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Craig Penny demonstrates acrylic painting techniques to ASPI workshop participants.
Art firesale a roaring success
THE Art Firesale run by the Artists’ Society
of Phillip Island on November 19 attracted a
steady stream of locals and visitors to the Heri-
tage Centre, Cowes.
The display of original works at discounted
prices was well received, and cruise ship pas-
sengers who were in town for the day were
amongst those who purchased artwork to take
home or for Christmas gifts.
Over 50 pieces of work were sold during the
day, benefiting not only members but the Art-
ists’ Society, which will utilise the small com-
mission on sales to assist in purchasing equip-
ment and subsidising member’s activities.
The Society’s weekend workshops, offered
at reasonable prices to both members and the
public during 2016 – first at Newhaven Col-
lege and then at PICAL - have also proved very
The last one for this year was an acrylic paint-
ing workshop on November 26 by Craig Penny,
a renowned Australian artist.
Craig set a cracking pace during his demon-
strations whilst managing to keep the audience
informed and entertained at the same time.
The 10 participants benefited immensely
from Craig’s knowledge and practice.
ASPI’s workshop coordinator, Diana Ed-
wards is now planning the 2017 program.
Since the Society lacks a permanent home,
it is very grateful to both the Shire and the Ge-
nealogical Society for the use of the Heritage
Centre Room for the Firesale and to PICAL for
providing a room for our regular workshops
ASPI treasurer Gay Mosby was very taken with one of Lois Green’s striking airbrushed
paintings, at the recent ASPI Art Firesale.
It’s been another busy week in Bass Coast,
and now we’re officially into summer, it’s only
going to get busier!
While we’re all focussing on what’s happening
here at home as we head into our peak holiday
season, I recently attended my first Gippsland
Local Government Network (GLGN) meeting,
which was an opportunity to meet with coun-
cils and representatives from across the entire
For those unfamiliar with the GLGN, it is an
alliance of the six Gippsland councils, and it
represents the collective interests of Gippsland
and works cooperatively on issues and projects
of mutual interest.
Advocacy is certainly a feature of this group,
and I understand the group were strong advo-
cates for the funding secured earlier this year
for the Penguin Parade’s new premises.
The meeting at Sale was an introduction of
the six mayors and CEOs, as well as the forum
in which the chair for the forthcoming year,
Baw Baw Mayor Cr Joe Gauci, was elected.
During the day we had presentations from Vi-
cRoads Regional Director Scott Lawrence and
Red Tape Commissioner and Victorian Depart-
ment of Treasury and Finance Dr Matthew But-
lin, and also discussed matters including the
transition of the closure of Hazelwood and the
Great Forest National Parks Proposal.
I’ll be meeting with the GLGN bi-monthly and
look forward to working with our neighbours
for the betterment of our region.
I was also fortunate enough to attend and
speak on the Saturday at the fifth annual Shear-
water Festival on Phillip Island last weekend,
and must say the day was absolutely divine!
A special moment in particular was the fes-
tival’s largest participation in the traditional
smoking ceremony yet. Over 100 onlookers
walked through the smoke, which is believed
to have cleansing properties and the ability to
ward off evil spirits.
The festival has become an important part of
our cultural landscape and with so many amaz-
ing performers and activities, including the in-
augural Cape Woolamai Fun Run, it’s fantastic
to see the weekend growing bigger and better
Do yourself a favour and keep an eye out for
the 2017 dates to mark in your diary so you
don’t miss out next year!
By Cr Pamela Rothfield, Bass Coast Shire Council
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