Once again members have excelled in presenting a very admirable collection of works for our Winter exhibition, maintaining the high standard for which we have become known. In all we had 86 paintings submitted by 48 members, plus Cards, Jewellery and Pottery.
We were delighted that Scott Levi, ABC Central Coast accepted our invitation to be Guest Speaker and open the Exhibition. Scott was most impressed with your work and kindly promoted the Exhibition during his morning radio programme. A small token of our appreciation was presented to Scott by President Judith Hoste.
The opening evening of the exhibition was deliciously catered for by many of our members, complimented by two rather ritzy barmen Laurie Williams and Ken Hoste looking after drinks, including Coleen Martin’s well sought Punch! Thank you one and all!
The raffle proved to be an immense success with two prizes. First Prize was a watercolour ‘Pelicans at Terrigal’ donated by Merreice Strange, whose painting of ‘Terrigal Haven’ appeared on our invitations. For the first time, we had a second prize, the pair of earrings donated by one of our members Celeste Boonaerts, owner of AngelRock Jewellery. Thank you both so much.
Behind the scenes a lot of time and effort is put in to ensure Exhibitions run smoothly, as such I would like to thank our President Judith Hoste; Coleen Martin and Cat Soper who attended to Publicity. Our webmaster Belinda Lindhardt for set-up the on-line entry system – to those members who entered and paid online – Well done and thank you, this was most helpful. Belinda also designed the poster displayed at East Gosford.
Delivery day can be chaotic, but not so with Mary Ellison and the team checking in paintings and labelling. George and Marlene Palagyi, Susie Linigen and Richard Sakurovs assisted in hanging the exhibition – you guys were wonderfully tolerant! Thank you all.
Congratulations to those who sold paintings: – Beryl Crofts, Marlene Palagyi, Earl Hingston, Fran Melrose (2), Christine Lubanski, and Louise Andersen. As usual pottery submitted by Jenny Brasch proved to be in high demand, almost a sell out! Jewellery and cards also proved popular.
Throughout the week extremely favourable comments flowed from our visitors and many recorded in the Visitors Book, and I would like to reiterate Judith’s congratulations and thanks to every individual who entered or assisted.
Unfortunately, two of our long-term members were unable to attend due to ill health. Merreice Strange and Fran Melrose we missed you both at the Opening, however, thank you for your contribution. We send best wishes to you both a full and speedy recovery.
Fran Mackey, Vice President & Exhibition Co-ordinator
View the photos from the opening night here:
On Thursday 6th July, the Gosford Regional Gallery will open it’s Community Gallery doors for the annual Central Coast Art Society’s Winter Exhibition.
This year’s featured artist is Merreice Strange who is well known for her many years of exquisite artworks, awards and classes.
Merreice paints with watercolours, acrylics and glass, diversifying her talents with sculpture in soapstone and clay. She has exhibited in many galleries including Gosford Regional Gallery, Butterflies Gallery Pokolbin, the KAB Gallery at Terrigal Crown Plaza just to name a few with her paintings included in private collections throughout Australia, England, USA, Hungary and Taiwan.
Merreice has won numerous awards for her art at the Gosford and Wyong Shows, Waterford Village, Gosford’s Grandma Moses Exhibitions, the Dobell Exhibition at Rathmines and at the Sydney Royal Easter Show where she came 2nd in 2016 in Glass Fusing and Highly Commended in the Watercolour Painting Section. Many people have been privileged to be taught by Merreice in watercolour painting classes held by Central Coast Watercolour Society and Central Coast Art Society as well as Bellingen’s Camp Creative.
You can see artworks by Merreice Strange and the many Central Coast Art Society members at this year’s Winter Exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery, Community Gallery, which runs from July 6-12 opening 10am – 4pm daily. Scott Levi, from ABC Radio Central Coast will be there to announce the official opening on Friday 7th July at 6pm. The People’s Choice Award is proudly sponsored by Eckersleys.
