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 Newsletter              2023


Celebrity Portrait Reveal 2023

Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, Bowral
6th September
Tickets on sale NOW

There is a buzz in the air at the BDAS office as the Events and Fundraising committee are all working hard to create a wonderful and successful Celebrity Portrait Reveal on the 6th September,2023.

The gala event and dinner will be held at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant.

Our Celebrity guest for 2023 is the much admired Australian icon, Ita Buttrose. She will be painted by our talented and well respected artists Ann Cape, Kerry McInnis, Cherry Hood and Marie Mansfield.

This is a terrific night out and one not to be missed. Just ask anyone who has been previously. Perhaps you may want to organise for your class to go as a group.

All money raised will go directly towards improving our studios, storage and gallery space, which benefits all our members. That’s what we call a win, win scenario!


So all you need to do now is book a ticket.

Click on the link to go straight to the booking site

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors;

Highland Property

Centennial Vineyards Restaurant 

The Bookshop Bowral

For their support, generosity and commitment to the BDAS.

To Book, click on the link below

Alternatively, scan the QR Code

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For more information

Phone BDAS 4861 4093


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Trivia with a Twist...THANK YOU


A fantastic night was had by all and of course none of this would be possible without some very special people.


A big thank you to our sponsors for the night,

The Agency Southern Highlands

Duncan Hill Property

Waterbrook Bowral

Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated!


Thank you to our fantastic trivia Quiz Master and BDAS tutor, Dave Thomas. He really is a gem and a true friend of the BDAS.

Thanks to our smooth operator, Darren Powell who is loved by everyone.

Thanks to our wonderful members who donated artworks to the Affordable Art Sale, to a van called Delilah for a delicious meal and finally to the BDAS fundraising and Events Committee who are real troopers.


All money raised goes to the BDAS garage rebuild.

THANK YOU again!!!

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The BDAS Summer Soiree, was a social evening of merriment, live entertainment and good food in the grounds of Bowral Art Gallery.


It was a festive and fun way to finish off the year with our friends and fellow BDAS members.

A huge thank you to

Gumnut Patisserie

Darren Powell

Martial Cosyn &

Bakers Delight


BDAS Gala Fundraising Event...
Anniversary Celebrity Portrait Reveal 2022
21 September 6pm
The Stables, Bendooley Estate


The BDAS Gala Fundraising event for 2022, The Anniversary Celebrity Portrait Reveal  was a resounding success.

Many thanks to the wonderful Graeme Day our MC and auctioneer for the night. He did a wonderful job keeping all the guests entertained and introducing our celebrity guest, Charlie Albone and our artists Vanessa Stockard, Tony Ameneiro and Evert Ploeg. Unfortunately James king was not able to attend. Graeme then auctioned off our 7 terrific artworks, kindly donated by members and tutors of the BDAS.

The reveal was fascinating to see how each artist had captured Charlie. He was obviously impressed by all the works with their different styles and techniques. The final decision, as to which he would keep, was a difficult one and in the end he chose Evert's portrait.

People's choice was won by James King.

The fun didn't stop there. We had the charming Darren Powell who crooned the night away to a very receptive audience who then took over the front area and danced away to some familiar tunes.

For the first time, we had a silent auction with 16 fabulous items up for sale. We had all sorts of prizes on offer. Many thanks to all our donors and bidders for making this auction so successful.

A special thank you to our sponsors for the evening.

Highlands Property

The Bookshop Bowral

Wilkinson Throsby and Edwards Law Firm and

Duncan Hill Property

The artworks can bee seen in The Bookshop Bowral window for a week post the event.

Go along and cast your vote for People's Pick.

Finally, many thanks to the Portrait Reveal Committee for all their efforts in creating such a successful gala event

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Photographs by Highlife  Magazine (look out for article in next Highlife magazine) Tony Ameneiro, Elizabeth Pilkington and John Brain

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BDAS Celebrity Portrait Reveal 2022 ...
a resounding success!

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Celebrity Portraits
off to a good start

Article written by Peach Robb

Southern Highlands Express


 Artists have gathered with celebrity landscape garden designer Charlie Albone to start creating their portraits for Bowral District Art Society’s (BDAS) major annual fundraiser, the Celebrity Portrait Reveal. 

Various artists are participating in this unique event, where they all create their own interpretation of the same subject. Past celebrities have included personalities such as musician Leo Sayer, John Waters, acclaimed artist Ben Quilty and Reg Livermore. The event was created in 2010 as part of the 60th-anniversary celebrations and proved so popular it has continued ever since. 

Once the portraits have been completed, they are presented at the BDAS fundraising gala. The 2022 gala will be held at the Stables, Bendooley Estate, Old Hume Highway on Wednesday, 21 September. 2ST’s Graeme Day will be the MC for the evening and Charlie Albone will chat about the works before selecting his favourite to keep. There will also be a silent auction and raffle with some fantastic prizes on the night. Following the fundraiser, the portraits will be on display at the Bookshop Bowral 

The artists invited to participate in 2022 are Tony Ameneiro, Vanessa Stockyard, Evert Ploeg and James King. The Southern Highlands Express chatted with the artists to find out what it’s been like to work together in this unique way. 

Tony Ameneiro is one of the artists creating a portrait of Charlie and this is the first time he has participated in a project. “We all work differently, it was apparent even on the day as we all looked at each other's works,” he told the Express. “Hopefully something of each artist’s own unique style will come through.” 

Mr Ameneiro studied art at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education Sydney between 1978-1981 and has been exhibiting professionally ever since. His primary focus is as an artist-printmaker and he incorporates his drawing practice across etching, lithography and monotype. 

He won the 2007 National Fremantle Print Award and has been awarded several other awards and positions, working with other prominent artists such as Ben Quilty and Tracey Moffatt. His work has been exhibited by some of the world’s most prestigious galleries including the British Museum London, the State Library of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia. He is also well-known in the Highlands having exhibited at both Sturt Gallery in Mittagong and the Bowral Art Gallery. 

Mr Ameneiro told the Express that the initial painting day was a success. 

“Charlie Albone was great, very friendly, very down to earth and importantly he managed to sit very still for the pose for over 6 hours (on and off ) ... not an easy task” 

James King has been a professional painter for more than 20 years, and moved to the Highlands 18 years ago “to live an affordable creative life in the country”. 

Mr King shifted his focus from landscape to portraiture about 15 years ago and many of his works are inspired by photos from the mid-twentieth century. 

“I want to take the image further and subvert the historical function of pre-modern portraiture; the subjects I choose to paint are ordinary people and their images were for a time private mementos never intended to be seen by an audience other than family and friends,” he told the Express. 

Mr King participated in the BDAS celebrity portrait reveal a number of years ago and “learned a great deal from the experience”, and has enjoyed getting back into the swing of things. 

“I loved working alongside the other artists and Charlie really was the perfect model,” he said. 

“Primarily I’m trying to create an interesting painting, the likeness is almost secondary.” 

As an artist living and working in regional NSW, Mr King believes that regional community spaces such as BDAS and Robertson’s Southern Highlands Artisans Collective are “essential institutions”. 

“Art is for everyone and we need places that showcase all levels and all forms of creativity.” 

Evert Ploeg is a renowned portrait artist, winning several prestigious awards including the Archibald Prize People’s Choice Award on two occasions and receiving Signature Status in the Portrait Society of America in 2018. In 1997, his portrait of ABC’s Bananas in Pyjamas was the talk of the town when the Art Gallery of NSW Trustees rejected it from the Archibald Prize. 

Mr Ploeg has participated in several projects such as this and particularly enjoys “the challenge of not knowing exactly what will unfold and working on the fly”. 

In relation to the current portrait, Mr Ploeg told the Express, “The style and approach to this portrait of Charlie Albone is Alla Prima, which in Italian means ‘at first attempt’, I’m trying to achieve a spontaneous lively likeness from life in the given time I have on the day”. 

He enjoyed the initial painting day explaining how valuable it can be to create work from real life as opposed to photography. 

“It’s in these moments you can see things like a sense of size or the way they stand, small intuitive things that make character. 

“I hope the audience will see the loose and energetic brushwork on my piece, and get a sense of who Charlie is, even if that is how he is portrayed in his professional capacity,” he told the Express. 

Vanessa Stockyard has an equally unique style and has been a professional artist for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize three times. 

“The technique I use is a combination of brush strokes with the drawn line and is a daily juxtaposition of control and letting go,” she has said of her work. 

“I found the experience to be fabulous,” Vanessa told the Express. 

“It’s a rare gift to have someone sit for hours so we can get a good understanding of their nature and little details you would never get from looking at a photo. 

“I really enjoyed the other artists too and how differently each person approached their portrait.” 

Just what these talented artists will produce in the end remains to be seen. To book tickets to the 2022 Celebrity Portrait Reveal gala visit 

By Peach Robb 


James King


Vanessa Stockard


Tony Ameneiro


Charlie Albone, Tony Ameneiro and Evert Ploeg

BDAS artists collaborate with BDCF



BDAS in partnership with BDCF (Bowral District Childrens Foundation) have joined forces to help raise funds to support children's health and well-being at a Yuletide themed Long Lunch at The Stables, Bendooley Estate, Berrima, on the 24th July.


Artists from the BDAS community braved their nerves, to create artworks in front of a curious audience of 240 guests. These artworks were then auctioned and raised a handsome sum of $10,300.


Congratulations to Sue Meredith who won best artwork awarded by Desmond Freeman.


Well done to our artists and to all the committee at the BDCF for their efforts in raising funds for such an important cause.

It was a terrific day out and a wonderful success.


Deb Stokes

Tony Diegan 

Vivienne Krassoi

Rosa Fedele

Graham Sinclair

Sue Meredith

Del Cooley

Martial Cosyn

Greg Thompson


Sue Meredith

Greg Thompson

Martial Cosyn


Del Cooley


Vivienne Krassoi

Graham Sinclair

Rosa Fedele

A word or two of thanks from our President  John Brain

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our committee members both new and retiring. Our organisation is a thriving and dynamic society that just seems to get better and better. The BDAS is built on the creativity, passion, vision, dedication and the good will of all our wonderful volunteers and committee members.


Thank you Leanne Haddadi for your role on the executive committee and as Publicity Officer. Your contribution to keeping the profile of BDAS across mainstream media and social media has been outstanding. I also thank you, together with Rosa Fedele, in initiating the ‘Discover’ campaign which will be the basis of our advertising and publicity for some time yet to come. 


Thank you Tracey Miller, your contribution has been so valuable, particularly as being one of our most experienced tutors.


Many thanks to Patti Jones for all your hard work, in-particular for your input into the Policies and Procedures document. 


Thank you Patricia Miller, especially for continuing on with the committee for another year, to help me settle into my role. It helped me tremendously having a committee with long-term experience.


I would also like to thank Carol and Peter. I’ll miss you from the committee but I know you and Peter will be around, and always there for us.



So please all join me in saying ‘THANKYOU’ for the dedicated work and passion that Leanne, Rosa, Tracey, Patti, Patricia and Carol have all contributed to making this the wonderful art society it is today.


And while on my list of ‘THANKYOUs’, I would like to thank my current committee, Helen, Margie, Kim, Marika and Tony as well as Fiona, Vivienne, Ross and Sue Miller, for all their contribution to keeping BDAS a happy and well run Art Society. 

Now to the new members, Eril Becher, Kirsty Graham, Sandra Hiscock, Lou Watts, Gilda Wilson and Barbara Young. 


Thank you all for accepting the invitation to join this dynamic committee. If it was a case of coercion, please don’t worry. We are a great team and have a lot of fun.  I look forward to working with all of you very soon.


John Brain


Tim & Patricia Copes

Dr Tony Emmett

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