JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER
Fingers crossed for further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, so that life can return to normal, whatever that is going to be.
Nothing concrete to report, but negotiations are proceeding with the view to the exhibition being held in September. Covid and unexpected Council requirements conspired against us for our 3 July opening, but the Society is committed to holding the Archies in some fashion, as soon as possible.
Membership renewals are now due. We understand money is tight, this year more than any other, but our Society can only survive with the support of our members. The quickest and easiest way to renew your membership is via the website, from the comfort of your own home.
Here is the link https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/beome-a-member
Alternatively, a paper form is attached to this email, or simply pop into the gallery when next in town.
Last month, we had 3 days where the gallery did not open as intended, due to the person rostered neglecting to turn up. If, for reasons beyond your control, you cannot fill your shift, ring around and try and arrange a replacement. If that is not possible, let a committee member know and we will see what can be done. Put your shift in your diary or phone reminder so you don’t forget to turn up !!!
Dungog has been busy lately and we cannot afford to let sales opportunities slip by failure to open the gallery.
If you are not currently on the roster, but would like to help out, respond to this email. Even one day a month would assist greatly.
I have attached the August roster. We still require shifts to be covered on Saturday 1st, Sunday 16th and Saturday 29th. Again, respond to this email if you can assist or drop into the gallery and enter your name on the roster.
Dungog Library Upgrade
Further to last week’s letter concerning the upgrade, I encourage members to contact Council and advise them of Dungog Arts Society’s support for this program. The new library could well be a means of promoting our art and artists
Dungog Arts Society
JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER
Well Monday 1 June was a memorable day as the gallery re-opened after the COVID-19 lockdown.
It is good that a sense of normalcy is returning, not just for Dungog Arts Society, but for the community in general.
THE DUNGOG ARCHIES
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the Archies are ready to go ahead. Opening night will be Friday 3rd July at 6:30pm at the Dungog Festival Lounge. The exhibition will run there on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Then on Monday 6th July, the exhibition will relocate to our gallery for a week.
We were obliged to hold the exhibition at the Festival Lounge due to social distancing restrictions. The larger premises there will allow greater numbers to attend. Of course, there is still the challenge of allowing as many people as possible to attend, tempered with providing a safe environment from the virus. Therefore, the exhibition format will be different than that of previous years. We intend to offer two sessions on opening night in an attempt to spread the crowd to meet social distancing requirements. There will be a 6:30pm session and a 7:30pm session. One hour should be sufficient to view the exhibition, enjoy a drink and some finger food and interact with friends in a responsible manner.
Ticket costs will be $10 per adult with children under 16 free. Tickets can be obtained from the gallery prior to the event, at the door on the night and via our website. EFTPOS facilities are available at the gallery and on the night.
We are also running a raffle in conjunction with the Archies. On offer as prizes is a painting by Gaye Shield along with a beautiful shawl hand made by Jane Winiarczwyk. Tickets are $2 and can be obtained from the gallery and on the night.
Please support this event. I can assure you that the standard of paintings is very high and competition for prizes will be fierce.
Finally, we are looking for members to fill the roster for the exhibition. We need staff for one shift from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the Friday and a 3 hour shift 9am to noon and noon to 3pm on each of Saturday and Sunday. If you can assist, respond to this email with the times that you can fill.
Member Marilyn Flannery made 2 generous donations to the Society during lockdown to assist with our running costs. Liz Aldis donated a number of her marvelous paintings, 2 of which were offered up at the online art auction which realized $300 for the coffers. Thank you, ladies. Don Whitton is mindful that sponsorship for our Annual Exhibition may be down this year due to tough times for businesses due to the lockdown and has made a very generous pledge to prizemoney for the event.
Speaking of the Annual Exhibition, it has been decided to postpone the event for this year. It is most likely that the Dungog Festival will not go ahead in October, thereby denying us the visitor numbers so vital for a successful exhibition. Provisionally, a date in March 2021 will be found.
Our sponsor and landlord Doug Spedding has negotiated a rental deal to assist us through the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent payable has been reduced from $270 to $200 per week for a 4 month period from late March 2020. At the conclusion of that period, rent will rise to $270 per week plus an amount to make up the difference between the $200 actually paid and the $270 due. Therefore, we will pay $310 per week for 104 weeks to repay the deficit, after which rent will revert to $270 per week.
