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Ballina Art Society Newsletter july 2019

Hello Members and Friends,

Term 2

This last term was exceptionally busy with our members creating and completing works for our Annual Exhibition.  Tony Leitch was an exceptional tutor who helped us all in this venture with his cheerful disposition and positive guidance.  After the exhibition, Tony finished the term with lessons in still life and oil painting techniques for those that wanted such help.

Our biggest event was the 47th Annual Exhibition held in the RSL Club in Ballina. This year our exhibition was opened by local comedian Mandy Nolan, who was also the MC for the official opening.

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Mandy’s humour set the tone for a fun filled evening that was clearly enjoyed by the whole audience. The event was cited as a great success. Our members really valued the detailed critique of prize winning art works and the overall positive comments provided by our wonderful judge Melissa Wright. Melissa has certainly spurred us all on in our creative endeavours.

Krysia McLeod was the winner of the Still Life section and her painting ‘Textile Rolls’ was judged the overall winner of the 2019 show.  Krysia’s ‘Zebra Finch’ was also the People’s Choice winner.  Congratulations Krysia.

 Krysia McLeod with ‘Textile Rolls   

 Many members sold artwork: the ultimate commendation when some one likes our work enough to place it in their home. 

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President Cecily Barrack on desk duty and overseeing the raffle

Thank you everyone for the work and the help you have generously given to make this event such a great success.   Again a brilliant team effort with everyone pitching in and doing their bit.

Social Activities

Over the Exhibition weekend many members took the opportunity to catch up with each other in friendship and to socialise.  Morning and afternoon teas were shared, as well as a dinner or two.

 Out and About

The Sullman Prize by Julia Croft

Here in the Northern Rivers, we usually get to see a local exhibition of the Archibald even if it’s just a selection, so instead I thought I’d tell you a bit about the Sullman Prize exhibiting at the same time. The Sullman is for “Subject, Genre or Mural” painting and is explained by Subject having a tendency “to be idealized or dramatized, usually taking themes from history, poetry, mythology” etc, while Genre illustrates aspects of everyday life. Mural or design is reasonably self-explanatory.

During the recent school holidays, I made one of my many trips south to visit my family and catch up with old friends. Sadly, these days “old” friends is increasingly accurate. Visiting the Archibald has become a bit of a ritual for us but I have to confess it’s not all about the art – however that’s definitely part of it!

Below you’ll see two examples I enjoyed. The first is entitled Tagisbol/tagsabong and is an appropriation of Botticelli’s Primavera. Interestingly, the artist’s (Markit Santiago) children also contributed to the painting! It’s painted on a piece of cardboard from a carton – and looks it. If I ever thought I was able to paint as well as this, there is no way I would use a carton as my canvas! 

President Cecily Barrack on desk duty and overseeing the raffle

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The second is Nigel Milsom’s Judo House part 8, a daughter of friends on a swing. I really liked this and found the black background unusual for a soft painting of a young child, but strangely effective. I would love to take this one home!

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Things to Watch for

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TINTENBAR ART EXHIBITION 18-20 October 2019

Entry forms available in mid-August.  Artists of all abilities welcome; children’s sections under 12 and 13-16.  organized byTinCAN

The artist David Lane has donated a painting to be raffled.  For details contact Tina Farrow on 0409 827 094

Quote for the Term

 “Every Artist was First an Amateur”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exhibition Space

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Sadly Soul Café has closed down and this venue is no longer an exhibition space available to us


President: Cecily Barrack cecilybarrack@gmail.com Secretary: Julia Drury Julia_drury1@hotmail.com Treasurer: Tina Farrow farrowtina@bigpond.com Editor: Dagmar Titherington dagmart@ycw.com.au


 If you are interested in joining our club please contact our secretary Julia or President Cecily. Be sure you read our mission statements and what we offer to make the right choices for you.