Meetings and Academy
THURSDAY 27 JUNE MEMBERS’
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society INC. ABN 81 282 337 158
PO Box 4341 BAY VILLAGE NSW 2261
The Society was incorporated on 4 September 1989 with the aim: “To
promote and encourage Art & Craft on the Central Coast, particularly the
NEWSLETTER: JULY 2019
First may I thank Tammy Brings, Donna
Cole and Wendy Scorgie for the
success of the Mingara Orchid Show
and Expo. My thanks as well to Judy
Rodgers for her expertise in curating. I
thank them most sincerely, and also the
band of Merry Members who exhibited
and helped make the expo a success.
Many more exciting workshops have been planned and the next
one is Portrait Watercolour Workshop with Cheryl Bruce.
You’re invited to attend Carnevale’s Grand Opening and Artisan’s
Market on Saturday 3rd August 2019 from 10.30 onwards at The
Wyong Art House.
There’ll be Gifts Galore, Magnificent Masks, and Amazing Art all on
display and sale.
Come One, Come All!
I know that last month I said that every second newsletter wasn’t
going to be detailed – but somehow, I didn’t manage to abide by
the “keep it brief” philosophy this month! I guess I just can’t help
Kind regards to all the people who have sent me items to help me
keep our newsletter as interesting as I can manage – I am most
Guest Presenter: Peter Tassell
Colour Mixing in Oils in relation to
Challenge: Fab Fakes critique
with Robert Chapman
Members’ General Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of
the month. Official meeting starts at 10am. to noon at the
Uniting Church Hall, 204 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty. Cost
is $5 covers morning tea and door prizes. Arrive at 9.30 if you
would like an early chat. Self- help brew, but please keep
TLAS Academy Style Sessions in 2019 for all mediums are held
at the CWA Building, 1 Pacific Street, Long Jetty, from 9am to 12
noon on Wednesdays. Cost is $10 for continuous morning tea.
TLAS Academy:3 July (Ralph), 10 July (Pat), 17 July (Peter), 24
July (Pat), 31 July (Ralph)
General Meeting: 25 July
Guest presenter: Peter Tassell
Challenge: FAB FAKES critique – bring along new works for
feedback and Show and Tell – Watercolour on Black
TLAS Academy: 7 Aug (Pat), 14 Aug (Peter), 21 Aug (Pat), 28
Whole Day Workshop: 17 August Portraiture with Cheryl Bruce
General Meeting: 22 August
Guest Presenter: TBA
Challenge: “Ocean Swept” and Show and Tell - Portraiture
TLAS Academy: 4 Sep (Pat), 11 Sep (Peter), 18 Sep (Pat), 25
Whole Day Workshop: Watercolours with Marlene Palagyi
General Meeting: 26 September
Guest Presenter: TBA
Challenge: “Pot Pouri” and Show and Tell – Working with
TLAS Academy: 2 and 9 Oct (Peter), 16, 23 and 30 Oct (Ralph)
Whole Day Workshop: Life drawing with Ralph Smith
Annual General Meeting: 24 October
Challenge: Octoberfest and Show and Tell Life- Drawing
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Places to Go and Things to Do
Coffee Circle – 1st Monday every month, 10am to 12 noon. At
Community Room, Kooindah Waters Resort (40 Kooindah
Boulevard, Wyong). $10 for coffee and scones w jam and cream.
Guest presenters each month. RSVP the week before to Gail
Brigden for catering purposes.
The Valley Art Show 9x5 Art Prize – 6-15 September. Entry Fee
of $25 includes supply of 9” x 5” art board. See TLAS website for
entry forms and additional information. In the tradition of Tom
Roberts, Charles Condor and Arthur Streeton. Boards can be
purchased from Anne Cumming at General Meetings.
Shorethyme Restaurant – 20 August to 14 Sep. Feature artist
Eleanor Anson. Award winning artist, painting and teaching art for
many years. Opening night Tues 20 th . See the TLAS Facebook
Page for details.
Central Coast Watercolour Society Springtime Exhibition – 23
Sep to 6 Oct. Featured artist Val McDonald
PAYMENTS TO TLAS – DIRECT INTERNET TRANSFER
If you would prefer to make payments for exhibitions or any other
purpose using internet direct banking, please feel free to do so.
You must include your surname and a brief description of purpose.
