Next Lecture

Monday 3rd September, 2018
Mr. John ERICSON Arts Society Lecturer
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The artwork and stories behind peculiar pub names

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Traditional British pub signage

Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of British history and cultural heritage. In this colourful and entertaining lecture John shows some of the most interesting and distinctive signs before exploring the fascinating stories behind the origin of some of their peculiar names.

Who could fail to be intrigued by ‘The Bucket of Blood’, the ‘Cow and Snuffers’ or even the ‘Eager Poet’ – and who on earth was ‘Blind Jack’?

Lecturer John Ericson has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations all over the world.

Raffle Prizes for this lecture

Raffle prizes for this lecture will be the following 3 books. Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes first pick. The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.

Great Pubs of London
by GeorgeE Dailey

The Pub
by Pete Brown

Old Dog and Duck - The Secret Meaning of Pub Names
by Albert Jack

Previous Event

Monday 6th August, 2018
Ms. Linda Smith MA

Rossetti's Women

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Head of Elizabeth Siddall, 1855
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Linda Smith gave an outstanding lecture about the life and times and art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a 19th century British painter, illustrator and poet. She enlightened us on his influence over British Art towards the end of the century dominated by Victorian customs. She explained his early involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and exactly what the Pre-Raphaelite movement was.

Most enchantingly, our lecturer took us through Rossetti’s life, his times and his art via his many portraits of women. There was no doubt he had complicated relationships with several who were a large part of his life and art.

The first and last paintings shown were of his sister Christina and mother Frances. In 1849 they appeared as models for “The Girlhood of Mary Virgin”. In 1877, he did a compelling and naturalistic chalk drawing of them together –portraying them quite differently as the archetypical spinster and widow.

We were tantalised by his relationships with his models and muses Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth and Jane Morris (nee Parsons).

This was a truly wonderful lecture, presented in a vibrant manner by a very knowledgeable speaker. Linda Smith and her topic are an illustration of the essence of ADFAS.

Review by Heather McKendry - Member ADFAS Pokolbin

Chairman's Musings

July, 2018

Dear ADFAS Pokolbin Members and Friends,

Heather Wilson

Our Society wishes to acknowledge the recent appointment of Nick Mitzevich as the sixth Director of the National Gallery of Australia. Nick, a local boy, spent his childhood growing up on a farm in Abermain. Nick has discussed that as a boy, his eyes were opened to the beauty and power of art when he first visited Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Nick has since gone on to make significant and substantial contributions to the Art World in Australia. We wish him well as he embarks on this prestigious appointment. Perhaps, as a result of our members generosity with our Young Arts Program, we too will inspire future leaders in the field of decorative and fine arts.

We aim to keep you informed about all events within our Society, as well as the numerous Arts related activities being held by the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

We are currently modifying our Website to be able to accept online payments for attendance at lectures and events. This improvement will also provide members with the ability to log in and update their communication details on our database. We will notify you with “how to log in” instructions towards the end of August.

We celebrate our twentieth birthday this year and to acknowledge this significant milestone, we held a party and movie night at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 23rd, July. A highlight was the film “The Life of Brian”. This is a humorous, entertaining and somewhat tongue in cheek story based on Pokolbin's very own Brian McGuigan.

How fortunate we were that Brian and Fay accepted our invitation to join us in celebration. We enjoyed a generous supper catered for by The Royal Oak Hotel accompanied by superb local wines. We have a review of this event above and photos in our Gallery on this website. It was a happy, relaxed and fun celebration.

On Saturday 28th September our Society is taking a bus tour to the inaugural “Sculpture on the Farm” in Fosterton. This coincides with The Dungog Festival, Dungog Design Exhibition and Dungog Contemporary Exhibition. It will be a memorable day which also includes lunch and a visit to two gardens on The Dungog Garden Ramble.

These events are planned to complement our rich and varied lecture program for this year.

Your Committee always looks forward to welcoming you. We hope that you continue to enjoy and be inspired through your involvement with ADFAS Pokolbin

Warmest regards,

Heather Wilson
ADFAS Pokolbin

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ou may now purchase an ADFAS Pokolbin Gift Card allowing the recipient to attend one of our outstanding evening lectures as a visitor including supper and Hunter Valley wine.

The lectures are presented by highly acclaimed and authoritative International and Australian experts and are fully illustrated.

Gift Cards are $30.00 each and may be purchased before each lecture.

Committee 2018:

Committee Members:Michael Bennett, Liz George, Bev Holden, Robert Lusby AM, Debra McGuigan, Dianne Nelson, Tracey Seath, Ian Veroni, Jennie Wilkinson

ADFAS Pokolbin provides its members a yearly program of 8 illustrated arts-related lectures presented by skilled overseas and Australian experts plus excursions and outings in a friendly and sophisticated social setting. 

All lectures will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock. Evening lectures start promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

Visitors are welcome - $28.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students - FREE

Membership enquiries: Call Judy 0409 986 565
or email: Secretary, ADFAS Polkolbin

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