CENTRAL COAST REGIONAL SHOW 2017 – 23rd Margaret Smith Memorial Art Prize
Diversity of topics, variety of mediums and techniques made this a very interesting Exhibition for the recorded 1156 visitors. That, in addition to the high standard of work and presentation, was very much appreciated and reflected in the comments from visitors and judges alike. This year our judges were highly accomplished artists Gwynneth Boyce and Francisco Pacheco, whom we thank very much for their involvement and enthusiasm.
Across the five categories we displayed 80 works, which included 16 in the Open Section; 24 in Oils/Acrylics; 28 in Work on Paper, and six each in Photography and the Young People’s section. Congratulations to all prize winners as follows:
Section 1 – Open: 1st Angela Ferreira, with ‘Sundaze’, H.C. to Thel Brown for ‘Inferno’; Commended to Beryl Crofts for ’The Bay (Jervis)’ and Sam Blanks for ‘Wollemi Pine’.
Section 2 – Oil/Acrylics: 1st Camelle Denny, for ‘Point of View – Avoca Pool’, also H.C. ‘Mystical Dreaming’ and Commended for ‘Upper Nepean River (4)’. Rose Bickley was Commended for ‘Norah Head’.
Section 3 – Works on Paper: 1st Earl Hingston with ‘A Corner in Broken Hill’; H.C. to Marlene Palagyi for ‘Rain on the Way’; Commended to Beryl Crofts for ‘No Fishing Today’ and Fran Mackey for ‘That Time of Day’.
Section 4 – Photography: 1st Naomi Bridges for ‘Webs in Nature’, also H.C. for ‘Wonderland’ and Commended for ‘Fast Light. Commended also to Karen Williams for ‘Pattern’.
Section 5 – Young People’s Award: 1st Shante Zoellner with ‘Oceanic Fling’ plus H.C. for ‘Grandfather’ and Commended for ‘Boudoir’. Commended also awarded to Harrison Blake for ‘Cool’; Sophie Eliopoulou for ‘Butterflies over Rainbow’ and Dylan Ryan for ‘Peaches’.
People’s Choice Award went to Camelle Denny for her oil painting ‘Mystical Dreaming’.
Well done to the following entrants who sold their works: Paul Blackbee, Harrison Blake and Sophie Eliopoulou and myself!
The collective goodwill, co-operation and expediency evident during the setting up and dis-assembly of the Exhibition should make each of us very proud of our Society. Exhibitions like this just don’t happen, and I take this opportunity to thank the wonderful team of CCAS members who volunteered their time and assisted in so many ways.
Thank you again, and congratulations one and all,
Vice President & Exhibition Co-ordinator
CCAS Winter Exhibition – Entries Close 15th June
Strictly late entries will not be accepted.
Limit 2 Paintings per artist – please make sure you have read our Exhibition Conditions for Entry > , as well as the details on the form.
Download the Winter Exhibition Entry Form – Printable
Download the Card List Form
TO SUBMIT your entry and payment ONLINE for the Winter Exhibition –
5 Lands Art Studios Art Trail was established with the aim of nurturing and promoting the creative arts for the benefit of both artists and the broader community. The 5 Lands Art Studios brings art to the community by providing a unique opportunity for art lovers and newcomers alike to meet artists in their own space, talk to them about their practice and experience the process of making visual art in a variety of forms. We have painters, sculptors, textile artists, printers and teachers to mention a few.
The next Art trail is Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th March http://www.5landsartstudios.com/
Further information about the art trail can be downloaded from the flyers below:
Congratulations on the Central Coast Art Society artist, Lorraine Best, doing so well in the Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition.
The 27th CASS Art of Sydney Awards was one of the most successful exhibitions that CASS has held.
Commended – ‘Goanna’- by Lorraine Best – Central Coast Art Society
Section 3: ‘The Framing Factory’ & ‘CASS’ Award For Drawing and Mixed Media
Award presented by Dee Jackson – CASS Publicity Officer
More photos from the event can be found at: