! Our third Facebook Challenge is here!! Winner of 2nd challenge, Jan Morgan, has provided this lovely landscape image of trees and smoke bushes at Chittering WA. We look forward to your participation and hope you enjoy painting this!!

Things to consider in your painting:

Contrasts, depth, light and the smoke bushes.

The same criteria applies from previous challenges. Any medium, any size, any backing. This is for all members no matter what standard of work they have reached. It is a great way to see how others interpret the same image, to read comments and to build up confidence in showing our work. Please critique kindly any work, remembering this group is for all, beginners to professionals and we don't want to shake anyone's confidence. Challenge will run for 3 weeks ending on the 10th of July, which will coincide with our meeting on the 11th. Please place ALL works in the Comments UNDER the photo.

First prize winner will have their artwork displayed on our FB banner for two weeks and also select photo for next challenge., second prize winner, one week on banner and third prize, 4 days on banner.

Judging will be undertaken by admin of Facebook, Trish Halloran, Dot Marshall and Debbie Wood combined.

Good luck everyone 📷:D

Last Month’s Facebook Challenge Winners




We would like to welcome the following new Members who have joined us recently


Gabby Blohberger       Megan Daniels     Maureen Woltersdorf

Suzanne Elliott             Angela Hall    

Felicia Lowe                  Lynne Salter

Kerry Silins                    Jean Whittaker    


We all look forward to seeing you at the Art House on Hobbs.



Armadale Society of Artists

4 Hobbs Drive

(Corner of Coombe Ave) Armadale, 6112

Phone: 0455 552 842


Word From the President...

Art House on Hobbs was bulging at the seams with ASA Members and their Guests and VIP’s.   We were delighted to have Deputy Mayor Ruth Butterfield present who spoke very positively of the Art Society and officially declared the Opening of Art House on Hobbs.  

On the night we welcomed our first President of ASA Ken Doust, and his wife Doreen.  It was a pleasure to announce that our main room has an official new name.  In honour of Ken Doust the room has been named “Doust Hall”.  Please check out the plaque which has been mounted at the entry to Doust Hall.  Ken made a heartfelt speech about his time starting the ASA but ended his speech by saying that he was proud of this special tribute and ended his speech with encouraging words to say about ASA and that our future was looking very bright.

This occasion was also the perfect time to thank our Patron Peter Risk for all his support to ASA.  Peter has never minded getting his hands dirty and has been at the forefront of many clean-ups at the old Art House and shared his expertise in helping us paint Doust Hall.   We are proud to have mounted a plaque below our Honour Board in special recognition of his contribution to Armadale Society of Artists over the years.

Our opening night was a great success and our members artworks looked fantastic on display.   The Committee received many positive comments which makes us all feel we are all on the right track.

Our goal is to continue in this vein and work towards AHOH being put on the map as a place to see and buy local Art.  (more about exhibition results inside this edition under Art House on Hobbs News)

Our next Members Monthly Meeting on Thursday 6 June is well worth braving the cold to see Landscape Artists Bridget Seaton Demonstrate using inks.  

Please remember to put a note in your diaries that our Monthly Meetings will now be the 2nd Thursday of each month.   

If you can imagine it, you can create it

Happy creating     Trish Halloran



6 June and 11 July

Next two Monthly Member’s Meetings



Mat with Janet

21st JULY 12th AUGUST

KELLY DUNCAN clay workshops

16th JUNE

Eddy Beer Acrylic Workshop

4, 18 June

David Giles Abstract Painting

7 June

Dot Marshall Mixed Media Workshop

29 - 30 June

Dot Marshall Resin Workshop

Next Members Meeting 




4 Hobbs Drive (cnr of Coombe Ave) Armadale                     






Thanks to everyone for their terrific contributions last month and also to Pat Dawson for a stunning piece of artwork that definitely depicted Autumn leaves beautifully.

Next month is Winter and the theme is 'Warm and Cosy' using any medium.

Diane Miles Is our monthly meeting coordinator


Bridget Seaton


Bridget has been drawing and painting landscapes since childhood, drawing inspiration particularly from landscapes that are barren, empty or devoid of human settlement.

Bridget says “The images I paint and draw are mainly of the Australian bush. I am interested in the textures and lines within a landscape and how I can convert them into mark making onto paper. I choose to paint and draw my landscapes mostly from memory . For me the image is as much about the abstract colours, patterns and textures as the landscape itself. I am creating a landscape of marks and colours that develop and change as I work as well as representing the real landscape.”


Big thank you Hilda for your inspiring demonstration last month


Last month’s raffle winner Jaquie Thomas with Lynda Everitt



What’s on My Easel:  this month is   John Hartnett

I began painting in oils at about the age of 11 in Manjimup. I think I started with paint-by-numbers and then taught myself from books my mother bought me. At 13 years old, in 1965, I won the West Australian newspaper state art competition for under 14 year-olds.

The only instructions I had was in grade 10 at high school. I brought my oil paints to school as I was the only one interested in that. Because of my passion to paint the teacher took an interest to really help me.


I continued painting up until completing my final undergraduate year at the University of Western Australia, where I studied physics. After 1974 I became involved with other commitments (became a missionary, got married and had kids, started a business, did a PhD and became a research professor etc) and never painted again until January 2017, after I retired.


My medium is oils. I have just recently tried water missable oils, which I enjoyed. I am still developing my own style, however I do recognise that my style this time round is much more detailed as compared to when I was young.  That is probably the result of the training of my brain to think in a very non-artistic mechanical way as a physicist. 

My interests include realism and semi-realism of nature, seascapes and landscapes. I do like birds and interesting buildings in their natural habitats.

After meeting several ASA members in the pop-up shop I decided to join the ASA in July last year. “On My Easel” are several of my paintings and one I just recently started. It is the house of the old winery on Albany Hwy Maddington.

My art on FaceBook: Beautiful Paintings  #jghbeautifulpaintings









$60 each


DATE   16th JUNE

TIME   10am TO 4pm

VENUE  Art House on Hobbs, Doust Hall

Bring paints and brushes

*****Canvases and Lunch included


0433 367 132

[email protected]


“Mat with Janet”

A picture can speak 1000 words

Mat your picture   and hear its voice

Class details:

Location: Art House on Hobbs, Small Classroom

4 Hobbs Drive (cnr Coombe Avenue) Armadale

(Entry from Hobbs Drive)

Dates: Saturday’s 6 July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept 5 October,

2 November, 7 December

Times:  12.30 – 3.30pm (3 hours duration)

Cost:  $26 includes all materials

 Learn to measure up & Logan cut your mat boards and display your picture / painting / photo with pride!

 You are welcome to participate in a friendly, casual Workshop, up to 4 students.

 A simple selection of cards, pre-cut Mat Boards together with a craft knife, metal ruler & cutting mats will be available for your use.


 Abstract Expressionist

Painting workshops with

David Giles

In Armadale at Art House on Hobbs

In this series of four half day workshops we will explore abstract expressionism focussing on a different emotion or feeling each workshop, including dark and moody; fun and joyful; fecund and fertile; and hope and solace using an intuitive approach. Each session will begin with a short group discussion and demonstration by David Giles. Participants can exhibit in the 2019 Winter Freedom School Art Awards and Exhibition in  Fremantle.

 Dates 7 May; 21 May; 4 June; 18 June

 Times: Tuesdays 1.30-4.30

 Venue: Art House on Hobbs, 4 Hobbs Drive Armadale

 Cost: $140 for the four workshops. Casual rate $45 per session.

 Materials: You will need to bring acrylic or oil paints and brushes. Easels provided.

 Fees are not refundable Full payment of fees is required to book your place. To book your place contact David Giles at

 [email protected]

or 0416 079 204


 Dot Marshall



$65 each which includes all paints and            mediums hand made papers and solar painting and bits and pieces !


CANVASES and lunch

DATE   7th  JUNE

TIME   10am TO 4pm

VENUE  Art House on Hobbs

This workshop will deal with pouring and mixed media. As you can see from this picture  beautiful effects can be achieved and some very surprising outcomes.

 Kelly Duncan


Exploring creating useful things with clay –

Kitchen dish soap pump

During this workshop you will create your own refillable dish soap dispenser.  You will be guided step by step to design, build your unique and useful work of art.  This project requires two workshop dates. The first date, July 21st, you will be building your piece.  Then once dried and bisque fired, we will meet again for a shorter session for glazing on Aug 19th.

Fees include two sessions, all materials, fittings, firing, instruction and tools.

Fee: $80

Dates:    July 21, 9:00-1:00

            Aug 19, 9:00-11:00



For further information please contact Kelly Duncan.

Phone: 0434966188

Email: [email protected]


4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

  Our first Art Exhibition displayed 228 Members artworks and 9 sculptures. We counted 372

visitors over the weekend including the opening night and this resulted in 27 pieces of art and sculptures being sold for a total return to our members of $3,070.  



We would like to thank Leesa Padget for Sponsoring our Exhibition by donating two pieces of artwork that she painted especially for the occasion.  These raffles raised a sum of $410 for the ASA and our thanks go to Lynda Everitt for her unstinting efforts to sell even more tickets!. 

The Committee would also like to thank all our members who helped in the set up and running of the Exhibition.

 The sale of Devonshire Teas raised $554.  Particular thanks must go to Dot Marshall who provided the scones for our Devonshire teas for the weekend.

 It wouldn’t have been half the event it turned out to be without all of the volunteers’ who manned the kitchen all weekend.  Particular thanks to Frankie Maher for her coordination of all things catering


 For those artists who demonstrated their expertise to all our visitors both inside and outside the Art House on Saturday and Sunday.


 Eddie Beer deserves a particular mention too, despite his best efforts in positioning his easel, the sun managed to avoid him wherever he set up, so he spent most of the time shivering in his shoes but with a smile on his face!  It was worth as he sold quite a few pieces of art.

The great team spirit created by the weekend’s festivities is a credit to you all.

 Doust Hall Permanent Art display

Continuing on this happy theme the members of the Committee and Art House Sub-Committee spent an extremely fruitful day on Monday 20th re-jigging the Artworks and sculptures left by the members at the conclusion of our weekend Exhibition into an impressive permanent Art House on Hobbs Art Display. We now have 207 art works on display from 77 members utilising both the Foyer area and Doust Hall.


 A display of members’ artworks will now be a

permanent feature of the Art House on Hobbs with an approach to be made to the City of Armadale to have the Art House on Hobbs and our permanent Art Display included in all their advertising of the Armadale region. This display will be open to the public 9 am to 12 noon Monday to Saturday (excluding Public Holidays) whilst the office is open and manned by the Committee.

 This current display will remain until mid July-when we will do a full rotation of all the art works. Details of the rotation dates will be notified in the next newsletter.  Displaying members are able to replace any sold artwork as a sale occurs and, in addition, they are able to rotate any hung artworks during the hanging period with an alternate art piece of similar size ie. Like size for like size. Replacement and rotation of artworks may only be done during office hours when the office is manned by the Committee who will supervise the rehanging and ensure all the necessary documentation is correctly completed.  If our office hours are not suitable feel free to phone one of our sub committee or Trish on 0455 552 842.


 Feature Artist Collective Display

On a sadder note the Feature Artists display planned to commence end of May has been cancelled by those involved.

 New Sub-Committee Member

We would like to advise that Jessamy Offszanka has joined our Sub-Committee team for the Art House on Hobbs.  We now have an energetic and enthusiastic team of volunteers to help run the day to day events at Art House on Hobbs. (our sub-committee details are listed on the back page)



Councillor Gary Smith and People’s Choice Artwork by Peter Colon “Village Man”


Leesa drawing one of the raffles with Trish Halloran


New sub committee member Jessamy Offszanka Helping to sort Peoples Choice Winner with help from Member David Brady who happens to be Jessamy’s Dad.


Catherine Kelley and Leesa Padget - Catherine won the door prize of Eddy Beers beautiful painting "Ormiston Gorge"


Patron Peter Risk and President Trish Halloran with the honour board showing a plaque recognising Peter Risks immense support for our society over the years.


Debbie Banks and Family


Ken and Doreen Doust with the plaque that is now above the door to DOUST HALL, the main hall, Named in honour of Ken and Doreen, Ken being the first president and founder of the Society


Jon Cope and Rebecca Walker City of Armadale

This was Jon Copes last official event with City of Armadale, we gave a farewell to him in our speeches


This is simply a page in your newsletter for your own news and snippets, email me with anything you think may be of interest  to your fellow members [email protected]   art related of course . Before 15th of the month please


I had this lovely message from Barbara that I wanted to share with you all, well done Barbara for selling this gorgeous little painting.  Xx Dot

Resin Workshop

Hello Dot,

I am sending you the photo of the Sea Scape, and I am proud to say that I was Taught by You to paint this at your "Two Part Resin Workshop" and to my surprise! it was sold To Abstract Artist Teacher David Giles, at the opening of our ASA Exhibition last Friday. It could be of Interest to you as you teach Students the Art Of Resin for your future Resin Workshops and thought this Snippet could be included it in our next monthly News Letter in June for the" Members News and Snippits Page" I am Looking forward to your Workshop on Resin Jewelery in June.

 From Barbara Cotter.

THANK YOU BARBARA, it was a pleasure to have you at my workshop, I am looking forward to the next one.


Our wonderful Artist and Member Kat Brown is proudly displaying her work in Riot Art’s window.

 notice from our face book page about the new challenge.

Hello all !! Our second Facebook Challenge is here!! Trish Halloran has provided this lovely image of ducks and waterlilies at Araluen. go to our facebook for more information. Below are the winners from the last challenge,

Some awesome artwork, very difficult job to judge but here are the final 3 winners





Our Collective Artists came together,  at the Waterwheel Gallery, in Bedfordale, hosted by Trudi and Helena Pollard to farewell and celebrate Jon Cope’s contribution and support to our local Armadale Artists in the Visual Arts and Music Scene over the past 4 years. Jon’s farewell speech brought tears to all our eyes, he made mention to ASA. 

Farewell Jon and all the best for your future career move.



 Hi Trish and Jim

 Many thanks for coming to the events last week.

 It’s been fantastic working with you both and I’ve thoroughly appreciated your attention to detail, organisation and constant feedback which really supports what I do and how I can make things better.

 Warm Regards,  




 Our website is working

We are getting a huge a mount of visitors now from all around the world and we have had many comments about how easy it is to navigate. This is particularly gratifying to me and my daughter Claire who developed the website and continues to maintain and make changes to update and keep it in the public eye.


Contact me on

[email protected]

I DO ALL THE WORK YOU DO NOT need to be an expert !!!!

 Just as a footnote, there are a few non financial members still displayed, unfortunately we will have to remove these next month unless they rejoin, it will be very easy to put them back on should they decide to become financial again.


Armadale Society of Artists

4 Hobbs Drive

(Corner of Coombe Ave) Armadale, 6112

Phone: 0455 552 842

 Word From the President...

 We held our 32nd AGM on 7 February and successfully voted in our 2019 Committee.  We had a good attendance  from our Members and thank you to those who sent Proxy Forms, we did achieve our Quorum.  A thank you to Geoff Reeve who at short notice was our Acting Chairman to appoint our incoming Committee and to our Guest Speaker Peter Risk Patron for ASA.

This year’s Committee  Re-elected President Trish Halloran, Vice President Dave Archer, Secretary Jennifer Meyrick and re-elected Treasurer Vicky Alchin, Committee Members: re-elected Eddy Beer, Janet Gardiner, Jim Halloran and Mary Jarrett and newly appointed Committee Lynda Everitt and Diane Miles. We also fare welled and presented awards to our retiring Committee Members Maureen Smith, Helen Gordon and Sandra Spindler.  The awards handed out were medallion plaques and pens personally engraved with the members name.

We would like to thank our Members who have renewed their Membership for 2019.   Now is the time to pay your subscription fee for the next 12 months, inside this edition is a message from Mary Jarrett our Membership Coordinator.  

Our Armadale Shopping City got off to a good start on the Monday 18 February. Once again we thank Armadale Shopping City Management for giving ASA the opportunity to display our Artworks for 10 days outside of Target.  We have 57 Members participating.  Each artist had their own display space with some 280 artworks on display

Not to be missed - Two local well known Artists David Giles will be running a 4 week Course on Abstract Painting and  Leesa Padget has two Mixed Media Workshop coming up soon.   (see flyers inside this edition and on our Website under Workshops)

Stay tuned for more news on an ASA events being planned during the Armadale Arts Festival, the dates this year are the 3 - 19 May 2019.   Our members should have received Information recently advising that entries are now open for the Minnawarra Art Awards and Exhibition. 

We hope to see you at the next Special Meeting on 7th March


 THURSDAY  7th MARCH 2019  At ART HOUSE ON HOBBS 4 Hobbs Drive (cnr of Coombe Ave) Armadale



Please see the notes in this newsletter on the constitution

  REGULAR MEMBERS MEETING STARTS AT 7pm THEMES FOR PAINTINGS This year we’ve done it by seasons and themes for those seasons hoping that will attract more participation. Winners will still be selected by the guest demonstrator.

Mediums have been removed from the Monthly challenge and have decided that every season is to be in the artist's preferred medium. This means there might be more incentive to bring a painting along especially if we have a good prize from a sponsor or even the guest themselves, to be presented to the winner at the conclusion of the meeting.  AUTUMN CHALLENGES  MARCH Country Scene APRIL Animals  MAY Leaves

 Our guest demonstrator is  DAVID GILES David Giles Abstract Painting Demonstration

 People often start painting what they like, seascapes, flowers, sunsets... but often don't think about why they like those things, what emotions they evoke and why?. But ultimately the purpose of art is to communicate, to paint that sunset because it says something. 

 Kandinsky, at the turn of last century, began exploring the idea that perhaps painting could communicate directly just through paint, in colours, forms, marks and myriad of techniques without representing objects in the world. In this demonstration I am trying to express a sense of the mystical, a sense of searching for the light, a sense of hope and transcendence, just using paint, painting abstractly, without seeking to represent objects.

 These are grand themes but for me that is the purpose of art to say something about the big questions.     DAVID


THURSDAY  7th MARCH 2019  At ART HOUSE ON HOBBS 4 Hobbs Drive (cnr of Coombe Ave) Armadale

What’s on My Easel:  this month is   LINDA GLOVER 

 Like many members, I did not draw or paint after leaving school but always hankered to do something ‘arty’.  I tried my hand at machine embroidery, French tapestry, card making and pottery.  About twelve years ago I found a wonderful art class in Roleystone (unfortunately gone) which rekindled my love of all things art.  Since then I have attended many classes, workshops and researched books  -  there is always something to learn!  Hopefully I pass on some of this enthusiasm in my class.

 I joined the ASA about ten years ago and have seen it grow and how supportive it is to all artists of varying levels.

 The painting on my easel is an acrylic of Karijini at sunset.  The soft hues appealed to me and it just needs a bit of tweaking before it’s finished.

 I like to use different mediums, from watercolour to oils as they all have their own challenges and merits (or perhaps I just get bored with one!)  Again I like a variety of subjects to paint, although looking back, trees seem to feature quite a lot!                                                   

 LINDA RUNS A CLASS AT “THE ART HOUSE ON HOBBS”  "Theory of Art Group",  Every Thursday  12.45pm - 3.45 pm cost $26  Please contact Linda direct on 0472 601 557


 2 DAY WORKSHOP FUN WITH  RESIN 2 PART RESIN including layering techniques EVERYTHING SUPPLIED including the resin, boards, inks, paints, dusts etc. and fun of course DATE & TIME Thurs 7th & Frid 8th MARCH  10am to 3pm  COST $150 IF YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY RESIN BUT DON’T WANT TO BUY ALL THE STUFF NEEDED, COME ALONG AND PLAY FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS   EVERYTHING IS SUPPLIED. Learn how to get a lovely  finish on your artwork. I have also purchased some small molds for jewellery and coasters etc. 


Kelly is a member of the Australian Ceramics Association and runs her popular class in Joondalup once a fortnight.  She has been looking for a local facility for her Armadale students and will use Art House on Hobbs regularly this year.   Kelly said “she is happy to have ASA Members join her class when space available.  On average she has 4 regular 

students but the maximum would be 7 students in total’) we will put a notice on the board in Club Room when available space.   All material, tools, firing, glazing instruction and inspiration inclusive at $70/ session. Pm for more info. Dates are as follows. Mar 24 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 21 Aug 25 Sep 22 Oct 27 Nov 24 Dec 15

 Sundays 9:30 - 1:30

Some pictures of coasters and various shapes created at one of my workshops used for jewellery making,  earings, pendants, broaches etc. can also be used in your mixed media artwork I don’t like to take more than 8 in my resin workshops, so if this one fills up please feel free to contact  me at [email protected]  or  0409 921 838 I may put another one on, any number from 3 or 4  Below are close ups of a resin piece with 7 layers, I think you can just see the 3d effect, painting between layers which I will show you how to do.

 Four Week Painting Course with David Giles

 Introduction to Abstract painting Available in Armadale  at Art House on Hobbs

 In this short four week course we will explore abstract painting using an intuitive approach. We will discuss the ideas of the New York School of abstract expressionists who wanted to create powerful paintings that addressed the big questions, life, death, love, loss, tragedy, joy, serenity. We will create paintings using an intuitive process to express what is personal and subjective to us. Each session will begin with a short group discussion and demonstration by David Giles.

 Times: Tuesdays 1.30-4.30 Dates: 19 March- 9 April Venue: Art House on Hobbs, 4 Hobbs Drive Armadale Cost: $140 for four classes. Or casual rate $40 per session. Materials: You will need to bring acrylic paints and brushes. Easels provided. Full payment of fees is required to book your place. Fees are not refundable To book your place contact David Giles at [email protected] or 0416 079 204

 Leesa Padget  Mixed Media Workshop

 Art House on Hobbs, 4 hobbs Drive. Armadale Large Classroom

 Dates: - Sunday 28 April and Sunday 5 May 2019

 Time: 10 to 3pm both dates

 Cost: $85 1 Day Workshop $150 for 2 Day Workshop To ensure your space a $50 deposit is  required upon booking.  Contact Leesa on 0413 243 186 Email:  [email protected]

 Week 1.    A mixed media bird called Fantastical Feathers.  (Leesa can supply paint if needed) and will provide glue, paper and gold leaf etc. )

Materials: Bring own canvas (not smaller than 50cm square and not larger than 90cm square.  Acrylic Paints, Water Spray, Paintbrushes. BYO Lunch

Week 2     A mixed media storytelling adventure you need to bring personal ephemera, images plus same materials as 1st workshop.



