Newsletter - April 2021

What a great result at our “Art for Wooroloo” fundraising auction last Month.

These are difficult and unpredictable times so we were thrilled to raise $8115! A huge thank you to all the artists who donated paintings from both the Watercolour Society of WA and the WA Society of Arts, Wayne Gardiner for donating his professional auctioneering talents for the day, the Italian Club for donating the venue, Karen (from the Italian Club) and her family for providing their tasty snacks and donating the proceeds, Steve Power for making and donating the desktop stands, Admiral Printing for their generous donation and all those artists who gave up their Sunday to make sure the event ran smoothly and successfully.

This was true community spirit at work to help our fellow West Australians who were affected by the devastating bushfires in February.

Feature Image: The Wooroloo Auction

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Newsletter No. 412 – April 2021

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands –
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others”

Audrey Hepburn

Newsletter - March 2021

There’s a lot going on at the moment with the auction coming up in 2 weeks time, the Watercolour Weekend Fair in May and don’t forget the WatercoloursWA Portrait Prize at the July meeting which was in the calendar that was sent out to everyone last month. (More details about this will be in the next Newsletter.)

So please read this Newsletter carefully!

Gillian Peebles – Who will be presenting Guest Hour at the next meeting, details on Page 3.

We are also looking at having a drawing/sketching/painting session with a model in costume at the April meeting as well as having Sandie Schroder from the Art Scene.

Featured Image – Richard Bristows painting being displayed on the Yagan Square Digital Tower.  Read more about this exciting initiative in the newsletter.

A new feature of the website is we are now uploading the minutes.  The Minutes for the Meeting held 16 February 2021 have been uploaded.  These are located in a password protected area called Forms & Documents.

“Watercolour, with all its subtle colour and value
gradations and its many welcome surprises,
is the perfect medium for capturing mood.“

Ray Hendershot

Newsletter - February 2021

Happy New Year to you all—let’s be positive about 2021 and look forward to the good things that are going to happen this year……

The first good thing is our “Art for Wooroloo Fund-Raising Auction” which we are holding together with the WA Society of Arts, at the Italian Club on Sunday 28th March. As you know, Jan Pittman and her husband, Dave, fought hard, risking their lives to save their home in Gidgegannup from the fires but their block, olive trees, garden, sheds, machinery all went up in smoke. Most of their neighbours lost their homes. This is our opportunity to give something back to the community who support us so well at our exhibitions and events—we held an extremely successful fund-raising auction for Yarloop five years ago so let’s do the same again for the victims of the Wooroloo fire. Please see page 2 for all the details.

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Featured Image – by Derek Newton – See Page 2 for details of Derek’s appointment as the Vice President of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.

A new feature of the website is we are now uploading the minutes.  These are in a password protected area called Forms & Documents.


“Art is to console those who are broken by life”
Vincent Van Gogh


Newsletter - December 2020

We decided to put out another Newsletter for December so that you can see the photographs from the Margaret River Camp and the fun and games we had at the Christmas Lunch which followed the November meeting.

Many thanks to Michael Boercamp from Jacksons Drawing Supplies who supplied Stephanie Boyle with yupo paper and  watercolour inks which were the basis of  her fascinating demonstration on how she goes about abstract painting—fascinating stuff!

More thanks again to Jacksons and also Oxlades for donating some art  supplies for the party bags that everyone at the  Christmas lunch received. It really was a fun lunch with delicious food supplied by Food by Ros, a quiz, Creative Challenge and a communal  painting as well as loads of raffle prizes. Full report and photos on page 4.

Details about our second art event in May  will be emailed out to everyone rather than explaining in the Newsletter.

So once again, on behalf of the Committee,  please have a wonderful, happy Christmas

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Featured Image – Morning Tea at Arthur’s Farm during the WatercoloursWA 2020 Camp.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. “

Agnes M. Pahro

Newsletter - November 2020

You’ll see a lot of difference in the look of this Newsletter—and that is all thanks to one of our new members, Jayne Sarsfield, who has offered to take on the job as Newsletter Editor. Jayne has made some welcome visual changes which I hope will encourage the reading of this essential piece of communication! A huge thank you to Jayne—this is so very much appreciated.

