WAA News April 2024

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Hi Everyone,
I hope you have had a lovely break after term 1 activities.
Classes for term 2 start back on Monday 15th of April so don’t forget to book in for classes and workshops now.
Mona Lisa and Friends Exhibition
Artspace Gallery, Box Hill Town Hall, 8 March to 4 May.
WAA members, along with members of other local art groups, have artwork in this exciting portraiture exhibition which features work from the City of Whitehorse art collection. See the Events page of this website for details.
Alan Close demonstrates at ARTSPACE
As part of the Mona Lisa and Friends exhibition, WAA Tutor extraordinaire, Alan Close will give a talk and demonstrate how to create an engaging portrait.
Saturday 27th of April 2pm to 4pm at the Box Hill Town Hall, Whitehorse Artspace
Barbara McManus Demonstrates Pastel portraits
Barbara McManus is a highly acclaimed and recognised pastel artist. This next demonstration, Barbara will be showing us her techniques on how to paint a portrait using a model (yes that’s correct a live model) as her subject.
Don’t forget to keep Saturday 20th of April free for this exciting afternoon.
At a bargain price of $10.00 come and join us!
Antoinette Blyth’s short Course painting flowers in Watercolour.
Antoinette Showed us some fantastic techniques at our last demonstration in March.
Her 3-week intensive course beginning Saturday 27th of April, will enable you to learn more finer techniques.
Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity! Beginners to advanced students can apply. See the Events page for
details on how to book. Limited spaces available!
Artist of the Month
Congratulations to Eve Goble on being Artist of the month for April. Eve’s been a member of Alan’s class for many years and is one extremely talented lady. Well done Eve we really truly love your work, featured in our April Newsletter and Facebook page.
Happy painting and see you all soon
Fiona McVilly Cox
WAA President

Artists of the Month

Popular WAA tutor Larraine Wigraft is celebrated as our Artist of the Month for March 2024.
Lorraine writes, “My story goes back a long way. When I was young I worked in”….(read more and see some of her artwork as featured in the March Newsletter and now also here on the website):

Jude Marganis is our Artist of the Month for November 2023. In her own words: My love of art started at a young age. In primary school, art was after lunch and I couldn’t wait to get into the classroom to see what wonders had been set up at my table, coloured paper, pots of paint , brushes, glue etc. What I thought I could create with all of that was unending! Well that wonder still continues today! Both parents encouraged….(read more):

Jeanné Browne is the WAA Artist of the Month for October 2023. She writes: “As a visual artist, I work across drawing, painting, print-making and collage, often incorporating written strands, and operate a small business under the mantle of ‘Ears2ground’. My work is characteristically concerned with the dynamics of”….(read more): https://whitehorsearts.info/staging/index.php/jeanne-browne/

Congratulations to our September Artist of the Month Bev McVilly.
Bev paints with amazing detail and her favourite subjects are portraits and nature. Well done Mum your work is beautiful. Read her story and see her artwork here on the website:

Congratulations to Peter Ives on being Artist of the Month for August.
Peter’s Pastel portraits are very impressive. Peter captures a likeness so well and he spreads so much joy to all who he does a portrait of. Well done Peter, featured in the August Newsletter and here on the website:

Dot Browne, our July “Artist of the Month” writes: I first started creating mosaics as a result of a lovely association I have had with the very talented resident potter and mosaicmaker, Deborah Amon Cotter, who was part of our team at Silver Grove.
I have had a career as a specialist primary teacher in local schools,,.During my period as an art/craft teacher at Rangeview Primary, I was offered….(read more)

Vicky Gavras, long-time member of WAA, Congratulations
on being June 2023 “Artist of the month”.
Vicki loves
painting the vibrancy of her home land. Well done Vicki!
Read Vicky’s story from the June Newsletter and see her artwork now here on the website:

Faye Clark, WAA artist of the month for May 2023, writes, I think I have always loved Art and Craft. From when I started school, getting to use crayons, doing finger painting and especially playing with clay. I loved it all. I have been with WAA for over 30 years now and have enjoyed every minute. I am currently the Convener of the Tuesday Afternoon Workshop. We are a small happy group, who would love to welcome new members. We are a self-help group, with lots of helpful advice if you require it.

Helga Jurgensen has had a lifelong interest in the figure. Her career in the fashion industry is amazing and so too are her stunning pastel portraits. Helga has been a WAA member for many years winning various awards including the
WAA hand challenge and trophy.
Congratulations Helga on being our artist of the month for April 2023. We love your art, it’s simply fabulous.

Tomomi Gillette and her family have been WAA members for many years. She is an extremely talented artist who has had much success using bright colours when painting Family Portraits. Congratulations Tomomi on being
WAA artist of the month for March 2023. We love your work!

Congratulations to Kelly Grace our Artist of the Month for November 2022.
Kelly is very talented and creates exceptional artworks across many mediums. Great work Kelly.

The November Newsletter featured Kelly and her artistic creations

WAA tutor Susan Gustafson is our featured Artist of the Month for October 2022. Susan shares with us her story of her love of painting plus some of her beautiful paintings in the October Newsletter and now here on the website:
Susan Gustafson

Congratulations to our Artist of the Month for September 2022 Jacqueline Zimmerman.

Jacqueline Zimmerman (committee member) writes a lovely biography about her life and her art. Well done, Jacquie. See her feature in the September Newsletter and here on the website

Barbara Nowak takes the honours for August 2022 as our featured Artist of the Month. Barbara tells us of her surprised to find herself taking up art in 2012 and of her journey to pursue a new passion to the present. She is also a valued WAA Committee member and contributor to our social media pages. Read the full article with some of her artwork from the WAA August Newsletter:

Our Artist of the Month for July 2022 is current WAA President
Fiona McVilly-Cox who tells us at the age of forty I was accepted into Monash University fine arts. I chose Monash University because I had a dream for years to study in Italy. My dream came true! Across the Faculty of Art twenty four of us were chosen to Study in Italy for two months. Read her full story from the WAA July Newsletter:

Karina Grift is our Artist of the Month for June 2022. She is our very own special Committee member, Social media guru and “Art Discovery” tutor and is also a very gifted writer and Artist. We are so very lucky to have her as part of WAA. Congratulations Karina! Read her story and see her work in your June Newsletter and now on the website here:

Congratulations Natalie Doubrovski on being WAA’s Artist of the Month for May. An enthusiastic member of WAA for years, a regular at our Life Drawing workshops and a very talented art teacher, she will be teaching classes soon at WAA on Thursday nights. You can see some of her work in the May Newsletter and here on the website.

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Our Artist of the Month for April 2022 is Christine Hawkins.
Christine has been a major part of WAA for many years. She’s been a committee member, enthusiastic helper for many years volunteering and enjoying her time at WAA. We are very pleased to have her as Artist of the Month. Well done Christine we think you are amazing. See some of her wonderful paintings here on the web-site.

Joanne Coleman is the March 2022 Artist of the Month.
Joanne attends our Portrait workshops on Wednesday mornings. This talented lady is extremely good at capturing facial expressions. Well done Joanne, we love your work. Check out her wonderful paintings inside the March Newsletter and here on the website:

Artist of the month for 2022 in February is long standing WAA member Colin Browne.
Congratulations Colin on your wonderful watercolours of people and landscapes. And thank you for your valuable contributions to WAA in various Committee and other roles over many years. Very well done! See the feature article in the February Newsletter, and here on the web-site:

More WAA Artists of the Month

Even more of WAA Artist of the Month pages are available for you to enjoy their creations and read their stories here on our website: