March 2019 Newsletter

From the President’s Easel

Summer is threatening to end, although you’d never know it by recent days. We’re coming out of our summer lull with a rush of getting ready for the local Archies, “Whose Face is This?” Our landlord has invited us to use the space vacated by the antique shop for our Archies Exhibition. It will be a great space for opening night and will have minimum impact on the gallery. Hanging should be easier than dragging our stands up from under the Festival Lounge as there are picture rails to use.

Don’t forget the deadline for entry forms – this Friday, 15 March. It’s getting late to mail them, but you can email them with a direct deposit payment, or hand carry them into the gallery between 10 and 2. Then deliver your winning entry () on the 26th.

And of course, put the word out for opening night, on the 29th. It promises to be a great evening with finger foods and drinks. Sign up sheet for help is in the gallery.

Have you noticed our windows? Each artist wishing to have their work displayed in our windows will have the opportunity to do so as their name comes up in alphabetical order. The windows are attracting people and visitors are increasing in numbers. We’ve also had sales from the window art.

Still to be decided is the place and time for our yearly painting get away. Watch this space for the details.

The Uniting Church has sent us a request for paintings to accompany their flower festival in September. There’s a letter at the gallery outlining the idea and relevant Bible themes. If you’re interested in helping them and having a new audience see your art work, get the details from the letter.


The etching workshop was well received. There were only 4 participants but Jan Samson said she didn’t think it would have worked with any more. The tutor worked nonstop, helping people learn.

There are only 2 places left for a workshop in Gloucester. Jan will be arranging a time soon. We will be going to Gloucester rather than having Judy Simonson come here. In that way, we’ll have access to a more complete range of her materials.

A small group of us went to the Gloucester gallery to have a look and possibly consider showing there. The cost is $500/month and can be shared by as many people who want to exhibit. They’re booking 2020 now and it’s more than half full, so people who want to display up there should contact me. When interested artists have contacted me we can discuss available months.

Can you spare 4 hours a month in our gallery to keep us viable? Please have a look at the dates not yet filled on the roster and volunteer on a day that needs someone. Don’t worry about not knowing how to do it. We will provide training and there are procedures written in the black notebook in the work area.

Would you like a post about your work on our facebook page go to 10 times more audience than we normally get? If so, it will only costs $18 to have facebook boost your post to interested people in the Hunter region. Just let me know.

That’s about all I have at the moment.  Don’t forget to take a day to keep us open.


Dates and Events to Remember 

4th Annual Dungog Archies

Sponsored by our Medical Centre, with first prize $750 and second prize $250, this has become quite an event.  Last year a youth prize was also awarded and may be added this year as well, if we have under 18 artists. Deadline for entries and fees is 15 March and works are due by 2 pm on the 26 March. Opening night is Friday, 29 March at our gallery, 266 Dowling St. Entry forms can be found here.

Drawing Class

It is in full swing at 5:30 on Mondays. $5 per class, under 18’s are free.


We are considering applying for grants which would cover infrastructure, i.e. new, cheaper lighting, and programs to further arts in the community. If  you are interesting in participating in writing grants, please let me know.

I know it’s too soon to start talking about September’s Annual Exhibition, but it is worthy of note that we have already been invited back for that month to the Botanic Gardens, so you might want to start thinking about a botanic theme.

Do you have 4 hours a month to spare?

Please check schedules in the black binder in the gallery work room and fill in a date. If you’re not sure how to be in the gallery we will happily provide training during your first days there. There are still several opportunities on it for you to help keep us functioning. Thank you. For those of you who are scheduled and find you have a conflict, the calendars will provide a list of people to call to see if you can trade.

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Dungog Arts Society’s mission is to foster creative activities for all members of the community and to further develop artist awareness. Our latest activities and upcoming events can be found on our News page.

We can be found at the foot hills of the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park, on the main street of the historic town of Dungog, 266 Dowling Street Dungog NSW 2420.

The original art group began in 1973 with a small group of artists and was eventually formed into a Society in the year 2000. Our main aims are:

  • To nurture an interest in art in the Dungog community
  • To provide facilities for local artists to meet and work together
  • To have classes for people to learn drawing and painting techniques
  • To venture out into the field and enjoy the great outdoors.

Our current committee is listed on this page.

If you wish to join as a member, go to this page.