23rd Margaret Smith Memorial Art Prize

23rd Margaret Smith Memorial Art Prize

 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,

Fran Mackey,
Vice President & Exhibition Co-ordinator



CCAS Winter Exhibition Entry Form

CCAS Winter Exhibition Entry Form

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.

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Central Coast Regional Show 2017 – Entry Form

Central Coast Regional Show 2017 – Entry Form

The Regional Show is fast approaching 🙂


Conducted annually by the Central Coast Art Society & located in “THE OLD TOTE TRUST ROOMS”, central tarmac area.

WORK ON PAPER                               
YOUNG PEOPLES (7-12years) AWARD        
PEOPLES CHOICE                

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRY FORMS: Friday 8th April, 2017
ENTRY FORMS WITH PAYMENT TO: Exhibition Coordinator, Fran Mackey, 35a The Corso, Saratoga, 2251

>Click here to download the entry form

For more information visit the show website at: http://www.centralcoastregionalshow.com.au

Winter Exhibition 2016- Presidents Report

Winter Exhibition 2016- Presidents Report

Thank you everyone for working so hard on the Winter Exhibition, especially the men. The hanging was a bit tight, but finally every piece of work found its place.

The Opening Night was fantastic with Stephen Clarke, the Town Crier, making it a night to remember. The change of area for the food worked very well, so we will keep that set-up for future exhibitions. We presented a very inviting supper, thanks everyone for your contribution; many thanks to Marian Semmens, who in Marlene’s absence, did a great job on the night, having taken on the role of Social Catering

In the middle of the Winter Exhibition we took on an extra commitment by participating in the ‘Ageing Life 2016 Central Coast Baby Boomers & Seniors Expo at Mingara. Thanks to all who helped one way or the other with setting up and manning this 1 day ‘Mini’ Art Exhibition. We were looking at promoting CCAS, however, everyone concerned thought it wasn’t worth being involved, so we won’t participate if asked again.

A visit to Earl Hingston’s Gallery and Toukley Art Society’s Gallery, replacing our General Meeting, was very interesting with everyone enjoying the experience.

Earl’s Gallery is unique as it is in the rooms of a practising law firm and may be visited by the public during business hours. Our sincere thanks to Earl, and his wife Helen, for their hospitality and guided tour.

On arrival at TDAS we were warmly welcomed by President Anne Sonter and members. Having guided us around their Gallery, we were provided with a very much appreciated afternoon tea.  How fortunate they are to have their own Gallery with a continuous display of works for sale.   Thank you, Ladies.

Judith Hoste