our gallery window display
Members are entitled to display their works in the gallery front window for a 2 week period
Featured Artist JUNE BECKETT: June is an extraordinary self taught artist, using water colour to create detailed, life-like work encompassing a variety of subjects. Stop by the gallery to view her works in our windows.
Provide a focal point for the fostering of creative activities for all members of the community, and to further develop artistic awareness of both visual and performing arts.
Promote local talent by providing a creative base and tourist facility of local significance.
Engage in activities intended to develop the practice of arts and crafts in the community.
To be the most progressive Arts Society in the Lower Hunter Region through participation, promotion, support and management.
Toby Solomon 0428 630 214
Cynthia Denning 0422 847 599
Greg Mudie 0407 953 928
Cheryl Lavender 0421 136 933
Ruth Dircks 0448 950 255
Membership & Minutes Secretary
Marilyn Rudak 0416 435 651
Carrie Williams 0438 611 677
Our next workshop
Oil Painting Basics for Beginners
Run by our very own talented Gaye Shield
Saturday 24th April at the Dungog CWA Hall
OUR NEXT WORKSHOP
LINO CUT by Leigh Nankervis.
You might remember Leigh from her unique display in out windows last year.
Leigh is an experienced and enthusiastic printmaker and teacher. The proposed workshop will introduce linocut skills that can be done on the kitchen table or studio. No press necessary. Over two days participants will develop images, then learn carving and printing methods. They will leave with beautiful artworks.
WHEN: SATURDAY 27TH & SUNDAY 28TH MARCH
FROM: 10AM TO 4PM
WHERE: Donna Woodlands' residence, 87 Mackay St Dungog
HOW MUCH: $50 COVERS BOTH SESSIONS. PAYMENT DUE AT REGISTRATION. Add your name to the sheet at the gallery or via the Contact Us page. or in the comments section in the post on our Facebook page
Pay at the gallery or direct debit to BSB 646000 A/C 100073110
A Report on the Workshop from participant Donna Woodlands
Thankyou Leigh for leading such an informative workshop. Over the 2 days we learned such a lot both from your instruction and practical help. Everything ran smoothly and we were kept very busy due to your detailed and professional preparation, and we can continue to practice with the help of your prepared booklet. The 8 of us ended the weekend very tired , but well satisfied with the work we had done. You have inspired us by opening up the possibilities of further development of our skills in the future with you.
The 2021 Dobell Festival of Art and Craft has been rescheduled to June 2021. The festival will again be held at the Wangi District Workers Club in Wangi.
Opening night and prize presentations will be held on Friday 4th June commencing at 7pm.
Entry fee is $15 and includes a welcome beverage, canapes and a weekend pass.
The exhibition will be open Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June from 10am to 4 pm.
Stay tuned for calls for entries from April onward.
Please contact Jane 0414 683 597
for further information.
Full details on their website
The Yancoal Singleton Art Prize
The Singleton Yancoal Art Exhibition will be run this year.
Closing date for entries is Friday 2 July
Winners Announced 7:45pm, Friday 30th July‐ Open 6:00 pm for viewing $27 includes Program, wine & food- Bookings essential
Venue Singleton Civic Centre – Queen Street Singleton NSW 2330
General Viewing Open daily 10am to 6pm (entry $2) Saturday 31st to 3rd August 2021
Full details on their website
Click on the links below for entry forms and conditions of entry
It is with great sadness that we must report the sudden passing of Mark Reedman on Tuesday 2nd February.
Mark was the Regional Arts Development Officer and Executive Director of Arts Upper Hunter.
Mark worked tirelessly to promote art in the region and was instrumental in our Society receiving a $5000 grant to conduct artistic workshops.
He will be sorely missed
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS 2021
27 & 28 March – Leigh Nankervis – Lino Cut Workshop
24 April – Gaye Shield – Oil Painting Basics for Beginners.
29 May – Cynthia Denning – Using Spirit Medium with Pastels
Tuesday to Sunday
11 am to 3 pm
266 Dowling St Dungog
REPORT - FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 2021
Co-facilitator Donna Woodlands has furnished this report for the very successful workshop.
This workshop was led by Wendy Graham, assisted by Jan Samson and Donna Woodlands
It was wonderfully enabled by Wendy’s granddaughter, Annie, who has a background in dance.
She was very patient, generous and strong in her poses and was a lovely subject for us to draw. Thankyou so much Annie.
12 people managed to find spaces around the room, though a couple had challenging back views . Apologies for that.
Thanks Toby for arranging the venue with air conditioning. We needed it, and it is a great space to use.
The feedback from everyone I spoke to was that they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and requested more of the same. Something we intend to arrange in the future.
Wendy, Jan and Donna
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the gallery commencing at 5:00pm.
Come along and be part of the decision making of our Society
Next Meeting Thursday 6 May
We are resuming meetings at the gallery premises due to the easing of COVID -19 restrictions
Monday Drawing Classes
Postponed due to COVID-19
Drawing classes are held in our gallery on Monday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Cost is $5 per person per session.
Youths are free
Bunnings Hardware - Generous Donation
Towards our Christmas Raffle
Bunnings Maitland have very generously donated to us a magnificent new wheelbarrow that we will stock with goodies for our Christmas Raffle.
If you would like to donate a gift to fill the barrow just drop it off at the gallery
Raffle will be drawn Wednesday 23rd December
AND OUR WINNER IS.............
THE DUNGOG ARCHIES 2020
The Dungog Archies 2020 have been judged and the winners have been announced.
First prize - Greg Danvers
Second prize - Helene Leane
Highly Commended - Cynthia Denning
Junior under 13 - Lily Cook
Junior 13 to 18 - Isa Taylor
See all the entries on our Dungog Archies 2020 page in the "exhibitions & events" page
or click here
Prizemoney proudly donated by
The Medical Centre Dungog
and Mr Doug Spedding
The exhibition runs from Friday 4th September until Friday 18th September at our gallery 266 Dowling St Dungog
GALLERY LIGHTS UPGRADE
We have been fortunate to receive a grant from Arts Upper Hunter of $1000 to upgrade the lights in our gallery to LED which are cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly.
The total cost of the upgrade is $1415, so generous members have embraced the "Sponsor a Light" scheme where they contributed to the shortfall, by "adopting" one of the 18 lights in the gallery for $20
Here is a list of the contributors so far
Pat & John Staker
Royce Burns & Dianne Pope
Greg & Phyl Danvers
Phillippa & John Graham
Our gallery has now opened but our members have still been busy creating new works during this COVID-19 pandemic.
See their work at the new isolation art page and read how they are coping cooped up at home.
We are still accepting works.
For more information and how to contribute go here
Monday 1st June
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the gallery at 266 Dowling Street has been re-opened.
Social distancing is still required and hand sanitizer is available at the entry and should be used.
Also please sign the tracking book.
CLASSES TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
Check back here for dates when resumed
Janice Ailwood is running classes in Watercolour Techniques. These classes are for beginners or those wishing to refresh their watercolour skills.
Click here for full details