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Newsletter August 2021 No 50


WASA acknowledges the Traditional Indigenous Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognizes the continuing connection to lands,
waters and communities.

We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,
and to the elders - past, present and emerging



Jane Zandi
Member of the Month - August 2021


 A Message from the President
The WASA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 15th July, 2021.  The meeting was attended by 62 members who voted in the new Committee to administer and run the society for the next 12 months.
Reports were given by the departing Treasurer and the President and members voted to accept these reports.  In essence, in July 2020, WASA embarked on a journey of ‘growth’ which, despite the COVID restrictions, opened the door to a new focus to make WASA the 'society of choice' for all WA artists.
Being the WASA 125th Anniversary Year, 2020/2021 had a key focus and new plans and ideas to enhance a growing and active membership.  Going to press today, we have over 200 members of WASA now.  Our pioneering early committee and members of the Wilgie Sketching Club in 1896 would indeed be very proud of what WASA is becoming now.
In the last year, there were several important initiatives implemented to reinvent and adapt to the many changes being thrust on WASA from a changing environment. These were primarily to reposition WASA for a more sustainable future.  Communication is always the key to better understanding change and the committee has committed itself to doing this well in 2021/2022 and to continually seek input from members for their participation and growth of WASA. 
The Strategic Plan, using a “bottom up” approach to capture members ideas for change, was completed and now the new Committee team is planning the project team approach needed to implement new ideas.  The Society is now finalising a Mission and Future Vision Statement.  The planning is being completed with environmental considerations and membership endorsement. The next important and detailed implementation stage has now commenced.
The date for the 2022 Annual Exhibition has been agreed for the weekend of 4th to 6th March 2022.   The event over 3 days will be held at the Italian Club in Fremantle.
Social media will continue to be a strong suit of the Committee now that the Website, Facebook page and Instagram are well established.  Continued emphasis will be kept on these vital public platforms to grow membership benefit and value.  The hard work and additional focus on the 125th Anniversary Celebrations on social media, paid off handsomely for WASA in the past 12 months.  Growing a WASA media presence is a key plank of growth now.  
Vice President, Tim Sewell, Treasurer, Carol Murphy and past president and Committee member Lucy Papalia all stepped down from the WASA Committee. All 3 members have served the Committee with distinction over many years.  The new Committee now sees both Jane Holtfreter and Tanya Izzard as Vice Presidents, Meredith Sonder-Sorensen as Treasurer and Suzanne Lawson as both Secretary and Membership Coordinator. Other committee members now include; Pippin Margaria, Jo Duffy and Karin Duarte. 
The last 12 months has been a challenging year for WASA but as the new FY 2021/22 begins the Society is in robust health financially, with a clear eye to the future, a growing membership and a new dynamism for innovation and new ideas that bring value.
We are looking forward to growing a sustainable and successful Society in 2021/2022. 

With my best wishes

Roger Reading


WASA this is your Committee for 2021/2022 with Alan Pickering and Pippin Margaria at our Planning Session.

From Left: Jo Duffy Exhibition Coordinator & Social Media, Meredith Sonder-Sorensen Treasurer, Suzanne Lawson Secretary & Membership Coordinator, Pippin Margaria WASA Newsletter Editor, Tanya Izzard Vice President & Media, Jane Holtfreter Vice President, Alan Pickering Planning Session Facilitator, Roger Reading President, Karin Duarte Workshop Coordinator.



"High Society" Comes to WASA

Thursday 19th August 2021


Visitors Welcome!  $20.00 PER PERSON

Artwork from the High Society Event
may be entered into the Monthly Competition - October 
The overall winner will be presented with

$250.00 Gift Voucher

The "Palms" Community Centre
Cnr Rokeby Road & Nicholson Road Subiaco
Come and join us as we step back in time to the 18th Century.
We will be exploring art with a "Still Life" Event just like the old masters!

There will be fun, frivolity & ART

Be prepared for an exciting night.
Bring your own drawing or painting supplies or purchase on the night.

Come and take your own photos of our High Society Still Life Event!

No August Monthly Competition

Drinks will be available at no charge




Hurry - Register your interest with WASA Secretary, Suzanne Lawson, as soon as possible as only a few places remaining for the  August paintout.

Thursday 26th August 9.30 - 12.00

Our final Government House En Plein Air Paintout
will be
Thursday 16th September 9.30 - 12.00

We are currently organizing  an exhibition which  will be held at
Government House in early 2022.



Thursday 16th September 2021

Monthly Competition - Miniatures - Your Pet

Beautiful things come in small packages.

CS Illustrator



A sincere artist is not one who makes a  faithful attempt to put on canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create
something which is, in itself, a living thing.

William Dobell


Karterina Franklyn
Val Glover
Patrick Hanrohan 
Wayne McGovern
Corrine Rapley
Kate Ryan
Donna Woodhouse





 Jane Zandi  Watercolour



"I try to tell my story in as few brushstrokes as possible."

Born in Tasmania and now living in Perth, I have been painting for over twelve years and for the last four years regularly painting en plein air.

This has resulted in a passion for getting the light just right while on-site and then taking that lightness into studio paintings.  I am a member of Perth Plein Air Painters and get out to paint with them as much as possible.

Regular attendance at life drawing, but using paint on vintage paper, has lead to improved skills.

Regular attendance at watercolour workshops held at local, national and international workshops, has helped me develop my own personal style.  I am a Committee member of the WA Watercolour Society.

2016 Artspace, Nedlands, emerging artists exhibition
2017 - 2021  West Australian Society of Arts
2019 - 2021 West Australian Watercolour Society

Jane Zandi | Facebook
Jane Zandi Watercolours (@jane_zandi) • Instagram photos and videos




Bayside Kitchen- Matilda Bay 



Life Drawing N0 40
Watercolour on Vintage Paper.








Jenny Davies

I am honoured and thrilled to be a finalist in this year's Lester Portrait Prize.  I have been optimistically entering since 2015.  As each year's finalists were announced, it was heartbreaking not to make the cut once again.  I had a glimmer of success in 2017 when a painting of my husband Robert was accepted into the Salon des Refuses.  Ironically this painting took me three hours. 

Every year (for as long as I can remember), I have been to the exhibition and studied the portraits trying to glean what it is that makes for success.  I have slowly worked out that there is no magic formula.  It is so subjective.  Some paintings I have loved, others not.  Some I don't understand, or maybe I am just too traditional.

I have been lucky this year.  My painting is topical, and I hope it catches the human side of our Premier.  The idea for this portrait took root a few months ago, as I was introduced to #statedaddy by my teens, Isaac and Annabella.  I was so amused and intrigued with the rock star status of our Premier that I couldn't let the thought go.

It took a lot of planning, and I am very grateful that the Premier and his team agreed to meet with me.  My husband Robert took the photographs, and he has been an incredible support to me throughout my whole painting journey.  He had consoled me each year when I didn't make the finals.

Mark McGowan was engaged and bemused by my idea.  I met with him again to show him the finished portrait, and once more, the Premier was charming and welcoming.  The whole experience has been surreal and just wonderful.
Jenny Davies




En Plein Air Perth Group Exhibition

‘A Brush with Life’


3rd September - 15th September

Facebook:  EPAP

Artists capture a moment in time, telling a story with a brush, paint, ink and pencil to interpret what they see around them.
En Plein Air Perth (EPAP) was founded in late 2016 by three local Perth artists, Sue Hibbert, Geraldine Box and Sue Liddicoat.
En Plein Air painting is the act of painting outdoors and is characterised by artworks completed while outside in the environment.
This exhibition shows work that is 100% ‘Plein Air’ with no studio touch-ups.

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts
12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park 08 6454 1803







Friends of the
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery & Western Australian Society of Arts
invite you to join them on the beautiful grounds of UWA for the
Quick Draw Plein Air Event.


Visit the Gallery and check out the exhibitions. 
Feeling Abstract? and want Matter for your inspiration, release your creativity and have fun making art.


The event is open for everyone to join, from practising artists to novices. 
Prizes will be awarded for each category, including runners-up novice and student.


Quick Draw will start at 1.00 pm and finish at 3.00 pm,
followed by judging the artworks, by Carl Altmann, on the front verandah. 
You are invited to list your artworks for sale as well as enjoy an afternoon tea.

