A FUN SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE WANTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ART.
TUGGERAH LAKES ART SOCIETY
The monthly newsletter of Tuggerah Lakes Art Society Inc. No. 213
ABN 81 282 337 158 Incorporated 4 Sep.1989. Editor: Mal Hamilton
P.O. Box 4341, Bay Village NSW, 2261 Website: www.tlas.org.au
YOU CAN FIND OUR WEBSITE HERE
“If you build it, they will come”
The quotation comes from the film, ‘Field of Dreams’ and I
feel it’s a metaphor for pursuing one’s dreams. Much the
same thought was taken up by the Society, who dared to
dream that we could hold our Women In Art Exhibition and
Artisan’s Markets, despite the pandemic.
WOMEN IN ART 2021
DANNI LIU’S WINNING ENTRY ‘COLUMBINE’.
1st prize in the this year’s Women in Art .
See 2nd, 3rd and highly commended Page 4.
Commended: Carol Avery ‘Tranquil Bliss’
Ann-Maree Morgan ‘Reclining Scribble’
Lee Meatchem ‘Remembering Eve’
We even partnered with the International Women’s Day
Committee who combined their Expo with us .... and
visitors came in their droves to view an exceptional
exhibition with 70 Central Coast Women Artists exhibiting
over 130 artworks. There was a variety of amazing stalls,
the CWA served their award winning Devonshire Teas and
the Lions Club had their delicious sausage sizzles.
The International Women’s Day Expo had several
information stalls, but, none of this comes without a great
deal of hard work and my sincere thanks to the organising
committees, too many to mention, but you know who you
are and I thank you most sincerely.
I leave you with this a comment from one of the visitors,
“What a wonderul fun day, such a fantastic community
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society - Supporters
TLAS ART CALENDAR
Now to 17 March 21
Women In Art
The Entrance Gallery
Norberta St. The
Now to 21 Mar. 21 Antarctica - Ken Knight Gosford Regional
Sat. 20 Feb 21
Free Art Sundays and
1030 - 1230
Tassell 9:00am - 3pm
25 March Members’ Meeting
17 - 18 April Central Coast
10 April Scott Denholm
Good TImes Workshop
Maitland Regional Art
1 Pacific St. Long Jetty
Cancelled this year
due to COVID
0930 - 3pm
22 April Members’ Meeting The Entrance
The next Members’ Meeting is scheduled for
10am Thursday 25 March 2021.
With guest artist Ann-Maree Morgan.
Members’ Challenge: “Yesterday”
Prizes for the winner!
April Challenge: ANZAC
Note: COVID-19 restrictions apply.
Meet up with like-minded artists at the
TLAS Academy. Tuition is available
when you need it and an endless cuppa
TLAS Academy is held at 1 Pacific St.,
Long Jetty (CWA Building) each
Wednesday (dates below). From 0830
to 11:30. Our mentors specialise in
various mediums - Pat (watercolours),
Peter (oils and acrylics), Ralph (oils),
Cost for the morning is $10.
Note: COVID-19 restrictions apply.
TLAS Academy Sessions
I know a man who's
got jelly in one ear
and custard in the
other. He's a trifle
10 Mar 21 Peter
17 Mar 21 Pat
24 Mar 21 Ralph
31 Mar 21
07 Mar 21 Peter
14 Apr 21 Pat
21 Apr 21 Ralph
28 Apr 21
to be advised.
from the editor.
Mrs Mac’s Arty Facts
“I’m turning heads”
A random thought on exhibitions.
It’s been a busy couple of months. With two
exhibitions and a Members’ Meeting now completed
- although WIA still has a week to go! There are a lot
of unsung heroes that assist in putting these
exhibitions together - from the acceptance of the
artworks to the hanging of same and then rostered to
man the exhibition. Huge thanks to Donna, Peter,
Denise, Pat, John, Corinne, George, Wendy, Jana. I
realise this is not a full list, but you know who you are
- and without you - these exhibitions just wouldn’t
happen. A huge thank you!
Little Red Riding Hood has been found in a critical
condition. Paramedics have stabilised her condition but
she’s not out of the woods yet.
