Presidents Message and May 2014 Newsletter

Welcome everyone, to our second newsletter for 2014. A particularly warm welcome to all our new members. It is so good to see the new faces on a Monday evening and so many “old” ones, and to “feel the vibe”. Our AGM in February saw some new faces joining the Committee (including mine, as President) and I would like to thank all those who volunteered to join with me, and to those tireless workers who agreed to continue to contribute this year and share their expertise and knowledge with those of us who are new to the Committee. It was a great pleasure to celebrate the 80th birthday of Betty Mclean, one of our longest serving members, with a Life Membership (and of course a birthday cake). Thank you Betty, for all your work over the years, and may you celebrate many more birthdays and paint many more beautiful paintings!

The year’s activities began well with a very interesting demonstration by Brian Aylward and his striking bush land scenes. About 30 members attended and were very appreciative of Brian’s easy communicative style. Other demonstrations planned by the Committee at this stage focus on keeping a sketching travel diary (Val Brookes will demonstrate this for us on May 12th), and later in the year, Jana Vodesil will demonstrate portrait painting.

Our exhibition, our major event for the year, will be held at Sorrento Life Saving Club, October 10 – 12 so please put the dates in your diaries. I would particularly like to encourage all our new members to consider submitting paintings. There is always lots of assistance around if you need it. Thanks to Rayma Reany’s tireless efforts, we will hold an ‘unframed paintings’ sale at Floreat Forum on May 10th . This event gives excellent exposure to our Society and helps to raise the status of pastel painting in WA. It also provides opportunities for the general public to purchase quality art at an affordable price. Please spread the word – use your Face book page if you have one, to let your networks know about this.

Please don’t hesitate to give us your ideas and suggestions for keeping our Society vibrant and effective, and above all,

Happy Painting! Adrianne Kinnear, President

Pastel Society of Western Australia Newsletter May 2014