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January 2018 newsletter

Here is the first newsletter for 2018, many more to come I hope you enjoy it



January 2018




AGM Raffle Winners - 7th December 2017


             Anna Newbey                                       Dot Marshall                           Val Mezger

Congratulations to all of our raffle winners drawn during the counting of the votes; Ian Kallas, Eddie Beer, Dot Marshall, Karen Bayley, Gary Sayers, Val Mezger, Peta Gallagher, Anna Newbey (twice), Libby Morrah, Peter Risk, Frankie Maher, Jane Trichet, Lucia Dulin, Helen Cockburn (twice).

 Photos courtesy of Josephine Titshall.


L to R: Vicki, Alchin, Mary Jarrett, Janet Gardiner, Maureen Smith, Helen Gordon, Trish Halloran, Peter Risk (Patron), Cheryle Shewan, Eddie Beer and Sandie Spindler. 


Word from the President…

Dear Members,

I am delighted to be writing my first President’s foreword for 2018.  I want to personally thank the Members who attended our December AGM and cast your votes for the 2018 Committee.  We had our first Committee Meeting on the 16 January and we are well prepared for the year ahead. 

Inside this first edition is a new listing of all our Committee and the Portfolios they are Coordinating.  Hopefully this will make it easier for you our Members should you have an enquiry and wish to talk to a Committee Member on a specific matter.  I plan to be at the Art House on Friday’s between 10 and 12 noon and I am inviting you to pop in should you have an issue you wish to discuss. 

Our February Members Meeting is on 01 February at Creyk Park and hopefully we will be welcoming quite a few new Members to the meeting.  Members entry is free. You are welcome to bring a visitor along, first time is Complimentary.

Our 2018 Membership’s are now due for renewal, new member forms have been included in this Newsletter, please complete and bring along with your fees to the next Members Meeting, or alternatively post to the Treasurer’s address on the Membership Form.

The ASA web site is looking excellent and it is well worth browsing our site.  You will find a members only section which can be accessed by password and Pin Number, which you will receive with your renewal Membership card and other discount cards.  The new members only section will give you access to download Forms, Roster information, Minutes of Meetings.   

The Pop-Up-Shop at Armadale Shopping Centre leading up to Christmas sold over 100 paintings which was a fantastic thrill for all concerned.  I would like to thank the Sub Committee, and the Hanging Team for all their hard work.  Having that access to the General Public has given us the unique opportunity to Promote ASA to the Community.  Other local artists have popped into the shop for a chat and lots of Membership information has been circulated.   Current status on the shop. It looks like we may have the Pop-Up-Shop for a few months longer so please check out inside the Newsletter for the Pop-Up-Shop News.

I am feeling very excited that this is shaping up to be a year full of activities.   We have a wonderful Committee and Volunteer infrastructure which hopefully is now more accessible to all our Members. I would also like to congratulate and welcome our Newsletter Editor, Kate Malkiewycz on her first newsletter.


Trish Halloran



Next Meeting

Thursday 1st February at 7:00pm at

Creyk Park Pavilion, Waltham Road, Armadale.

We are excited to be welcoming Pamela Lockwood as the  Demonstrator at this meeting to demonstrate flowers in watercolours.

Pamela considers herself a traditional watercolour artist, and also paints abstracts using acrylics. She has also won many awards for her paintings in both watercolour and acrylic, and teaches watercolour techniques at the Atwell Gallery & Karen Frankel Art Studio.

The Loose and Luscious Ladies will also be continuing to delight our tastebuds by providing supper.




Wednesday 21st February

Deliver paintings Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th February.

Remember to fill out cards for your paintings.

 2018 Minnawarra Arts Awards Entries

Entries open early February, exhibition 12-27 May 2018.


Workshop - Solar Painting - with Dot Marshall

Sunday 18th February 10am to 4pm


Wine and Canvas Intuitive Art -with Geraldine Gustavino

Friday 16th February at 6pm


Watercolour Workshop - with Ian Kallas - Old buildings including sky techniques with pen & ink

Sunday 15th April 9am to 4pm

 Art House & Gallery Opening Hours

 Always open of Friday and Saturday 10am till 3pm

Call in and see the resident artists Sandy Robertson and David Box, as well as the feature artist of the month. You are always welcome to sit around the table with a cuppa for a chat!

Feature artist to be advised... Contact Cheryle Shewan on 9459 5610 if you have an interest in being the feature artist in future.