I hope Margaret River will have recovered in time for Christmas from the onslaught of 22 of our members this last week! We have experienced glorious beaches, majestic trees, welcoming wineries, diverse birdlife, amazing food, a farmyard full of paintings and a marvellous model—so many things to experience as artists that we will be back next year. It was so good to catch up with so many of our regional members—Debbie, Julie, Anki, Jo, Jenny and Kama. Society friend, Tanya Izzard, also joined us for a weekend, filming the members as they painted in the middle of Boranup Forest. There will be a special December edition of the Newsletter with a report and photographs of this exceptional annual camp……

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Featured Image – Jane Zandi, painting at the Annual Camp at Margaret River.  Jane is our Instragram & YouTube Co-ordinator

“The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.”
Paul Strand

Newsletter - October 2020

Wow—what a wonderful event the Annual Awards Exhibition was! Against all predictions we had record attendances and record sales! 59 paintings were
sold and the compliments were flowing in for what was undoubtedly the best quality exhibition yet. Professor Ted Snell had such a difficult task judging the
exhibition but I think there is a consensus that he definitely did a good job!

Professor Snell also stayed for the opening and gave a very complimentary speech which was very well received.

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Featured Image – Jude Scott with Riverside Solace.  Winner of the Julie Michael Overall Award and Sponsor’s Choice Award for Innovation.

“The one perfectly legitimate excuse for murder is ……”
Which famous artist said this?”

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Newsletter - September 2020

Hello everyone
Only a few more weeks left before the Annual Awards Exhibition so please check out the last minute reminders on pages 3 and 4. This is especially important if you are a new member as there are a few things such as covering your signature and your d-rings on your frames—and the reasons that we ask you to do this. If anyone has any questions about anything concerning the exhibition or your entries etc, please do not hesitate to contact me or Cass or Penny—contact details are on page 9. We look forward to seeing your lovely paintings when you deliver them to the Italian Club from 1pm on on Wednesday, 7th October but in the meantime, don’t forget to send me your entry form by Wednesday, 23rd September!

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Featured Image:  Each month we will be introducing one of our new committee members This month is Kale Miller……….


Watercolour is probably the most satisfying of all mediums. Although difficult in the beginning, after practice its mysteries will unfold, providing the utmost pleasure for the dedicated.
Robert Lovett

Newsletter - August 2020

Hello everyone
A big thank you to everyone who came to the meeting in July, our first since the lock-down, which was also our AGM—great turnout and it was so good to see everyone again. I have to sincerely thank you all for accepting me as President for another year—I am really looking
forward to working with our new committee!

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Featured Image –Tamayo Leahy’s “Sweet Memory”
“These traditional hair decorations made of turtle shell belonged to my mother and now I have kept them after she passed away. What a high quality of craftsmanship to make them!! This is a great creation of real art!!”


“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.”
Mike Dooley

Newsletter - July 2020

Hello everyone
I hope you are looking forward to our first meeting back on Tuesday, 21st July which also happens to be our AGM. Please don’t forget that annual subs are now due—details of the refund for last year and payable amounts are on page 2
Please stay at home if you feel unwell, especially if you have a cold, cough or fever. Practise good hygiene and maintain social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be provided and chairs will be suitably arranged.


“In the middle of every difficulty, lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein


Newsletter - June 2020

We are back!!

Thanks to Covid 19 restrictions being eased, I am so very happy to say that we will be returning for our first meeting at the John McGrath Pavilion in South Perth on Tuesday, 21st July—which is also be our AGM. It’s been quite a while and if you have been suffering brain fog like I have, it’s a good idea to remind yourself of the meeting times and information about the AGM on page 2.

At the AGM we will be re-electing the Committee—there will be a couple of retirements from the committee (more information about that in the July Newsletter) so please give careful consideration to joining our friendly, innovative committee if you would like to get more involved with the Society. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month with each committee member being assigned a specific job—depending.


“Individually we make one colour, together we make a rainbow.”