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2019 Workshops – February with Marlene Palagyi

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Our workshop programme for 2019 will kickstart with Watercolour Painting with Marlene Palagyi.

Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 20th February

Over the 2 sessions we will be painting wet-on-wet to create dramatic skies with different atmospheres in our landscapes a favourite subject of mine, so come along and join in the fun. you will need:
I will be using Arches 300gsm rough (¼ sheet)
A variety of sizes of Watercolour brushes, including a large
mop brush, a fine rigger brush and anything in between.
Paints: suggested colours are: raw sienna, cadmium yellow,
alizarin crimson, cadmium red, burnt sienna, ultramarine
blue, cobalt blue, cerulean, phthalo blue (bring what you
a backing board, masking tape, spray bottle, tissues,
2B pencil, soft rubber towel or tea towel, water container.

I will provide reference material and step-by-step instructions.
You will just need your enthusiasm and whatever watercolour products you have.
See you there in February.
Cheers, Marlene Palagyi

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About Workshops in general:

Start at 9.30-12.30pm 1st & 3rd Wednesday. each month in Studio 2, Gosford Arts Centre. Cost: $25.00 per week includes guest tutor and morning tea.
Visitors are welcome.


CCAS Summer Exhibition 18th – 23rd January 2019

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Calling all financial members our Summer Exhibition 2019 is now open for entries. 

Closing date for entry: 3 January 2019
Delivery of artwork: to the Community Gallery,
38 Webb Street, East Gosford, 9.30am – 11.00am,
17 January 2019
Official Opening: Friday 18 January 2019, 6.00 – 8.00 pm

To enter simply go along to our online exhibition form or download it [button link=”” type=”big” color=”teal”] Go to the entry form[/button]  

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

Enter Here>


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Entries are open for the 24th MARGARET SMITH MEMORIAL ART PRIZE – Central Coast Regional Show

14 & 15th April 2018

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per adult entry. $5.00 per Youth entry.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Friday 30th March 2018

DELIVERY: to the Old Tote Trust Rooms, Gosford Showground, Showground Rd, Gosford 9.30am – 11.00am, Fri 13 April 2018

Please read the all the conditions on the entry form for further details. 




> Download the entry form 

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March 7 & 21 Workshop with Christine Raj

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Acrylic Pouring and Texture Workshop with Christine Raj

About Workshops in general:
Start at 9.30-12.30pm 1st & 3rd Wed. each month in Studio
2, Gosford Arts Centre. Cost: $25.00 per week includes
guest tutor and morning tea. Visitors are welcome.

Hi everybody – it’s time to dive into beautiful textured backgrounds again, using everything and anything at your disposal. I use everything from a potato masher for mark making, to bits of string, leaves and bark, fabric, plaster bandage and gyprock mixture. And I love to see my groups experiencing the joy of experimenting and playing around with different materials and textures….the results of these experiments can be translated into beautiful artworks.

So start getting your little treasure trove together, including texture paste, glue, tissue paper, pictures to rip up, seed pods, leaves, sticks & straw etc. You will also need some medium to seal your textured surface, and your normal acrylic paints, brushes and palette knife…..and of course, a couple of canvasses, or gessoed boards.

For acrylic pouring technique, you will need some plastic cups & sticks for stirring, a water container, and if desired, some “Poly Easy Flow” or “Floetrol”, which is an acrylic paint additive which you can buy at Bunnings. It extends your acrylic paint without diluting the pigment, as water does. It also produces beautiful “cells” in your poured acrylic. Include either a sheet of plastic or newspaper to catch drips. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again, and sharing the joy of textured painting with you.

Christine is a local artist living on the Central Coast. Born in Wagga Wagga on the Riverina, she also lived for many years in the Blue Mountains and on the Gold Coast of Queensland, absorbing the beauty of our Country’s different landscapes and climates. The rich, visceral colourful nature of our landscapes, flora and fauna have had an effect on her artwork, whether textural acrylics, or ink and multimedia, on a myriad of different surfaces.

CCAS Summer Exhibition

CCAS Summer Exhibition – January 19-24

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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.


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Workshops 2018

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(No workshops/meetings December & January)

About Workshops in general:

Start at 9.30-12.30pm 1st & 3rd Wed. each month in Studio 2, Gosford Arts Centre. Cost: $25.00 per week includes guest tutor and morning tea. Visitors are welcome.

Our next workshop is

7th & 21st of February Landscapes in Watercolour with Marlene Palagyi

We will discover how to paint mood and atmosphere in Watercolour Landscapes.

I will supply some source pictures but bring your own if you wish.

I will be using:

  • Arches 300gsm w/c paper (1/4 sheets )
  • W/C paints (ultra blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, cad red, raw sienna, cad yellow, burnt sienna and white gouache).
  • Bring whatever paints and paper you have.
  • Backing board, Masking tape, Spray bottle, W/C brushes (small, medium and large).
  • And bring your sense of adventure.
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Paint out Locations December 2017 – January 2018

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Map references are taken from the Central Coast UBD Gregory’s Map 289.

5 Jacaranda trees in the garden op- posite Pioneer Park, Albany Street, East Gosford. D 32
12 On the lakefront, Remembrance Dr. Wamberal N 30
No Paint outs Dec 19 th 26 th , Jan 2 nd 9 th owing to Christmas/ New Year Holidays.
16 The small park opposite the Aldi Shopping Centre, Bayside Drive, Green Point, near No 33 E 33
23 The waterfront behind the Bowling Club at the end of Burge Road, Woy Woy C 36
30 On the waterfront at the end of Ken- dall Rd, Empire Bay F 37
6 The Skillion, Terrigal N 32


There will be a short break over the Christmas/New Year holiday period. These dates will take our paint out locations through to February 6 th .

The Green Point location is a new one.

It is across from the Aldi Shopping Centre, near No 33. There is on the street parking and a short walk through the park to the waterfront.

The other locations are old favourites that we have enjoy many times over the years.

Suggestions for new locations are always welcomed.

If you haven’t been to our paint out mornings before, bring your painting or sketching gear and come along and join in.

There are no starting and finishing times, come and go as you please. Morning tea is at 10am and lunch, for those who stay on, is at 12 Noon.

Rose Bickley: Paint out Co-Ordinator, Mobile: 0428439180, email: