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NEXT GENERAL MEETING:  Will take place on Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 10.00 am at MIAC.

Gallery Coordinator’s Report – Meryl Dobe
This last financial year has been an eventful and exciting year for the MIAC Gallery.  A healthy influx of new members has brought an increase in the amount of works on offer and also a wider variation of talent and mediums.

We constantly receive positive comments from visitors, and its really wonderful to see their delighted surprise when they see the gallery for the first time.  It is absolutely amazing to study the demographics of visitors – we have people come from all over Australia, all over the world, as well as our local visitors.  Altogether we had 4,010 visitors to our Gallery, often writing very positive comments in our Visitor’s Book.
The year has been the busiest ever with a total of 9 exhibitions.  This next financial year will be even busier with all of 2019 booked out with our regular exhibitions and 4 private ones.
“Celebrating The Female Form”, an exhibition idea suggested by Anna Heggie, began the financial year in July 2017 followed by a re-hang of members’ works.  Next was a private “Halloween” exhibition by member Simon Fiveash.  The Annual “By the Bay Exhibition” came next, running at the same time as “Mini Masters”, which was hung out in Gallery 2. This was a fundraising project suggested by our President at that time, Dave Heggie.
In February 2018 Alex Skinner held her beautiful exhibition titled “Passion, Paint & Pencil”.  The Pottery group’s annual Fired Earth exhibition followed with all members’ works added for the immensely successful “Artists At Work” event on Easter Sunday.
The financial year ended with “The Exquisite & Exotic Fabric & Fibre” exhibition which showcased a private collection of member Judith Brady plus articles donated by 3 other MIAC friends.  Judith was extremely generous in donating the takings to MIAC.
In June we welcomed our new President Craig Shanks and his wife Sandra, after the retirement of our previous President, Dave Heggie.
Several groups and clubs visited the gallery including Bribie Island Community Arts Centre; Redlands Probus Club; Caloundra Arts Centre and another Redlands Senior’s Group.
Although not directly connected to the Gallery I’d like to mention a few other events:
Some MIAC members conducted a stall at the 2018 Karragarra Sea Markets.
MIAC visited the Tweed Regional Gallery; Caloundra Regional Gallery & Bribie Island Community Arts Centre.
The success of our Gallery depends on many components – the quality of the artworks exhibited, the presentation of these works, the promotion of the Gallery but the most important of all is our hardworking and enthusiastic contributing members.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely all of those members and their partners and friends who helped in many different ways to make my job easier & the Gallery the happy success that it is today. 
Thanks to the generous members who donated prizes for our raffles.
A special thank you to Findlay & Coleen Andrews of Appledore Holdings who have been sponsoring the Gallery for many years, and in recent years the donation has been used for the Peoples’ Choice Prizes.
In recent years, the position of Gallery Co-ordinator has grown too large for just one person, so I would just like to make special mention of a few wonderful people who have taken on some of the responsibilities for this position.

Jackie Sheargold who shares with me the mounting of every exhibition.
  • Evelyn Griffiths who finds people to sit the gallery roster and trains them.
  • Jan de Rooy who looks after the payment of commissions and a myriad of other bits and pieces and ensures that there is always delicious and well presented catering.
  • Doreen Fry, our Treasurer who keeps the Gallery bookkeeping in fine order.
  • Laura Strohfeldt who did a fantastic job of the catalogues, labels, advertising & invitations. Laura has since retired and we have some new lovely, competent office staff who will share those responsibilities.
  • We also extend a big thank you to Kathleen Kemp who volunteered as Secretary and who has since left.
 I look forward to another year of working in harmony with you all.  Let’s continue to work together, helping each other and be truly thankful for this wonderful facility that we have here on Macleay Island.
Meryl Dobe
Gallery Coordinator
New Committee Members
The AGM took place on 2nd December 2018 and the new Management Team nominated.  We would like to thank our previous Management Team members for taking over their roles once again, and we also welcome our new members, Evelyn Griffiths as Vice President and Marie Peters as Secretary.
                                                                   Nominated By:    Seconded By:
President, Craig Shanks                                Debbie Morris        Jan de Rooy
Vice President, Evelyn Griffiths                      Jan de Rooy           Debbie Morris
Treasurer, Doreen Fry                                   Meryl Dobe            Jan de Rooy
Secretary, Marie Peters                                 Lesley Harris          Jenny Stevens
If you are interested in reading the latest AGM and General Meeting minutes, please pop past the office during office hours.
MIAC Christmas Party 2018

