Painting

The Art Group consists of about 20-25 regular Artists who meet weekly on a Thursday from 9.00 am-12.00 noon at the Mackay Art Society Building in Snow Wright Court, Beaconsfield.

We are a self-help group and do not have actual tutors.  It was decided that if anyone wished to have tutors, they would attend workshops or choose their own tutor as the artists who do attend have a wide and varied interest in many mediums.  Some of the mediums used, Water Colour, Oils, Acrylics, Oil Crayons, Water Colour Pencils, Pastels, Pen & Ink, Pencil.

We have a small library of our own Reference Books which is run on an honour system.
Some artists choose to use tables/table easels to paint on or we have access to stand alone easels as well.  If you use the stand alone easels, we place a plastic cloth down on the carpet so as to catch spills.

The more accomplished artists are happy to assist if anyone asks for advice with their work.  We have a buddy system, usually with the person/persons who sit near or are friends with, within the group.

You must be a financial member of the Mackay U3A which has Insurance cover should an accident occur.  We do not allow children to attend as our group has people from 50 into their 80’s.  We have a fee of $6 per week which helps pay the rent for the air-conditioned venue as well as the great morning teas during the session.  There is also soft music playing whilst you paint.  We have an end of year Christmas Party too. We hold a non-competitive Art Exhibition to showcase our Artist’s Works.

A very enjoyable social morning with a little bit of “Painting” is had by all who attend.

Senior Citizens and U3A Art are combining to display their Art in the Foyer of the Senior Citizens’ Centre. The art will be hung and remain for three months then there will be a changeover of art for three months and so on.
Last Newsletter I mentioned that some of our U3A artists had taken part in painting/embroidering swatches of fabric depicting all things amazing about Mackay which will be part of creating a Gift for the Matsuura Sister City. Last Tuesday we attended the unveiling of the Gift that is in the form of a large Quilt and was hung from a beautiful Mackay Cedar rail, the workmanship of local Woodturners. Many hours were involved assembling this piece of art and the quilting was exquisite. Congratulations to all who were involved. The Quilt will be on show for a couple of weeks at the Jubilee Community Centre (Old Mackay Library). Many talented people have been part of this community effort and the Quilt will be taken to Matsuura Sister City when a group of Mackay residents visit there in late November early December.

Email: ecoburn@bigpond.net.au or phone 0419668652

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