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Newsletter: June 2018

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JUNE 2018 VOL. 5
MACG NEWS
Winter Edition Newsletter
President's Report:
By Anita
The 2018 Maleny Agricultural Show is over. As part of the Agricultural Show celebrations Maleny has a Window Dressing Competition. Congratulations to Priscilla and Heather who, for the third year running won this competition. It takes many months of planning and making items to achieve this outcome. Again, Congratulations.
As to be expected a number of our talented members received prizes for work they had entered in to the various sections. It is not uncommon to hear a member saying, “I did not think my work was good enough to enter.” Sometimes, “But I am just a beginner.” Often another member had persuaded them to enter, and they, to their surprise had won a prize.
The setup of the front room of the workshop looked attractive and it is to Jenny and Robyn, along with their helpers who achieved this along with those who manned the “Cash and Wrap” table. Thanks must go to these members because without …

Artist of the Month: June 2018

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Artist of the Month - May 2018
Jean McRuvie
This last year has seen the beginning of my more serious journey in art which I hope will see me improve and decide who I am as an artist. I have been working full time plus since we arried in Australia in 1980 and whilst I always had an interest in art that interest like may others, cam second to children, spouse and career. 
I did go to a botanical art class for 6 evenings in 2008 at Buderim but never picked up a pencil once the 6 weeks was over although I have a sketch book of half finished drawings. Again I treated myself to a five day beginners watercolour course with Jame Fernley the watercolourist a few years later which was marvellous - but yet again I never picked up a paintbrush once that week was over and for this reason could not go to his intermediate classes because I had not practiced!
My next foray into the art world was a 6 week (one day a week) course with Marcel Desbien at Brisbane Painting Class in Level One oil painting with…

Newsletter: May 2018

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MAY 2018 VOL. 4
MACG NEWS
Autumn Edition Newsletter
President's Report:

By Anita
The first MACG Fair for the year is over, along with the Wood Expo. Although we do not know all the details yet, as we are still to receive some invoices for all the expenses incurred in holding the Fair and the Woodcrafters participation in the Wood Expo, we will be making a profit. The first two days of the fair seemed to be very slow and it was not until the third day that sales appeared to pick up. However, it turns out that the second day was the best day for sales. Unfortunately the weather was too warm for the sale of many winter items but it may be that, with the arrival of the colder days and nights, these and other items may be sold in the Gallery.
Thanks to Colleen’s grant we were able to purchase some folding tables and with the addition of the tables from the Community Centre we had sufficient and did not have to borrow some from at least two other community groups in town. We will have to…

Artist of the Month - May 2018

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Artist of the Month - May 2018
Peter Atkin
Flinders Ranges (Pastel)

Tasmanian Memories (Pastel)
Sicilian Odessey (Pastel)

Newsletter: April 2018

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APRIL 2018 VOL. 3
MACG NEWS
Autumn Edition Newsletter
President's Report:
By Anita
It has barely been a month since the new MACG Management Committee was elected. As usual, all new committee members have been busy learning about their roles and responsibilities. We are fortunate that so many of our committee members choose to stay on in their position as this makes it easier for all to work together to the benefit of MACG.
The Autumn Fair is rapidly approaching and the next Fair Committee meeting will be next Monday afternoon. The Wood Expo is held at the same time, and our Woodcrafters, as usual, will be in the Workshop for its duration. We all look forward to seeing the new and exciting items that will be offered for sale. Please assist where possible as it lightens the load for those who are heavily involved with the administration and rosters.
The Gallery will be open as usual.
Changes have taken place in two of the storerooms at the workshop, in that we have installed some cu…

Artist of the Month - April 2018

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Artist of the Month - April 2018
Megan Bice
I love birds - drawing and painting them is always fascinating - to represent the and to try to capture their essence. This small body of work represents some of my drawing and mixed media studies This year I hope to expand my work in this area.