TLAS Incorporated St George Bank Tuggerah
BSB: 112879 ACC NUMBER: 041284038
Welcome to the following new members of
TLAS: Tanya Smith and family, Marie Pilon, Carole Avery, Mary
Farrucia, Robert Owen, Carman Jones and Sue Ward.
Happy artistry everyone!
CARNEVALE COMING SOON!
VISIT THE ARTISAN’S MARKET
AND JOIN IN THE FUN
Artspace 6’x4’ Challenge – Umina Pop Up Gallery. Details found
Central Coast Art Society Winter Exhibition – 5-10 July at
Community Gallery, 36 Webb St, East Gosford. Further info
contact Fran 0408217869
TLAS EXHIBITIONS AND
3 Aug to 31 Aug
28 June Carnevale Entry deadline
20 Jul 2019 Watercolour on Black
Pam Barrie & Donna
17 Aug 2019 Portraiture
14 Sep 2019 Working in Watercolour
19 Oct 2019 Life Drawing
8 Nov to 28 Nov
24 Oct 2019 Fab Fakes Entry
9 Nov 2019 Christmas Cards and
FLYERS AND ENTRY FORMS FOR ALL
EXHIBITIONS AND WORKSHOPS ARE EITHER
ATTACHED TO THIS NEWSLETTER OR
AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM TLAS
Note for mail out members: You can contact Rasheeda for
details and entry forms
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A Quote of Quotes and a Bit of Trivia.
This little quote from TLAS member Patrick, nicely rounded off
Karen William’s brilliant presentation at the last meeting:
“He who works with his hands is a labourer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an
Such an inspirational
quote for any artist! I
Googled it of course,
and found it wrongly
attributed to St Francis
of Assisi. It is actually
from a British born
immigrant to the
United States, who
eventually became a
lawyer and author by
the name of Louis
Nizer (1902 - 1994). A
couple of his books
were made as
telemovies. He was a
lawyer to the
included the likes of
Salvador Dali and Mae West. His most famous case was a
successful libel suit that was credited with ”breaking the back of
blacklisting in broadcasting” (I’m referring to the McCarthy era of
US politics). Nizer also helped in creating the rating system for
the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and authored
the forward to the Warren Commission Report into the
assassination of JFK.
I’ll leave you with another of his gems - perfect for his line of work:
“When a man points a finger at someone else, he should
remember that four of his fingers are pointing to himself.” MH
KAREN WILLIAMS’ PRESENTATION
AT THE JUNE MEETING
We can always look forward
to something a bit different
and thought provoking when
Karen talks at our monthly
meeting. For our June
meeting, Karen led us
through a group discussion
about getting through artists
“block”. For a start, to mix
things up for us, we sat in a
big circle and then we took
turns in picking a card from a
set of ten she had prepared
One of the cards said “Explore and Experiment: safe and
comfortable doesn’t make a good life nor good art” We then talked
about what this might mean for each of us – try a copy to develop
new technique, try a new medium, try a new colour, play a bit.
Another said, “No U-turns: having the guts to rub it off and start
again, said Robert Chapman, someone else said this meant not
going back to old habits. Another card said: “Get input if stuck” –
suggestions from attendees included ' get comment', 'go online',
'go to Academy', 'accept advice from others', but it’s 'okay not to
Thanks Karen, for your thorough and thoughtful preparation and an
enjoyable and inspiring discussion.
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It's currently on the ABC's iView - just follow this link.
Not to be missed!
“Sidney Nolan is one of Australia’s greatest artists. His iconic
images are treasures of the Australian visual language. This film
explores the artist and the man from his early years to his
extraordinary international career. “
[Attendees at the June meeting joining in on the discussion with
Congratulations to Mal Hamilton for being voted best artist for the
monthly challenge – “Winter Blues”. This is acrylic on black –
Hydrangeas and Apples.
Another snippet from Mal H.
Shout out for workshop
coordinator for 2020
I wrote this as a Facebook post recently:
"Nolan" is one brilliant documentary - a beautifully produced bio of
I'll admit I knew very little about the man and his art apart from the
'controversial; Ned Kelly series of paintings. Though I was
'knocked out' by his "Rivers Edge" artwork in the National Gallery
The documentary reveals the genius that is Sydney Nolan. The
program was broadcast on the ABC and BBC earlier this year.
