Summer Newsletter 2018
Our summer unfortunately is nearly over. I hope everyone enjoyed the warmer than usual weather. Just a reminder that the Burnie Coastal Art Group A.G.M. is on the 5th March. All Office Bearers positions are vacant, so please consider taking on one of these positions if you are able. All BCAG memberships are also due in March at $40.00 or $45.00 for a family. It would be appreciated if everyone could fill out a membership form so that we can be sure we have all the correct information.
The Studio2eleven Gallery is looking great with the new cladding, new entrance, and cemented area near the entrance. To celebrate the “new look” we are having a grand opening on the 10th March at 2pm. Because it is a special occasion we thought a High Tea style of afternoon tea would be a great idea. We need paintings on the walls of course, so if you have some framed work we would like them at the gallery by next week. A hanging fee of $5.00 per work, with up to 3 works per member. If you have any other work bring it along as there may be room to hang it. The work will be hung on the 8th and 9th March from 10am. If you can help, your presence will be most appreciated.
YOUR COMFORT ZONE
As we head in to the new year it is a timely reminder to maybe mix things up and try new things. A recent article by Jeannine Stein may just be the incentive we need. She writes –
ARTIST PROFILE – COLLEEN OSBORNE
I was born at Smithton and spent my childhood and younger years in Circular Head. I left school partway through Year 11 as I attained work dental assisting at Smithton. However, after a few years dental assisting I thought that I would like to train to be a dental therapist. I went back to Hellyer College as a mature age student (probably 19 or 20 years of age.) It was considered an advantage to have an artistic bent to be selected to train as a dental therapist, so I chose to take Art as a subject and I went on to attain my Higher School Certificate. I was not selected into the next draft of dental therapy, so I went back to dental assisting. This was my main employment until about 15 years ago. At this time, I was ready for a new challenge and I moved on to a more administrative role working in the pay office and then the finance area. Whilst I started in the pay office I found myself wanting a creative outlet.
I went to Portside for Adult Ed classes with Julian Thompson. Firstly, doing an introduction to drawing and then a beginner’s oil painting class. I then wanted to attend TAFE to do a couple of modules in their arts area. Unfortunately, it was about this time that the dept. moved to Devonport. Feeling frustrated I eventually plucked up the courage to venture into the Burnie Coastal Art Groups rooms at Studio 211. I spent about 5 years painting with Suzanne’s classes on Tuesday mornings when I could. I have also attended quite a few workshops held by the BCAG. In Jan 2013 I was fortunate to win a prize at the Latrobe Council Painting Award and then went on to sell the work which was hung at Anvers, Latrobe. This was a collage.
I also attained an award at the Somerset Arts Festival in 2017 – an encouragement award presented by Eric Hiller, who had taught me art in Year 11, (second time around).
In recent times (the last 2 years) I have painted at Sisters Beach under the tutelage of Margaret Brown. I sold 2 of my works at the Tulip Festival in 2016. These were exhibited at the Tulip farm. I have also had work selected to be hung at TASART and the Long Gallery at Salamanca.
I am currently painting with acrylics and am enjoying the days I paint, playing with the paint and seeing what the paint will do for me.