• Heather McCalman, Camelia Smith and Pauline Rohan

    Heather McCalman, Camelia Smith and Pauline Rohan

  • John Alcock and Bernie Millett

    John Alcock and Bernie Millett

  • Willi Chambers and Cathy Bryson

    Willi Chambers and Cathy Bryson

  • Bernard Hardy and Antonio Arjonilla

    Bernard Hardy and Antonio Arjonilla

  • Sandra House with Isla and Jeff Patterson++++

    Sandra House with Isla and Jeff Patterson++++

  • Hilary Warren, Aart Groothuis and Tim Hardy

    Hilary Warren, Aart Groothuis and Tim Hardy

  • Sukhvinder Saggu and his winning portrait.

    Sukhvinder Saggu and his winning portrait.

  • Dian and Allan Jones

    Dian and Allan Jones

  • Judge Peter Alwast, Peter Haynes and judge Terence Maloon

    Judge Peter Alwast, Peter Haynes and judge Terence Maloon

  • Joan Costanzo and Denise Moule

    Joan Costanzo and Denise Moule

  • Ian Sharpe

    Ian Sharpe

Artists Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition

24 September 2014

Artists Society of Canberra annual Spring Exhibition opened at the Albert Hall to showcase members’ works and announce prize winners in a wide range of categories. It’s a mighty effort by a predominately volunteer group and has been a part of the Canberra art scene since 1927 with opportunities not just to exhibit but to join the many and varied activities of the society to improve their craft

This year the official opener was the one and only Peter Haynes variously described as art historian, curator and go to guru when you need to know what’s good and what’s not. Well he was impressed with the miniatures, so much so he bought a couple. And sent me of to check them out. I’ve loved Sandra House’s for many years and there she was up in the winner’s circle once again.

But the lady not often seen in that circle scooped the pool this year and I’m so chuffed because I’ve loved her work for many years and last year reported on her first solo exhibition that was a resounding success. Yes, Joan Costanzo take a well deserved bow, and put your prices up! Winning in the drawing , mixed media and best abstract categories her Monstera Extrapolated was best in show, and deserved a swag of ribbons, but I guess that’s for cakes, preserves and cattle.

Taking a bow for her sterling effort was Dian Jones, wife of the ASOC president Alan Jones, who had barely recovered from a heart operation before assisting in all the mundane administration an exhibition of this size takes but – and I don’t know how – she picked up a prize for a work in the pastel category finished in the nick of time. Proud of his effort in the pastel category was Ian Sharpe who has switched media to try something different while Sukhvinder Saggu in winning the portrait prize  has stuck to what he knows best with a poignant portrait he did in India of a man from his wife’s village who told them family stories he remembered.
ASOC's exhibition continues at the Albert Hall until 30 September.