4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

  Hello Members, Just a few things to keep you up to date. The Society currently has 209 Members including 20 Life Members.  Last year we gained 51 new Members and this year we have already had a further 6 artists join us. It is wonderful to have all this new talent and see lots of new faces, but there have been comments that it is hard to remember everybody’s name.  It is important now for us all to remember to wear our name badges at our monthly meetings or when we are on duty at exhibitions or functions. It will make it easier to get to know each other and to help in making us all feel at ease. If you do not have a badge or need a replacement, please contact me and I will arrange one for you.     This year it is a requirement that all members complete a new membership form. Not only is it necessary to ensure that our records are updated and correct as required in the new Constitution, but also there is an extra question being asked on the form which needs to be completed. The emergency contact name and number you supply is being recorded on a special listing and will enable us to contact your nominated person if required. 

 Have you ever wondered what goes on at our Committee meetings, or missed  coming to the members monthly meetings?  Well you can read all the minutes of the meetings and keep up with the news by visiting the “Members Only” section of our website You can also see any current rosters, forms and exhibition details. Dot Marshall updates the website on a regular basis. The User name and Password required is on the back of your new Membership card. If you have not received your card yet, it is the same password as advised last year.    If you need any further details or assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me Mary Jarrett Membership Coordinator Email [email protected] Phone or Text 0419801624





I am very pleased to say that our website is going from strength to strength, we have had quite a few new members adding their work and with regular postings of newsletters and blog posts it is showing very well now on the search engines. The more content we have and notices we post the better it is. I have personally had a commission directly from the site and an enquiry for a resin workshop that I ended up running in February, this was also as a result of someone typing in the words “art workshops”. Of course whilst people are on the site looking for classes and workshops they also look at our artwork.

Contact me at [email protected] ask how to have a presence on the site, its easy I do all the work

 Donations to ASA

 Donation of 4 boxes of Art Books thank you to Brian Chadwick Armadale.

Donation of metal Easel for the the Art House on Hobbs and some Artists Magazines thank you Paula of Camillo

 New Banners for Art House on Hobbs

Two colourful Banners have been purchased with OPEN one will be at front of building and the other in Coombe Avenue Entry. 

A temporary sign has been erected until we get a more permanent sign.


Art House on Hobbs -   Official Opening for Art House on Hobbs is on Friday 17 May Weekend Art Exhibition 18 and 19 May, 2019,  as part of the Armadale Arts Festival.   More information to come in the next newsletter


Starting 01 March our office at Art House on Hobbs will be manned by a Committee Member from 9 to 12 noon Monday - Saturday.  Members are welcome to pop in to pay fees, pick up information, a Newsletter or ask any questions of the committee.


We are hoping to resume our Monthly Feature Artists If you would like to be a feature Artist at Art House on Hobbs or a few members might be interested in sharing the space, or a class might like to show their current projects.  This would certainly help to brighten up Art House on Hobbs.   Our focus this year will be to showcase our members works throughout the building.   Contact Trish 0455 552 842

Mary Jarrett

 For those who were unable to pick up their membership cards from the exhibition Mary will have your cards in individual envelopes in a small white box on the top shelf of  the smallest book shelf in the Library at Art House On Hobbs. A notice will be placed above the box and the cards will be sorted alphabetically to make them hopefully easy to find. Along with your Membership card is Jacksons discount card. Oxlades discount cards have not been reissued to us yet but last year’s one is valid until the end of April.  The Manager of Oxlades advised me that due to them changing their phone numbers and details there has been a hold up in the printing, but they will extend the discount date to our Members if necessary.


This is simply a page in your newsletter for your own news and snippets, email me with anything you think may be of interest  to your fellow members [email protected]   art related of course . Before 15th of the month please


 We’re fast approaching our Art Auction date of Wednesday 27 March to be held at the Old Customs House, Fremantle, between the hours of 6 – 8 pm.   Prior to the event Ian De Souza will be holding a Master Class, which is limited to 12 places.  This will be at the same venue but between the hours of 2 – 5 pm on Wednesday, 27 March.     I would very much appreciate if you could forward the two Flyers I have attached to people on your database and your Facebook page.  The more people that attend the event the more interest will be generated on the evening and the more funds will be raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.  Every dollar raised could help save a life!   We look forward to seeing you there and sharing the excitement of the evening with you.   Warmest regards, Nic and Margot.   PS There is more information on the Leukaemia Foundation Charity Auction Facebook page - @LFcharityauction. You can also preview the artwork on auction on my Instagram @nicceramicist, which will be continuously updated.


 At the end of last year my husband gave me a beautiful gift. It was made by his own hand, his own creativity and from his heart. How can I thank him enough! My new studio symbolises many years of work, discovery and collecting. It's already become a special place to create, but even more it has become a place to sit with the people (and pets) in my life and enjoy the view and talk about everything and nothing. I feel like the luckiest person in the world! 


This is simply a page in your newsletter for your own news and snippets, email me with anything you think may be of interest  to your fellow members [email protected]   art related of course . Before 15th of the month please


 An important message from our secretary, regarding the proposed new constitution

 I am writing to advise that our next Members’ Meeting to be held on Thursday 7 March, 2019 which will be a Special General Meeting to vote on an extremely important issue.  The meeting, which will commence at 6 pm is to vote upon acceptance of a Special Resolution to alter the Constitution (Rules) of the ASA.  We have to pass this change to enable us to meet the government’s deadline of 1 July 2019.

 You have been sent 6  individual documents, which you need to be aware of, in order for the process of implementing the new Constitution to continue: 1         Notice of Special General Meeting.  2         Explanation letter from the President containing links to supporting government information. (a copy of all the Government Documents is contained in a folder on a table at the near the large whiteboard for your perusal – Please do not remove this original copy from the Art House). 3         ASA Final Draft of New Constitution Rules 4         ASA Current (1987) Constitution 5         ASA Postal Ballot Form 6         ASA Proxy Form

 As you can imagine, there has been a lot of hard work which has gone in to getting this new Constitution to this stage, which is why it is vitally important for the ongoing interests of the Armadale Society of Artists, that you, as a member, execute your vote on this matter.  You can do this in one of three ways:   

 1         By attending the Special Meeting at 6pm on 7 March in person (we would love to see you there). 2         If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can lodge a postal ballot, or  3         Please give another member (or Committee member) who is going to the meeting, your proxy vote.          

 In the case of Postal Ballot and Proxy forms, these can be filled in, scanned and emailed back to me, or alternatively posted to me c/- 18 Tranquil Road, Kelmscott 6111 prior to the meeting.  

 I urge all members to have their say on this matter in one of the ways listed above.   Alterations to the rules can only be made if supported by 75% of members voting at the meeting or by proxy Alteration to the rules only take effect when lodged with the Commissioner for Consumer Protection. Regards Jenny Meyrick Secretary



Armadale Society of Artists

4 Hobbs Drive

(Corner of Coombe Ave) Armadale, 6112

Phone: 0455 552 842


Word From the President...

I hope you all had a Happy Australia Day.

On the 26 we celebrated all the things we love about Australia: our land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedom we enjoy and in particular the freedom to pursue our artistic dreams.

With that in mind Armadale Society of Artists goal this year with our Committee and Volunteers is to develop and establish the Art House on Hobbs to it’s full potential for it’s Members and the Community to enjoy.

Our AGM is the first event for this year on Thursday 7 February when we get to elect our new 2019 Committee and farewell our members of Committee stepping down. 

We will also be saying farewell and a thank you to two of our support volunteers Lucia Dulin who organised our 2018 Demonstrators and we will be welcoming Deb Weber to that role.  Also to Isabel Colenutt our Face Book Co-ordinator who is moving away from the area. and welcoming member Debbie Woods.    Dot is continuing in her valuable support role this year as Newsletter Editor and Coordinator of our website.  

We can’t stress enough how important it is to come along and support this AGM so we get our required quorum.  If you can’t attend please complete the proxy form and hand it to a member attending or post your ballot form to our Secretary.

The AGM coincides with our renewal of Annual Membership Fees and Vicky and Mary will be at Art House on Hobbs from 6pm to give our Members extra help to process our subscriptions and renewals.    

We are delighted that ASA Armadale Shopping City Art Exhibition is on again from 18 to 28 February (see more details inside.)

This year we are not waiting for inspiration to happen but we may have to go after it with a club to make things happen.

Looking forward to the year ahead

Trish Halloran




7 February—MEETING



18 - 28 February

Armadale Shopping City Exhibition


8,9 & 10 February

Leon Holmes Plein Air Workshop


7 & 8 March

Dot Marshall Resin Workshop


Thursday 7th February 6pm at

4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

 Special start time 6pm to 7pm

Members 2019 Membership Fees and Armadale Shopping City ASA Exhibition Entry and Fees closing date.

Vicky and Mary have arranged to come along earlier to assist in processing your 2019 Membership Subscriptions and paperwork and fees for Armadale Shopping City Exhibition.

                Annual General Meeting starts 7pm

This months Members Meeting’s agenda is our Annual General Meeting.  We look forward to seeing as many members attend as it is important to have our 33% quorum required to pass the motion for the incoming 2019 ASA Committee to be elected.

We will formally farewell and thank Maureen Smith  Vice President and Life Member of ASA, Helen Gordon Secretary who has been on extended sick leave (Don, Helen’s Husband will accept acknowledgement on her behalf) and Sandy Spindler Committee Member

During Supper we will be welcoming Judith Eleuteri from Art and Craft World.  This is her first attendance at a Members Meeting.  Judith will be on hand with a selected display of art materials and has generously donated our raffle prize for the evening. 

if you can’t make our meeting please consider passing on your Proxy vote to a member attending or you can post your Postal Ballot before the meeting date.

 Judith Eleuteri from Art and Craft World.





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What’s on My Easel:  this month is

Lynda Everitt





Greetings fellow artists,

Well I was supposed to do this at the end of last year, but alas there was nothing on my easel, not bad for someone who owns about 12easels

Well I’ve had a ticking off from the President to get going and start off the new year, it must have worked as I have recently finished 3 paintings.

My story goes back only a few years to when I was 14 at school in England and I excelled at art, then at 15 I sat exams to enter an extended year at school for talented pupils. It happened to be at the school I already attended, and they only took 10 places for girls from all over the south of England, I won a place and so I did my 5th year at that school and achieved an A Level in art. So now I’m 17 and have won a scholarship to The Royal Academy of Art in London and my parents say we’re of to Australia and your coming too. So I get here sit more exams to enter the art college in Perth, get a spot, start training as a commercial artist, sign writing, advertising drawings etc, to find out that you couldn’t get a job as a ticket writer or window dresser unless you were a male, so I attended for 5/6 mths, hate it and Australia, meet a Londoner get married and go back to the UK. All before my 19th birthday.

Fast forward a few years, travel, mortgages, working, businesses, children, I only ever managed a bit of doodling, so after being widowed in 2013 it was my time. It still took a long time and finally joined ASA a couple of years ago.