All year we have all been enjoying the wonderful workshops that
are sponsored generously by the Central Coast Council. Our hardworking
President coordinates these workshops for us. However,
Rasheeda has simply found that this is a lot of work for her on top
of everything else she does for TLAS. She has advised committee
that she will not be filling this role for 2020.
If any of our members would like to take on this role, please
contact Rasheeda. She will explain what is involved.
Bottom line is that we will not have these workshops in 2020 if we
cannot find someone to be coordinator.
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FEATURING PAM WALSH
Recently, I was told that one of our longest serving and loyal
members needed to relocate to an aged care facility. As she
will therefore unlikely to be able to attend meetings, Pam
reluctantly decided to cease her membership. We thought it
would be lovely to feature Pam this month as a thank you for
her membership over all that time. Also, a thank you to her
sister Ann Cook, who helped with putting this article together.
We wish you well, Pam, and will think of you often. Try to keep
in touch. Best wishes. DC
pastels and have been busy with Arcare staff wanting pastels done
(for love) of photos they bring in.
I’ve enjoyed being a member of TLAS and have seen many
changes over the years. There’s a lot of talent in the area. What a
lovely pastime to have. I’ve never been bored when holding a
This is Pam’s story…
I’ve always liked to paint and draw. When I was about 9 or 10 I
sent drawings into “Ginger Meggs,” which was in the Sunday Sun,
and I won certificates and a first class honour. Later, at high
school, I was told by my art teacher that whatever I did in life to
make sure I had time to paint
In 1978 I enrolled in an Art
Course at Hornsby Tech and for
three years I was in heaven.
What a wonderful array of
teachers were available;
Margaret Zanettie, Margaret
Woodward, Bella Ivanyi. Each
teacher was so different, which
gave me a good grounding so I
could explore my efforts with freedom –oil then acrylics, oil
crayons, screen printing, etc. My awards were many in my early
days; from Hornsby Art Society, Robert Doyle Award, Grandma
Moses (4 times), Central Coast Art Society, and Tuggerah Lakes
(1998). What a journey it has been.
I really admire Monet’s work, Manet and Turner.
[Sydney Harbor on Australia Day 2000 – acrylic]
[Travel to centre of Australia in a 4WD with four women family members –
two daughters and granddaughter and Pam.]
My first teaching job came a week after I’d finished my Tech
course; a watercolour art class at a community centre at
Turramurra in Sydney, then at a retirement village, and with TLAS
when Brian Hassler was president and later when Alan Hannah
[Acrylic on 2014 outback tour with family members]
[Watercolour of grandson-in-law and great grandson at Cabbage
Tree Bay about 2005]
I enjoyed watercolour in the early days as I loved my time with
Margaret Zanettie; her work was so loose and vibrant. I still do
Pam wrote me a lovely note after sending in her story. She
said: “Now I’m in aged care I luckily brought some pastels,
watercolours and paper with me. It has saved me the frustration,
as members of the staff give me photos, on loan, to paint from – for
love – so I’ve always got something to do, and I get to know the
staff and people very well. Art is a wonderful way of
communication to all ages. Love from Pam Walsh"
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HAVE A THINK ABOUT THE SILENT
AUCTION FOR FAB FAKES – HERE IS
ROBERT CHAPMAN’S EXAMPLE
I think this is a terrific idea of Gail Brigden’s to conduct a silent
auction at Fab Fakes. Many of our longer standing members have
been dutifully painting high quality fakes for many years and now
have quite a number of them stacked up at home. If you are a bit
“over” some of your fakes, this is a great way to earn some
pennies and move them on. This is also a means for visitors to the
exhibition to see a larger quantity of high quality TLAS paintings
than otherwise may be the case. DC
Once inside this captivating house you are surrounded by oldfashioned
Bloomsbury treasures, and artworks by Vanessa Bell and
Duncan Grant. The walls are steeped in the personalities of the
many writers and artists who visited, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Roger
Fry, Lytton Strachey.
This is where “A Room of One’s Own” was conceived along with
“Mrs. Dalloway”, “The Waves”, and “A Walk to the Lighthouse” to
name but a few.
From Bob Chapman,
This is the painting I will offer to the auction.