The list of new members is overwhelming for this kid. I’d
like to think we’re doing the right thing
WOMEN IN ART 2021
Highlights and winners from the Women In Art launch Friday 5th March. WIA continues till 17 March 2021.
Left to right: Guest speaker Sally Jope, The Entrance Gallery, 1st place Danni Liu,
Danni Liu’s ‘Columbine’, 2nd Donna Gilbertson ‘Christmas Isl. Green Turtle’, 3rd Marlene Palaygi ‘ Birch Forest’
Highly Commended: Pat Edwards ‘Tibouchina’, Kelly Hackett ‘Quiet Times’, Denise Ferrie ‘Pink Babes’.
WOMEN IN ART 2021 - Sally Jope, guest speaker.
This is the 3rd WOMEN IN ART EXHIBITION and this
year 70 Central Coast Women Artists are exhibiting
with over 130 entries. As many of you know the
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society was founded in 1989, over
30 years ago, with the aim to promote, develop and
encourage Art and Craft on the Central Coast,
particularly this northern end of the coast.
Being the daughter of an artist I am a big fan of arts and
crafts. I grew up watching my mother paint and
watching her working as what was then called a
commercial artist and now appreciate being surrounded
by her beautiful things. So I want to acknowledge that
participating in creative pursuits offers many
opportunities to those engaged in those pursuits.
“Above anything, art is significant to society in that
it serves to fulfil our sense of beauty and wonder
about the world, and provides an outlet for creative
As Chair of the CC IWD Combined Committee I extend
my appreciation to the TLAS for the energy they have
brought to the last three annual celebrations around
IWD, what we call the Festival of Women, and for
inaugurating the Women in Art competition and
This exhibition is now a main event of the CC Festival of
Women. The festival is a collection of events around
International Women’s Day to celebrate and highlight the
many contributions women make to community, to
business, to services.
The theme for 2021 International Women’s Day that we
use is that of UN Women and has a focus on Women in
leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19
This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women
and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future
and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remind you that Women continue to stand at the front
lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers,
caregivers, innovators, artists, community organisers and
as some of the most exemplary and effective national
leaders in combating the pandemic.
However, across the world and here in Australia, on the
Coast, women are facing increased domestic violence,
unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty.
So it is because of this theme, about women and
leadership, that the IWD combined committee continues
to work together, to raise the profile of IWD and the
awareness of the contributions women make each and
every day and to remember that there are still challenges
to overcome, even though we have come a very long
Excerpt of speech from the launch by Sally Jope, Chair CC
IWD Combined Committee. 5 March 2021.
COAST COMMUNITY CHRONICLE
Congratulations, a full page with Donna, Pat and
Denise pictured on the left with their artworks below. A
full list of winners is contained within the news item as
well as excerpts from Sally Jope’s opening remarks for
the WIA exhibition launch. The article was published in
the Coast Community Chronicle this week and
written by Sue Murray.
WIA SUB COMMITTEE
It takes a lot to coordinate an exhibition,
particularly one as complex as WIA. The ‘three
amigos’ who coordinated the event are (l to r)
Joeleen Fisher, Sam Blanks, and Michelle Antyppas.
GOOD TIMES WORKSHOPS - Corinne Adams
Well our year got off to a fantastic start with Marlene Palaygi’s workshop in February.
We had a large class of 17 which Marlene handled easily with her usual wit and charm. Some ladies
were new to watercolour and others have a few years under their belts, but Marlene helped the entire
class to put together two water scenes complete with fishing trawlers.
Everyone managed to socialise and enjoy a great day
of art together, so thank you once again Marlene. The
girls are already talking about booking in for your next
workshop. Congratulations on your third place in our
WIA 2021, your work is inspirational. I’m sure Mal will
do a piece on Danni Liu, but firstly I would like to add
my congratulations for her first place in our WIA 2021.
Not only is Danni a brilliant artist, she is also a gifted
teacher, as she demonstrated to all who came to our
first meeting for the year in February. The rose Danni
painted was pure perfection, done effortlessly in a
mere 15 minutes while we continued with our meeting.
Danni also gave us an insight into many of her works
that she brought along to show. Danni has agreed to
present a workshop for us a little later this year,
probably in August (if we can sign up some new
sponsors), so get your names down as I know this
class will fill quickly.
