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Monday 6th August, 2018
Rossetti's Women

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Head of Elizabeth Siddall, 1855, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The lecture examines Rossetti’s painted representations of women in the rather complicated context of attitudes towards women in the mid-19th century. It also looks at his influences, and compares his work with that of other artists in his circle.

Linda holds two first-class degrees in Art History. She is an experienced guide ands lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery and lectures to secondary school audiences and independent arts societies.

Raffle Prizes for this lecture

Raffle prizes for this lecture will be the following 2 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.

by Michael Robertson

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by Arthur C Benson

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 are really looking forward to a wonderful evening on Monday 23rd July commencing at 6.30pm. It promises to be a happy, relaxed and fun celebration. A highlight will be 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 are that Brian and Fay have accepted our invitation to join us in celebration. A generous supper catered for by The Royal Oak Hotel will be served and accompanied by superb local wines.

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, 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 - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students (excluding supper) - FREE

Membership enquiries: Call Judy 0409 986 565
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