We would like to extend our thanks to Jan de Rooy for the gifts for patrons and decorations for the Christmas Party at the AGM.  Thank you also to Evelyn and Graeme Griffiths, and Nikki and Jim Brown for erecting and taking down the shelters. For Janet Davis and Kevin Lloyd and Suzie Carrick and husband for cutting the fibro boards for the potting shed.  Kevin Syme has provided a fantastic service in keeping the lawns mowed throughout the year, to Kevin, a big thank you.
Mal Brown’s Gallery Exhibition
Mal Brown’s opening night of his photographic exhibition was a great night and enjoyed by all.
Continuing Members EXHIBITION:
Currently showing at MIAC until 15th March 2019 when sold works will be removed and the gallery topped up to become a Fired Earth Exhibition which begins on 22nd March until 14th April 2019.
Pottery Shed opens Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 9am – 12pm, and any other time by arrangement with a pottery team member. 
Firing Schedule:       
Earthenware glaze fire:       6th December 2018
Bisque fire:                       12th December 2018
Stoneware fire:                 17th December 2018
Earthenware glaze fire:     19th December 2018 
Or see notice boards inside and outside the pottery shed.
Reminder to all potters, we have canvases to use with the slab roller, please use the correct canvas for the appropriate coloured clay.
Canvases have now been marked as to which colour clay is to be used.
Please ensure all tables are cleaned before you leave. 
Happy potting!!
We have a wonderful acrylic painting (size: 820mm high, 980mm wide) to raffle from a very popular past MIAC member, Glenn Woolford. 
The raffle will be drawn at Artists at Work, Easter Sunday.
Tickets:  $2 per ticket, or 3 for $5. 
  • Some MIAC members have made ‘Shore Birds’ for an installation in the Redland Art Gallery accompanied by an exhibition by Deb Mostert called ‘Australien Future’ opening Friday 7th December 2018 at 6.30pm. The exhibition runs from 9th December 2018 until 20th January 2019.
  •  Also, some MIAC members have exhibits of portraits in Capalaba Gallery called ‘In Focus’.  The exhibition runs from 1st December 2018 until 28th January 2019.
  • The ‘Fired Earth’ exhibition will take place from 22nd March until 14th April 2019.  

David Wells, Pastel large scale 2 day workshop, including hand and face
$130 for MIAC members and $140 for non-members.
Workshop takes place on Thursday 14th February and Friday 15th February from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Numbers will be limited. Please let us know whether you are interested by phoning 3409 4100 during office hours.
Please refer to MIAC for materials list for the above workshop.  David will provide the paper. 
 Exciting opportunity!
David will provide a FREE 2 hour pastel demonstration a week before the workshop on Thursday 7th February 10-12pm to encourage new artists to participate in his workshops.  Please also register your interest in attending this demonstration, which will encourage new artists 

2018 Workshops with Dr Katrina Simmons at MIAC :

2019 workshop with Dr. Katrina Simmons:


Thursday 10th January 2019

10am - 3pm, $75

Create your own Gustav Klimt inspired portrait.

Have you always wanted to try making art but were too scared to give it a go. This is a fun and friendly way to get immersed in the pleasure of creating.  Using an A3 b & w photocopy of a photo of yourself or your loved ones, we will make a Gustav Klimt inspired painting using pattern and colour. No drawing or painting experience necessary. Workshop includes slide show and personal tuition with Dr Katrina Simmons. For more info and material list email:

General Meeting of Redland’s Creative Alliance Inc
The next meeting will be held on Saturday 15th December 2018 from 2-4pm at the Victoria Point Library in the Lakeside Room (NOT at RPAC). The library is upstairs on the corner of Bunker Road and High Street next to the Expresso Bar on the corner. Our exciting news is really wonderful and is a new move for the Alliance.  We will also be discussing our plans for 2019 and beyond. We do hope you can attend.
Noeleen Webb painting sessions:
Ongoing group:   Tuesdays - 2pm to 4pm.
$10 for MIAC members, $15 for non-members.
Noeleen’s paid sessions will commence again on 29th January 2019.
Tuesday morning members art group:
Ongoing group:  10am until 12 noon.
No teacher/tutor.  Open to all members.    
The above art session, as per usual, costs a $5 attendance fee.
Life drawing workshop
There will be no life drawing workshop in January.  The first life drawing workshop for 2019 which takes place on the first Friday of each month, commences on Friday 1st February.
 The Management Team, art teachers and volunteers at MIAC wish all members’ and their families, a wonderful festive season, and a happy and safe New Year.  We look forward to seeing you back in 2019 for further exciting activities and events.



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