WAA News & Coming Events 2020
NEWS FLASH!!! LOWER MEMBERSHIP FEES IN 2021!!!
WAA is now even better value in 2021 with membership fees halved for the
coming year - just $20 for an individual, $30 for a family and only $8 for
junior membership. See the Membership page for full details (the Membership
tab is on the menu at the top of the page), download an application form,
and join us as we look forward to the move into our brand new art studios in
the New Year.
Sunday 17 January 2021 from
Plein Air Painting and Picnic
Tim Neville Arboretum
98 Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully, Vic, Australia
Here's our first event for for 2021!
Please come along for a catch up with some old friends and enjoy a spot of
painting at this picturesque location. BYO picnic and art supplies, hope to
see you there! All welcome.
The Arboretum is approximately a 25 minute drive from
our home base in Nunawading.
Directions: Go out Canterbury Road and turn right onto
Boronia Road. Go to Boronia. Turn right onto Dorset Road. Note the
signposted Tim Neville Arboretum at number 98. But go past the first parking
area at the children’s playground and turn next left into Francis Crescent to
park in the second parking area.
WAA will be based under the octagonal
pergola near the Francis Cres entrance. Look for the WAA sandwich board!
The venue is attractive with plenty of places for artists to spread out to a
spot of your choice to paint or sketch. The park will be busy with families
and children and dogs (on leads). Most of the families will be concentrated
at the enclosed playground near the first carpark on Dorset Rd., where there
are public conveniences and water taps available.
Sunday 17th January 2021
10.00 a.m. onwards for those who want to get
some morning painting done.
12.00 Noon. Shared picnic and chat.
p.m. More painting/sketching for as long or as little as you want to.
What to Bring? Our Plein Air painting day is free and needs
artists to be completely self-sufficient.
sketch book, pencils/ pastels/seat or stool/ picnic rug /food/drink
don’t have to paint but don’t forget sanitiser/ sunscreen/hat/insect
repellent! Please note no tutoring will be provided.
come? All WAA members welcome. Family and friends also welcome.
Children can play safely in the enclosed playground. Information about WAA
and how to join will be available.
Please register your attendance in our roll. Maintain 1.5 metre distance
even in the open air. Have a mask with you to use in areas where you cannot
distance such as the public toilets! Sanitise after touching surfaces in
public places. Do not attend if you are even slightly unwell or waiting for
COVID-19 test results, if you are a contact of anyone who has COVID-19, or
you have been in a hotspot. See DHHS website for daily updates.
*** Entries have now closed, results will be published soon ***
Model of Excellence Award 2020: David Peake
Below are some of David's fabulous
poses for the WAA life drawing workshops, drawn by Rosemary.
This is the wording on the
Certificate of Excellence we presented to David. An Abridged
version was engraved on the "Oscar"
In Praise of David
been part of our Whitehorse Arts Association Thursday afternoon
life drawing family for ever.
He brings with him into our
midst love, light and laughter. Working on either side of the
drawing board as our model, or as a fellow artist David's
pursuit of art is dedicated and serious.
As our model,
David's unique signature poses are often (not always) an
intricate tangle of bony arms and legs almost impossible for us
to decipher. (David confesses he often includes extra arms and
legs to confuse us!) With his most wonderful "Old Testament
prophet's face", bony body and expressive hands and feet, these
poses are the utmost challenge to our abilities and are always a
joy and delight and inspiration to us. The one problem with
these poses is David is not free to do a drawing of himself!
As a fellow artist David draws with dedication and love. The
notable qualities of his drawings are their sense of gesture and
movement, and particularly the varied and sensitive line quality
they display. His drawings contain mark making at its very best.
As a friend David, with his generosity of spirit, simply by
being David enhances our Thursday afternoons, and transforms
them into an extraordinary shared art experience.
are no words that are high enough praise to honour our beloved
David and express what he means to us. We know he has inspired
dozens of other artists all around Melbourne for years and
years, but we still believe he is ours.
Thank you David.
WAA Thursday afternoon
WAA Public Art: Our Artists in the Community
Can art add value to community life? I thought so, when I was recently
asked to volunteer my contribution to a new café in a local nursing home.
The Staff and residents at a Donvale Aged Care Facility wanted a café in
their midst. With no extra space available, the staff decided to
reconstitute a dining room, and to make it “different” they called it the
“Flamingo Café”. They then wanted a large wall hanging on the flamingo theme
and asked me to volunteer an illustration to identify their space with a
Flamingo Café triptych with staff members Nella (on left) and Ruth (on
Painting Flamingo Café by Jane Taylor
In consultation with staff, I produced a large clear
graphic style triptych of three flamingos which residents now love. In my
class with Alan Close, he contributed another light hearted suggestion: two
comic smiling fish jumping at the flamingo’s feet. The new “Flamingo Café”
has proved a huge success. One with real barista coffee. Residents see it as
a highlight of their week. Not only do they chat more with each other than
when they are sitting in their usual lounges, but families can join them for
coffee and hot chocolate. The “Flamingo Café” normalises their outing with
art enhancing the space to make it appealing and above all “different”.
ceramics and mosaics tutor, Deborah Amon-Cotter is also a painter with a
vibrant style full of colour, joy and whimsy.
was commissioned to help brighten up the City of Whitehorse,
using this traffic light control box as her canvas - part of a public art
project in our locality. This work is in
Mitcham, on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Station Street, opposite the
Here are some more images and close-up views of this work
(all photos by WAA's Rosemary Price)
Click on images to view
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