It is a big beast, three panels 20 inch wide by 40 inch long and are
painted on the wraparound giving an optical illusion of a large
The details are:
Title "Ta Matete" (The Market) painted by Paul Gauguin in Tahiti
and was inspired by Greek friezes he had seen in the British
Museum it looks like copying was an in thing even then!
A haunting portrait of Virginia, painted by her sister Vanessa, hangs
in the dining room. Looking at her sad face I felt a pang of pity for
her, drowning herself in the river Ouse and leaving a poignant
suicide note for her husband. She could not face another bout of
insanity. It was very sad, but she had a rich life and what a legacy.
There is also a delightful garden which Virginia and Leonard
created, turning the small area into various ‘Rooms’. The Italian
Garden, The Fishpond Garden, The Millstone Terrace, and The
Walled Garden, each representing some passage of their lives
together with significant plants, and a small orchard inspired by her
short story ‘The Orchard’, a vegetable patch, and with stunning
views over the Sussex Downs.
I will set an extremely low price (canvas cost only) as I have done
well with the original owner sale.
FAB FAKES ENTRY FORM
SILENT AUCTION ENTRY FORM
We have another of Patricia’s beautifully written passages
describing her travels to famous artists’ houses with her late
husband, Reg. I found this one to be a bit poignant but an
interesting story nevertheless. Thank you again Patricia. DC
Those heady days exploring famous
houses while on holidays
By Patricia Newell-Dunkley
It was August, 1998.
Let’s take a visit to Monks House in East Sussex, a 16 th Century
weatherboard cottage in the village of Rodmell, and three miles from
Lewes. This was the home of Virginia Woolf and her husband
Leonard, which now belongs to the National Trust.
Hidden in the garden is the famous “Writing Lodge” and the actual
place where she wrote and got her inspiration, and on summer
nights she would sleep there.
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Here is a review provided by Anne Cumming. She wrote a
number of these some time ago while Art Director for TLAS.
She thought the new members might enjoy them. As one of
those newer members – yes Anne, I thought it was great.
Thank you, DC
BARAK, William [1824-1903]
PRESIDENT Rasheeda Flight 4333 8387
VICE PRESIDENT Donna Cole 0407676022
TREASURER Rasheeda Flight
SECRETARY Tammy Briggs
EXHIBITION CO-ORD WOMEN IN ART
EXHIBITION CO-ORD BAY VILLAGE
EXHIBITION CO-ORD CARNIVALE
Troy Flight 43908194
EXHIBITION CO-ORD MINGARA ORCHID SHOW
EXHIBITION CO-ORD FAB FAKES
[Figures in possum skin coats – 1898]
William Barak or Beruk [white grub in gum tree] belonged to the
Wurundjeri Willum mob whose country was along the Yarra and
Plenty rivers. He was the son and great nephew of prominent
Victorian tribal leaders. He spent his childhood in the traditional
Aboriginal fashion but with tribal dislocation did not complete his
proper initiation. He received a brief education at a mission school
and was at one time a member of Captain Dana’s Native Police
Once Coranderrk near Healesville was gazetted as a reserve, he
was one of the first to settle there permanently in a neat little
cottage with a garden. He worked on the station farm and kept
some horses and furthered his schooling. Traditional ceremonies
had been forbidden and he used his paintings to teach the history,
customs and religion to his people.
MEMBERSHIP Wendy Scorgie 4332 9047
ACADEMY CO-ORD Pat Edwards 4334 1964
NEWSLETTER Donna Cole 0407676022
WEB and F/BOOK Mal Hamilton
PUBLICITY Mal Hamilton
WELFARE Donna Cole 0407676022
EQUIPMENT Donna Cole & Peter Harman 0407676022
Fab Fakes major sponsor
In the 1870’s when the management of Aboriginal affairs came
under public criticism Barak emerged as a respected leader. While
adapting his own life to changing conditions Barak maintained a
remarkable balance with his own culture. He was an accomplished
painter in ochre and charcoal. He was a source of information on
Aboriginal ways to anthropologists and many relied heavily on his
He is best remembered for his art which shows both traditional
indigenous life and their encounters with Europeans. He painted
scenes depicting the spiritual life of his people focusing on
corroborees and traditional people wearing possum skin cloaks. He
used his art to help Europeans better understand his people.
His work can be seen in the National Gallery of Victoria, the State
Library of Victoria and at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and some
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