Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Lunch at Shadows Restaurant

Shadows Restaurant entrance
Cooktown School of Art Society held Christmas lunch amidst the serenity of the tropical rainforest gardens at Shadows Restaurant.  With the owners and hosts Bruce and Peter we had a truly fine dining experience at this idyllic hide-away.

See their Web Site


Friday, November 20, 2009

In Cooktown - 16th January 2010 Kids APT One Day On Tour


Cooktown School of Art Society has arranged with the Queensland Art Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA) to show a Kids’ Asia Pacific Triennal - APT - on tour program as part of the Summer Festival.  This will be at our gallery.  It involves a "one day program of highlights to be held throughout the state.  Regional galleries will host a free day of activities simultaneously with the Queensland Art Gallery.  Saturday 16 January 2010 between 10.30am and 2.30pm". 

Kids’ APT on Tour features interactive activities for children and families created by a number of artists in the exhibition. The exhibition offers children and families insights into contemporary art across the Asia Pacific region.
See our listing - "Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery, Cooktown" on the Queensland Art Gallery Web Site by clicking this link - Kids APT on Tour Venues
This should be a great event to hold in Cooktown and to get kids involved on the day.  As GOMA sends us information I'll post it to this blog. 
Cooktown was going to participate in 2008 APT which was the ‘Andy Warhol Summer Festival – Queensland’ held on 19 January 2008.  We also missed the chance to host ‘Kids’: Contemporary Australia on Tour’ held on 19 January 2009 so now we are involved for 2010 we are hoping this will be successful so we will be able to continue to host Kid's APT on Tour in the future!

Judy Pomroy Week-End Art Workshop April 2010

Cooktown School of Art Society had obtained RADF funding to put on a week-end Art Workshop in April 2010 by well known professional artist  Judy Pomroy  

Judy's enthusiastic and innovative approach to painting techniques inspire students in her classes.  Judy will show you that it is never too late to start to paint.  Her philosophy is that art is a shared experience.

Her paintings have been successfully exhibited in venues on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney and have found their way into private collections throughout NSW, QLD and Canada.

You will need to book to attend as numbers will be limited.  Once bookings open - see the adverts and flyers in 2010 - you will be given a list of materials needed for the course and the fees which we keep as low as we are able so aspiring artists have the opportunity to attend.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

General Meeting Minutes On Cooktown Art Web Site

Hi members and those interested.  Minutes of our General Meetings and Planning Forum Ideas list can be viewed on our Cooktown Art Web Site at by scrolling down this page until you see the headings -  'Meetings' and 'Planning Sessions Ideas' you will be able to click on the document link and the pdf document will load.  You can save it or print it for your own record.  Also it will help us save postage and printing costs if you view the minutes on-line!  Go green!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Recognition for local artist Margaret McCosh

The talents of local artist Margaret McCosh have been recognised by Artist's Palette magazine.  Margaret's feature article can be seen in edition No. 79 which is now available in newsagents or if you'd like to subscribe to this excellent artists magazine go to the web site at and follow the links.

When she was approached by the magazines editor and asked to do a painting demonstration and article for publication Margaret gave this a lot of thought.  The results speak for themselves and her acrylic painting demonstration of Caladiums from her garden is a delightful work and an easy project for the beginner artist.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Colour Theory Art Workshop - Week 2

Today we continued our colour theory art workshop.  Using primary, secondary and tertiary colours and black and white we mixed a range of different hues, shades and tints.  We also did a tonal scale chart from white to black with each participant choosing one colour and trying to do at least 18 values.  This was a very interesting exercise and demonstrated the patience needed to work out correct proportions of pigment to white or black to create the required value.  We also did a 7 X 5 grid mixing tertiary colours through a range of values.  Elizabeth has been making us work!  Very good for developing our art skills.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery November 2009 - Art On Display

In Cooktown we have great local artists who are able to display their paintings in the gallery.  Recently a colour theme was used to re-arrange the art works.  The public feedback has all been positive.  It is amazing that something as simple as the positioning of a painting alongside another work can highlight and enhance the works.  Having this colour flow has re-invigorated the paintings on display and the visitors to the gallery are enjoying the art!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Colour Theory Art Workshop

Colour Theory Art Workshop

Colour Theory Art Workshop by Elizabeth Johns held in Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery on Saturday afternoon 7th November 2009.  This was the first of three sessions for beginner and established artists.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

General Meeting Tuesday 3rd November 2009

Our meeting was held on the gallery front verandah. With cooling breezes and a view of the main street.  This is a great place to watch the passing people. Sadly our President Diana had to resign but will remain an active member.  Carole will be Acting President.

Ideas from the Open Art Forum are typed up and available to members.

Our last meeting of the year to be held over lunch.

Also check out this weeks Cooktown Local News for our inaugural Cooktown Art Feature which will now become a weekly art commentary.

Christmas Social Saturday 28th November for lunch. Need feedback from members by Friday.

Reminder: Colour Theory Art Workshop by Elizabeth Johns.
This Saturday 7th November at 1pm at the gallery.
$20.00 per 3 hour weekly session.
Materials required.
If interested contact Elizabeth or email Cooktown Art.

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