Updates on ASMA members’ activities, including awards in art competitions.
October, 2016: Congratulations to Bill Thomas
Bill has been awarded the 2016 President’s Medal for his drawing The Second Mate
September, 2016: Congratulations to Ib Odfeldt and Ron Scobie
Admitted to membership of the ASMA College of Fellows
February, 2016: Congratulations to Don Talintyre
Don has been awarded the 2015 President’s Medal for his painting Hells Gates – Tasmania.
About the scene Don writes: ‘The small, unusually shaped lighthouse marks The Entrance to Macquarie Harbour on the West coast of Tasmania. It is a calm day as the horizon indicates, but seas here can be ferocious as it is where the Southern Ocean meets the Western Shores, and most times The Entrance is impossible for shipping. The title “Hells Gates” was given by convicts interred on Maria Island within the harbour. The sea and surrounding dense bush made escape absolutely impossible, hence the macabre title.’
July 24, 2015: Congratulations to Tony Belobradjdic
At the Ku-ring-gai Art Society 50th Anniversary Competition Tony’s painting Venice 1 was awarded 1st prize for Watercolour – $1000.
One of the judges, Judith White, commented: “This is a very strong watercolour – subdues tones and confident brush work and the shimmering whites of the paper – well done!”
July 4, 2015: LIGHTING the DARKNESS
13th National Exhibition
Queensland Maritime Museum
Australian Society of Marine Artists
The opening of the exhibition on Saturday 4th July was timed to be included as part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service, so there were many viewers with a connection to the Service. There were 41 paintings on display in many styles, techniques and mediums and something to please all viewers.
1st Prize to Warwick Webb for his evocative historical watercolour Guardians of the Hunter. $1500 donated by AMS and a grouping of CLS and Lighthouse badges donated by AMSA.
2nd Prize to Don Braben for his action oil Another day at the office – ‘Cape Grafton’ and crew. $500 donated by the Coleston family (ex CLS) and copy of Garry Searles book First order, Australia’s Highway of Lighthouses donated by AMSA
3rd Prize to Bill Thomas for his small oil of Wooli Light near Yamba showing the light at night. $100 donated by AMS and a plaque of a lighthouse and ship.
July 2, 2015: Congratulations to Gwendoline Lewis
Gwendoline won the Maritime/Industrial section of the Newcastle Art Prize (an annual exhibition of the Society of Artists Newcastle) for her painting Working Harbour – an acquisitive prize of $1000 sponsored by Port Waratah Coal.