Committee’s report to the Annual General Meeting on 2 October 2019
I am pleased to present the annual report to the Members of the Society from the Management Committee.
The office bearers in the past year were
David Bailey President
Jayne Higgins Vice President
Lyn Buckingham Treasurer
Peter Howie Secretary
Amanda Lazar Minute Secretary
The ordinary committee members were
Eva Miller, Louise Forthun, Amanda Lazar, Mimmo Cozzolino, Anne Esposito and Tony Ericson.
Anne Esposito continued her work as Studio Facilities and Administration manager. Tony Ericson continued his work as Communications manager. Anne and Tony were paid contractors to the HAS, supplying some services on a part-time basis. They have made a significant contribution to the successful running of the Society this past year.
The Society continued to grow its membership. At October 2019 there are 278 members (including life members) 216 members are entitled to vote at the AGM.
The Studio, in the basement of the Hawthorn Town Hall, is currently being used for about 30 hours per week. The adjacent performance space is used every Saturday morning to accommodate the Yvonne Audette classes as they are too large for the studio.
The Boroondara City Council undertook some renovation works on the studio during the year which has increased our workable space by removing unused cupboards, improving lighting and external signage.
However, the lighting situation does appear to require some more attention in order to provide an ideal position. Rooms within the Hawthorn Arts Centre are also rented from time to time for larger sessions and workshops.
Some of the easels were badly in need of repair and they are to be repaired or replaced.
All the teachers continued this year – Yvonne Audette, Nathan Paramanathan, Jenny Scholes, Janice McBride and Raphael Zimmerman and we are very grateful for their continued support and enthusiasm.
The Society hopes to present a film of Yvonne Audette on her approach to life drawing subject to appropriate planning.
Programs continued to be run by U3A and by Jan Daly - Smart Art after School Program.
A very popular workshop program was undertaken including events with Bart Sanciolo, Steve Cox, Prudence Flint, Erica Wagner and Lewis Miller. The program was very successful with most workshops being fully or oversubscribed. All were well received.
Bart Sanciolo gave a five day sculpture workshop, a welcome expansion into three dimensional work. Steve Cox’s Experimental Portrait Drawing attracted great demand. Prudence Flint presented a talk on her life’s work as a painter. Erica Wagner gave an interesting perspective on exploring collage. Lewis Miller is currently conducting one of two portrait painting workshops for the latter part of the year.
We try to keep prices low and offer variety in the presenters we engage. These events are a great opportunity to promote the Society to our own members and a wider audience.
Show and Tell
Mimmo Cozzolino continued the bi-monthly show and tell sessions, providing the opportunity for members to show and discuss their work with other members. The sessions have been successful and inspiring. Phil Kreveld has kindly taken on the future running of the series. The next session is scheduled for 25 September, with Judy Schrever and Graeme Galloway. The last session will be 13 November 2019.
An annual grant received from the City of Boroondara was used last year to advertise and introduce newcomers to life drawing. Following its completion, a regular members life drawing session was reintroduced on Thursday evenings and continues through this year.
A triennial grant from the City of Boroondara continued to be used to support some special introductory classes on Saturdays. It will continue and will complete in the coming year. The next of these events is a two session iPad painting workshop with David Harley starting 30 November 2019.
Untutored life sessions
Hawthorn continues to be one of the strongest centres of life drawing in Melbourne.
Peter Howie continues to run Monday morning life drawing. Eva Miller continued to run the portrait sessions on Thursday morning providing a regular opportunity to draw or paint from a seated clothed model. Tony Ericson’s Monday night sessions continued to present one long pose repeated over five weeks for painters and sculptors. Tuesday night life drawing continues under Peter Spruch. Thursday evening life drawing has become established by convenor John Hurley.
Wayne Aubrey’s Sunday morning session continues to be very well attended. Mimmo Cozzolino and Graeme Galloway booked the studio on Monday afternoons to start a new life drawing session for a group of members. Jayne Higgins convenes the Wednesday visual arts class, further expanding our offer beyond drawing and painting from life.
Classes run by Raphael Zimmerman, Nathan Paramanathan, Jenny Scholes and, of course, Yvonne Audette have successfully continued.
The Committee thanks these volunteer members and the others who stood in from time to time to coordinate the sessions. We also wish Janice McBride well, now retired from her longstanding commitments with HAS.
Members have individually taken advantage of the Community Project Wall to successfully apply for exhibitions in the Hawthorn Arts Centre in this and the coming year.
A regular email mailout is sent using mailchimp to 479 addressees. This communication offers a broader reach for our news, offering recipients links directly to event news and bookings on the website. Payments can be made through credit card, EFT and cheque.
Web Site and social media
Tony Ericson updates the Web site and established a growing social media presence with Facebook at 335 page followers and 1,288 Instagram followers, up from 946 last year.
Accounts and membership recording
Anne Esposito has run the Society’s accounts using MYOB software. The annual results were reviewed by John Marshall & Co. who has audited our accounts previously. The Society continued to bank with the Commonwealth Bank.
Anne also took over the membership recording and is gradually integrating it with the accounting system. Anne introduced Sprite software and Tony integrated it with our Web site so that we now accept payments by credit card.
There was no significant expenditure on the studio this year. A couple of low cost easels and new shelving racks were purchased as part of on going maintenance expenditure.
Discussions continue with Council noting the considerable growth of the Society since it moved into the Hawthorn Arts Centre (by some 160%). As noted above some changes have been made to the studio space to increase the usable area and brighten it up. In the longer term more significant changes in fitting with the size and standing of our Society as compared with like groups in other municipalities are warranted and we will continue making representations to Council in this regard.
On behalf of the committee I submit this report to the members.
On behalf of all of our members I wish to acknowledge and thank the management committee, the coordinators and all who have given their time and effort to manage and operate the Society.