The Central Australian Art Society turns Fifty

Yes, we’re 50 years old!

On March 12 1963, a group of keen Alice Springs artists got together in the old High School Library (now Charles Darwin University campus) to form the Central Australian Art Society.  Little did they realise that what they created that day would be a thriving entity some 50 years on.

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Opening Night of the 1975  Caltex Northern Territory Art Award held in
The Residency,  Alice Springs.

Foreground L to R: Bob Dalby (CAAS President), Sen. Bernie Kilgariff, Judy Cassab (twice winner Archibald Prize), Mark Farmer.

Not withstanding the burning down of our headquarters some years ago, CAAS has a surprisingly good set of archives that go way back to the 60’s.  Searching through these records recently made me feel rather honoured to be a part of such an organisation.  So much has been achieved over the years and the dedication and hard work of previous members is very evident. Continue reading

Walk in the Art, 2012

The concluding unique event at our annual Advocate Art Award is the ‘Walk’ where artists share with interested members and visitors aspects of their art practice and exhibit.  To close, afternoon tea was kindly provided by our committee member Françoise and daughter.

The People’s Choice Award, to the value of $1200 was shared between Sheriden Appel and Jenny McFarland for their popular metal sculpture entry titled “Summer’s Bluff”.  Congratulations to both Sheriden and Jenny.

We wish to sincerely thank Nathan King, Exhibitions Officer at Araluen who not only curated the exhibition but conducted the  ‘Walk’ when at the last-minute our president Ron fell ill.

Finally the Special Voters’ Prize, the painting generously donated by Papunya Tula Artists was won by Henry Smith. Congratulations Henry!

Henry’s ‘Slow Burn’

Terra Firma (detail) 60 x 60 cm oil on canvas

CAAS member Henry Smith has a new exhibition opening Friday at Araluen.  The title is ‘Slow Burn’, all members and friends welcome!
Exhibition Opening:  Friday 1 June, 6.00pm, Araluen Galleries
Opening Speaker:  Rod Moss
Exhibition:  Saturday 2 June to Sunday 8 July
Artist Floor Talk:  Saturday 2 June, 11.30am
Araluen Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 4pm

Workshop and Opening…

Check out the CAAS Noticeboard for the latest posting.  Member, Carol Adams is running a colour workshop at the Over 50’s Club and you might like to participate.

Also, keep your evening, Friday 25 May free to attend the Opening of the Art Shed at Crispe Street.  It’s a big event for Art in Alice Springs.

 

Minister to open new headquarters and exhibition

The newly built headquarters of the Central Australian Art Society in Crispe Street (off Brown St), Alice Springs will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts and Museums The Hon. Gerry McCarthy MLA at 6.00pm on Friday May 25th, 2012. Continue reading

We’re here for you!

Road to Rainbow Valley, digital ‘watercolour’by Ardys Zoellner

Recently I have been reminded that our relatively ‘new’ blog can still be a confusing minefield for people.  At the risk of boring you all silly, I thought I would explain again how the blog works and how you can use it.  First, and foremost, it is designed with our members in mind and it is for that reason we migrated from our previous website format which included a blog, to primarily a blog format which includes website ‘pages’.  The blog was previously the most talked about, and popular, part of the website, but there was no provision for interaction.  The new blog format has the capacity for you to subscribe, but even if you are not a subscriber, you can leave a comment on a particular posting.  We felt the opportunity for members to interact was worth making the changes.

To subscribe to the blog you will need to select the ‘follow blog by email’ button on the right hand side of the Home page, and enter your email address.  Continue reading

You’re Invited!

Things at the Art Shed are progressing weekly, thanks to perseverance and hard work.  This week Steve Anderson and Ron Talbot hung the ‘trays’ that will hold the gallery lights for the exhibition area of the Shed.  Getting gallery lights will be a big achievement as it means CAAS can finally have its own exhibitions again.  We are planning a social evening next Friday 2 March to watch an art DVD on our lovely flat screen TV, so bring a plate or grab something at the supermarket after work and come along at 5.30 for a casual evening and to admire our shiny new shed!  We will be in touch with a reminder about this before next Friday.

Ron and 'v tall ladder'

Steve and 'scissor lift'