June 2017 Newsletter

From the President’s Easel

Thanks to all who made the Dungog Archies a great success.  This includes the Dungog Medical Practice, the participating artists and subjects, the members who organised food and the workshop, and the public. Many people remarked on the high quality of the portraits, and had their own ideas of which one should have been the winner. Fortunately Dr. Brendan Chaston was the sole judge, so the Art Society couldn’t take the blame for missing your favourite.  We had over 90 people attend the opening night. As a result, we will find a more suitable venue for next year’s opening night.

I invite anyone with ideas about workshops or other DAS affairs to contact me.


Upcoming Events and Workshops

Orphans’ Day has been officially declared! It’s the 2nd Sunday in July! Are you an orphan? That is, do you no longer have parents on this earth?  You are invited to a gathering of orphans to celebrate this declared day. When: 9 July, noon; Where: Robinson Park. Bring your food, choice of beverage and a good sense of humour for a fun-filled afternoon!

We are pursuing plans to have a pastel workshop. No definite date or tutor at present. Please let us know if you know of a suitable tutor.

Monday night drawing continues at 5:30. Cost is $3 per session. We now have a youngster who is a budding artist attending. Wendy, our drawing tutor, is out of town for the month of June and Liz Aldis will be stepping in to tutor for the month.

At the request of the Historical Society, we are continuing to organise the painting of a mural on an external wall. We will need about 8 artists to paint the mural. We have four volunteers at the moment. Anybody interested in taking part in this project or needing more information should contact Simone.

A trip to the Archies in Sydney on 15 August is confirmed. We are reserving a 41 seat bus. The cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. A $10 deposit required, with the balance due by 8 August.

Singleton Art Prize – entries close 30 June. Opening night is Friday 21 July from 6 p.m. Singleton Civic

We are investigating the possibility of having a “Speed Dating” evening where 10 to 15 artists meet with 4 or 5 Gallery owners who will give feedback on their art work and suggestions for improving their style.


Work is underway to assure success for our September Annual Exhibition. Entry forms are available from here.
A big thank you to all our sponsors.

Any member wishing to have an exhibition in our workshop should contact Don to arrange a time.

For your information

The Dungog newsagent has 4 very, very large canvases. Please stop by and purchase one if you can use it.


Any recommendations? Don’t forget the library has a lot of art books. Just to your right as you head to the toilets.  There are also art dvds.

James Theatre June and July

18 Sun 7pm Drama/Comedy ‘The Country Doctor’ (M)

24 Sat 6.30pm Dungog Masked Ball ‘Under the Sea (& On the Beach)’

25 Sun 1.30 for 2pm War/Drama ‘Zulu’ (1964)

1 Sat 4pm Drama ‘The Sense of an Ending’ (M)

1 Sat 7pm Action/Adventure/Fantasy ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (PG)

8 Sat 7pm History/Drama ‘Viceroy’s House’ (PG)

Next Meeting

Monday 3 July 5 pm at Gallery (permanent time change to 5 pm)