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



JUNE Meeting – Marketing for Artists with Belinda Lindhardt, June 28

JUNE Meeting – Marketing for Artists with Belinda Lindhardt, June 28

Marketing for Artists in 2017

with Belinda Lindhardt

Want to get your art out there? Belinda will share tips and her experience about marketing strategies for promoting your art both online and offline. Send your queries & questions ahead of time to hello@belindalindhardt.com.au and Belinda will make sure she covers them!!


Visit Belinda’s website at: www.creativehardt.com.au >

(ART) www.belindalindhardt.com.au>  (SERVICES).

JUNE Workshop – Cheryl Bruce 7th & 21st

JUNE Workshop – Cheryl Bruce 7th & 21st

Watercolour – Atmospheric Skies; Beach Scenes & Rocky Headlands

Cheryl Bruce 7th & 21st

With a focus on atmospheric skies, Cheryl will demonstrate two different techniques for handling rocks and rocky headlands. Please note these techniques will not work well on cheap paper.

What to Bring:

·         Your normal watercolour supplies and colour palette.

·         Colours: Cheryl works with Ultramarine, Cobalt and Cerulean Blues plus Turquoise; Naples Yellow, Cad Yellow, Yellow Ochre/Raw Sienna, Rose Madder Genuine, Brown Madder, Cad Red, Light Red & Neutral Tint, Indigo and Windsor Violet.

·         Good quality paper – preference is for Arches Rough 300gsm.


Please visit Cheryl on her website> and on Facebook>


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.

Download the Winter Exhibition Entry Form – Printable

Download the Card List Form


TO SUBMIT your entry and payment ONLINE for the Winter Exhibition –


WORKSHOP – 3 & 17, MAY 2017 –  Sue Saunders	 –   SILK PAINTING

WORKSHOP – 3 & 17, MAY 2017 – Sue Saunders – SILK PAINTING

Sue who teaches at Kulnura and Ettalong, has been painting on silk for over twenty years, will teach us techniques in creating a delightful piece of art from a piece of white silk.  What a lovely gift your original, wearable piece of art would make!


Due to the specific nature of this workshop, Sue will supply each member with 2 silk scarves and the dyes used for the two workshops for $16.00.  Therefore, could you please indicate to Marlene or Fran your intention to attend to avoid under/over supply by Sue.

   What to Bring:     

  • disposable gloves, an apron,
  • paper towel or an old face cloth
  • watercolour brushes or Chinese painting brushes (whatever you have)