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Issue 7: April 2013

Somerset Art Society Inc. P.O. Box 413, Esk Q 4312 www.somersetartsociety.com.au

From the Board: President: Tony Sticovich, 5423 0672 Vice-President: Beryce Nelson, 5423 2374 Secretary: Jill Maxworthy, 0409 764 575 Treasurer: Hetty van Boven, 0427 936 467 Event Manager: Susan Cory, 5424 2930

Somerset Art Awards 2013 Get ready for the biggest local art event this year! We have been able to acquire tremendous local sponsorship, so each category has a first prize of $300, second prize $100 Viewer’s choice of $50 plus a membership to Flying Arts. For Glen Rock Stitchers at EVIC: $100 first, $50 second by Viewers Choice. From the editor:

Lots of news and information in this issue. In fact, some of the articles will have to be carried over till next month. We’ve got a further update on the Art Awards for you and a reminder to the next General Meeting. There is a report on “Diverse Perspectives” with comments from the artists.

Entry forms: Ÿ Contact Susan or any of the Board members. Their details are on the top of this page. We can email or snail mail a copy…or two…or three ( to pass to your artist friends!) Ÿ Or download from www.somersetartsociety.com

Friday 26 July 2013 6 pm - 9 pm Refreshments will be served All prizes will be announced $10 per person RSVP for catering purposes by 19 July Susan Cory 5424 2930

Next General Meeting

Lynn Krisanski tells about her art journey. Details on Robyn Sticovich’s plan to get some of our work in Caboolture, a jewellery workshop in Somerset Dam, invitation to the launch of the Pillars of Strength and a reminder of the Art Trail this weekend. Remember, if you want to print this newsletter, ask me for a print version, which won’t have so much colour. Enjoy! Till next month: stay creative! Hetty Editor

van Boven

Tuesday 14 May at the Old Railway Building, Pipeliner Park, 5 pm We are getting closer to our Art Awards, so come along and be part of the discussion! Our very interesting guest speaker is Joan Gordon from http://www.my-creativediva.co.uk/ Joan lives in the UK but is revisiting Esk. While she is here, she is also offering two jewellery workshops, more details on page 3

Thank you to our sponsors! Lees Tyre Service, Esk Caravan Park, Paul's Computers, The Esk Fruit Shop and Deli, Esk Grand Hotel, Somerset Regional Tourist Association Inc., Brisbane Valley Hire and Sales P/L, Esk Pharmacy, Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, Rendition Records, Esk Newsagency, Esk Wivenhoe Motor Inn and Sticky Fingers Restaurant, The Butcher Shoppe, Rob's Garden Tidy, Esk Community Choir, Seymour Toyota P/L, Esk Country Golf Club, Genesis Artist Supplies P/L, Hollow Log Country Retreat, Academy Printing, Bargain Buys, Coominya Markets and Community Paint-outs, Flying Arts Inc. Esk , Esk Bowls Club.

Stop press: We just received a cheque from Energex for $1000! Fantastic! We are waiting to hear from Bendigo Bank


Spotlight on:

“Diverse Perspectives”

“Diverse Perspectives” Confidence and experimentation go hand in hand at this exhibition which opened at the Lockyer Art Gallery in Gatton on Saturday 13 April 2013. The gallery was buzzing with excitement as about 50 visitors joined the artists as their works were revealed. True to the title of the exhibition, works covered many media: sketching, acrylic, multi media and pottery as well a range of styles, from narrative to abstract, from fine art to functional. All in all 60 works were on display, showing not only the diversity of the artists, but for many of us, who have been following the works of these talented people for some time, it was wonderful to see the directions their individual paths were taking. Some works radiated confidence, other pieces showed a risk taking, a challenge to try a new technique or approach and it will be interesting to see where the artists will go from here. Well done ladies and thank you for sharing your art. Open till 12 May Gallery hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am -5.30 pm Wed: 1 pm - 5.30 pm, Sat 9 am-12 noon

From left to right: Judith Perry, Julie Buckworth, Linda Canning, Susan Cory and Karen Keel.

