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Feature Artists

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, the society has chosen to choose four feature artists.

Joe Penn

For over 30 years he has been painting full time, working in a variety of mediums. He is well known for his Impressionistic oils of landscapes, portraits and figures,
He is currently Vice President of The Royal Art Society.

Lesley O'Shea

I am fascinated by faces. The challenge to portray an
individual’s personality and likeness in paint is the passion that drives my painting. I love to explore different mediums as a way to bring interesting textural surfaces into the painting that tells a story about the subject.

Greg Hyde

Greg works in various media from oils to etchings and has illustrated several children’s books. Greg has had one man exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane and regularly participates in group exhibitions.

Melanie Sweetnam

Melanie is a painter interested in investigating the material surface. Through abstract paintings, her work explores novel methods of applying paint and employs a wide range
of collaged materials to evoke a sense of beauty that can result from excess.

Event Details

Since 1976, due to its continuing success, the Art Exhibition has grown in size and importance within Portland and the surrounding regions' local art communities.

In prior years, any money raised from art sales has been distributed back into the local community.

The works are displayed in the Crystal Theatre, itself a historical and highly valued icon in a town widely known as a hidden gem in the Central Tablelands.

The art show will be held at the Crystal Theatre, Wolgan Street, Portland NSW

Opening Night

Friday 4th March
6:30pm - 10:00pm

Official Opening - 7:30pm

$10 Adults
$5 Concession
Wine and light supper

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday 5th March
10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday 6th March
10:00am - 4:00pm

Admission $5 adults
$3 conc. & children

CWA Cafe Open

Portland Environs

The Foundations of Portland Art Prize

Our Heritage - Ghosts of Portland

The Portland Environ's competition, now in it's 3rd year, is this year celebrating the changing architecture, people and story of Portland.

We invite artists to submit works of their memories of Portland, be it the buildings, the people or the surrounding landscapes.

Entries must include an address or reference point.

This year we are excited to announce that we have a new sponsor of this category and there will be an increase in the prize money offered.

First Prize

This year the first prize will this year be $650 Thanks to The Foundations of Portland.

Second Prize

A Second prize will also be offered this year of $350 Thanks to The Foundations of Portland.

Contact Us

Chairperson: Sue Banning

Vice Chairperson: Elizabeth Irvine

Treasurer: Brian Cassell

Entry Co-ordinators: Jacquie Terry

Secretary: Jodie Mason

Publicity Officer: Rich Evans

Mailing address
PO Box 43
Portland NSW 2847 

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Previous Featured Artists

2015 – Dennis Claydon

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Dennis Claydon – A Storyteller in pastels Dennis moved from Albury about 2 years ago and he and his wife Gae have now made their home in Orange. Dennis is a horticulturist by trade (in charge of Randwick Racecourse, Sydney Showground, Dreamworld and many others) and he commenced painting in 1993. The rest they say

2014 – Wanda Driscoll

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We had a great time meeting our Feature Artist Wanda Driscoll the other day, a range of her wonderful paintings will be exhibited at the Portland Art Purchase Society’s exhibition. A short video from the meeting can be viewed below. Post by Portland Art Society.

2013 – ERIS FLEMING

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The focus of his paintings is often around the fringe dwellers of outback society and their eccentricities. His endeavour is to catch the spirit of these people and their landscape with all its idiosyncrasies. A strong undercurrent of dry humour finds its way into many of his works. Eris has a great interest in the

2012 – GARRY PETTITT

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Garry has been entering the Portland art Show since 1989…having missed only a few. “Govetts Leap vista” won Presidents Award for best Landscape in Traditional Style in 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show “A life on the land” (which is a portrait of local identity Chris Bird) won First Prize in Figurative; Best Exhibit across sections

2010 – GREG JARMAINE

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Greg Jarmaine is a prize winning traditional artist, who works in both oil and water colour. He has lived most of his life on the eastern seaboard of NSW, and much of his works reflects his affinity with the water. He has been painting professionally for over 30 years, and has been involved in numerous

2009 – GREG HYDE

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Greg lives and works near Bathurst NSW Australia. His works are represented in collections throughout Australia, America, Greece and England. Greg’s work, consisting of paintings in mixed media and hand coloured limited edition etchings, appeals to a wide range of collectors and those people who enjoy Greg’s unique style.

2008 – TED LEWIS

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TED LEWIS 32nd Annual Art Exhibition presents the Royal Easter show winner as our Featured Artist. Over the years, Ted has received several awards for his work. They include the “Best Traditional Landscape” at the 2007 Royal Easter Show. 2007 Peoples Choice at the Cowra Festival. Traditional Award at Dubbo 20th Biannual Exhibition in 2006

2007 – RAMON WARD-THOMPSON

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RAMON WARD-THOMPSON F.R.A.S. was born in Masterton in the North Island of New Zealand in 1941 and in his early years his interest in art was nurtured by his grandfather, artist Herbert Ward Thompson. After completing his schooling at Scot’s College in Wellington, Ramon left New Zealand and spent four years in Europe and London,


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