s t g e o r g e a r t s o c i e t y . c o m . a u A.G.M. What does this mean? It can mean many things. Or nothing. One thing it does mean is IT'S YOUR CHOICE ...see picture at left. I believe the 'nothing' choice is on the left side. Any other choice therefore is on the right side. As we gather to formally begin our 66th year of art adventures, it follows that we #307 need as many people on the right side as Print published on the 3rd Thursday of the month before possible. Even to the point of the escalator Web published on 4th Thursday of the month before breaking down. If you stick with us as an active member, arch 2010 you might not get to heaven, but you sure will have a good time not getting there. 4th Annual Genneral Meeting Being an active member of the Society doesn't mean quitting your loved one and then, Critique with Glenda Carter taking up permanent residence in the 'Hall' 11th Life Drawing Being active means being conscientious 18th Demonstration Paul McCarthy about what needs doing when you are at the 'Hall'. It also means coming forward with 25th Still Life any ideas about how to make things 28th St George Festival happen more efficiently. It means being Olds Park, Penshurst 'buddies' with the committee members. It means participating to your fullest possible plus, Plein air activity extent. If you are here because you like what we April do, why not help make it as fullfilling for everyone else as it is for your self. 1st Critique Glenda Carter One of the first duties of the new 8th Life Drawing committee is to get as many members as 15th Demonstration Paul McCarthy possible to help with what needs to be done. 22nd Still Life Things like picking up the Society's mail 25th Plein air: Bicentennial Park once a week, making a few phone calls Rockdale every month, photocopying the newsletter, and all the inside jobs like setting up and clearing away. Let's look at the old stuff! To maintain the good vibes that we have The Kogarah area has plenty of history, and so, lots among members it is essential that of historical sites. Kogarah Council is setting up a everyone have some input Heritage exhibition in April and your Society has We are not a service organisation. We are a been invited to contribute artworks for the display, to be held in the main library exhibition area. self-help group, ...meaning the more we There is a limit to how many artworks will be help the group, the more we help ourselves. selected for hanging along with vintage displays but We are here to learn from each other, not to don't let the possibility of not being selected be a be top of the pack. Art is what you make of deterrent to trying. More info is on the Society's web site and you can also pick info at the Hall'. it so we learn to appreciate the values in other artworks with constructive criticism. The Profiler The Profiler Glenda Carter, conducting the critique in both March and April, is a very interesting young lady. We all know her from visits to the Society last year, but aside from that she has the rare ability to 'be at one' with her audience, whilst thinking creatively. This trait gives members a chance to follow up the formal part Now look here ... of the evening with more in-depth personal evaluations as though you were discussing art with a .....nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist confidant. makes something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by Paul McCarthy is also a frequent visitor to the Society observing it. I call it 'creative observation.'" and will be presenting some interesting demonstrations William S. Burroughs in March and April. Paul is a versatile and professional artist with many awards to his credit. Having Paul for .....awareness and observation are the habits of blessed two demonstration session running will provide an artists. It is our life blood. 'Art,', demands constant observation. It's not only profitable but one of the opportunity for a closer look at his working methods. greatest of life-enhancers. A heightened sense of the observation of nature is one of the chief delights that have come to me through trying to paint. Beverley Charker A.O.M. Sounds impressive, eh! But Beverley did a very nice job on her watercolour at the recent still life activity. Just goes to show what can be achieved in an evening .... and now we present ..... Susan Severino P.C. Well, she's not a police woman a far as we know, more of an artist for the people. The people have spoken and they know what they like; a nice relaxing day in the county with the cows, at the foot of the mountains. What more can one ask for. A few words from Oscar "I want to discuss the critic and criticism: you have told me that the highest criticism deals with art, and not as expressive but impressive purely, from synthetic impression to an analysis of the work. Yet and is consequently both creative and independent, is in the critic's object will not always be to explain the work fact an art by itself, occupying the same relation to of art. He may choose to deepen the mystery, and raise creative work that creative work does to the visible round it and it's maker, that mist of wonder. world of form and colour, or the unseen world of passion and thought. The critic can be an interpreter, passing From Oscar Wilde, writing on the 'The Critic as Artist' Art Tuititon available from SGAS members Yvonne Ferguson Home Studio, 130 The Promenade, Sans Souci Complimentary tuition for new Phone Yvonne 9529 5536 Monday 6.30 to 9pm $25 members is available on Don Kibble Ramsgate Life Saving Hall, Ramsgate Beach Still Life and Costumed Figure Phone Don 9547 2237 Wednesday 10am to noon $25 sketching evenings. Just Ros Psakis Kogarah Bay Progress Hall, Park Rd. Kogarah Bay mention when signing in that Phone Ros 9587 8857 Wednesday 10am to 2pm $25 you would like some help. Friends Painting Group (no tuition) Pat Buckeridge Rockdale Tennis Club 71 Chapel St. Rockdale Phone Pat 9529 7727 Wednesday 9.30am to 3.30pm $2 2 STRUT YOUR STUFF AT THESE UP-COMING EXHIBITIONS Thirroul Arts Festival Entry by 05 March