Peter Tassell’s workshop on March 20 th is filling slowly
but I would like a few more to come along to our
beautiful Long Jetty waterfront and take advantage of
Peter’s expertise as he shows us all how to paint
reflections on water.
So pack your easels and oil paints and come along
and enjoy the sunshine. Hopefully the weather will be
favourable, if not, we will have the workshop in the
Now at the meeting I told everyone that due to
financial concerns we would be cancelling Scott
Denholm’s workshop on April 10 th , however thanks to
Rasheeda’s discussion with TADAS it has been
decided to share the travel costs with Scott and
therefore make it possible for him to fly down. Scott
will be billeted by Noeline Millar (TADAS member) so
many thanks to her but also to our own Ann Cumming
for agreeing to billet for us but due to Covid 19 and
concerns about her recent decline in health.
So Scott’s workshop will go ahead as planned with
only a couple of places left so get in quick! TADAS in
Toukley is also hosting Scotton April 11 th .
Marlene Palaygi’s workshop
May 15 th will see Silvana Natoli present her gold leaf –
mixed media workshop.
June 12 th Christine Ireland presents oils.
July 17 th will see a change of medium as there has been a
lot of enquiries for Pastels, so Judith Hoste has agreed to
present Pastels instead of Acrylics, class description and
materials list to follow soon.
I am still searching for sponsors so anyone who knows
someone who would like some advertising via our
newsletter and special events, please speak to our
committee or myself and we will follow up.
Cheers for now,
- Art is an adventure that never ends
Toukley & District Art Society also hold subsidised
workshops available to members of Central Coast Art
Societies and guests.
Scott Denholm - Sunday 11 April, 2021: 10am to 3pm
- "Let's explore abstracts"
Tutor - Scott Denholm
Phone TADAS to book: 02 43924666
Good Times Workshops can be booked via
email@example.com M: 0411 062 895
A non refundable payment must be made at the time of
the booking (unless cancelled). Cost for each 'Good
Times' workshop is $20 members and Central Coast art
societies $25 non-members.
For payment via bank transfer: TLAS Inc. St George
BSB: 112879 ACC NUMBER: 041284038
Patricia Newell-Dunkley — CHOCOLATE BOX ART
R ichard Cadbury, introduced this art form in the late 19th Century, to decorate his
newly acquired chocolate.
He used his own paintings of children, flowers, rustic thatched
cottages, and holiday scenes, as designs. In the 1920’s Cadbury’s
became the leading light for Artists, offering travel scholarships and
prize money for Box Lid Decorations.
They approached ten famous Royal Academy Artists, Paul Nash,
Arthur Rackham, Laura Knight, E.Dulac, C.Nevinson, M.Gertier,
R.Connard, D.& E.Proctor, A.Watts, G.Sheringham, who all happily
participated. There was some really lovely work produced,
decorative, sentimental, idyllic landscapes.
At this time many artists were painting in this style. Renoir’s work has been described as such, also
Constable, and Monet’s Field of Poppies, was labelled this way. Even romantic sculpture of couples
embracing, has been called Chocolate Box Sculpture. The term has been used to just about anything
that looks remotely pretty or overly sentimental.
American Fred Swan is a master of this art, as was Thomas Kinkade. Their work is mass marketed and
highly commercial, appearing on Calendars, Jigsaw Puzzles, Cards, and Prints. It is loved and revered by
millions of Americans, and is likely to be in most homes in some form or other.
Chocolate Box Art is full of warmth
and nostalgia, it can make you feel
happy, and joyful. So if this art form
is for you, there is nothing wrong with
painting a pretty picture.
Chances are someone will love it just
as much as you do.
© 2021 Patricia Newell-Dunkley
Images: Cadbury Archive Mondelēz International
Ithink we all missed the meetings absent from
last year, as February’s meeting had a great
attendance. Members were thoroughly
entertained and enthralled by Danni Liu’s
watercolour demonstration of her ‘wet
paper’ ‘dry brush’ technique of a rose. Only
utilising two brushes, a flat and her favourite
Her palette on the day contained: Vermilion,
Rose Madder, Cadmium Yellow, Terre Verte and
Permanent Violet. If you’re inspired to learn
more of Danni’s techniques, you can join one of
her fortnightly workshops, held over a
weekend, (morning or afternoon sessions). M.