Watercolour mixed media


Watercolour mixed media



Watercolour mixed media
Graphite drawing of a peacock
Practicing and teaching art in Maleny for over 20 years, Megan has appreciated and loves Maleny's idyllic environment and vibrant arts community. 
Art leaving school Megan started her commercial arts degree at Townsville TAFE College and has continued to extend her experience by attending many workshops and art courses over the years. 
'Working in all art media gives me buzz. Art at the moment seems to be developing in all areas. I love the idea that all traditional media is being reinvented and re-imagined. All this experimentation makes art so exciting at the moment!' ~ Megan

Newsletter: March 2018

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MARCH 2018 VOL. 2
MACG NEWS
Autumn Edition Newsletter
PAST PRESIDENT'S REPORT by Peter Leary
This is my last report as President. This month a new committee will be elected and I would like to thank all members of the outgoing committee for their support during my term of office. I must acknowledge Heather and Cilla for their ongoing gallery work and always making the gallery attractive. Thanks must also go Anita for her invaluable knowledge of MACG, Pat for her secretarial duties, Sue and Jean for the treasurer’s duties, Judy for recording the minutes, and Claire for taking on the role of Fair Organizer. The group’s coordinators and other members of the Management Committee who come to the monthly meetings play an essential part in the running of MACG. During the past twelve months we have been fortunate to obtain two grants. It is thanks to Colleen, who tirelessly works for every member, that we have received those grants. Every member has benefited as it allows us to make improvem…

Artist of the Month - March 2018

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Artist of the Month - March 2018 Priscilla Vickers
Priscilla has always been interested in art since her school days but had no opportunity or time to pursue the interest until she came to Maleny. She has since attending some classes with different artists and has gradually learnt more techniques and enjoyed them all!
Priscilla likes to paint people and places she knows and usually uses acrylics. As well as painting, Priscilla has also created a few sculptures and has dabbled in relief painting, making artist's books and collage.
 Apothecary Jars (Acrylic)
 Nature Trek (Acrylic)
Chooks (Acrylic on Board)

Newsletter: February 2018

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FEB 2018 VOL. 1
MACG NEWS
Summer Edition Newsletter
PRESIDENT'S REPORT by Peter
Welcome to 2018, a New Year. Last year, 2017, was a year when a number of our groups obtained much needed equipment. The artists received their long awaited for panels, the woodcrafters additional tools, and the Quilters an up to date quilting machine. The Gallery made a small profit, and many thanks must go to Heather and Cilla and any member who did extra shifts, especially over the Christmas and New Year period. This made a difference, both to the volume of sales and the overall takings for December, which exceeded those of last year. The Aussie Day Expo went very well with the weather being kind and giving us a fine sunny and warm day, not the showers as were predicted. There was a lot of interest shown by members of the public towards our various demonstrations with many questions being asked of our demonstrators. Thanks to those MACG members who attended and assisted with the demonstrations, the Spi…

Artist of the Month - February 2018

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Artist of the Month - December/January 2018
Our Artist of the Month is Jenny Mortimer. Jenny has two of her amazing bright portraits on display.
Bright (Acrylic)                        |                     Karlee (Acrylic)


Jenny Mortimer is a self taught artist. She has attended lessons and workshops over the years by a number of artists using a variety of mediums. She loves to work in acrylics and mixed media such as modelling compound, gel, inks crayons etc.  Her first solo art exhibition was 4 years ago at the Up Front Club with 21 paintings titled "Girls with Attitude". She has sold two works overseas, one in Japan and one in Austria, which were purchased from workings in Maleny as well as distributed around Australia.  The two works displayed are typical of her subject matter, abstract girls. She is currently working on a collections of paintings in this large size.  Fairly recently, Jenny has been learning and painting pop art and has a small collection to date, inclu…

Newsletter: December 2017

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Presidents Report: The end of the year is rapidly approaching and the final MACG activity was the Christmas Fair. As always a great deal of work went into organising and presenting the Fair. A big thank you to all the various groups, and individuals, who participated in the Fair.
The Christmas Fair was successful due to the volunteers who set up the Community Hall on the Wednesday, the members who presented such wonderful items for display and sale, and those who rostered themselves on the Cash and Wrap desk, the Kitchen Workers, the Treasury team, the Floor Walkers, the Raffle Ticket Sellers, Juliana who handled the advertising, and the partners of our members who willingly helped when required. We must also thank the Lions Club members who willingly transport our bits and pieces to and from the Community Centre. Most definitely a large thank you to Claire who organised the Fair so efficiently. 


As time rolls on and with our longer term members not getting any younger, the time must co…