Tuggerah Lakes Art Society July Newsletter 2019


Monthly newsletter from TLAS based on the Central Coast of NSW Australia.


Meetings and Academy



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

Mid-Coast Region”.


Website: www.tlas.org.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TLAS2261/

Dear Members,

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!




Hello again,

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

grateful, Donna.

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

kitchen tidy.

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.

July 2019

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

August 2019

TLAS Academy: 7 Aug (Pat), 14 Aug (Peter), 21 Aug (Pat), 28

Aug (Ralph)

Whole Day Workshop: 17 August Portraiture with Cheryl Bruce

General Meeting: 22 August

Guest Presenter: TBA

Challenge: “Ocean Swept” and Show and Tell - Portraiture

September 2019

TLAS Academy: 4 Sep (Pat), 11 Sep (Peter), 18 Sep (Pat), 25

Sep (Ralph)

Whole Day Workshop: Watercolours with Marlene Palagyi

General Meeting: 26 September

Guest Presenter: TBA

Challenge: “Pot Pouri” and Show and Tell – Working with


October 2019

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


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.

Details are:

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!





Artspace 6’x4’ Challenge – Umina Pop Up Gallery. Details found

at artspaceumina@gmail.com

Central Coast Art Society Winter Exhibition – 5-10 July at

Community Gallery, 36 Webb St, East Gosford. Further info

contact Fran 0408217869



3 Aug to 31 Aug



28 June Carnevale Entry deadline

20 Jul 2019 Watercolour on Black

Pam Barrie & Donna


17 Aug 2019 Portraiture

Cheryl Bruce

14 Sep 2019 Working in Watercolour

Marlene Palagyi

19 Oct 2019 Life Drawing

8 Nov to 28 Nov


Ralph Smith

Fab Fakes

24 Oct 2019 Fab Fakes Entry


9 Nov 2019 Christmas Cards and


Pat Edwards

The Art



CWA Hall

Long Jetty

CWA Hall

Long Jetty

CWA Hall

Long Jetty

CWA Hall

Long Jetty

The Art



CWA Hall

Long Jetty





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

celebrities that

included the likes of

Johnny Carson,

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





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

take advice'.

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

Sydney Nolan.

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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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

and draw.

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

was president.

[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

Post Script:

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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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

singular image

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.




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



Tammy Briggs


Denise Ferrie


Troy Flight 43908194


Tammy Briggs


Gail Brigden

[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

web@tlas.org.au 0414811838

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

European Galleries.

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