Art in whatever form is a bit like riding a bike, you never loose the skill. I love all forms of art, whatever medium, I have no favourites, people say to me when they see my stuff “ what, did you do that ?  and that? “ because I do a bit off everything.

Graphic art is where I tend to gravitate too, I’m a lover of black and white. Colour annoys me but I plod on. I’ve even renovated a large shed on my property and got myself a real studio, so now I have no excuses not to do art.

I was very proud to be part of the arts trail last year, inviting 2 fellow artists along for the ride, and this year I intend to pull my finger out and do heaps of different works all in the name of ART.

When someone says “ but I can’t draw” just say to them, “ who says a cup and saucer needs to look like a cup and saucer, if Picasso says it is, then it is”

Art is in the eye of the beholder.


New Workshop Clay Hand Building Workshops by Kelly Duncan (My Studio on the Farm, )


Kelly is a member of the Australian Ceramics Association and runs her popular class in Joondalup once a fortnight.  She has been looking for a local facility for her Armadale Students and will use Art House on Hobbs regularly this year.   Kelly said “she is happy to have ASA Members join her class when space available.  On average she has 4 regular students but the maximum would be 7 students in total’) we will put a notice on the board in Club Room when available space. All material, tools, firing, glazing instruction and inspiration inclusive at $70/session.

Pm for more info. Dates are as follows.

Jan 27
Mar 24
Apr 21
May 19
Jun 16
Jul 21
Aug 25
Sep 22
Oct 27
Nov 24
Dec 15

Sundays 9:30 - 1:30




2 PART RESIN including layering techniques

EVERYTHING SUPPLIED including the resin, boards, inks, paints, dusts etc.

DATE & TIME Thurs 7th & Frid 8th MARCH  10am to 3pm 

COST $150


EVERYTHING IS SUPPLIED. Learn how to get a lovely protective finish on your artwork. I have also purchased some small molds for jewellery and coasters etc.  So you will be able to make resin shapes for your own Jewellery, picture of some beneath. Also learn how to resin on top of your paintings. So much to learn, let me show you how you can have fun with resin

Below Some pictures of coasters and various shapes used for jewellery making, earings, pendants, broaches etc. can also be used within your mixed media artwork. these were created at my last workshop


below is part of a painting called “TURMOIL” worked in layers of coloured resin with handwork between layers.


Dot Marshall Artist

Mob: 0409 921 838


Email: [email protected]



"Last chance, only a few spaces left for this not to be missed Leon Holmes Introduction to Plein Air Oil Painting 3 different locations within the beautiful Hills District".   The cost is 3 days Plein Air $290 Member and $300 Non Member


4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

 Classes 2019

We are pleased that our regular classes have resumed again for this year.  We have updated our class schedule for your information and currently producing a flyer for each class to use for promotional use. 

If you are interested in running a class we have space available on Tuesday afternoons, Fridays am or pm and Saturday pm.  contact Trish for more information.

Ian Kallas -

Regretfully for ASA members, Ian has decided have a break this year from running his fortnightly Saturday Watercolour classes.  Thank you to Ian on behalf of ASA for all your support and time given to our members in running your classes and workshops.  We would love to see you back again in the future.  Good luck with your new ventures.

Defibrillator for ASA Building -

ASA were fortunate to be in a position to apply for a Lotterywest Grant for a St John Heart Grant for a Defibrillator.  This piece of life saving equipment is valued at $2,000 and 1000 Defibrillators were being offered to Community organisations to be part of the St John Community First Responder program.    We have been approved fo the Defibrillator now waiting on more information.  The Defibrillator will be in a locked box located under cover on the outside of Art House on Hobbs where it must be available for community emergency use.  We will be given the necessary training in due time.   A big thank to Jim for his time in applying for this Grant. 

Dale Cottages Residents Morning Tea

ASA and Dale Cottages Management hosted a joint morning tea recently on 23 January 2019 at the Greendale Centre followed by  a site inspection of Art House on Hobbs.  Thank you to Dot for providing the Devonshire Scones and to Sandra Reynolds and her Informal Group who allowed the Dale Cottage Residents a chance to see artists at work.    We are keen to welcome residents of Dale Cottages to join in on our weekly classes and any other planned activities held at the Art House on Hobbs throughout this year. 

Below is a photo of the residents and our members enjoying watching Sandra REynolds group


Clean up and dismantling Sheds at the old Art House and Gallery on Railway Ave. A.S.A. raised $1540 from the sale of the sheds. Thanks to all our members who helped with the clean up. Very sad to leave it but we are now embarking on a new and exciting journey at our new Art House on Hobbs, as our president, Trish says, onwards and upwards !!!





 The  Armadale Shopping Centre Exhibition

is being held from Friday 18 to Thursday 28 February.   We have once again been provided space near the Target end of shopping centre for our display.  We have allocated all entrants a dedicated space of 90cm x 120cm (half a screen).  In that space you have a choice of hanging whatever size artwork you would like and if you sell a piece you can replace with another.

Entry forms, terms and conditions and the roster were emailed or posted to all members, however if you need hard copy forms we will have copies of forms at the Art House alternatively you can download a copy in our “members only section’ on the ASA Website.”

 2019 Renewal of Membership

Membership fees are due on 1 February 2019 and payable from now onwards.  Membership fees can be paid at the AGM and we will be there to take payments from 6pm until the AGM commences. 

We are asking ALL MEMBERS to please complete a new membership form this year.  Hard copy is at Art House on Hobbs or you can download on “members only section” on ASA website. 

Membership fees can also be paid Direct Debit at any time but you will still need to email or post a completed members application form.  If you are paying by cheque you need to post to Vicky Alchin, Treasurer with your completed members application form. (address details are on the form.)

Exhibition space 

We recently received the following email from  Genesis in the Hills, a vegetarian restaurant in Roleystone

Seeking Artists for our Monthly Exhibitions in 2019

I am contacting you from Genesis In The Hills in Roleystone. You may already be aware that we offer our cafe as an exhibition space for local artists in month slots (We do not take commission). I was hoping to send the word out to those artists  who are a part of the Armadale Society of Artists to ask if any would be interested in exhibiting their work here in 2019. February is our next availability however if that is too soon I can also book in for later in the year.

If you could please contact me via this email or at the cafe Thursday to Sunday on 9397 7799 if you are interested.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Brea Gowan

Genesis In The Hills

Email [email protected]


I am very pleased to say that our website is going from strength to strength, we have had quite a few new members adding their work and with regular postings of newsletters and blog posts it is showing very well now on the search engines. The more content we have and notices we post the better it is. I have personally had a commission directly from the site and an enquiry for a resin workshop that I ended up running in February, this was also as a result of someone typing in the words “art workshops”. Of course whilst people are on the site looking for classes and workshops they also look at our artwork.

Contact me at [email protected] ask how to have a presence on the site, its easy I do all the work














"A competition was run by Perth Hills Armadale Visitor Centre, This competition was to encourage people to celebrate Arts and Culture in the Perth Hills Armadale.  To enter, participants simply need to upload a photo to facebook or instagram showing what they love about Arts and culture in the region. The major prizes were two iPads, and other prize consisted of  1 x $100 voucher to spend at the Art House and Gallery which allowed  the prize winner to choose a painting to the value of $100 off the ASA Website.

The winner chose Dot Marshall’s  painting of a Turtle, Called diving for treasure off the website and as it was already sold Dot was  commissioned to paint another which they happily now have in their home. 

The Culture Lover Competition commenced 26 June and finished Wed 31 August 2018.  




It is with great sadness that we have to let you know of the passing of one of our  much  loved members, Vera Glover. Mum to David and Lynda Glover.

Vera was a wonderful lady and we remember her with love especially those of whom enjoyed her company and great sense of humour at art classes. She never failed to amaze us with her enthusiasm and willingness to “have a go” at everything. She put us youngsters to shame, she was almost 98 when she passed she was still just as sharp. Dot’s husband, Howard called her an English Rose, and she was a true English lady with the most beautiful English Rose complexion. She loved her garden and flowers so instead of putting a sombre border around this notice we have found some lovely cheerful flowers I think she would have preferred that.





Welcome to the last society newseltter for 2018, it has been a very busy year with huge changes for the society. I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and the very best for 2019.


¨ 2 December Sunday—Old Art House Clean up Day

¨ 6 December Members Meeting

¨ 8th Dec Dancing Beauties workshop Geraldine Gustavinno

¨ 9th December Christmas lunch

¨ 13th 14th December Dot Marshall, Resin workshop

¨ 20th January Leon Holmes workshop

¨ 23rd January Dale cottage residents morn tea



Word From the President...


A Christmas Message

This is the time of year where we celebrate the year that was and prepare for our festive season and the new year.

On behalf of our ASA Committee we wish you all a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

We have two Christmas events coming up that we hope you will come along and help us celebrate.  our Christmas  Monthly Meeting and Supper on Thursday 6 December.

and our Christmas lunch on Sunday 9 December, being held in the Greendale Centre Dining Room, details are inside the Newsletter.

This is a good chance if you have not yet seen the Art House on Hobbs.  We will be open from 10am on the 9 December if you wish to view.

One of the major highlights this year would have to be the ASA Pop-Up-Shop in Armadale Shopping City, that we successfully ran for an amazing nine month period.  

Another was moving from the Art House and Gallery Kelmscott to our ASA’s new home at 4 Hobbs Drive Armadale. 

Dot Marshall is planning to write a history of this 10 year period and I am sure this will be of interest to our members.

Our Annual Exhibition was very successful this year at the new Greendale Centre.  This provided ASA with a great venue to showcase ASA Members’ Artwork and to host our Annual Awards night.  Congratulations to all our winners. 

We also spare a few thoughts for our Members who have not had such a good year with health or hardships.  We are thinking of you and hope that 2019 is a better year ahead.

We hope your Christmas is filled with goodwill, peace and love.  Have a wonderful holiday season

Trish Halloran and ASA Committee



We would like to thank our  November Demonstrator Julie Fearns-Pheasant for her interesting insight into using Digital techniques in creating her latest Figurative Art Series.  If you are interested in learning more about Digital Art Techniques let us know as Julie is happy to run some workshops for ASA in the future.


Last months winner of the “Still Life” Challenge was Lynda    Everett who won one of   Julie Fearns-Pheasant’s illustrated planter pots. 

Winner of the Door Raffle -A Miniature Jane Trichet Scratch Board original “Zebra”  won by Jim Halloran


Thursday 6th December  7:00pm at

4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

End of Year Monthly Members Meeting fllowed by Christmas Party Supper

This is the last meeting for the year so we are planning a Christmas celebratory supper.


Please everyone bring a plate of festive food to share    with everyone

Raffles   A number of Christmas Hampers will be raffled as well as set of two Original Scratch Board Artworks.  By our very own award winning Jane Tritchett

Special Guest

Sandie Schroder from The Art Scene

Display of Art Supplies and Books for Christmas gifts on display and for sale.

Gift sets, books, brushes, paints, mediums, and lots lots more to choose from for Christmas gifts, (your own!?)


What’s on My Easel

Isabel Jean Colenutt (facebook coordinator.)


Creativity has always been a big part of my life, being a hairdresser, I have to be creative to a certain extent every day, so becoming an artist was a natural progression for me.

My husband and I emigrated from the UK almost 25yrs ago, to be closer to family. We had only been here 5yrs when my mum passed away. On our first family holiday without her, my sister, who had done a workshop with Carl Haanappel, brought out some charcoal and paper. The urge to start drawing was too strong, I was hooked pretty quickly, and the rest as they say is history.

I started my art journey with water colour, progressed to acrylic, pastel and Textile/ mixed media. The latter being my medium of choice. The fabric I use is calico, Silk or silk like materials. I like the different effects I can achieve from different fabrics. For added texture I glue tissue paper and thread to the fabric. I drop different coloured inks on to it, and when it is dry go over with gold acrylic paint. This forms the background of my picture. Flowers and butterflies made from fabric, thread, paper, wire and beads, quite often become part of the foreground.

 As well as being a member of ASA, I am also a member of Liddelow where I go to do pottery, mainly hand building. We are having our annual exhibition, starting Friday 30th November, (opening night.) This is the piece I am working on for that.

‘Golden glow’ Hand built/mixed media.

 what’s on my easel?


My easel has this Acrylic mixed media painting on it. I have been working on this piece for awhile.   ‘The Bungle Bungles.’ It started life as an acrylic painting, pure and simply, but I got so far with it and wasn’t happy with the foreground. I enlarged the rocks and started adding texture. There’s still a lot to do on it before it is finished. It’s a work in progress.  I am just waiting for inspiration to finish it off!  

I am also working on some covered notebooks and cards, to take to Liddelow for their shop. I did well with sales last year, so fingers crossed for this year too.

I wish you all lots of creativity and happy painting.






Our very popular GERALDINE GUSTAVINO is going to do a workshop  the Dancing Beauties.

DATE  Saturday  8th  Dec  

TIMES 1.30pm to approx 3.30pm

All materials supplied. 

COST  is  $55

Bring a friend and it is $50 ea


Art House on Hobbs

Contact 0437 788 630


ART HOUSE on Hobbs


4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

Having moved into ASA’s new building in the midst  of the Annual Exhibition we are happy to say life has returned to a more normal schedule.   We are now planning how best to move forward in the planning of activities at Art House on Hobbs.

Our class schedules are back to normal Monday to Saturday. We are still looking to fill some empty class time slots.  We have space available Tuesday PM and Friday’s AM and PM for scheduled classes   It has been suggested to have Welcome All Social Painting Day, any medium (food for thought)

Housekeeping Rules

We are fortunate that our Kitchen and Bathrooms are serviced twice a week by Management of Dale Cottages.  However we do need to keep the rest of the building clean and tidy.  We have placed some everyday Housekeeping rules for your information displayed around the building.  It is vital that the Teacher/Informal Group Leader of their class, and the Club Room be left clean and tidy, ready for next class to enjoy.

Exit Check Lists have also been placed near the exit doors as a reminder to Lock all doors securely, turn off lights and air conditioning units before vacating the building. 

Art House on Hobbs - Sub Committee

We are calling on ASA Members who would like to be part of our Art House on Hobbs Sub-Committee Team.  The ASA Committee feel it is important to have a separate team of Members who feel they can contribute by offering fresh ideas and to share the work load on the day to day running of Art House on Hobbs.  Vicky and Trish will be part of this sub committee as the financial and marketing support.  If you would like to be part of this team please contact Trish by email: [email protected].or phone on 0455 552 842.

Sub Leasing the top floor rooms at Art House on Hobbs

We are planning to Sub Lease the top floor rooms and are preparing a flyer to be distributed.    Before advertising to the Public we wanted our own Members to be advised of our plans to sub let the upstairs rooms.  This is a great space for a small professional business or some one in the Music or Arts Business who are looking for business space.  If you are interested or know of someone please contact Trish on 0455 552 842.

Gardening at Art House on Hobbs

Volunteers are welcome to help out in the garden any time if you have a few hours to spare.  Let Jim know and he will arrange for you to have access to the key to the gardening cupboard.  The cupboard is located near the key pad entry door under car port

The Art House on Hobbs, main room, all set up and ready to go for some awesome classes and workshops. If any of our members are interested in running classes and workshop bookings are now being taken for the new year, or if you know any artists out there interested in running workshops please contact Trish or Jim



Annual Exhibition Report

The weekend went well, the judges did a great job and were pleased with the standard and presentation, the Sponsors were looked after on Friday evening.  The

winners of awards are as follows:


First Prize                                                     

$700.00 and Trophy

ASA & Patron -

Most Outstanding Artwork

Gail Reid for “Afterglow”

 Second Prize                                                   $300.00

Subway – Most Outstanding Artwork

Jenny Herbert for “Pretty Boy”

Third Prize                                                       $150.00 plus

$50 Gift Voucher

Oxlades - Most Outstanding Artwork

Geraldine Gustavino for “Regal”

ASA Prize                                                           $150.00

Best Water Colour

Hanna Michalzik for “Golden Eagle”

ASA Prize                                                           $150.00

Best Dry Media

Jane Trichet for “Sweet Treat”

Tony Buti MLA Prize                                   $150.00

Best Acrylic/Oil

Vicky Alchin for “Dreamer”

Leesa Padget Prize                                      $150.00

Best Mixed Media

Aaron Bleasdale for “Untitled”

APK Craft Award                                        $150.00

Best Portraiture                                               

Debbie Banks for “Hello”

The Art Scene Prize                                     $100.00 Gift Voucher

Alexander Robinson for “Landscape”

Norvek Framers Prize                              $80.00 Gift Voucher

Catherine Kelley for “Eco Surprise”

Art & Craft World Prize                        $50 Gift Voucher

Vicky Alchin for “Out of the mist”

The Manse Restaurant Award          $100.00 restaurant Voucher

Anna Newbey for “Stare Down

Peoples’ Choice                                           

Jane Trichet for “Curious”


 Anne Anderson and her husband winner of Dot Marshall’s painting


Mary Jarret winner of Jeanette Dyson’s painting


 Wayne Brouwer winner of Ruby Ellen’s painting


 Sue Voight, winner of    Geraldine Gustavino’s painting


Jim Halloran was the winner of Helen Cockburn’s painting

The Treasurer, Vicky Alchin, presented a report on the Exhibition Statistics for the weekend, showing a total number of visitors over the weekend to be 506, with a total of $1,931.50 being raised across the weekend from Devonshire Teas, raffles, Catalogues and donations and with costs deducted, left a total of $1,789.70. Having the Exhibition at the Greendale Centre was a saving in Hall hire fees, and it was noted that having the hall for 4 days was an advantage for all those setting up and dismantling the exhibition and suggest trying to do the same for next years’ exhibition.

The Sub Committee in charge of the Exhibition did a sterling job as did Frankie Maher, who co-ordinated the food for the opening night.  Thanks to all involved.




Our AGM will be held at our First Members Meeting on 01 February 2019 - Our current Committee will be stepping down and nominations for a new Committee will be called for in January 2019.

 Annual Membership Fees

As we have moved to our new premises Art House on Hobbs and our overheads will now include rental costs.  Unfortunately our ASA fees will be increased for 2019.  Our Annual Fee will now be $75 starting from 01 February 2019 valid to 31 January 2020. 

Due to the Constitution rules for all Members including Life Members we will need to complete a Membership Form to ensure our data base meets the requirements.

Informal Groups Fees at Art House on Hobbs - will continue $4.00 for Members and Non-Members

ASA Christmas Lunch

and Secret Santa

Sunday 9 December

between 12 noon and 4pm

Our ASA Christmas lunch this year will be held at the Greendale Centre, in the dining room.  There is plenty of room to enjoy a relaxed lunch to finish our busy year.  Please bring along a plate of food and ASA will provide the wines.  To add to the fun we are hoping you bring along a Secret Santa Gift (unisex) to the value of $10.  Partners are, of course welcome.  

ASA New Year Introduction to Dale Cottages

Residents - Wednesday 23 January 2019

Morning tea planned for ASA Members and Dale Cottages Residents.  Venue:  Greendale Centre Management providing their function room and providing Morning tea, and ASA to  provide scones, Jam and Cream.  (I am hoping Dot might kindly provide some Scones for the occasion.) 



Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 February 2019

Flyer will be produced and promoted in the next newsletter

Cost to be advised  Locations to be advised




All set up and ready for visitors at the annual exhibition


 Welcoming visitors to the annual exhibition


Excellent work displayed at the annul exhibition, it just gets better and better


Who is going to win this raffle ??


 Gail  Reid was very excited to receive her award from the mayor


 Thank you Cathy Goldsmith for your beautiful floral displays at the annual exhibition


 Carol Joy’s very talented group had an extremely succeful exhibition once again at the Stargate shop cent.


Dot Marshall at her solo exhibition “Discovering” in front of just a small part of her display


Geraldine Gustavino with one of her beautiful paintings displayed at her latest group exhibition “Seven Shades”








Armadale Society of Artists


4 Hobbs Drive

(Corner of Coombe Ave) Armadale, 6112

Phone: 0455 552 842


Word From the President...


A chapter has come to an end for ASA now that we are moving out of the Art House and Gallery, Kelmscott.  I guess we all knew it was going to  happen one day but that day has now arrived.   We are on the move to our new premises at 4 Hobbs Drive Armadale.  (the Old St Johns Ambulance Building)

The Art House over the years holds many memories for our members and past Presidents and Committee’s.  It has provided us the opportunity to run our classes and workshops, show our art and hold many get togethers on special occasions.   So let’s take a minute to remember all the good times and the people who have made the last 10 years happen for ASA. 

The opportunity to have a Society home does not just happen everyday.  We were given an incredible opportunity for an Art Group like us to have a building to call our own.  MRA provided ASA with this building and our contact over the years has been Patrick Ward and his staff.   They have provided the ASA with the support on any issues that have  arisen and made sure they were taken care of.    So we want to say thank you so much. 

Our move to the new building went well over the weekend of the 13th  October with the packing up of the old Art House and the help we        received from our members with trailers and generous spirit going back and forth.  Still lots to do but MRA have extended some time for us to continue on finalizing our move without rushing. 

Our Leon Holmes Workshop held Sunday 7 October at Araluen Gardens was a successful day for all who attended, the weather was kind and the lunch was yummy.  Leon gave a great demonstration and a introduction to Plein Air Painting.  We would love to see more of Leon workshops in the future, he has offered to conduct a three day workshop for those interested in the new Year.

Good luck to you all our Members entering this years Annual Art Exhibition here hoping for a successful weekend and that we get lots of visitors.

“Onwards and upwards”     Trish Halloran








25th Oct deliver entries for exhibition

26th to 28th October Annual Exhibition

1st November first monthly meeting at our new art house

8th Nov Greendale Cent. open day

9th December Christmas lunch


Thursday 1st November 7:00pm at

4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

Supper provided by the “Loose & Luscious Ladies”

*** Note its in the new building, not Creyk Park


OUR DEMONSTRATOR for November is




Julie Fearns-Pheasant, figurative artist/illustrator and educator, takes us on a digital voyage of discovery, showing how she developed Alice's whimsical journey through the rabbit hole.


Our challenge topic this month is Still Life

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:

December: Celebration


We would like to thank Sandie Schroder for her informative presentation on “all things acrylic” last month and thank you to The Art Scene for our Matisse visual diaries that every member present  received.  

 Raffle draw winner Libby Morrah

 Winner of the challenge last month was “Boats”  Dave Archer.