Membership renewal is due from 1 July. We understand that finances may be tight due to COVID-19, but our society, more than any time in the past, is relying on your support to survive into the future. If you value the contribution that the Dungog Arts Society makes to the community and its importance to the wellbeing and social interaction of the members, please renew your membership and do your part to assist in the survival of your society.
The quickest and easiest way to renew your membership is to go to our website at https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/beome-a-member on your laptop or smartphone.
If you need a paper form, one is attached to this email, or drop into the gallery for one.
$50 MILLION RESCUE & RESTART PACKAGE
The NSW Government has announced this package for not for profit organisations. We will lodge an application and can apply for an amount equivalent to expected lose of income for the 2020 calendar year. Wish us luck.
Member Leigh Nankervis has offered to run a workshop in lithography. Dates are yet to be finalized. A list is at the gallery. Add your name if you would like to attend or respond to this email and you name will be added.
MONDAY DRAWING CLASSES
We intend to recommence the drawing classes in September with a fee of $20 per month rather than $5 per week. More details to follow.
There are a number of vacant dates. If you can fill one please respond to this email or attend the gallery
Click here for the roster
Creativity in Lockdown – Our members respond
Hello fellow members of the Dungog Arts Society
The COVID-19 virus has changed our lifestyle dramatically. Reluctantly we closed the gallery and postponed the Archies.
One unfortunate aspect of these actions has been that there is now minimal contact amongst members. The society exists to foster art in Dungog and to provide a focal point for social interaction between members and the public.
The fact that we are now forced to spend more time at home should not mean that we become less active creatively, in fact it is an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and pass the idle hours productively.
Our member Greg Danvers has been doing just that, working on his art and he has come up with an excellent suggestion. He proposes that we continue to create and display our works electronically. To do this, I have added a page to our website “isolation art”, whereby members can email their works and they will be added to the page. Greg further suggests that we each offer one work to be sold when this crisis ends and the gallery reopens, with the full sale price going to the society. You will be aware that our society has no income during the shutdown, yet has bills to pay, causing an unsustainable drain on our reserve funds.
We encourage you to get creative and support this effort. Involvement will be good for your sanity during this difficult period. Your contributions can take any form, paintings, photos, poems, stories, funny experiences, changes you have made. It can also be a point of contact for members who may be experiencing difficulties, for example shopping or cleaning.
Email your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line “isolation art” and feel free to add any snippets of how you are coping with the virus. Then check our website https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/ and see your fellow members’ contributions on the isolation art page.
We want our members to know that the society has every intention of weathering the storm of COVID-19 and plans to continue to be part of the fabric of Dungog’s society into the future. We can only do this with your assistance.
May 2020 Newsletter
As lockdown drags along there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully it won’t be too long before life returns to normal.
Our gallery remains closed and some members have asked about the rent for the premises. Our landlord, Doug Spedding has been most generous in allowing us to forego rent payments for the duration of the lockdown. Of course, this rent will be made up by increased rental payments when the gallery opens. Toby has just negotiated a new agreement and there has in fact been a weekly rent reduction for 4 months. Thank you, Doug.
The National Bank has also deferred payments for our EFTPOS service until November. However our sponsors of EFTPOS, Dick & Lynn Jenkin have graciously decided to continue to pay the $40 monthly fee to the gallery.
Vale Brian Wade
Sadly, we report the recent passing of longtime member Brian Wade. Friends will miss him deeply. Wendy Grahame relates that until his recent ill health, Brian was a very active member of the society. He was one of those members who could always be relied upon to put his hand up and be involved in any activity. A fine artist, Wendy says he also had a keen eye for floral arrangements and his centrepieces were a highlight on dining tables and at various functions including our annual exhibitions.
If you are struggling with gift ideas for Mother’s Day, Toby has generously offered to open the gallery for anyone wishing to purchase an item from our selection. Just give her a call on 0428 630 214 to arrange a time.
Our member, Cheryl Lavender has suggested we run an Art Auction on Facebook as a means to raise badly needed revenue and to keep members engaged. She will provide one of her works and will generously pay a higher commission rate to the gallery.
Liz Aldis has kindly donated a number of works and we would like to offer 2 of them at our first auction. We ask that you visit the Dungog Arts Society Facebook page and have a look and lodge a bid if you would like to be the proud owner of Liz’s fine works. Also, we ask that you “Share” the link with your friends, so that the auction can reach as many people as possible. If it is successful, we can run many more auctions in the future.
Don’t forget we have a page on our website called isolation art, where you can submit any works you have done during lockdown to while away the hours spent inside.
Here is the page https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/isolation-art
And here are instructions to add your work https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/members-news
Commission Work Available
Previously we mentioned that Dungog resident Michael Williams was looking for artists to complete paintings to decorate his house. He sat down with Simone and went over his requirements. Simone has forwarded the following
“Michael Williams has chosen canvas size, all landscape. 22x28inches (56×71cm) these are available at Eckersleys $45.25ea. He wants 5x paintings. 1x Arnott's Biscuit truck driving along a road in a landscape. 1x of Red Kelpie Dog on back of a Ute within a landscape. 1x of His building with RM Williams advertising on it, angle took from The Long room cafe, with no neighbouring buildings. 1x Ampol Garage within a country scene. 1x NRMA servicing a car along a country road that has broken down. Michael would like a price of $300. (Quote was low and he had not budgeted for $500 each).” Editor’s note. Canvasses can be sourced more cheaply at various outlets.
If you would like to be involved, contact Michael directly on 0468 833 929.
Dungog Arts Society
April 2020 Newsletter
Hello Dungog Arts Society members.
I write this realising we blew right past the April meeting without even a phone call of enquiry. We are all hunkered down in various forms of isolation, doing our best to ride out this storm. I hope this finds us all in good health, and allowing art to bring us peace. We have 1 member who had Covid-19 but has thankfully recovered.
We remain closed for the time being. I hear 2 months, but I’m guessing more like 6. I hope I’m wrong. There is a sign on the door stating we are closed, that the Archies competition has been postponed and that viewing is available by appointment only, and my phone number provided. Today our electricity is supposed to be turned off in an effort to lower our financial obligations. I am in negotiations with Doug Spedding, our landlord, with the intension of suspending our rent, to be made up with an increase when we reopen. Nothing has been finalised yet, but our automatic payments to him have been stopped. And NAB has waved our Efpos monthly fee until November. Dick Jenkin, who donates the monthly fee to us, has opted to continue his donation through our closure. A big thank you goes out to Dick.
I am also in negotiations with The Gloucester Advocate regarding the publication, Gloucester Towns. You may remember that several of our members generously donated so we could have a presence in this tourist publication. It turns out that distribution began on the first of March. Of course there’s not much benefit derived from it for the foreseeable future, and I have requested compensation; I am waiting for an answer to this.
Greg, in his role as secretary, has been reviewing possible grants so we may upgrade our lighting. He applied for one, which was unfortunately unsuccessful in obtaining money, but he will continue to persevere in this effort.
So, as you can see, there are as yet several unanswered questions pending. Hopefully, by the next time you hear from me (or Greg), much of the outstanding issues will have be settled.
If you have any suggestions or questions, I am available on 0428 630 214.
In the meantime, keep well and keep creating. Remember that art feeds the soul in a way that nothing else can.
March 2020 Newsletter
I trust you are all well. It is nice to hear the whirl of lawnmowers as the rain has revived the grass. Everything is so lovely and green.
Request for works of Art
Our Thursday meeting opened with an address from new man in town, Michael Williams. He has a desire to hang artwork in his residence and will commission artists from our gallery to do so. He is looking for 5 paintings, of dimensions around 700cm X 600cm or thereabouts. He desires a particular theme that represents old world charm in country towns, the likes of general stores, petrol stations, buildings with outdoor displays such as ads for Bushells Tea, Arnotts biscuits, Rosella sauce, you get the drift. If interested we can put you in touch with Michael
The Archies is fast approaching. It is not too late to get your entries in with closing date being Wednesday 18th March. But remember you have until 25th March to delivery your entry so pay by 18th and deliver 25th with opening night Friday 27th March.
There has been a slow response to Youth entries, so encourage the young ones amongst you to have a go. It is very easy to enter the Archies on our website, so no paper form required. Go to https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/enter-the-archies.
If you can volunteer on the night, serving drinks, food, manning the front door etc respond to this email and we will put you on the roster.
Advertisement “Barrington Towns” magazine.
Thanks to all those who pledged money to make the Barrington Towns ad a reality. Also thanks to Cynthia Denning who commissioned and paid for the design of the ad. The magazine should be in tourism outlets from late March so it will be interesting to see the reaction.
Bunnings Maitland Sausage Sizzle
It is all systems go with Bunnings allocating us a date of Saturday 13th June for a sausage sizzle. At Thursday meeting seven enthusiastic members put their hands up to man the bbq. I am waiting for Bunnings to send me details of hours required and also figures of takings from previous sizzles.
It is likely that we would have an 8 hour day there, so hopefully we can have enough volunteers to roster 4 hour shifts. If you can put your name down, again get in touch with the gallery or respond to this email.
Donation from Loveys Grocers
You may be aware that Loveys Grocers have a Loyalty Reward Program, where a percentage of what you spend in store goes to worthy organisations. We gratefully received our quota this month. If you shop regularly at Loveys, and have a reward card, can you consider making the society the recipient of any benefits.
Another quiet month in the gallery, where again our outgoings exceeded our takings. Hopefully things can turn around soon, but in the meantime, it makes it all the more important to support our fund raising initiatives.
Ruth also has asked that members be more careful when writing receipts as a recent error, where a cheque was receipted twice, made balancing the books difficult. The alleged offender has assured me that he will take more care in the future as he does not want to get a bad name in the Munni area.
Application for Grants
The NSW government, via the Office of Tourism is offering Funding for Regional Events. The total pool is only small, $1 million statewide, however any grant can be used up to 31 December 2020. Potentially we could apply for the grant to promote our Annual Exhibition. The grant cannot be used for prizemoney. Applications close 25th March, so I will look into the application process.
We are still awaiting outcome of our gallery lighting grant.
Trip to Archibald Prize in Sydney.
It is still proposed to organise a bus trip to Sydney for the Archibald Prize. The date pencilled in is Wednesday 17th June. If interested, a list has been started at the gallery, or email the society.
Monday Drawing Classes – Possible changes
Our Monday evening class is limping along. Numbers are down. We’re wondering if people would prefer a daytime class rather than evening. As it is there aren’t enough attendees to keep it going. Please email back your thoughts or speak to a committee member.
Gaye Shield organised a workshop held at the CWA building in pastel techniques, facilitated by renowned artist Gwendolin Lewis. The event was well patronised and thank you Gaye for your hard work.
Jan Ailwood is running watercolour classes at her home studio. Full details can be found on our website here https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/janice-ailwood-art-classes
It is hoped to have perennial favourite Pablo Tapia hold a workshop in November on portraiture, in preparation for the 2021 Archies. Stay tuned for further details. They will certainly go up on our new improved website when available…have you paid a visit lately? https://www.dungogartssociety.com.au/.
Until next month
Dungog Arts Society
Newsletter February 2020
I hope the rain has lifted everyone’s mood. The grass is green and the dams are filling up. With a bit more rain forecasted, even the farmers are happy. Let’s hope that this is the turn in fortunes that we all have been waiting for.
February Monthly Meeting
The February monthly meeting was well attended with 15 members in attendance. We know that it was well attended as our guest speaker, Tracey Lowery, Community Project Officer with Dungog Shire Council advised us that none of the many committee meetings that she attends in her official capacity is so well represented. Attendance could well have been more impressive as there were a number of apologies from members unable to attend.
Tracey was able to speak at length on matters that vitally affect our society. Primarily, she confirmed that funding for our Annual Exhibitions should be made each year through the Community (Small) Grants program. Our fears that the guidelines were outside the scope of conditions were allayed as Tracey stated that there was a good deal of discretion when reviewing grants.
Tracey also gave valuable information in regards to applying for other grants. She also discussed ways that our society can interact with council in the various community involvement events, such as Seniors Week, International Women’s Day etc. Tracey also suggested that we could be included in the various Newsletters that circulate within the Shire. All in all there was much to consider and there are obvious benefits to our society.