Kurnell Art Show Entry by 31 March Redcliffe Golden Ox Awards Juried Entry by 07 April Ironfest -Lithgow Entry by 16th April Moran Portraiture Prize Entry by 25th June For details about these art shows send an email request to Don at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or check sample forms in the front desk file at the Don't forget.... Hall. 1. .....to take your artwork to To Wit..... the Sydney Royal Art Show on Understanding Paintings 3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit A book by this name, recently published, March 19 or 20 between 9am flies like a banana. centers it's study on Bible Stories and and 4pm... and if you win a Classical Myths in Art. 7. If you don't pay your exorcist prize or make a sale be sure If you do not know your Bible stories and you can get repossessed. to let the P'nP editor know are unfamiliar with Greek and Roman DID U Know... mythology, you will spend most of your When the English settlers landed about it. time gazing with ignorant eyes on artistic in Australia, they noticed a 2. .....the Creative Art masterpieces in such galleries and sites strange animal that jumped Workshop at the Hall on as the Prado, Uffizi, Louvre, Sistine extremely high and far. They asked the aboriginal people using March 13. A great way to start Chapel and the Duomo. body language and signs trying to the art year! The thing is, you see, that context and ask them about this animal. They 3. .....to renew your Society knowledge are essential if you are to responded with ’’Kan Ghu Ru’’ membership before the end of understand the great paintings of the english then adopted the word Europe. kangaroo. What the aboriginal May if you want to be part of The same could be said for any painting: people were really trying to say the SGAS Annual Art Awards. context and insight, not just the image was 4. .....the St George Festival and technique provide the key to ‘’we don’t understand you’’, ‘’ appreciation. Kan Ghu Ru’’. on March 28 at Olds Park, This book 'Understanding Paintings'' dissects Penshurst ...a great diversion 186 works of art and explains what the St. George Art Society Incorporated from whatever else is on, painter was trying to achieve and where Cnr. Queens Ave & Bowns Rd Kogarah 2221 especially for new members. the work fits in the broader context of Payphone No. on premises: 9588 6724. President Don Kibble 042 747 2237 European art. Secretary Jillian Jessen 9546 6992 When you next visit an art gallery, Treasurer Liz Wellings instead of just looking at the image, Public Officer Emil Dan consider what it is, and the why, or why Honorary Auditor Graham Hall C.P.A. Web Master Phil McKay nots, of it's import. And when next Paint 'n Palette Don Kibble creating your own artwork, it is interesting to apply the same thinking. Paint ‘n Palette can be posted to you.....just send post-stamped, self-addressed ‘DL’ envelopes -one for each month- to: Paint ‘n Palette : Foundation Member Combined Art Societies of Sydney www.combinedartsocieties.com 3 St. George Art Society PO Box 123 Kogarah NSW 1485 We take our 'looking' for Certainly those Society granted; that what we members that have been see is what is there. But getting out and about and consider how the eye (except for a small tropical downpour) those making the effort to has a central line and exhibit their work are everything that reaches Excursion to E.G.Waterhouse showing a full complement Camillia Garden the eye through this of both. In this context, to central line can be seen This well-known location is a Janet Jurcevic is to be distinctly. Thus, maybe perfect setting for the plein air congratulated on the artist. The weather was perfect most of what we see upon arrival and as the Garden successful conclusion of may be out of focus! Try itself was not yet open, the her showing at the looking at the point of a attraction of Yowie Bay made an Ramsgate cafe: with a sale! needle to get the point alternative that took up half our And remember, every sale (sharp pun time. The lower entry to the is a potential repeat indeed!). This customer. If you leads us to the need more convincing art of picture of the value of making, using the staying involved eye as source. In don't forget Meroo. It order to see the may not be too late whole picture we to book a place to have to move the experience the eye/s and or head to camaraderie of the add to the narrow occasion. band of vision that we have. The brain adds Let's have a blue the bits and pieces of French Ultramarine image together and vs Ultramarine green sends a sensation to shade another part of the Shades of PB29 brain: "I like" or "I range from close to don't like". Fortunatly, middle blue to violet we have two brains. blue. What makes When one gets tired the difference is the other keeps mostly due to the working. Which is just particle size of the as well because other pigment. Large wise we would never particle size yeilds a complete an artwork bright violet shade, at all. There would be small particle size all thinking and no gardens provided a eminently yeilds a soft blue doing, or all doing and no sketchable view that would have closer to a middle blue. thinking. done the impressionists proud. Ultramarine green shade is It seems to me, after To see some of the images produced on the day visit the not green, it is just biased wandering through the 'post- closer to green than other overflow and plein air pages in impressionist' exhibition in the Society's website. shades. French ultramarine Canberra, those guys (no If this whets your appetite, you is more violet, ultramarine gals, note) were doing a can join us on the next outing at blue is less violet. So there heap more of one than the Doll's Point. Instructions on how to get there and some info on you have it. Blue is not just other and I leave it to you to blue, it could be the death what to expect are on the discern whether they were website. of you! Imagine; dirty tree doing more thinking than The best thing is to bring a colours are nought. Lesson? doing. minimum of gear. Keep it simple! Know thy colours!