Theme and Variations

A new exhibition by

Carol Adams

In conjunction with the Spring Flower Show at

The Residency, Hartley St

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Opening: Saturday 15th September

Time: 10:00 am

All new paintings presented in themes with a variation on each theme.

New techniques including texture in watercolour and ‘soil’ and ‘ash’ on canvas which you are invited to feel.

The book, ‘Summary of Small Things’ is available which includes the painting process for several of the works.



Artback NT has great pleasure in inviting you to an exhibition event this weekend.

Tobias Richardson our current Artist-in-Residence has been based at the CAAS Art Shed the past month making a new body of work.

Join us for morning tea this Saturday from 10.30am for an artist’s talk and exhibition preview.artback-ntinvite1For those that can’t make it this weekend or would like to engage further, Tobias will host an Open Studio on Tuesday and Wednesday next week between 10am and 4pm. See you there!



Kind Regards

Jo Foster, Manager Visual Arts Development and Touring

Monday – Thursday

Artback NT | PO Box 4582 | Alice Springs NT 0871 | (08) 8953 5941 |


From the President, June 2016 


Greetings to members,

It has been a delight to welcome the new members to the CAAS Committee and I am looking forward to their contribution as they bring new initiatives and energy to the development of CAAS.   I hope that you, the members, will get behind the initiatives coming out of the committee by supporting and participating in activities whenever you can.  Look out for activities such as En Plein Air sessions and Art Evenings to name a few.

A new storage shed has just been erected at the rear of the CAAS headquarters.   After some serious submission writing, our Treasurer Steve Anderson managed to secure the funding and then quickly got the builders onsite to erect this new facility.   The shed will provide well-needed storage space and as a result, relive some of the pressure within the main facility.

I hope by now that you have your Advocate Art Award entry finished and have already entered.  Entries close at 5pm on Friday the 15th July.   Drop-off and pick-up details are on the entry form.  To enter follow the prompts in the drop down TABs above, or pick up an entry form at one of the art supply outlets in town.  This is the major event on our calendar and so we urge you to enter.  It is a fantastic opportunity to have your work displayed in the wonderful Araluen gallery and indeed to sell your work or win an award.  Please make sure that you read all of the entry rules carefully and please avoid listing the selling price well above market value.  If you need any advice over the price of your work or have any other questions regarding the Advocate Art Award, then please don’t hesitate to contact the Art Society.

I wish you every success with your entry.

Happy in Art

Ron Talbot,


Annual General Meeting 2016 – Sunday, May 29th 3PM

Members and Friends are invited to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Please join us for a brief meeting to elect a new committee for 2016/17 to be followed by a social get-together. If you wish to join the committee please phone the 2015/16 president Ron on 0466 791 400 or secretary Mark on 0428 478 143 or just turn up!


Where: CAAS Art Shed, 10 Crispe St. Alice Springs

When: Sunday 29th May 2016

Time: 3:00PM

Member Emma Stuart: Hidden Arrernte Exhibition opens Araluen 1st April

Friday the 1st April will be a busy evening for our members and the art community of Alice. Deborah Clarke’s exhibition opens at 5P (details in a post below) closely followed by Emma’s Hidden Arrernte at 6P. A busy night for many! You cannot choose, so you will just have to go to both Openings! They are a short walk apart. Enjoy a wonderful evening.

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Announcing member Deborah Clarke’s exciting new Exhibition …

The exhibition opening 5PM Friday 1st April at Central Craft traces Deborah’s playful engagement with plants over some years. From textiles dyed with a plant based brew on the campfire, to delicately drawn tracings of plant shadows cast by the sun, and more recently to hand made paper using native grasses, each process involves a combination of art, science and serendipity.

Put the date in your diary.

Flora Exbn- Deb Clarke 2016

President’s Report: February 2016

Greetings to members,

I hope that you are all surviving the hot weather without too much trouble. I always feel that I’ve had enough by the time that we reach February and start to have thoughts about why I live here! However, we all know that change is just around the corner and that life will return to normal. We will soon be able to go out into the wonderful Central Australian landscape armed with our art gear without the fear of being fried and frazzled!

In the meantime the CAAS committee continues to meet and is working hard to bring some interesting events to you our members and to the general public.

For example, next Sunday 6th March we will hold a ‘One size fits all’ members’ exhibition at the Crispe Street Art Shed. It’s for one afternoon only from 2-5pm. So please bring family and friends and join us over a glass of wine and nibbles.

The committee is also working closely with the Department of Correctional Services to host this year’s ‘Art Escape’ exhibition that will be open at the Art Shed in Crispe Street on 29th April 2016. This follows last year’s very successful inaugural exhibition of artwork work from the inmates of the Alice Springs prison. So please earmark that date so as not to miss a special event.

This year’s Advocate Art Award will open on 29th July and although that may seem a long time away, I’d encourage you all to start thinking about your entry and to talk to other artists about entering.   This is a chance to have your work exhibited at Araluen and to be in the running to win on of the great prizes on offer.

Speaking of Araluen, I’d like to take this opportunity of welcoming Mark Crees as the new director of the Araluen Cultural Precinct.   CAAS has a long history of collaborating with Araluen and therefore we very much look forward to working with Mark and his team to help bring quality art to our community.

CAAS has been successful in obtaining funds to build a storage shed on our grounds at Crispe Street.   This will help alleviate some of the storage problems that currently exist inside the Art Shed. We will need a hand to clear the site before the builders arrive so keep in contact and we’ll let you know when that working bee in on.

As always, happy art and I look forward to seeing you at the Art Shed!

Ron Talbot


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