A reminder that the Archies are in full swing. Get those paints out and have your entry in by 18th March and come along for the opening on Friday 27th March, at the gallery at 6pm. Encourage your friends to enter especially the children as there is $250 in Youth Section prizes this year.
The Christmas holiday period was not kind to us this year. No doubt the bushfires had a massive effect on visitor numbers to the town and consequently to the gallery. Sales were minimal and we ran at a loss for the December/January period. This makes a successful Archies all the more important so please give it your full support.
Trip to Sydney for the Archibald Prize
We are still keen to get a trip to the Archibald Prize up and running. At this stage we have a provisional date of Wednesday 17th June pencilled in. If we can get around 40 participants, we can hire a large coach with a fare of approximately $30. Departing Dungog at 7:00 am and returning by 6:00pm with a stop at Clarence Town to pick up passengers. We will need numbers soon so contact us if you are interested.
Advertising in The Dungog Chronicle
We were approached by the Chronicle to participate in a brochure promoting tourism in the Barrington region. Whilst there would be benefits from being involved, the minimum cost of over $500 for a quarter page advertisement is beyond our financial capacity at this stage, so it was voted to decline their offer.
Sausage Sizzle – Maitland Bunnings
Our society is pursuing the opportunity to run a Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings. This I feel would be a fantastic opportunity to raise much needed funds. Ruth Dirks, who has experience is these matters, believes it would not be unreasonable to raise $1000. This is serious money. I have made initial enquiries and will advise when a date is available.
Grant for lighting for the gallery
Our grant application is awaiting approval, with advice that successful applicants will be advised in March (date unknown). Stay tuned.
A workshop has been organised by Gaye to be held 7th March. Gwendolyn Lewis will be holding it and the subject being “mixed media” the cost is $40.00 for the day. Wendy suggest we charge $50.00 and hire the hospital room to have the workshop. Numbers are limited so contact us if you are interested.
For those members interested in entering works in Regional Shows, there are 2 in the immediate future.
Gresford show 2020 is the 13th & 14th March. Download entry form www. gresfordshow.com.au.
Newcastle Art Show, running from 6-8 March, with entries closing Friday 2020.
The new website is live. Hopefully you received the separate email so I will not elaborate here. Remember that alterations/additions/hints are very welcome.
Dungog Arts Society
January 2020 Newsletter
Hello fellow members
I trust that you have enjoyed the festive season and to date have maintained your New Year’s Resolutions. For my part, I lasted 48 hours, which may sound pathetic, but is in fact a new record.
Dungog Archies 2020
By now you should have received an email from Toby concerning details of our Archies. We are excited by the addition of a youth category and we encourage you to speak to family and friends who may have children with an artistic streak who would like to enter. Remember there is no commission taken from youth sales.
Those other Archies
The Archibald Prize is held annually in Sydney and in the past, Dungog Art Society has organised a bus tour to the exhibition, incorporating lunch and return the same day. The exhibition runs from 9 May to 6 Sep, so at this early stage expressions of interest only are sought.
Funding 2020 Annual Exhibition
I attended the Dungog Shire Council meeting of Wednesday December 18 and presented the case for Council to continue to fund prizemoney for our 2020 Annual Art Exhibition. Briefly, funding was not ensured as our organisation did not apply through the preferred channel of the Community (Small) Grants Program. I am pleased to report that Council has looked favourably upon our request and will provide the usual $500 donation.
Grant for new lighting of the Gallery
An application has been lodged with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal for a grant to replace the existing downlights with more cost effective and environmentally friendly LED lights. Successful applicants will be notified in March. Fingers crossed.
Visit the Gallery
Have you been to the gallery lately? The premises are looking fantastic and are a testament to the hard work of our loyal volunteers. Visitors have commented on what a lovely, friendly gallery it is and it a credit to our town.
Drawing classes to resume
After the Summer hiatus, drawing classes will resume on Monday 3 February at 5:30pm at the gallery. Cost is $5 per person.
Next monthly meeting
Monthly meetings will resume on Thursday 6 February at 5:30 pm at the gallery. Please come along and show your support for the organisation. Many of us retire to the restaurant next door at the conclusion of the meeting for a meal and a red, making it a pleasant night out.
Dungog Arts Society