Friday, August 31, 2012

MTAS Mitzi Vardill Workshop - 22nd Sept

Macquarie Towns Arts Society Presents
Workshop with Mitzi Vardill
Mixed media, Acrylic and Collage - Saturday 22nd September 2012

9:30am-3:30pm at Yarramundi Community Hall, 54 Thornbill Way, Nepean Park Estate, Yarramundi.
Cost is $45 for MTAS members and $50 non members
For bookings and more information please phone Kathy Bale on 02 4573 2200

Mitzi Vardill is an accomplished artist whose work practice covers, drawing, watercolour, mixed media, acrylics, print media, sculpture and ceramics. She has many years of experience in teaching art, conducting weekly classes and workshops for adults in various art schools and from her own studio. She has also provided private tuition to senior high school students.

In 2004 she gained a Masters Degree in Contemporary Arts for Educators at the Sydney College of Arts at Sydney University. Her Masters specialised in teaching art to adult students. She also has a Diploma in Fine Arts and Advanced Standing in Printmaking and Cert IV Assessment & Training. She is a regular participant in group shows as well as individual exhibitions. For more see


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail Open Weekend 25th and 26th August

A quick reminder regarding the Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail Open Weekend this weekend!

25th and 26th August

All Studios and Galleries will be open on this weekend including our MTAS Yarramundi Hall.

We welcome you to come along and exhibit your works for these days to support our membership of the Trail.

This year we thought it would be a good occasion to use our Hall for more of an Artists at work kind of feel. We will be hanging works and displaying crafts as well.

Last year we had a good response and we are hoping to do the same again. Please check out the website for more information.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Reminders & Demo Meeting 14th August Joe Cartwright

A few reminders for you all. Lots of great opportunities this month to exhibit, sell your work and share with like minded artists in the area.

Market Place Exhibition 16th – 19th Aug

Next week we have our Marketplace exhibition in Richmond. All works are to be brought in for hanging early before the center opens on the morning of thursday 16th before 9am please.

This is usually a successful exhibition for us so look forward to seeing you there. If you are exhibiting please also volunteer for some duty time and help with setup and take down is always appreciated.

Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail Open Weekend 25th & 26th Aug

Many thanks to those who brought artworks and assisted in the Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail Brochure Launch on the 27th & 28th of July at the Magnolia Mall in Richmond. It was a great success. 

We will have an open weekend exhibition on the weekend of 25th & 26th of August at our Yarramundi Hall for the HAAT Open Studio Weekend. We look forward to seeing your works for this as all members of the Trail will be open that weekend and we can make good use of our membership that way.

Field Day is on the 18th of Aug at Pugh’s Lagoon

Hopefully the weather will be lovely, so look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

Paint Along Day is also on Wednesday 22nd August at our Yarramundi Hall.

Monthly Demonstration Meeting 14th Aug – Joe Cartwright

This month for our Demonstration meeting on Tuesday 14th of August we are pleased to welcome back Joe Cartwright with his wonderful watercolours.

Joe Cartwright’s watercolour paintings have a fluid spontaneity to them. He captures mood and atmosphere, painting with a style that draws the viewer closer to the work.
Joe’s paintings cover a wide range of subjects across landscapes, town life, flowers, portraits and figures. He prefers the freedom of exploring a variety of themes rather than a single focus, to allow room for expression, and the potential for any inspiration to lead to an exciting work of art.

After ten years of creative nigglings, Joe started painting in 1998. Today he paints prolifically and runs weekly watercolour lessons at the Nepean Art Society in Penrith, where he encourages his students to "enjoy the journey" as they learn from every painting they attempt: “there are no failures”. Every point in the painting process is an opportunity to learn and to have fun with experimentation, texture, colour and observation.

Joe is always looking for an interesting viewpoint, and sees his work as an opportunity to bring something new, undiscovered or unexpected to his audience, connecting people more closely with the world around them. “I think artists are able to show people something they have not seen or noticed”.
He explains, “I believe we see the world with more intensity through active observation.”

Recognition for Joe’s work has come both in the form of students wanting to learn his craft, as well as prizes and inclusion in exhibitions, including the John Copes Watercolour Prize in 2009, and the annual Australian Watercolour Institute Exhibition. He has also had articles about his work published in the Australian Artist Magazine and his work is represented in private collections in Australia and overseas.

For now, Joe’s greatest achievements are realised when his creativity manifests in the form of beautiful, atmospheric watercolours, bringing viewers in, and heightening their connection with the world.
Making that connection, and sharing it by teaching his craft to interested students - encouraging both the passion and technical know-how - keeps Joe’s artistic world turning.

Check out Joe’s website at

Both Members and Non Members are welcome to join us for our meetings to view an inspirational artist at work each month, as well as the opportunity to enjoy networking with like-minded art enthusiasts.

7.30pm Tuesday 14th August 2012 at the Stan Stevens Studio, Windsor Library, Deerubbin Centre, George St, Windsor (Please arrange to park outside of Library due to carpark early closure)
Entry $5 MTAS members and visitors (includes supper) Enquiries Sharron ph 4572 5580

Macquarie Towns Art Society has been active in the Hawkesbury area for 50 years. New memberships with the society are always welcome. For further details please contact Satya on 0405 337 652

Look forward to seeing you all there!