Classes and groups at the Art House

The Art House and Gallery, 63 Railway Ave, Kelmscott

Open:  Friday & Saturday, 10am—3pm and during classes.

MONDAY  10am to 1pm      NEAMI GROUP          

MONDAY  -  1pm to 4pm          Pastel artists group                                                                                                               contact Hazel Moore: 

TUESDAYS  - 10am to 2pm    Portraits in oils class   Carol Joy 0427 749 085

WEDNESDAY  - 9am to 12pm Informal group        Everyone welcome, any      medium, $3 members $5 non members  -  Sandra Reynolds   0414 410 137

WEDNESDAY  -  1pm to 4 pm  Oil painting classes          Val 0478 530 659

WEDNESDAY  - 6.30pm to 9pm Informal group    Everyone welcome, any medium, cost $3 members, $5 non members.     Contact Val  0478 530 659

THURSDAY 9:30am to 2:30pm  Watercolours   Loose and Luscious

Fortnightly $30 byo                                                 with Deb Weber 0434 059 316 

THURSDAY 9:30am to 12:30pm Watercolour with Megan Obrien 

Fortnightly  $15                                                             Megan       0409 293 127

FRIDAY  10am  to 12p                                Informal group        Contact Val 0478 530 659

FRIDAY  10am to 12pm                             DRAWING CLASS with David Box 0488 392 931

FRIDAY 12pm to 3pm                                DRAWING CLASS  pm Chantelle 0422 541 738                                                                                     

SATURDAY Alt Sat 10 am to 12pm       Informal group  Everyone welcome, any medium, $3 members, $5 non members. Trish Davis;    or 9390 6049 (Alternate Saturdays)

SATURDAY Alt Sat 10am to 12pm Acrylic & Mixed Media Classes               $23 (Alternate Saturdays)                                  Geraldine Gustavino  0437 788 630





$60 each which includes all paints, inks, papers and equipment


10am to 4pm

At The Art House, 63 Railway Ave, Kelmscott


Dot Marshall


Mob: 0409 921 838

Solar painting is an interesting technique using inks or fluid watercolour, dropped on paper and put out in the sun for it to do it’s magic! We will use ferns, leaves and flowers to create patterns. As in the above painting (triptych) the painting worked without any additions to it, but you can use it for many things. As a background for a painting, use it as a collage paper. It is limited by your imagination.

GREAT FOR MAKING GREETING CARDS, so you will be making some from your solar paintings, card stock is supplied.

You will need

  • Spray bottle
  • Rigger brush
  • Lunch

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or mobile phone.

I hope you will have a very exciting time at our workshop, remember that your art should be primarily for your enjoyment, if someone else loves it enough to have it on their wall, that is a bonus.

If you love what you do it will show in your work.


 Solar Painting;“Little Sea Creatures”Inks on rice paper


Subject: Old buildings, including sky techniques and pen & ink.

Supplied: Paper, backing board, and pen supplied.

Bring your own: Paints, spray bottle of water and your lunch.

Cost: $50

Contact Ian for more information on 0427 727 314



We have just invited another 5 artists into the Armadale Shopping Centre Pop-up Shop which completes our wait list to date.

If you are interested in being included in the Pop-Up-Shop please apply to:

Sandy Spindler or on 0414 361 321

There are conditions of entry:

Each participating artist is require to work 2 full days per monthly roster

There is also a fee of $20 per month to exhibit 5 paintings

This may be reduced as more members join the shop

If any participating artists are considering withdrawing, please let us know asap as rosters need to be worked out.

We do have a sub committee for the shop for any queries, Sandra Spindler, Valerie Mezger and Maureen Smith.


 Entries Open Soon for the 2018 Minnawarra Art Awards

Artist entries for the City of Armadale’s Minnawarra Art Awards will open in early February, with the exhibition presented 12-27 May 2018 The Art Awards will once again be presented alongside the Armadale Arts Festival 12-27 May.

Works will be skillfully selected and curated by Ron Nyisztor of Nyisztor Studio, with the exhibition showcasing an enticing group exhibition, featuring a number of works across a range of mediums and an exciting public program featuring workshops, floor talks and indulgent high teas.

To submit an entry for consideration, visit or email For more information don’t forget to join the event page on the City of Armadale Facebook Page.

Kelly Jennings

Major Events & Arts Coordinator

City of Armadale


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