From the president’s easel

Thursday’s meeting was a long one due to the presentation by Sarah Crawford about the Art Trail, scheduled to take place the 23rd – 25th of November. Last year’s was tremendously successful and we are looking to having it as an annual event. Towards that end we are asking people to open their studios, as well as highlighting historic homes, walking tours, workshops and having everyone involved.

At present we have three main focuses:

  •  Keeping the gallery open, which requires everyone pitching in (hint, hint) to cover our open hours
  • Having workshops to further our education and development in the arts
  • Our Annual Exhibition.

In respect to keeping us going, I urge you to stop by and select just one or two days a month to volunteer on a regular basis. That’s really the only way we will be able to keep the gallery going. Once again I wish I had Don Whitten’s humour to drive home how important volunteering is to our group.Oh, Don, where are you when I need you?

As for our workshops, they are going along well. We’ve had a couple of Tuesday tutoring sessions on painting portraits with live models and we have a weekend Mixed Media workshop scheduled for the 23 – 24 June. As of this writing there is one spot left. See below for details.

Our Annual Exhibition really supports us financially. It is the single most important event of the year. It is extremely intensive for the exhibition committee, and particularly for the secretary, dealing with sponsorship, entry forms and catalogs. In the past Pat Staker has been the lead in all of this. This year Pat has stepped down and Donna Woodlands has taken the reins. Our first committee meeting for the Exhibition tomorrow, as I write this, 12 June at 2:30. If there’s anyone who would like to volunteer, please do come to the meeting.

We had a brief discussion about our status as volunteers, and how important it is for us to get along and be respectful of each other. I am more than willing to help resolve any problems or differences between our members. Please let me know if you have a problem dealing with anyone in the organisation. Confidentiality at all times.

Cheers from Toby

MEMBERSHIP year begins 1 July and dues are appreciated in a timely manner. Please find the renewal form here. Please note that you may either return by email with a direct deposit receipt, print it out and mail with your cheque, or drop it into the gallery.


As stated above, the weekend of the 23rd and 24th is a workshop. Mark your calendars! I’m so excited about this workshop on MIXED MEDIA. It’s a 2 day workshop, led by Rhonda Purcel. She comes very highly recommended. It’s to be held at Dorothy Davis’ home on Sugarloaf Road. Saturday goes from 10 to 4. Sunday will start at 10 and will go until we’re finished. There’s a maximum of 10 participants, so there will be a lot of individual tutoring. The fee is only $100 and covers both days, lunch on Saturday and most of the required materials. We require a $20 deposit to hold your space. Don’t put off thinking about this. It’s a golden opportunity to learn or sharpen your skills. We will also have a waiting list when the class fills up. There is currently one space left. See or call Jan Samson 4992 3233 to register or enquire.

DRAWING continues on Monday nights the time has moved earlier for the cooler weather. We are now meeting at 5:30. The cost remains $5.00 a session. Youths are free.

Wendy and Michelle attended the May MARKETS. It was a successful event so it was decided to continue to attend. June’s market was attended by Michelle and Simone. Once again they agreed that it’s worth continuing. They are taking cards, little items and our raffle. So if you’ve been putting off doing bits and pieces, now is the time.

Dungog Annual Art Exhibition

22 September – 1 October 2018

Opening night, Friday 21 September 2018, 6pm – 9:30pm

Conditions of Entry

Entry forms to be in by 7 September 2018. Entry forms are downloadable here from our website or for collection from our gallery.

Size limited to 1m x 1m or less.

Limit of 4 entries per person.

Categories: Open, Local Artist, Photography, Fibre Art, Miniatures, Traditional Landscape, Youth (Painting, Drawing, Photography), and Three Dimensional works (which may also be included in Sculptures on the Farm).