I have just returned home from the KAS Christmas Luncheon, and what a great party it was!
The Leagues Club did us proud! They set us up with a beautifully decorated table in the Sportsmans Bar, which turned out to be an excellent venue, as we had it to ourselves. The day was marked by great company, great food, lots of laughs and excellent Christmas cheer.
Thanks to all who attended and made it such fun – specially chief organisers Doreen, Ray and Robyn.
This was our last event for 2019 – so on behalf of our committee, I wish a very happy and joyful Christmas to all our members.





Helen Pain


CLASS REPORT: Peter Wale:   

A number of our members have been enjoying the “Drawing and Painting from Nature” weekly classes run during term 4 by Nature Artist, Peter Wale. All reports indicate they have had a fun time, and are learning heaps of new techniques. Images  by Heather Netherclift are below. Great work, Heather!



2020 Classes to commence February 12th at The Coach House.

Peter has agreed to continue his classes in Term 1 of 2020, giving fortnightly full-day classes instead of the weekly half-day sessions held this year. This longer timeframe will give participants time for a comprehensive demonstration as well as opportunity for practice, guidance and feedback.

Special Notice: A one day introductory workshop will be held before the classes start for those new to the skills and techniques of using coloured pencils.  This will be a “Taster” for the course – a great idea.


Drawing and Painting from Nature.

My sincere thanks go to KAS and especially to the lovely group of participants who attended our first term of “Drawing and Painting from Nature” classes. A fairly small, but enthusiastic group, produced some wonderful results drawing and painting leaves, flowers and birds!

Keen to continue next term, the group consensus is that we engage in a series of 4 one-day classes, to run every second week commencing Wednesday, 12th February 2020.

In this way, participants will receive a comprehensive demonstration at each class and maximum opportunity for practice, guidance and feedback.

We hope to welcome more participants next term, although places will be limited. So look out for further details.

Peter Wale

Details of all our classes and groups will be sent in the New Year.


Kathy Karas: “I still call Australia Home” exhibition currently showing at The Garden Restaurant and Gallery in Berry till Dec 18th

Colin Harwood: An exhibition of Colin’s work will be on display at the Minnamurra Café from 16th Dec till 15 Jan.

Kathy Karas and Kevin Gillis: Paintings and Wood Blocks at The Old Fire Station   Dec 19th to 24th.

Helen Pain: Helen’s “Bright and Beautiful” exhibition will show at The Garden Berry from Dec 20th to Jan 16th.  A “meet the Artist” evening will be held on Dec 20 at 5.30pm – come along for viewing with champers and live music.



Kiama Council, one of our major sponsors, has again shown its support for the Arts in our  town by purchasing works by local artists for display at the new Bonaira Blue Haven Facility. The successful artists and works are:
  • Auguste Blackman; Dreamsong
  • Becky Guggisberg; The clouds parted & the sun kissed them over and over again
  • Carole Massey; Kiama Heights to Gerringong *
  • Gary Laird; Gums
  • Greg Martin Vale; Morning Light on Sunday Morning, Waratah Wonder, and Gumnut Flush *
  • Helen Pain; Squiggly Gum and Flight to Rangoon   *
  • Jenny Asquith; Bubbles, Innocence, and The Simple Things in Life
  • Jon Harris; Blackhead Reserve and Caves Beach
  • Ken Tucker; Minnamurra Beach and Cookies Beach *
  • Robyn Sharp; Werri Lagoon Inspiration
* KAS Members

All these original artworks are now placed in the public areas of the Bonaira site and will be viewed by residents, staff and visitors.

Special Congratulations to our members Ken Tucker, Helen Pain, Carole Massey and Greg Martin Vale.


We look forward to a great 2020 – there are good things planned – so keep your eye on our January newsletter for details.