Recently at my workplace we have been visited by some very talented artists from The Peninsula Art Society and The Mentone-Mordialloc (Advanced group) Art Society.
Teaching this energetic group is the very talented Colin Johnson, Art Historian, who is very well known for his illustrations and his input in the garden design concepts at the Chelsea Flower Garden Show. I had the honour to talk with Colin and lets just say I was excited although quite nervous.
The Peninsula Arts Society was first established in 1954 and now consists of 700 members, while the Mentone and Mordialloc Art society has close to 300 members. There is a good variety of ages within both of the societies, the youngest member is aged 25 and the oldest 85 years old.
It is great to see so many people passionate about all themes of art and to see the passion and amount of concentration involved.
Both societies encourage fresh ideas and styles, whilst encouraging beginners and current artists to take part in their activities. The Peninsula Arts Society and the Mentone/Mordialloc Art society both offer illustration classes, workshops and educational field trips. Most classes are made up of 16 members/students.
The art that was produced at the end of the session was very impressive!
Its wonderful to see such passionate and energetic members who commit so much time and love into their illustrations.
“Wonderful classes at GardenWorld” – Colin Johnson.
Here is the latest illustration by Colin Johnson for his son, Phillip Johnson, and for Flemings Nurseries Garden Design Concept for the Chelsea Flower and Garden Show 2013.
If you are interested in joining the Art Societies here are the links: The Peninsula Art Society http://www.peninsulaartssociety.org.au/index.html
The Mentone-Mordialloc Art Society http://www.mentone-mordiallocartgroup.org.au/
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs
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