Art talks

Our very popular combined Happy Hours and Art Talks continue in 2020. They are held on the first Friday of each month. Many of our members, their friends and guests, enjoy this social event where we can network and hear from artists and other creative professionals from around the region. Gold coin donation.



We are happy to resume our Friday meets and art talks in 2021!

Please make a note of the following 2021 events in your diaries

Due to the caronavirus threat, this workshop has been cancelled.

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Friday 5 March 5.30pm

Surgery is the scientific application of art, and the artful application of science

with Dr Paddy Dewan

We look forward to welcoming Dr Paddy, as his patients call him. Paddy is a Paediatric Urologist (a plumber in his terms) and a Paediatric General Surgeon offering CARE to children and families and advice to adults affected by congenital conditions. He is also the founder of Kind Cuts for Kids, a foundation making annual trips with medical teams to developing countries and to those with little or no access to medical help. Paddy is a poet, artist and amateur wine maker with a passion for making health CARE better and safer. www.kindcutsfor Paddy's talk, with its art and science connection, introduces the Art Society to our new Cafe Scientique gatherings.

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Friday 7 May 5.30pm

The challenges and opportunities of running an arts-based business in a rural town

with Cartoonist Adrian Osborne

Adrian "Oz" Osborne is an artist, musician and public speaker who has worked as a freelancer since 1992, during which time he has drawn over 50,000 caricatures at corporate and private events around Australia. Adrian's individual drawing style has created a demand for his services. He has an ability to draw a caricature in around 2 minutes. This has established him as one of the 'fastest felt tips' in the business. SPLAToons became the first liquor-licensed cartoon studios in 2002, when Adrian saw an opportunity to combine two of his favourite pastimes (drawing and drinking red wine) into a unique business 'Cartoon Wine', which now sells his artwork on wine bottles for Australian distribution.

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Friday 4 June 5.30pm

Bird surveys and what they can tell us: windows to the world

with Ecologist Dr Richard Loyn

Richard is an ecologist with special interests in forests, fire, wetlands, threatened species, conservation and sustainable development. In 2013 he established a consultancy (Eco Insights), conducting strategic projects for clients in Australia and occasionally overseas. He was awarded the D.L. Serventy Medal in 2014 and a senior doctorate by the University of Melbourne in 2019, for his thesis on forest management and biodiversity conservation. He was appointed as an adjunct professor at La Trobe University in 2020. Richard recognises that birds and other wildlife provide a unique window on the natural world, and can help us conserve its extraordinary diversity, in partnership with local people.

Our last talk was back in March  2020!!



A riveting talk delivered keenly by H. Fish took us on a journey along the path of mans artistic and social evolution, particularly reflecting on the level of creativity and awareness expressed in works unearthed in recent times. As our methods of examination grow to uncover the mysteries of the ancients, we marvel at the findings; their being, their consciousness, their legacy. We recognise with greater appreciation our awesome predecessors. It moves us, in turn, to question our present day assumptions. Thank you Fish.