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Monthly and Annual Competitions


At each monthly meeting, members can enter a competition. The judge is the demonstrator for that month.

Entries are in three (3) categories:

  1. John Adeney Section
  2. Tom Stephens Section
  3. Alternate Section

Points are awarded in each section to decide the winners of the Annual Competition.

Categories 1 and 2 are for paintings only. The Alternate Section is for contemporary paintings and other media.

Members start in the John Adeney Section. Once they win the Annual Competition, they advance to the Tom Stephens Section.

July 2017 Results

November 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 3 November 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be Elizabeth Nyssen, of Cortella Homewares, Yarra Junction.

Elizabeth is also an accomplished artist, and will demonstrate some of her painting techniques.

At her studio in Yarra Glen, there is an array of finished art pieces on display.

Elizabeth says of her artwork:

“My passion is working with paint, jel printing and sewing on paper and fabric. I also have a love for flowers and creating large art works using
acrylic paints.”

With her broad knowledge and wealth of experience, Elizabeth will undoubtedly inspire us to try some different techniques and media.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

October 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 6 October 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be Geoffrey Carron. His subject will be painting with acrylics.

Geoffrey specialises in painting wildlife, especially birds, using a variety of techniques.

With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Geoffrey will undoubtedly inspire us to try some different acrylic techniques.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

Yarra Valley Observed

Are you looking to buy another original painting? Perhaps you’ll find one in this exhibition that is exactly what you are looking for.

Presented by – Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Arts Society.

Date – Friday 6 September to Tuesday 15 October 2019

Time – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Venue – The Studio, Arts Centre, 3409 Warburton Highway, Warburton

An exhibition by the Society’s talented artists covering a wide variety of subjects inspired by the Yarra Valley.

Free admission. All visitors welcome.

September 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 9 September 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

(Note: As the first Sunday in September is Fathers’ Day, our meeting this month will be a week later than usual.)

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be Craig Penny. His subject will be painting with acrylics.

Craig is a well known Melbourne based artist.

Born in Mildura, Craig has shown an interest in art and drawing from a very young age and has created a successful career as a professional artist.

Craig describes his background and career is this way:

“Studying art at Ballarat University, painting and graphic design claimed most of his attention allowing him to pursued a successful career in illustrator as a member of the Illustrators Association of Australia
for many years.
Craig has skills in a range of mediums including computer graphics.  
He taught both traditional drawing, illustration and digital drawing at both Victoria University and Swinburne University.

Craig never lost his love of using traditional methods and now specializes in watercolour, acrylic painting and illustration.”

Craig is a regular contributor to “The Australian Artist” magazine, and has exhibited his art widely. His numerous awards include:

2003 Best Water Colour – Rotary Club Of Portland
2004 Best Water Colour – Wimmera Art Show
2005 Best Street Scene – Brighton Art Show
2006 Best Street Scene – Bayside Art Show
2008 Best Oil – Chelsea Art Show
2008 Best Painting – Bayside Art Show
2009 Best Painting all Mediums – Mt Waverly Art Show
2009 Best Oil – Rotary club of Hamilton Nth
2010 Best Oil / Acrylic – Chelsea Art Show
2011 Best Acrylic Painting – Bayside Art Show

With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Craig is sure to encourage us to try some acrylic techniques we have not previously used.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

August 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 4 August 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be Rob Candy, who focus on watercolour.

Born in Melbourne, Rob began painting watercolours at Ku-ring-gai Arts Centre during the 1980’s with Owen Thompson, and at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales with Frederic Bates OAM.  He has a degree in Geography and this informs his analysis of and appreciation for the landscape.

Rob has been a  featured artist in the Australian Artist magazine, most recently in 2012. He has also been a featured artist in the Australian Artist magazine in October 1996, June 2002, September 2004 and November 2005.  The most recent of these articles examined his painting from Tuscany.

Rob is a member of the:

       Australian Watercolour Institute

            Royal Art Society of NSW

Watercolour Society of Victoria

      Victorian Artist Society 

Rob has judged many art shows, including Lane Cove Art Society

With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Rob is sure to inspire us to try some innovative watercolour techniques we have not previously tried.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

July 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 7 July 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be Cecelia Sharpley, who will show us the many aspects of eco printing.

