Newsletter             March 2022



Go to our Workshops Page at to view upcoming weekend workshops for 2021.  Scroll down to find information about individual weekend workshops coming up from both our BDAS Tutors and visiting Tutors.

Contact the office to book in to these workshops

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BDAS Gala Fundraising Event...
Anniversary Celebrity Portrait Reveal 2022
7 September 6pm
The Stables, Bendooley Estate
$120 per person


The BDAS is very excited to announce our Gala Fundraising event for 2022, The Anniversary Celebrity Portrait Reveal is on again.

We are  lucky to have Charlie Albone as our sitter. You will probably recognise him from TV's Better Homes and Gardens and Selling Houses Australia.

Our respected portrait painters this year are Tony Ameneiro, Vanessa Stockard,

Evert Ploeg and James King. Our artists will spend a day with Charlie working on preliminary sketches, drawing paintings and taking photos.

The finished works will be presented at the Celebrity Portrait Reveal and a winner chosen.

Graeme Day has kindly agreed to be our MC for the evening. There will also be an auction of 6 works donated by Tutors/members of the BDAS on the night.

It is sure to be a fabulous night out at The Stables, Bendooley Estate.

There are limited tickets available so get in quick to avoid disappointment. 

Following the Gala Event, the paintings will be displayed at the Bookshop Bowral

tickets can be purchased from Try booking

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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

2022 Exhibition Winners


24 - 29 March

Judge Ben Quilty

Curator Kim Shannon

The winners are

Yvette Tziallas with "Occulta" Art

Lucinda McDonald "Acrobat" Sculpture

The BOCCA Art and Sculpture Exhibition is a fund raising event to support the mental health needs of children and young people in our community


This has been a wonderful exhibition showcasing the talents and generosity of artists and also the hard work and dedication from the BDCF Committee and Bowral District Art Society.

A special mention for Kim Shannon who curated this exhibition so beautifully.

It is through this generosity that the Children’s Foundation can continue to support our community.



On behalf of everybody involved, thank you!


Syke Leicester President Bowral District Children's Foundation,

Yvette Tziallas, Lucinda McDonald and John Brain President of BDAS


Yvette Tziallas "Occulta"

Art Prize winner

Lucinda McDonald "Acrobat"

Sculpture Prize winner

2022 Exhibition Winners

Bowral Sculpture Prize Winners

Sponsored by Dr. Tony Emmett


The winners are

First Prize Patrice Cooke "Cruising"

Second Prize Julie Haseler Reilly "Shimmer Boy"

BDAS People's choice Three way Tie

Patrice Cooke  "Cruising"

Phillip Walker "Life After Nine"

Chris Hooker "Ecclectric"


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Patrice Cooke receiving first prize
Pictured with President John Brain and sponsor Dr. Tony Emmett
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First Prize
Patrice Cooke with "Cruising"                                                      "Cruising" Close up                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Second Prize
Julie Haseler Reilly with "Shimmer Boy"
Highly Commended
Birte Larsen with "Tongue & Tiled"
Highly Commended
Denise Lithgow "Yellow Cocoon"
Highly Commended
Jules van de Sande "Golden Vessel"

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Ruth Levine
"Saluting Pablo-Totem
Bill Gray
"Sea Dog"
Graham Sinclair
"Waves of an idea"
Lucinda McDonald
"The Subtle Art of Overthinking"


Tim & Patricia Copes

Dr Tony Emmett

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