0420 660233 or email
Members’ Challenge “Here Comes The Sun”
winner was Kathy Turnbull with a sunrise at
Birthday greetings were in order for Gail
Brigden who had turned 80 a week
earlier and a birthday cupcake was
shared with another birthday girl; Pam
Barrie’s daughter Deborah.
COVID regulations prevent us from sharing
food items at meetings☹
MARCH MEMBERS’ MEETING
March Member’s Meeting guest artist is Ann-Maree
Morgan, who presented this amazing artwork
‘Reclining Scribble’ (left) that won a commendation for
the Women In Art exhibition this year.
Meet Ann-Maree and view her artworks, 10am
Thursday 25 March at The Entrance Community
Centre, Norberta St., The Entrance. $5 entry.
Members’ March Challenge:
‘All my troubles seemed so far away’
Yesterday was the first solo song by The Beatles (1965). It was also voted the
best song of the 20th century by BBC radio 2.
Any medium or photography, even an early pic of yourself.
Prizes to be won!
April Challenge: ANZAC - any medium including photographic.
Karen Williams - Finding New Ideas - in Community
Let’s think about community as we continue our discussion on finding new-to-you
ideas to help your creativity grow.
Joining in with a community group and finding ways to connect to others is arguably the most important
aspect for longevity and good mental health. Lots of research has been done in this area. I’d recommend
reading “Lost Connections” by Johann Hari. He shares his research on the causes/solutions of depression
Bouncing your ideas off another person can be extremely productive and help you to take your ideas to a
higher level. Good friends, which you’ve made from attending a community group, won’t mind that your
work all started from a comment of their’s which you have progressed. An even better friend will listen to
your comments about their work. A simple suggestion can trigger a whole new set of ideas, proving you
are open to them. A fresh set of eyes will spot alternative routes that you could explore. Others can provide
opportunities you would have overlooked if you were working completely on your own.
TLAS does an excellent job of facilitating connections and the exchange of ideas and skills through their
general meetings, monthly newsletter, workshops, exhibitions and weekly Academy. Thanks to all who
make these things happen.
In the science of neurology no one argues the benefits of creativity. But what about the statement - “every
artist needs a hobby.” We can all benefit from new neural pathways. It helps us stay open to mental
nourishment. The more ways you use creativity the more you increase it. So, taking up a new hobby
improves your creativity - and therefore your art work. At times our art can become boring, wear us down
and become a stress instead of a pleasure. It doesn’t mean we should stop painting and making but the
suggestion is to add some variety, not unlike a holiday.
Suggestions for hobbies could be endless. They could compliment painting, like ceramics, sculpture,
printing etc. or be completely different as in computer orientated, collecting, research, learning a new skill
etc.. Stop and think of how many artists (in history and currently) had/have multi-disciplines in their art
I googled “unusual hobbies” and complied this list - which I’m not necessarily recommending.
- Tree shaping (wiring plants to control their growth).
- Beetle racing (like cane toad races - in QLD).
- News raiding (following a news team and get in the background footage).
- Stone skipping (smooth stone thrown to skim over the water).
- Toy voyaging (take a toy on holiday and create it’s travel journey complete
with selfies - like ‘Flat Stanley’ - image right.
- Snake skin collecting - maybe another QLD hobby.
- Stand up comedy or karaoke.
- Train, plane or bird spotting.
- Wine tasting.
- Foraging (finding edible plants in public spaces).
Certainly keep making your art but be open to finding a new hobby. Be willing to let this new hobby take
centre stage and then be wiling to let it go when you need to. Trying an exciting different hobby may be the
catalyst that will bring new passion to your current creativity. Finding a new hobby that involves attending
a new community group - that’s a win, win.
© 2021 Karen Williams - www.karenjanewilliams.weebly.com
Christies Art Supplies and Picture Framing
have re-opened after the lifting of some of
the COVID-19 restrictions for business.