What’s on My Easel:








 Art has always been a part of who I am.  I was very fortunate to have been able to get involved with painting and drawing at a very early age. When I completed high school, I went on to study at Canterbury Art School in England, where I did my foundation course in art and design.  Shortly after I met my husband and in 1994 we immigrated to Australia.  By then we had a young child and soon after a second, so art was unfortunately put on the back burner whilst I concentrated on being a mum and working full time. 

 But art was always at the back of my mind and after what seemed like an eternity I was very fortunate to meet a great group of likeminded people.  I attended painting classes with them and soon we all formed a close friendship.  In November 2015, I exhibited in my first exhibition in Australia, “ Picturesque  “  held at  the Moving Art Studio in Fremantle .  In Jan 2017, I had my second solo exhibition,  “Colour Medley”  at The Agonis in Gosnells.  Since then I have been teaching acrylics and mixed media at The Arthouse every second Sat.  It always gives me great joy to see my lovely students enjoying their time spent creating beautiful work , BUT  most importantly, spending time to themselves.  Art is therapeutic, it allows our minds to let go.

 So what else have I been getting up to? 

 What is on my easel.....

Well, my easel is on fire!! It has  seen canvas after canvas coming to life as I prepared for our Annual Art Exhibition in Oct, and as I get ready for yet another exhibition in November at the Memorial Hall in Hamilton Hill.  “Seven Shades”  sees seven artists come together for the first time .

My work  in this exhibition is soft and feminine, through the images and colours. I have explored different styles, some with strong strokes of colour and movement and others softer and more subtle.  There are times I enjoy and love letting go and allowing my paintings come to life intuitively, but then there are times I also like knowing where I am headed.

I suppose we all know what is right instinctively at that moment.

There are so many possibilities out there for all of us, all you need to do it reach out and grab them.

Enjoy YOUR journey everyone

 You can find more of my art on my Facebook Page  - Geraldine Gustavino Art.

Happy viewing



And we have booked the Greendale Centre for our Xmas lunch, in the Dining Room for 9th  December, 2018 we will put more details in next newsletter, it will be bring a plate and secret Santa present, unisex

 Greendale Centre Open Day.

 The Greendale centre are having an open day Thursday 8th November and we are able to have a small display, so it will be a great opportunity to network and get to know the residents of Dale Cottages.  





At new building -

4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Ave) Armadale

AFTER HOURS PARKING on the corner of Church Avenue, in the Citizens Advice Bureau Building




Parking will be at a premium on opening night (our ASA car park will fill quickly) there is street parking on Hobbs Drive and side streets around the Dale Cottages on the corner of Church Avenue there may be some spots in the Citizens  Advice bureau Building.   



Drop your paintings to the lesser hall at the rear of the Greendale Centre,  Coombe Avenue Armadale (we will have arrows to point the way no entry from reception) if you have a problem getting to venue between 10 to 12 time slot please phone Jim on 0400 370 089.  

Frankie has requested a reminder to all Members.

We are expecting a lot of people at the Opening Night of our Annual Exhibition. Each Member attending is requested to bring a plate of Savoury or Sweet food. If your food needs heating can you please bring it on a oven tray or dish  and then we will transfer to our own platters for   distribution.


Please advise Frankie Maher who will be coordinating the catering, by email [email protected] or phone, give us a guide of what extra food may be required to be ordered and supplied. Due to heath concerns it has been requested “No dips please”


 Jennifer Meyrick has been appointed onto the Committee as our Acting Secretary and Minute Secretary.  As our secretary , Helen Gordon has been very unwell and in Hospital for a number of weeks, she is apparently starting to improve albeit slowly. But we do send our love, best wishes and prayers to you Helen for your continued recovery.



 It is with a very heavy heart that we have to let you know of the passing of one of our very popular members. Jim Trapski who passed away suddenly at home. His friends at the society will remember him fondly as “Jum” because of his broad New Zealand accent. Our thoughts are with his wife Anne and their family.

 Jim is pictured playing his digeridoo made of plumbing pipes, a very funny man and very talented artist in many ways.


All the best for speedy recovery to Sandy Spindler she has had a knee replacement surgery was successful and she is now at home being pampered by Eddie.  


Gill Goddard broke her foot and was operated on and is now recuperating, so a speedy recovery to her as well.



4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Avenue) Armadale,

Outside in the courtyard, Geraldine Gustavino,  Janet Gardiner, Dot Marshall,  Vicky Alchin. Very excited about the future in our new art house.


Members enjoying a cuppa and a chat in the club room


Comparing notes ?




At new building -

4 Hobbs Drive (Corner of Coombe Ave) Armadale

AFTER HOURS PARKING on the corner of Church Avenue, in the Citizens Advice Bureau Building

 The move to the new Art House will take a little time to set up practical guidelines for future smooth running.   We are currently looking at all the feedback received from our Teachers and Members during the Site Inspections recently . We will have some new class slots available, and we are looking forward to extending class options for our Members and the Local Community.    

  Val Mezger has just returned from holidays and is now back on board as our Art House Coordinator, for Classes and Workshops for the new Hobbs Building.  Please direct any enquiries to Val regarding starting up new classes and workshops.

  Jim Halloran has been appointed onto the Committee as our Operations Co-Ordinator for the Hobbs Building for all physical building issues including fire plan and liaison with Dale Cottages on all Building Matters as well as his other volunteer roles.  

  Dot will be writing a history of the original Art House, as with most of our members the bonds that were formed at our first ever home will stay with her for the rest of her life and she feels it would be sad for all the memories and stories to be lost. So if you have some anecdotes about the House that you would like to share please let Dot know [email protected] photos would also be great.



Annual Exhibition Update -


This Weekend not to be missed   


We are looking forward to this years Exhibition

 There will be great prizes to be won and a trophy for the overall winner to take home.

Our Sponsors have been most generous this year and you can see who they are, listed on the back page of this Newsletter.  Two new sponsors this year are Subway Armadale and The Examiner.

 We would like to thank our Sub Committee Team - Ian Kallas, Geraldine Gustavino, Linda Glover and Jim Halloran for organising this years event.  The Exhibition invitations were sent out by Paperless post and by mobile messaging.  Hope you received your invitation if not you are invited to Opening Night.   This was a first for ASA and we would like to thank Mary and Jim for their perseverance and time spent collating our data base and sending out the invitations.   We had a some help from Sue Littleton from City of Armadale Mayor’s Office and we thank her for her friendly and invaluable advice.  

 Our catalogue covers once again grace the front page of our Programs and we thank all our members who spent time creating and demonstrating their wonderful talents to create these amazing works. Thank you to Dot who has prepared this years Catalogue content and to Janet Gardiner for printing and coordinating folding of the catalogues.  We thank all who attended our Collating Catalogue day on Sunday 21 October.   

  Delivery of Artwork - Thursday 25th  October to the lesser hall at Greendale Centre from 10 am to 12 noon.  Directional arrows should be up to guide you to the correct entry to drop off your artworks.  

Collection of unsold artworks - 4pm Sunday 28 October.  No artworks will be released before 4pm.  To pick up you enter through front door of Greendale Centre

 Donated Raffles will be on display over the weekend.  On Opening Night a painting by Jeanette

Dyson will be drawn, and over the weekend on display will be paintings by Helen Cockburn, Geraldine Gustavino, Ruby Ellen and Dot Marshall.  These wonderful artworks will be drawn at the close of the Exhibition on Sunday 28 October and winners will be notified.  

 Weekend Demonstrators - If you wish to see our artists at work this weekend please note their times 

Eddy Beer -  Sat am and Sun pm

Jane Etienne  - Sat am

Catherine Kelley Sat pm and Sun am

Pam Lockwood Sat pm

Ian Kallas Sun AM and pm

 Catering - Final call to let Frankie Maher know what you plan to bring along phone 0419 946 716 so as we can organise extra catering if needed.  To deliver plate of food on Friday evening enter into reception area and just before entry to main hall turn left up the ramp into kitchen where Frankie and Team will waiting.  Please bring anything requiring heating on heating tray and we will transfer to serving plate.

 If you have any other queries please call Trish on 0455 552 842



 A resident in the Kimberley for a decade, I painted daily at the Red Rock Art Gallery in a cultural exchange studio environment sharing Kimberley Ochres (with my additions of gold and pearl Dust) with Indigenous artists. There is a certain feeling and attitude that evolves from living in a place that is considered isolated, wild, natural and untouched which makes you feel free spirited and gives me inner peace and a desire to express through my art.

 In my paintings I seek to portray and celebrate the uniqueness to the Australian North, the spatial isolation and texture of the landscape in a contemporary interpretation.

Jeannette is represented by Jahroc, Margaret River and the Studio Gallery Yallingup.

“ I am acutely aware of all the influences that have formed my own identity specifically that of the Kimberley”


 Sunshine and shadows by Helen Cockburn

I have studied under and have been tutored by some of Australia's leading artists in watercolour, acrylics, inks and mixed media, which has kindled my interest and enthusiasm to achieve higher standards.  I love watercolours, but also get great satisfaction from working with most other media.

I paint various subjects with nature providing most of my inspiration and also enjoy developing my own techniques in abstract and  semi abstract work.

I am a founder and participating member (1987) of Armadale Society of Artists and a member of the Watercolour Society of WA.

By Geraldine Gustavino

Art has always been a part of who I am.  I studied at Canterbury Art School in England, where I completed my foundation course in art and design.  Art was always at the back of my mind and years later I was very fortunate to meet a great group of likeminded people.  I attended painting classes with them and soon we all formed a close friendship.  In November 2015, I exhibited at my 1st exhibition in Australia, held at Moving Art Studio in Fremantle.  In Jan 2017, I had my  solo exhibition, Colour Medley at The Agonis in Gosnells. I  now teach at The Arthouse, which I love, sharing what I know and seeing students creating beautiful work and very importantly spending time to themselves. You can find more of my art on my Facebook Page  -Geraldine Gustavino Art.

 By Ruby Ellen

My art interests have included painting, drawing, printmaking and more recently    working with mixed media.  I have a Diploma in Printmaking and a Diploma in Art Studies and have attended many workshops and demonstrations to stay up to date with new techniques. 

I am a member of Armadale Society of Artists and Printmakers Association of Western Australia

I am happy to offer my painting in this years Raffle,                 

congratulations to the winner. 

Evening Light by Dot Marshall

Dot has been on a voyage of discovery with her art since she started, a long long time ago,  but since she joined this society about 20 years ago her voyage has been the most  exciting part of her life. She has been an active member of the society holding the roles of treasurer, Vice President, president and stand in secretary. She also, with continuous help from other members established and ran the Art House in Kelmscott for 8 years. She will be forever grateful to this society that she is passionate about, thank you everyone.

You can see her work and details of her upcoming solo exhibition on her website

 We are very pleased to let you know that a few of our members are having exhibitions soon, just in time to get those special Christmas gifts. And yes Christmas is fast approaching


“ARTISANS OF JOY” is an exhibition and sale of work from Carol Joy’s remarkably talented group, they regularly appear at the Stargate Shopping Centre and now customers look forward with anticipation to their colourful displays.


