Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, the Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society (KAS) is a non-profit organisation, run by artists for the benefit of artists and those interested in the arts. Founded in 1965, the Society has established and maintained a reputation for excellence, attracting artists from a wide spectrum of disciplines, covering both traditional and contemporary two dimensional works in all media. The Society benefits from the support of two Patrons, Meg Stewart and Lou Klepac. (see below)
The Society meets at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month (except January) at the Masonic Hall, Cnr. Pacific Highway & Turramurra Ave. Turramurra, with guest speakers or leading artists demonstrating a variety of techniques in oils, watercolours, acrylics, drawing and much more.
The principle objectives of the Society are to foster all branches of the Visual Arts and to enhance the status of art and artists in the community by providing innovative and up to date activities for artists to advance their talents.
Art exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations are just some of the regular activities conducted by the Society.
Currently three exhibitions of KAS members’ work are held each year at the St Ives Shopping Village, the Annual Awards Exhibition is held in July, and additional exhibitions are held in March and October.
The Awards Exhibition in July offers a wide range of categories for which exhibiting members can enter. Attractive prizes are offered by the Society and by our generous sponsors and benefactors.
The Margaret Wills Golden Jubilee Award (2016)
Margaret Wills has dedicated many years of her life to Art and to the Ku-ring-gai Art Society and her husband Dean has made this offer as an ongoing tribute to her.
One of Margaret’s beautiful paintings appears on the cover of the Golden Jubilee book and there are many references to her work and involvement throughout the book.
On behalf of all the members of The Ku-ring-gai Art Society I thank Margaret’s family most sincerely for their sponsorship of this prestigious award. Charmaine Phillips, President
Paul Fletcher MP speaks about the Ku-ring-gai Art Society
Address by Paul Fletcher on Ku-ring-gai Art Society to Federation Chamber, House of Representatives Canberra in 2016.
Click the following link to view the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o45tSEiyF7g
Our Society is fortunate in benefiting from many generous sponsors from the Ku-ring-gai region.
The Society’s significant sponsors are:
The Ku-ring-gai Art Society – Patrons
The Ku-ring-gai Art Society is fortunate to have two supportive Patrons, Meg Stewart and Lou Klepac.
- Art curator, art historian and publisher. Lou Klepac was born in Croatia in 1936 and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1950. In 1980 he moved to Sydney and, with his wife, co-founded Beagle Press, the imprint under which he has produced many art books. In 1996 Klepac received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for services to Australian art and, in 2006, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, University of Sydney.
- Meg Stewart is a filmmaker, journalist, and author. Meg lives in Sydney and is the daughter of artist Margaret Coen and poet Douglas Stewart. Her biography of Margaret Olley, “Far from a Still Life” was first published in 2005, other writings include a biography of Margaret Coen, “Autobiography of My Mother”, and the novels “Modern Men Don’t Shift Fridges”, and “The Dream Life of Harry Moon.”
For additional information about our KAS Patrons, please click the following link: KAS Patrons
Combined Art Societies of Sydney (CASS)
KAS is a member of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney. The patron of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney is His Excellency General The Honorable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) The Governor of New South Wales.
The Combined Art Societies or CASS is run by a small group of volunteers who are dedicated and enthusiastic Art Society members.
Their aim is to unite and strengthen the standing of art societies in our community, to gain greater recognition for art societies, and to encourage a standard of excellence among individual artists within our societies. The CASS at this time has thirteen member societies.
KAS Membership Roles in 2016
The following members were elected to the Committee 2016:
President Charmaine Phillips
Vice President Kingsley Perry
Vice President Thomasin Graham
Secretary Jan Harrington-Johnson
Minute Secretary Susan Smart
Treasurer Caroline Oesterheld
Exhibition Manager Robyne Berling
Selection Manager Di Sinclair
Property Manager Bruce Donnelley
Publicity Officer Cathy Shugg
The following members were appointed in Support Roles 2016:
Bookkeeper Dennis Fisher
Membership Secretary Harry Monty
Newsletter Editor Linda Butterfield
Printing Production Linda Butterfield
Graphic Designer Linda Butterfield
Mail-Out Coordinator Jan Harrington-Johnson
CASS Representative Dee Jackson
Librarians Sadhana Desai, Assistants: Rosemary Ombler, Michael Turner, Maurice Kelly
Supper Roster Coordinator Diana Hallowes
Supper Roster Drini Quin, Veronica Turner
Workshop Coordinator Thomasin Graham, Assistant Anne Carpenter
Guest Speaker Coordinator Charmaine Phillips
Selection Panel Di Sinclair (Manager), Louise Surmon, Di Sincock, Anna Warren, Yvonne Langshaw; Linda Joyce and Diana Hallowes
Exhibition Assistants Bryan Freer and Suzanne Lane
Archive Louise Surmon, Jann Brassil, Rowena Monty
Wednesday Sketch Club Rowena Monty
Meeting Facilitator Bruce Donnelley
Webmaster Bryan Freer