Located at 8/10 Pioneer Avenue, Tuggerah
Business Park, Tuggerah, NSW 2259
FAB FAKES 2021 - ‘IMPRESSIONS’ a new category
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society Committee has accepted a recommendation from last year’s Fab Fakes
judges, Yve Close and Peter Tassell. Yve wrote, “I strongly feel that if the word “interpretation” was
included in the Fab Fakes entry form, this unique exhibition would be broadened considerably. Old Masters’
paintings should remain as inspiration, otherwise the exhibition could become too diversified and unwieldy.
This change would make
judgemental decisions more
challenging but be of benefit to the
society as well as the general public.
Sharon’s wonderful sculpture, so
much more emotional than the
painting which inspired her, has
triggered this opinion. If there was a
sharp increase in the number of
entries, a selection committee may
So, Fab Fakes 2021 will now have
two categories to enter, one being
the regular Fab Fakes, a copy of an
artwork by a *master artist and
Fab Impressions, an interpretation
of a of a master artist’s artwork.
This year’s coordinator is TLAS
member, Joeleen Fisher
Entry forms for an October Wyong Art
House exhibition will be available soon.
*The master artist must be deceased for over
70 years to relinquish ©.
CCAS March Paint Outs
The Coffee Circle
Moderated by TLAS member
Central Coast Art Society have an open invitation to
TLAS members for their Tuesday paint outs.
Heazlett Park and the foreshore of Avoca Lake, Avoca.
Correa Bay Reserve, Woy Woy Rd, Woy Woy.
Waterfront at the end of Pine Ave. Davistown..
Bring your choice of painting gear or sketching gear, hat or
umbrella, comfy chair. There are no starting (usually around
9am) or finishing times, come and go as you please.
5 th April There’s no Coffee Circle this month as
it is Easter.
However, at the Berkeley Centre, Glenning Valley
is a High Tea & Fashion Parade at 11.30 am
Sunday the 11 th April. RSVP 042914262
proceeds to BECAUSE WE CARE BOUTIQUE
3 rd May
Samantha Faram – community Engagement
At home care on the Central Coast- Berkeley
(More info coming)
7 th June
Margaret Holdom, Vice President Wyong
Musical Society to talk about upcoming
GOOD TIMES WORKSHOPS
APRIL - Scott Denholm
A 'good times' workshop.
20 March 2021
1 x canvas or gesso primed board
Meet at 9am for a 9:30 start at the CWA rooms
This workshop is mainly how to choose and set out a painting outdoorsand learn how to
simplify a scene and to create atmosphere in a painting.
Meet at 9am for a 9:30 start.
Book via firstname.lastname@example.org
Members $20 Non $25
FEBRUARY - Peter Tassell
MAY - Slivana Natoli
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society
Due February annually.
Tuggerah Lakes Art Society membership and renewals
are due February each year.
The society was founded in 1989 and enjoys a small but
TLAS meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at its
new HQ at The Entrance Community Centre / Meeting
The meeting will generally have a guest speaker or
demonstration, as well as a Members’ Challenge - of
artworks submitted with a common theme.
Benefits of membership include the ‘Good Times’ art
workshops, subsidised and supported by Central
The TLAS Academy is a regular ‘paint in’ each
Wednesday morning at the CWA Hall, Pacific St., Long
Jetty. Mentors are always on hand to guide you through
Exhibitions are held throughout the year with
opportunities of winning prizes or commendations plus
the opportunity to sell you artwork.
A monthly newsletter is published *via email to keep
members informed of events.
*add $15 for printed and posted.
TLAS COMMITTEE 2021
VICE PRESIDENT / WELFARE
0407 676 022
NEWSLETTER / WEB
0414 811 838
Pat Edwards TLAS Academy
Corinne Adams Good Times W/shops
Badges: Name badges with the TLAS logo are
available by ordering via Rasheeda. The price is $8.
“To the thief who took my anti-depressants. I hope
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SCORGIE'S RAW HONEY is still
available during the COVID-19
500gm for $10.00 and 250gm for
Phone Wendy 4332 9047 or
to arrange for pick up.
Didja Know: Gustav Klimt, who created the
iconic piece The Kiss, used cat urine as a
fixative. His obsession with cats led him to cover
the pages of his sketchbooks with cat urine. He
believed it was the best fixative available. The
odour was terrible, but worse, he destroyed
works that would likely be worth millions today.