“SEVEN SHADES” this is an eclectic collection of works from our lovely Geraldine Gustavino and her friends, they meet     regularly for fun painting sessions so decided to have a joint exhibition to showcase their work this one is at the Memorial Hall, Hamilton Hill and is well worth a trip


DISCOVERING” the title of this solo exhibition by Dot was decided on after a brainstorming session around the kitchen table with her daughter and granddaughter. Dot wanted to show her exciting “journey  of discovery” in her art  career.

Always experimenting with new ideas it is an ever evolving and ever changing path. She loves to pass on her “discoveries” to fellow artists.


change of classes and groups at the art house 

click on this link 




¨ Sunday 30th Sept, Painting Catalogue covers at the art hosue

¨ Sunday 21st Oct collating the programs and catalogues at the art house

¨ 26th to 28th October Annual Exhibition

 Word From the President

September has been a busy month starting with the Monthly Meeting.  Our guest Demonstrator was Roger Reading, who showed us the versatility of painting in water soluble Oils presented in a witty repertoire of stories.  Roger chose our winner of this month’s challenge “Outback” Pat Watson who is featured inside this edition “What’s on my Easel”.

We have to remind ourselves sometimes that we are volunteers running this Art Society.  There is a lot of planning and personal time given up in organising our events by our Committee and Volunteers.  The Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail and our Open Day were a great success and raised some funds for ASA and covered the costs of running these events. 

A big thank you to Val for co-ordinating these events and for giving up her personal time to ensure the smooth running.   I would also like to thank our members and stall holders on Open Day for their behind the scenes contribution and helping out with the catering, setting up and cleaning up. You all did a fantastic job, I feel so grateful that we have such a wonderful group of people that belong to our Art Society. 

Thank you to our members who came along to support our Open Day and bringing visitors with you to support our stall holders, enjoying a Devonshire Tea, Sausage sizzle or buying a raffle ticket.      Thank you to Cheryle Shewan for donating her Galah painting and to Maureen Smith who looked after our raffles.   The highlight of the day was listening to the wonderful voices of Jane and Kira singing Folk Music.  We had lots of extra visitors, due to Jane’s Students from Roleystone Christian College performing and their parents and families who came along to join in the festivities. 

Our 2018 Annual Exhibition is coming up very soon over the weekend 26 to 28 October.  By now hopefully our Members have thought about and submitted their entries for this years Exhibition as our closing date for entries is the 4 October which coincides with our Monthly Members Meeting on the 4 October.  More information inside.

“Who cares about winning or losing? Life is about taking part.”

Happy painting,

Trish Halloran





Thursday 4th October 7:00pm at

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


Sandy Schroeder from Art Basics and Art Scene will share with us her extensive knowledge of “all things acrylic.” From preparation, applications, and methods, including mixed media and image transfers, it will be a very  informative night to bring out the best in your paintings.

Sandy is in a group art exhibition opening

Friday 28th September that runs for a month.

Linton & Kay Galleries are in the Swan valley at Mandoon Estate and are open on Fridays and weekend

Our challenge topic this month is Boating

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! This month’s challenge winner prize is being donated by Sandy Schroeder, The Art Scene

Future Challenges:

November: Still life

December: Celebration

LAST MONTH’S DEMONSTRATOR WAS ROGER READING, Roger gave not only an entertaining demonstration of water based oils but entertained our members with his cheerful banter.  







What’s on My Easel: Patricia Dawson

Like so many other members of the art society I have been painting and drawing on and off since my early school days.

When my children were very young I would leave my husband in charge and escape to tech college for two evenings a week to start my Fine Arts Diploma. After being home all day it was a great way to meet like minded people, keep my sanity and do something I loved.

My husbands work took us to Eneabba for three years  which at the time was a lovely little town with a great arts and crafts group. I enjoyed my time there, made lots of lifetime friends and was lucky enough to receive acquisition awards for two years running from the Carnamah shire’s art exhibitions.  From Eneabba we moved to Dampier where I continued my Diploma at Karratha College.

I enjoyed seven years of Pilbara painting joining the Art group, taking part in their exhibitions and doing lots of commission work. The Dampier landscape is inspiring with the colours of the spinifex, the desert pea flowers everywhere, the orange rock and the vibrant blue water, who could go wrong?

Well what’s on my easel? there have been times when I have wondered what direction to take with my painting, I guess wanting to try something different  but not finding anything that I felt really drawn to. My main subject has been landscapes although I also enjoy portraiture. For many years I used only oil paints but in the past few years I have also been using acrylics, my main reason for changing is the ability to travel with dry canvases and ease of  clean up while doing our frequent camping trips. It has taken me a while to come to terms with getting the effects I want with acrylics and I am still learning as I try the different mediums that go with them.

I love the impressionist style of painting but have not found it easy to accomplish the change from realism. After watching a video of Lynda Kemp at the Art House I have been fascinated with painting in the negative, using acrylics in transparent glazes and lifting spots of colour with water droplets. I have adopted some of this style to start a different journey with my paintings and find that I can achieve more depth of colour and a more impressionist style. Using this method the reaction of the glaze and spray often changes the direction of the composition, which can be quite exciting ( for me anyway)

I think at times we all wonder what to paint next  so it’s good to have a change and try something new especially when you feel a bit stale.





Open Day at the Art House and Gallery 

What a great day,  thank you once again to Val and all the many members who were hands on deck to help make this day such a success.  

Our Sausage Sizzle and Devonshire teas were a hit and raised funds for ASA.   Thank you to our stall holders for participating and displaying their art and crafts.  There were lots of smiling faces, sales were made but I think it was the atmosphere that put a smile on everyone’s faces.

In the afternoon we had the beautiful sounds of Folk Music and singing with Jane and Kira.  The Garden came alive when Jane’s students arrived on mass to entertain our visitors with several songs.  And a special thank you to Maureen who co-ordinated our raffles on the day also special thank you to Cheryle Shewan who donated a painting.


Donated painting by Cheryle Shewan 


Happy smiles from Jane Etienne, Isabel Colenutt and Josephine Titshall

ASA have participated in the Open Studios Arts Trail for the past four years and we were one of 25 studios open to the Public over the first three weekends in September.  

We would like to thank Val Mezger for Coordinating and setting up the Art House and Gallery for the AHOSAT.   The Gallery really looked terrific with a display of 16 of our Members Artworks.    The Artists participating this year were Vicky Alchin, Margaret Barrie, Eddy Beer, David Box, Barbara Cotter, Jane Etienne, Geraldine Gustavino, Dot Marshall, Val Mezger, Diane Miles, Libby Morrah, Megan O’Brien, Sandra Reynolds, Geralyn Satur, Angela Saunderson, Maureen Smith, and Sandy Spindler.    Over the three weekends these Artists set up their studios so that the public could view Artists at Work.    This was a great opportunity for ASA to showcase our Artists works and build awareness for ASA in promoting our Art Classes and our forthcoming Annual Art Exhibition in October.  

Thank you to Geraldine who looked after the Children’s Corner.  We had lots of budding artists helping to create this years Masterpiece which will hang proudly in our new ASA premises.


Geraldine in the children’s corner with the budding artists


David Box Resident Artists and Teacher in Drawing at Art House


Sandy Spindler well know for Blue Wrens and Gum Nuts


This year some of our ASA Members opened up their

Studios for the first time over the thee weekends of the Arts Trail.   


Lynda Everett located in Kelmscott, shared her studio with Ian Kallas and Linda Glover with over 65 paintings on display.  

Lynda’s Studio has been purpose built and most of the labour was done by  herself. 


Gunter Lorenz - located in Bedfordale.  Gunter’s paintings are surrealistic - symbolic paintings.  He creates and produces series of works where the original topic of an idea can be artistically explored.   


Jenny Herbert - located in Mt Richon.  Jenny’s beautiful property is the backdrop to showcasing her wonderful artworks which are mainly Oils and Pastels.  Jenny is inspired by the serene bushland and the sparkle of water in her local creek. 

Our other members with Studios Open once again were Catherine Kelley, Trudi Pollard, Claudia Woeltjes, Geoff Reeves, Irene Young and Trish Halloran. 











Beverley art gallery



Trish Davis –

Artist in Residence

1st – 17th September 2018

Recently I was granted an Artist in Residence opportunity at the Beverley Station Gallery and spent 2 weeks in the unique  Stationmasters cottage offered by the Shire of Beverley.

The venue as described to me by one of our members, Hazel Moore, who has been a previous Artist in Residence, sounded wonderful but I could never have imagined such a delightful place and I was overwhelmed by the amazing ambience and comfort available at no cost. The gardens were beautiful and a great place to have a glass of wine at the end of the day and the gallery is well set up with plenty of room to paint, entertain and hang your wonderful works.

The Beverley Railway Station is no longer a stopping place for trains but the rail line is still in use and grain trains pass through often at irregular intervals including the middle of the night. It was a source of great joy to my guests (10 in all over the 2 weeks). We ran out like little kids to wave to the drivers and take photos. The Drivers got to know me so well that if my light was on (even at 2am) I would get a tiny little toot from the train thundering through which brought a smile to my face.

The Station and adjoined 2 storey cottage have been lovingly restored by a hard working committee and the backing of the Beverley Shire and are now heritage listed..................even the old outback dunny was saved from demolition - it has a definite lean and is lovingly tagged “the Leaning Loo of Beverley”.

This venue now houses the Shire’s Art Collection and the Platform Theatre which is separate from the historic buildings and the town hosts live theatre, choral and other events with amazing dinners and afternoon teas

The town is quiet but friendly, the IGA store is right next to the gallery, the pub has good value meals and I certainly recommend the experience.

Artist in Residence open the gallery Thursday to Sunday 11am to 3pm to the public and offer a workshop to the community. I offered a textile workshop both weeks and joined the patchwork group for a nice morning tea. I loved the interaction with the public and met some interesting people. Most visitors are interested in the historic building but some keen artists as well.

I could say so much more and of course I have booked next year in October. I was made so welcome and nothing was too much trouble.

If anyone feels they would like a few days in paradise there are 4 beds I can fill or please enquire if you would like to take a Residency – it is well worth it – a national treasure I reckon.


Art Gallery Visit

A great day was had by all,

Fantastic exhibition of Sydney Noland’s Ned Kelly series. Lunch at the library, lovely organic food, good company, PERFECT.

Thanks to Sandra Reynolds for organising this trip. Sandra is our social events organiser so if you have any ideas for outings and art camps send her an email   [email protected]



Annual Exhibition Update  -

Weekend of 26 to 28 October 2018. 

This year’s Exhibition is fast approaching.  Last day for entries is the next Monthly Meeting on 4 October. 

We have a lot of new Members this year, we would love to see you submit an entry, even if you can only enter one painting it is a great feeling to see your work displayed. 

We are very appreciative to our Members who have donated a painting for this year’s raffles.   Thank you to Jeanette Dyson, Geraldine Gustavino, Dot Marshall, Helen Cockburn and Ruby Ellen.  We will be drawing the raffles at close of Exhibition except for Jeanette’s which will be raffled on Opening Night.  

An update on our Grant application, City of Armadale have advised us there is a delay on the September decision for all the Community Grants we will now be advised by 19 October which is a week out from our Exhibition.  So, keep your fingers extra crossed.

How you can help!

For cost saving reasons we are asking our Members to please supply a plate of food for our Opening Night.  We require a mix of savory and sweet cocktail party finger food.   Food that’s easy to hold a drink in one hand a tasty bite in the other plus a program of course.   If you can help out please advise Frankie Maher who will be coordinating the catering, email:  [email protected] or phone: 0419 946 716 and advise if you will be bringing savory or sweet. 

We now have two dates to remember if you can help out

Sunday 30 September painting catalogue covers

Sunday 21 October collating the programs. 

If you can spare some time, please advise Maureen on 0416 257 594.

Word of mouth is still the best means of advertising our Event, please help by dropping flyers off in your local  areas.

This year invitations will be sent via paperless post and mobile phone message.  We will still post to members who receive Newsletter by Mail.   

Questions have been asked regarding attaching the labels to the back of paintings for the
Exhibition, particularly the use of sticky tape on canvas not being secure. It has been suggested that the easiest and most effective way to attach the label to the back of a painting is to use cellophane tape on one edge of the label and place the other half of tape over the hanging string.




Norvek offers a high resolution flat bed scanning service for artist to scan and reproduce their artwork as Limited edition prints on archival papers either as a one off prints or we can price in  quantities

Enquiries contact Gillian Radford

Shop5/714 Ranford Road, Southern River

Phone No. 9394 0567 email [email protected]

mob 0418 884 011 


SEPTEMBER 2018NEWSLETTER ◊ [email protected]

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Word From the President

Dear Members,

Spring is just around the corner.  With all the recent rain I am sure our gardens are starting to go crazy and soon we will be alive with the colour of Spring Flowers.  The “Spring into Armadale” Event Program is now available with all our Armadale Region happenings.  Please see flyer. 

Once again ASA are preparing for it’s fourth year with the AHOSAT.  The Art House will be displaying and demonstrating to the Public.   In the middle of all this we are holding an Open Day and Art & Craft Market on the 16 Sept.    This year it’s worth mentioning that we have quite a few ASA Members opening their studios for the first time.  Jenny Herbert, Lynda Everitt with Ian Kallas and Linda Glover, Gunter Lorenz.  We wish them all the best.

The Pop-Up-Shop closed on Monday 20 August after 10 months operating.  It felt quite sad that our time has come to an end for now.   What a wonderful opportunity this has been for our Members.  We thank the Armadale Shopping City in particular our lovely Siobhan from Centre Managment.  The door has been left open for ASA to return if the opportunity arises again and definitely Exhibitions in the Open Space are back on the agenda.

Outside of the Frame concluded, which was held at the new Rossiter Pavilion Piara Waters.  What a beautiful building!  Thank you to our Members who travelled that little further to do a roster.  I think we were of the opinion that the Year12 students Art on display was of a very high standard.  Congratulations to all the students and schools on a job well done. 

Well done to our Feature Artists for August Diane Miles, Wendy Bishop and Barbara Cotter who held an afternoon informal drink and Nibbles at the Art House.  There was around 45 members, friends and family to help them celebrate and the food was delicious. 

Our  Annual Exhibition is coming up very soon over the weekend 26 - 28 October.  With your Newsletter this month you will also receive Entry forms for this years Annual Exhibition with all the information you need to know to enter.  (Exhibition update inside)

In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. Kai Greene.  So let’s get busy everyone and create that masterpiece.  Happy painting

Trish Halloran



Art House & Gallery Open Day

Sunday 16 September


Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail (AHOSAT)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Art House

7-9, 14-16, & 21-23  September

10am till 4pm daily


30 September from10am at the Art House Catalogue covers. 

Armadale Society of Artists  Inc. Annual Art Exhibition

26-28 October

Greendale Centre



Thursday 6th September 7:00pm at

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



 This month's demonstrator, Roger Reading, Roger is an oil painter whose world travels inspire his art. He paints from his bank of feelings and cultural appreciation. To him, "art is about having fun and enjoying the journey."

 Our challenge topic this month is Outback

 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:

October:  Boating

November: Still life

December: Celebration



Above :The winner of last month’s challenge with her drawing of a spider,  HAZEL DUGGAN who is featured on the “WHAT’S ON MY EASEL” pag 


Above :  Jude presented our treasurer, Vicky Alchin with her demonstration painting, it was Vicky’s birthday


Above: Jude Scott

Last month’s demonstrator



This month the Pop-Up-Shop News is coming from Trish Halloran as Sandie is away on a well deserved holiday.

It is sad to say goodbye for now to our ASA Pop-Up-Shop.  We started the shop last November and our final day was Sunday 19 August.  We have traded for the past 238 days and in that time we have sold over 300 paintings and have recorded over 11,000 visitors to the shop.  That is an amazing effort!

To our shop participants past and present a big thank you for all your diligence in handling the two rosters per month and congratulations on selling your artworks over this period.  ‘The feedback from our shop participants was that the social interaction between the visitors was such a positive experience.   Through that interaction we have gained over 30 new Members. 

I would like to say thank you Sandie, Shop Coordinator on behalf of all our shop participants and myself.  Sandie has worked tirelessly in handling all the details of running the roster and the shop.  Thank you also to our hard working Sub Committee’s Maureen, Val, Mary and Jim for sharing the work load and for all the extra rosters they did to help out.  We cannot forget a thank you to Vicky Alchin our Treasurer for making sure that all our Artists were paid promptly and efficiently on the sales of their paintings.  

Finally a big thank you to Armadale Shopping City Management and Siobhan, for giving the ASA such a wonderful opportunity.  We are leaving the shop with the knowledge that we may be back at some stage with another shop,  but in the meantime it’s great news that we can still hold our Exhibitions in the Open Space of the Mall.  We will certainly keep you posted.

Shop Committee

Co-ordinator Sandra Spindler

0414 361 321

Jim Halloran        0400 370 089

Mary Jarret         0419 801 624



 Last week LINDA GLOVER  won  The Curator's Choice for "Island Boy" and Highly Commended for "The Guardian" at the MCAA Awards 2018 at Atwell Gallery,  Congratulation Linda, these are truly beautiful. Well deserved.

 Linda Glover has classes at the Art House every Thursday afternoon 1 - 3pm Acrylic, emphasis on Colour Theory, Composition and Tonal Values



Art House News

 There is no feature artist at the art house for the month of September as  the Open Studio Arts Trail will be running for 3 weekends over the month.


 The Art House will be open as normal and the regular classes during the week (except Friday) will be held as usual. The art trail is held on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


More information will be sent out to participating members before the art trail with

roster details etc.



Once again Eddie Beer’s ever popular workshop at the art house was a great success, some lovely paintings here well done everyone.




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.  Live Folk Music with the magic voices of Jane Kira between 1pm and 3pm.

Also a sheet in the shed for you to put your names down.

We need volunteers to help on market day with the Devonshire teas, sausage sizzle, raffles, and any other fund raising activities.

Dot will be making her usual Devonshire scones.

 Please contact

Val   …..  [email protected]

0478 530 659

or Maureen  ……. 0416 257 594

[email protected]

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


 What’s on My Easel: Hazel Duggan








 What’s on my Easel? Well, an octopus for one. And a rock wall with a vine and a wheat field.

 For as long as I can remember I liked to draw. I also had a love of horses. So that was what I would usually draw. Now, when I look over the paintings and drawings that I have completed over the last couple of years it is obvious that I haven’t settled on any particular subject matter or style. Ducklings and ants, spiders and horses, dandelions and kingfisher, telegraph poles, The Hulk and oh yes, an octopus.

 Over the last couple of years, I have picked up my pencils and started drawing again.  Same story I hear from others; things like work, children and generally being busy tends to put things on hold.

My son gave me an easel so I figured that I might try my hand at painting!  I went out and bought some acrylic paints and some canvasses then trolled the internet for instructions on painting with acrylics. I was amazed at how many interesting and helpful tutorials are out there.

I have experimented with different brush styles and using a palette knife. I really do enjoy trying a variety of ways to put paint on canvas.

When I am not sketching or painting, well actually even when I am sketching or painting, I am Nana to 5 wonderful grandchildren.

My daughter has been encouraging me to “put my art out there”. This I something I have never done, I guess I am rather shy and not all that confident. So, I started looking around for a group to be involved with and to meet other like-minded people. The Armadale Art Society sounded like the perfect fit and thanks guys, I have felt welcomed since I joined a month ago.

 Seeing all the wonderful talent at the Art House and the pop-up shop I am hoping to learn, be inspired and make friends.


Annual Exhibition Update  - Weekend of 26 to 28 October 2018. 


 This years Exhibition is in the planning stages and we have a Sub Committee  and Committee, working hard to make sure this is a successful event.  To help us pay for our Event we have once again submitted for the 2018 City of Armadale Annual Contribution Grant, so keep your fingers crossed that we are successful, the decision is made in mid September.

We will be officially Launching the Exhibition on Friday Evening 26 October and Henry Zelones OAM JP, Mayor City of Armadale will be officially opening our Exhibition.  This years Guest Judges will be well known Perth Artists, Leon Holmes and Stephanie Boyle.

 By now you will have received your Entry Form and Roster sheet for this years Annual Exhibition.  Our cut off date will be 4 October which is the Members Monthly Meeting.

This year our exhibition will be held at the new Greendale Centre in Coombe Avenue, (off Hobbs Drive) Armadale.  The floor space is smaller than the Armadale District Hall.  So it has been necessary to reduce the limit to 3 paintings per member and the entry fee has had to increase to $15 per painting.  This year ASA will be sponsoring our overall winner and runner up prizes to the value of $1000 plus other prizes provided by our generous Sponsors.    

How you can help! We are planning a special Sunday on 30 September from 10am at the Art House to paint Catalogue covers.  The catalogue covers hold our programs for the Exhibition and is a great fund raiser for ASA. plus great value for our visitors who get to buy an original painting for $5.00. please rsvp to Maureen Smith on 0416 257 594.  A little closer to the time we will have another day collating the Catalogue and the programs. 

Another way to help is distribution of our Exhibition flyers.  A supply should be available at the next Members Monthly Meeting. Please share with your  Groups or Clubs, work, notice boards at local shopping centres, friends and family.   Our Exhibition is also listed in the Spring into Armadale Event Program or you can mention and ASA website.

‘We are asking for Painting Donations for our Raffles - Donating Artists will be featured in our Exhibition Program and in our next Newsletter.'








Sandra Reynolds has organised a trip to the Art Gallery, Perth on Thursday 13th September to see the Ned Kelly collection, all are welcome please ring Sandra on 0414 410 137



Thank you to the City of Armadale Library,  Claire Tomlin for their offer of art books that were donated to the library. Trish picked them up and they are now in our library at the Art  House and Gallery for you to borrow.


 Sponsors Corner



A.K.P. Crafts (Cath Kelley) Framing 

Annual Award—0407 249 565

 Catherine Kelley is a long time member of the society and a past president. She has been framing in the local area since 2010.  If you have any requirements for framing, Catherine has plenty of advice and creative ideas to help make your artwork look great.   You are welcome to phone Catherine and make a time to visit her showroom and see a range of framing materials which includes mouldings, slips, Matt board, foam core,  and even a few art supplies on hand.    With the Annual Exhibition coming up soon it’s good to keep Catherine Kelley in mind.  





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.



PATRON - Peter Risk

NEAMI - Armadale - Organisation member

Ones 4 Tech, Kelmscott