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27th September, 2017

October 2017 Exhibitions

Victorian Artists' Society October Exhibitions

Pilar de la Torre - Colour, My Passion

Sunday 1 October - Tuesday 31 October 2017

No opening
Members Room

Pilar de la Torre - Artist Statement

This exhibition represents work completed over the past 12 months. I have selected to show a cross section of my work and subject matter.

My interest in health influences the choice of subject matter. I exclusively paint and draw from life.

I love painting in oils and equally love the challenge of watercolour, drawing and sculpture.

Hope you enjoy my work as I have enjoyed creating it.


Prickly Pears - Pilar de la Torre


Melbourne Society of Women Painters & Sculptors

Changing Perspectives 2017

108th Annual Exhibition

Thursday 5 October - Tuesday 17 October 2017

Opening: Thursday 5 October at 7.00pm

Gallery: Frater, Hammond, McCubbin & Cato

Special Event - Elegant Afternoon Tea & Talk

1.00pm Thursday 12 October 2017

Admission: $20 members $25 non-members

For Afternoon Tea Bookings and information please call: Linda (03) 9807 3187

The Elegant Afternoon Tea and Talk has become a popular event of MSWPS Annual Exhibition. For the first time it will be presented in the newly renovated gracious, Victorian Artist's Society Galleries, that have been beautifully restored to their historic glory. 

We are delighted to welcome Helen Brack, (Maudsley) as our guest speaker. Helen opened and judged our Exhibition a couple of years ago and was an inspiring speaker. 

Her talk, 'Helen Brack - A Life' Life as a painter, mother and wife to artist John Brack will background her upcoming solo exhibition, Helen Maudsley - Our Knowing and not knowing. 

The Melbourne Society of Women Painters & Sculptors 108th Annual Exhibition will feature art works by women artists working in a vast range of media and approaches from the traditional to the innovative. Hence the Exhibition's title Changing Perspectives 2017. All artists represented have submitted folios and curriculum vitae to MSWPS Committee to be eligible to exhibit. This requirement ensures that the high standards, set so long ago, are upheld.

This Exhibition has something to engage everyone!

Concurrently downstairs in Cato Gallery there will be A Tribute Exhibition to Connie Walker FVAS (a member since 1983 who passed away this year) and MSWPS Life Drawing; works completed in Thursday morning Life Drawing sessions.

MSWPS is honoured that Clive Sinclair VAS, the highly regarded artist and teacher, will officially open MSWPS 108th exhibition. He will also judge and present The Annie Davison Oliver Award ($1000) and The Danks Trust Awards ($1000). The Constance Wu Award ($500) will be presented later to the artist receiving the most votes.


Helen Brack (Maudsley)

The Rose Petal Scrolls, become the Scrolls of our Ancient Past; of the Law; of Wigs, still worn. 

The Hands of Now, of Doing. The Pear that is Flesh and Heart.

The Conflict with Arrogance.

Also, the Flicker of Life, and the Question Mark. 2014

Oil on canvas

74.5 x 80.5cm

Image courtesy of the artist and Niagara Galleries Melbourne



Mary Hyde, Lucille Tam, Julian Bruere, Ted Dansey, John Hunt

Thursday 19 October - Monday 30 October 2017

Opening: Saturday 21 October at 2.00pm

Gallery: Frater, Hammond & McCubbin

Five would like to invite you and your friends to join them at the opening of their eighth exhibition at the Victorian Artists Society Galleries.

There will be over 120 artworks on display and for sale.  This event brings together five artists, four of whom are Melbourne-based while one currently resides in Germany.

Visitors to this exhibition will experience the excitement of seeing a diverse range of painting subjects and styles but, at the same time, be able to explore each artist's collection in greater depth than most art exhibitions would allow.


Mary Hyde

Artist Statement

With the influences of painting trips to Tasmania and England, I have collected my painting thoughts and worked towards the new Five Exhibition for 2017.  Once again my love of 'oils' and a variety of subjects will be on display in the newly refurbished VAS Galleries.  

A visit to Staithes, on the North Yorkshire Coastline was very much in sync with my continued love of boats and harbour scenes.  I stayed for two weeks in a fisherman's cottage painting and soaking up the atmosphere and back in the studio I've embarked on a number of works reflective of just why I like to paint.

Last Light Across the Tamar River - Mary Hyde


Lucille Tam

Artist Statement

What a pleasure it is to be working with my colleagues in Five again - we do have the best fun!  I am pleased to present a collection showing a range of subjects which intrigue and excite me.  The flamboyance and vividness of flowers and still life objects have always been a favourite but I am equally drawn to the vibrancy of urban streets, the light dancing across a landscape and the strange and intricate shapes of boats!  Also, can you think of anything more moving than the human figure?  These very different subjects all have their unique set of challenges but anyone who has spent time exploring them will know the rich reward which awaits.  I look forward to sharing my explorations with visitors to our show.

White Hydrangeas and Diaphanous Silk Scarf - Lucille Tam


Julian Bruere

Artist Statement

Since our last exhibition in 2015, I have been spending more time in teaching which has seen a growth in my own drawing.  

When travelling to Tasmania, Dalian (China) and Northern England in the last year I have been painting on location in sketchbooks.  This has led me towards a more expressive style of watercolour with textural additives and techniques which have found their way into my marine, snow gum and landscape paintings.

Sea Arch - Julian Bruere


Ted Dansey

Artist Statement

Exhibiting again with a group that is not only like minded but, with whom I am pleased to call friends.  

This show will feature works done on my travels, on location and in the studio.  I am constantly seeking to improve what it is that I do.  Is it working?  I know one thing, I'm enjoying it.  I hope you do too!

Boadaccea - Ted Dansey


John Hunt

Artist Statement

I am my own particular painter and I'm pleased to say that these few pictures do express myself, a something born of small necessity, an intense working pleasure which the act itself enables.  

They do not come out of some grand 'atelier' deliberation rather they have revealed themselves and for this I'm very thankful.

Untitled - John Hunt


Connie Walker FVAS - A Retrospective

 Thursday 26 October 2017 - Monday 6 November 2017

No Opening

Gallery: Cato

Connie Walker OAM, VAS Signatory, VAS Fellow, VAS Honorary Life Member, VAS President 1988 - 1991.

This exhibition is a celebration of a wonderful artist who was admired not only for her art but also for her kindness and lovely nature.  An elegant lady indeed.

A selection of work hand picked by Connie's family will be on display in the Cato Gallery. 

Towards Kununurra - Connie Walker FVAS


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