BYO art materials (some will be provided)


Date:  Saturday 9th October
Time:  1-5pm
Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
RSVP: Please register at


Catherine McCloy 0409689626 or email

Cost $10

Hand sanitiser is provided. 
Please remember to social distance 1.5m and download the SafeWA app for registration.



Brian Carew-Hopkins' 
VooGlue  is a finalist in the Western Australian Innovator of the Year 2021.  WASA members participated in Brian's early VooGlue project at the 125th Exhibition in March, 2021, which was a first for WASA and for WA.



Featured Artists - Plein Air Down Under

Book now for PADU




WASA President Roger Reading is Chairman of Army Art (WA) Inc. 

Each year Army Art (WA) Inc. runs a large art exhibition located at the Drill Hall at Leeuwin Barracks in Fremantle, at which the art of all genres is sold for charity.
The funds raised this year will go to Legacy WA, which supports defence families and their dependents. 


Last year COVID prevented the exhibition from taking place,
but in 2019, a total of $20,000 was raised.


EXHIBITION DATE:  20 -22nd August 2021.

Unlike WASA, Army Art (WA) Inc. has no members, just a small committee that administers and runs the exhibition with the help of volunteers.  
The committee selects artists from across WA to be invited to exhibit.

Tickets for the Opening Night are still available from Army Art (WA) Inc.


The guest speaker is Perth radio personality "Milsie"

Would you please come along and bring your friends, relatives and colleagues?
There will be some great art on display and the opportunity to meet and greet fellow artists. In addition, a number of our WASA members are exhibiting.


Veteran Charity Support | Army Art (WA) Inc | East Fremantle



August 2021

Founder member and Vice President of the West Australian Society of Arts



Gage Roads from Rottnest
c 1890 Oil on Wood 29cm x 45cm


Margaret Elvire Hamersley was born in France in 1844, the eldest of 10 children of a well to do English family.  Her mother was Breton.  She arrived in Fremantle on the Arcadia in 1850.
On the occasion of John Forrest's (later Lord Forrest) projected expedition, she told him "Well Jack, if you cross Australia and come back, I will marry you".  He did, and she did in 1876.  He became the first Premier of Western Australia and later, as Lord Forrest, he became the first Australian born member of the House of Lords.  Margaret, Lady Forrest was fully involved in her husband's political career and was presented at Court to the Queen.
Lady Forrest was an enthusiastic plein air artist, in particular of botanical subjects.  She once undertook and 8-hour journey on horseback to paint a particular specimen at Newcastle (Toodyay). She often also painted along the Swan River and at Rottnest.
Together with noted Victorian botanical artist, Mrs Ellis Rowan, Lady Forrest toured the Northwest in 1887/1888.  An exhibition of their work was held in the reading room of the Perth Railway Station in November  1889.  This is thought to be the first art exhibition held in the colony.
Margaret Forrest was always involved in the development of the arts.  She was an active member of the Wilgie Sketchers Club and exhibited at its first exhibition in June 1890.  A number of her works were illustrated in two publications about Western Australia. 
Lady Forrest was a founding member of WASA and was Vice-President between 1896 and 1902.  She was also an original member of the Karakatta Club.
Margaret, Lady Forrest, died near Geraldton in 1929.  Her name lives on, both Margaret River and Elvire River were named for her.
Tim Sewell




The major prize for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award is a $25,000 acquisitive prize. The winning work will become part of the permanent collection of the Mandorla Centre for Inner Peace Inc and is kept in trust at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, WA. The $25,000 prize money includes Mandorla’s acquisition of the work.
The theme for this year is Metamorphosis - a profound or radical change. Reference "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" (Isaiah 43:19)

The Mandorla Art Award is now open for entries:

Entries close on the 18th March 2022.
Exhibition at Holmes a Court Gallery
21st May - 10th June 2022

Image 2021 Winner by Britt Mikkelsen "8200 Souls" (sleeping rough in Australia)


Pippin Margaria
WASA Newsletter Editor

Our next WASA Newsletter will be published on Sunday 12th September.

Please send all WASA articles for publication by Sunday 5th September 2021




We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generosity and support.

If you would like to sponsor the West Australian Society of Art Inc 
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