From the artists: “Given that this was my first "real exhibition" I found the experience a lot less stressful than I had imagined it would be. I was daunted that my work would be hanging next to experienced and super talented artists in an extremely professional and very public Gallery. However, I drew comfort from the diversity of our styles and techniques and endeavoured to focus on maintaining as high of a level of technical competency as I could. I believe that Linda Canning did a wonderful job in combining our very different themes and styles to showcase all the pieces in the best possible way. I now feel a lot more confident to proceed with other exhibitions in the future. “ Karen Keel "Working towards any exhibition motivates me, “ We have had really great feedback from unexpected however '"Diverse Perspectives" sources,which makes all the work and effort worthwhile and soothes gave me the opportunity to change the troubled brow. With thanks my style to a more "distorted reality" Judith Perry style. I actually enjoy painting in this fresher style. “ We were all a little concerned how the exhibition would It was my first large exhibition with look being four very different artists. The feedback I got was both paintings and pottery and my “WOW”! only regret is that I forgot to mention my main passion, my pottery, in my I had a call from Graeme Smith who popped in before the opening on speech! Friday. He writes a monthly article for the Australia Artists Magazine Lucky clay is very forgiving.” Julie Buckworth and he complimented us on the exhibition!! Susan Cory

Don’t miss the exhibition this month at EVIC; it is one of the best presented displays of artworks we have seen at the centre so far. Paintings and sketches by Lynn Krisanski are complemented by the sculptures of Jan Godfrey, finely detailed and often thought provoking. This is what Lynn has to say:

“The EVIC exhibition will, in effect, be a snapshot of my art journey. Several of my early pencil works will be on display. These were completed when I was a very busy working mum who could only snatch a few minutes here and there for my art. Pencil was

a medium I could pick up at any time then not have to worry about having to clean anything up. I have somewhat of a love hate relationship with pastels. Every so often I pick them up again then when I can't quite get the effect I want I put them back in the cupboard! I do love the feel of using Schminke pastels, it is such a tactile medium. I will have two or three pastel paintings on display.

“For the Love of Flying”

Then came my acrylic period. I was forced to use acrylics as the smell of oil paints and turps was not something I could handle. Acrylics, whilst a great medium in many ways, do have some limitations. I gave up acrylics after getting heavy metal poisoning from them. This led me to find Genesis Heat Set Oils. I needed a quality non toxic artist paint. Now I paint exclusively in Genesis. I love painting and find many times a scene or subject that just demands to be painted. I have done many commissions which can be both enjoyable and nerve wracking. I paint in a realistic style with attention to detail which results in wearing out a lot of little brushes! “


What’s on???? Opportunity to exhibit at “The Hub” “The Hub” is a wonderful venue in Caboolture. The gallery usually only accepts quality works from artists who are residents of the Region. But thanks to Robyn Sticovich, Karen, the curator has agreed Somerset Artists submit an application by the end of July to exhibit in 2014. This would bring together Coast and Country. Paintings, pottery, drawings etc would be considered, possibly with some sort of theme. As the gallery is small, interested artists are to email for consideration a good quality image of two works only. Robyn has generously agreed to coordinate this. Please email or call 5423 0672 for further details! ASAP!

Remember: you have to have your art out there for it to be sold!

Jewellery Classes with Joan Gordon at Somerset Dam If you ever wanted to have go at making silver jewellery, here is your chance. And before you shake your head “ the tools and materials are too expensive” these will be supplied at the workshop. This is a great opportunity and classes are kept small for lots of individual attention. Venue: 19 King Street, Somerset Dam, 4312. For bookings or more info: mycreativediva.mag@gmail.com

FINE SILVER CLAY PMC3

BEZEL SET RESIN JEWELLERY

21 or 22 May 10 am – 2.30 pm (BYO lunch) - coffee and tea provided

23 or 24 May – 10 am -2.30 pm 23 or 24 May – 6 pm – 10 pm

21 or 22 May 6 pm – 10 pm - coffee and tea provided Class size limited to 5 students per class. Fee per student $75 including silver Fee per student $45 including resin and basic kit

Instudio Art Trail Crows Nest It’s on again: 20-21 April 2013 Judi Edwards, Ross Smith Diana Symes, Randal Machejefski, Helen Pearson, Glenda Fuller http://www.crowsnest.info/events/coming-events/730-instudio-art-trail-apr,

Launch of Pillars of Strength project: you are invited! The Pillars of Strength Memorial is an innovative multipurpose public art space created by Somerset residents to celebrate the cultural diversity and vibrancy of arts in the region. The memorial project has been symbolic of the community coming together to support each other during times of need. Although not completely finalised the launch of the Pillars of Strength Project will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday 18 May in Pipeliner Park. Catering will be delicious contemporary bush tucker provided by Dale Chapman. (Aboriginal) We are hoping to have musical performances from local groups. TBA. Speeches from State and Local Government representatives.

The Pillars of Strength project has been made possible through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category C funding provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments through the Community Development and Recovery Package.


Somerset Art Society Newsletter Apr 2013