Art Events, Art Exhibitions

Details for the ART DIRECT weekend planned for 13th/14thOctober.

We will be hiring the Davistown Progress Hall, possibly able to set up after 10.15am on Saturday 13th October, deliver between 10.15am and 11.00am.

The fee to CASS is $120, hall hire is $100, divided between everyone entering.
We will also have advertising brochures to organise and refreshments for visitors.
These expenses will have to be shared. It will depend on how many artists I receive
notification from on how many paintings everyone can enter. As the last day
to register is 31st August, I would like your response by 10th August 2018. Opening Hours: Saturday 10.15am – 3.00pm, Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Please contact Judith Hoste under 0407 448 574.

2018 – Grandma Moses Art Competition

Art Events, Art Exhibitions

10th September 2018 – 13th September 2018

In 2017 the Gosford 50+ Leisure & Learning Centre celebrated
35 years of running the Grandma Moses Art Competition
& Exhibition. To commemorate the milestone a 35th
Anniversary video was produced and launched at the 2018
Seniors Festival Grandma Moses Selected Artist Exhibition
held on 6 April 2018 at the Erina Centre, Erina. The video
captures the essence and history of the event through stories
from all those who have been involved, both past and

The annual competition is named after American Artist Anna
Mary Moses, affectionately known as “Grandma Moses’ who
took up painting as a career at the age of 78. She held her
first ‘one woman show’ at the age of 80, and painted more
than 1,500 pictures in the last 23 years of her life; creating
artworks until her death at age 101.

Entrants are asked to submit their artwork into one of five
prize sections – Open, Watercolour, Novice, 50+ Centre/
Senior Centre Art Group Member and Central Coast Inspired.

Entries open in July with the Competition and Exhibition held in the second week of September.
View Grandma Moses Art Competition and Exhibition 35th
Anniversary video:

Call for Artists – Central Coast Regional Show – Media Release

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> Central Coast Regional Show Art Exhibition 2018 media release


The Central Coast Regional Show is fast approaching and we’re putting the call out for
artists of all ages to enter their artworks in the prestigious 24th ‘MARGARET SMITH
MEMORIAL ART PRIZE’ EXHIBITION which will be on display 14th/15th April, 2018 .
Paintings, drawings and artworks of all mediums have been exhibited at the show and
there is a section where budding artists from 7 – 12 years of age can enter. There are
many prizes to be won in different categories including Open, Oils/Acrylics, Works on
Paper, Photography, Young People 7-12yrs and People’s Choice Award. Prizes will be
awarded at 10.30am Saturday 14th April, by Gosford Showground Trust Chairperson,
Mrs Roma Stonestreet.

more info: Download the Media Release Above

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CCAS Summer Exhibition

CCAS Summer Exhibition – January 19-24

Art Exhibitions, Central Coast

Central Coast Art Society would like to invite you to our Summer Exhibition & Awards 2018

Our exhibition will run from 19-24 January 2018 and will be Open Daily 10am – 4pm at the Community Gallery, Gosford Regional Gallery.


The Official Opening is Friday 19th January 6pm -8pm, Member for Gosford , Leisl Tesch will open exhibition.  Light refreshments will be served.

Sam BlanksOn our invitation we feature artworks by artist and CCAS member Sam Blanks – The Lady Finger Orchid is also being donated for a raffle.


Sam is a local artist who has completed a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration with Honours at University of Newcastle. Sam favours carbon dust, pen and ink, pencil, digital illustration, and alternative photography techniques. Sam’s work has been shown locally and regionally, including Gosford Regional
Art Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Royal Easter Show, and in exhibitions with Central Coast Art Society, Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, and Wildlife and Botanical Artists, Inc.

Sam’s passion is nature but her obsession is paleontology and she also enjoys entomology and botany. The intricate detail of each piece is reflective of the hoursof research put in by the artist. Being part of the Art Society for the past three years has opened many opportunities to Sam, including exhibitions, workshops,paint out days, and informative talks. This has allowed her own techniques and ideas to evolve and grow.

The raffle prize is a botanical illustration of a Lady Fingers Orchid or White Fingers Orchid, which is a terrestrial orchid found locally. It flowers between
April and October with a small 3cm white flower. You can find this orchid in shady areas of coastal bush land. Sam drew this artwork after finding this native orchid during one of her many bush walks on the Central Coast and Newcastle. Sam will be submitting an artwork in each category because she favours different techniques. Peacock Feathers is a cyanotype photogram, which is an alternative photography technique which uses the sun to expose the image. Creating a beautiful blue image of the items placed on the calico. Gum Leaves is a miniature watercolour exploring the movement of the leaves at the tips of the branches of Eucalypt trees. The third artwork for the ‘Works on Paper’ category is being completed but will feature a natural subject.

In addition to original artworks, Sam has a range of greeting cards, gift tags, cyanotype, photographic and art prints available for sale at markets locally. Formore details, please find her on Facebook at @SamBlanksArt or Instagram at @Sam_Blanks_Art

The Summer Exhibition showcases members of the Central Coast Art Society, both professional and amateur and are well recognised for the high quality and standard of their exhibitions.
You are sure to be delighted with original paintings ranging from traditional to abstract and miniature across various mediums with additional works in jewellery and cards.


CCAS Winter Exhibition 2017 Report

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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:


Winter Exhibition – Opening by Scott Levi of ABC Central Coast

Art Exhibitions, Community Art News, Exhibitions

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.

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

Art Exhibitions, Meetings

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).

CCAS Winter Exhibition 2017

CCAS Winter Exhibition Entry Form

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


Art Studios Trail Art Studios Trail

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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:

> Download the Brochure here