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Multiple mediums; selections of style; diverse demonstrations!


Artists in Action is a wonderful day of art.

There will be a team of fourteen artists, from around the state and the mainland, demonstrating their individual artistic expertise.

Artists will be demonstrating in a variety of mediums and styles.

There will be no tutoring – just friendly interaction between the artists and those observing them as they paint, sculpt & create.

Artists will have paintings for sale and some will have signed copies of their published works.


NSW pastelist, Grace Paleg is an acclaimed artist and member of the Australian Pastel Society.  Her work has been recognised by the French art magazine ‘Pratique des Arts’.  She regularly tutors throughout Australia and has won numerous awards for her paintings.

Victorian watercolourist, Paul Margocsy is a wildlife artist known nationally and overseas. He has had solo exhibitions in London and Japan, six solo shows in America and two at the exclusive “Raffles” Hotel in Singapore, making his international career blossom.

Graeme Whittle is a Launceston artist and teacher.  Graeme works in acrylics, oils and watercolour and is a local identity in the art scene.  He has been included in the prestigious Glover Prize on two occasions and has won numerous awards including the major prize at the Tasmanian Art Awards.

Peter Barraclough is one of Tasmania’s finest contemporary artists. His works can be found in galleries around the world.  Peter can often be found in his studio at Salamanca in Hobart, Tasmania.  He is not fazed by having onlookers watch and comment, which often happens when he is working outdoors. He feels it makes for a most pleasurable working day – he is sure to attract an interested audience on 21 May.

Sandra Henderson is originally from WA, but made the seachange from Perth to Penguin in 2013.  Sandra’s work is in collections around the world and has featured in The Australian Artist magazine.  She was a teacher of English and Art for 25 years but since retiring has been able to indulge in her own creative pursuits.  She uses multiple mediums but will focus her demonstrations at this event on encaustic painting.

Rachel Howell is a northern Tasmanian artist who produces prize-winning artwork.  She is a retired teacher and is now able to spend more time in the natural environment of this great state.  She has won the Tasmanian Art Award major prize and has twice been included in the Glover Prize.  Rachel works in a wide range of mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolour.

Olive Bull is a talented calligrapher who combines this skill with book binding in her workshops.  She has studied with some of the best-known people, both in Australia and overseas – completing the Roehampton Correspondence course, and a Correspondence course with Thomas Ingmire along the way. She has also studied under Ethna Gallacher – Australia’s first Fellow of The Society of Scribes and Illuminators.  Her work is held in various State Libraries, The National Library and in private collections in Australia and overseas.

Fiona Francois creates charcoal and pencil figures within driftwood.  That sounds different, doesn’t it? You will have to attend this event to watch her demonstrating her art.  Fiona is a practicing artist living in Deloraine, Tasmania.  Formerly a graphic designer and illustrator with 25 years of experience, she now creates her own unique artwork in many mediums.

Susie McMahon has been making art all of her life.  She says that art and life are indivisible.  She studied art in Hobart and graduated with a teaching diploma and majors in sculpting and painting.  She makes one-of-a-kind dolls that are the result of many years of experimentation with technique.  She teaches her craft to beginners and advanced students and will delight many with her demonstrations at this year’s Artists in Action.

Ben Miller is a Launceston artist and educator with many facets to his art.  His paintings blend expressionism with realism and use a variety of mediums on metallic surfaces including spray enamel, silk screen printing, free-brushing as well as grinding, drilling, sanding & pop-riveting.  Ben’s work is in private collections locally, interstate and overseas.  He has also been a finalist in the prestigious Glover Prize.

Jennifer Wilkinson discovered her love of plants through painting.  In 1996 she commenced studies in botanical art at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne.  She is well known locally through her teaching. She often exhibits with her students and she continues to exhibit at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. In 2007 Jennifer’s work was selected in the Highgrove Florilegium and in 2008 she was awarded the Celia Rosser Medal for Botanical Art.

Carlton Cox is a printmaker from Longford and is often influenced by his local environment.  He mostly uses the traditional technique of linocut, which evolved in the early 1900s from the age old art of woodblock printing.  He enjoys the challenge of working with a limited colour range in reverse or mirror image.  He has undertaken training over the last 20 years to perfect his art including at such places as Uni of Tas, Glasgow Print Studio & the Fire Station Print Studio in Melbourne.

Lee Cole is a seventh generation basket maker.  He comes from the North-West and weaves baskets from flotsam washed up after floods and kelp stalks from the east coast. Despite his historic ties with basket-making, Lee learned everything he knows about basketry from a university lecturer while studying arts in the nineties.  He says it’s the materials that dictate the style and basketry is now far more contemporary.

Alison Cooper-White is a teacher of art and multiple prize-winning artist.  She studied at the Swinburne University of Technology. She has won numerous awards including many through the LAS.  Her work is instantly recognized and admired by the viewing public, frequently winning People’s Choice awards.  She works in watercolour, acrylic and oil and while subject choice is varied, her portrait work is a stand-out & is on display worldwide.


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Eskleigh Nursing Home, 16087 Midland Highway, Perth TAS 7300, Australia

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