Cecelia is a Calligrapher, lettering artist, bookbinder, printmaker, papermaker – creator of Leaf Magic Prints and Journals.

Her many publications are produced by Duckpond Press.

Eco printing is a quite diverse skill and Cecelia is sure to inspire those of us who are keen to branch out into areas we have not previously explored.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

Warratina Art Show 2019

Presented by – The Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Art Society

Date – 12th to 20th October 2019 (closed Tuesday).

Time – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location – Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Road, Wandin Yallock – Melway Reference 121 F1.

For further information, please call Warratina Lavender Farm on 03 5964 4650.

About the Art Exhibition

Want a delightful day in the beautiful Yarra Valley, treating yourself to some outstanding local art exhibited in a unique, rural setting? Or perhaps you’re looking to buy an original artwork.

The 2019 Warratina Lavender Farm Art Show is just the place to go..

Enjoy the Art Show, buy an original painting, and spoil yourself with some delicious home-made food or a coffee in the restaurant. Then finish with a stroll around the beautiful lavender gardens. Set among rolling hills, it’s a wonderful, relaxing way to take some time out.

A wide variety of paintings by members of the Mount Evelyn and Yarra Valley Arts Society will be on display. All works will be available for purchase at very modest prices. A selection of unique greeting cards and craft items will also be available.

The paintings exhibited will include works in various mediums and styles – traditional and contemporary – and some of the artists will be in attendance at various stages during the week to answer your questions.

Visitors are very welcome and entry to view the exhibition is by gold coin donation. So come along and enjoy.

Note: Only members of the Society can enter their artwork in the exhibition.

Healesville Art Exhibition – June 2019

Venue – Darron Honey Centre , at rear of Uniting Church, Maroondah Highway, Healesville.

Dates – Saturday 8 June to Monday 10 June 2019.

Opening Hours:

Saturday 8 June – 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Sunday 9 June – 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Monday 10 June – 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

Are you looking for somewhere to relax in the country over the June long weekend? Why not come to beautiful Healesville and enjoy the artwork on exhibition by members of the Society?

There is a great variety of paintings in  oils, pastels, watercolour and other mediums on display – at very reasonable prices.

Visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite paintings in the Peoples’ Choice Award.

June 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 2 June 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be William Ritchie, a renowned wildlife artist.

William describes himself as follows:

“A former scientist with a PhD in biology, William now works as an artist constructing highly realistic paintings, drawings and sculpture that have received numerous awards and commendations.

​William’s skill as an artist, coupled with his understanding of biology and the natural world, presents a unique perspective that is represented in the detail and character of his artwork. This unique blend allows him to more accurately portray subjects in ways that invite others to learn and better appreciate them.

In 2016 and 2017, William was a finalist in the coveted Holmes Art Prize for realistic bird life art. He is also a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists (SAA), an international organization comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world.”

William is sure to inspire both beginners and experienced artists who are keen to branch out into areas they have not previously explored.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

May 2019 Meeting

Date – Sunday 5 May 2019

Time – 1:30pm to 4:00 pm

Venue – Coldstream Community Centre, Kelso Street, Coldstream – Melways Map 281 B10

Demonstration – This month, our demonstrator will be Lorraine Wigraft, who will share some of her passion for pastels.

Lorraine is a based in Melbourne and has exhibited widely, including at the Mornington, Knox and Camberwell Art Shows.

Clair says of her work:

“My love for painting and drawing spans the majority of my life and includes many years of experimenting with the major mediums, materials and techniques. During these times I have appreciated many artists’ work and talents, particularly the early impressionists.

Over the last decade and a half I have developed a love for pastels and now create most of my works using this medium. With such improvements in the quality and variety of pastels, you can’t help but love the varieties of colours produced, including soft, medium and hard pastels. The variety of papers and boards also drives me to continually use such medium.”

This is sure to be another demonstration that is not to be missed, as it will inspire both beginners and experienced artists.

Entry Fees – Members – $6 Visitors – $10

Lorraine Wigraft – Pastel Artist