ADFAS: Bringing a touch of the Arts

Updated: Jan 9

Sunrise by Monet National Gallery of Australia

Bringing a touch of the arts for us to enjoy

Having just driven to Canberra to see the Monet - Impression Sunrise exhibition I had a lot of time to contemplate the impact of the arts on everyday life.

Love, life, escapism, insights into existance and place, mood expression-elevation and depression, shades of dark and light, so many aspects to reflect on.

The good thing is we can take in many aspects of the world of arts by just going into the Cessnock Centre for Performing Arts for our ADFAS meetings.

The range of topics we bring to ADFAS Pokolbin meetings is impressive- from Jewelry to cubism, pottery to silk curtains, design, theatre, dress, fashion…whatever takes your fancy. It is sometimes surprising how a topic you would not normally rush to ends up being most informative and enjoyable.

The arts have a way of reaching out and getting you in. Something to distract from everyday life or even stimulate new interests. After our lectures, we have a get together with finger food and fine Hunter wines served by the enthusiastic members of your committee.

It is an important contribution to our community and one that needs ongoing support. Without our member's contributions, it would not happen. We have introduced the ADFAS Pokolbin gift card to encourage members to introduce their friends to our meetings, an initiative that has had some success.

The committee is well aware of the relative isolation living in the country entails and of the need to encourage people to make the effort to come along. It can be a rewarding experience, not only the lecture but the gathering afterwards, with common topics to discuss.

Our next lecture by Andrew Prince looks at the jewelry he designed for Downton Abbey among other things. He will have some examples on hand so we can get a real feel for style and design.

Looking forward to seeing you there and don’t forget to bring a friend if possible…we like to share!


Robert Lusby AM, Acting Chair ADFAS Pokolbin

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Chairman: Robert Lusby AM - 0411 214 478

Secretary: Tracey Seath - 0417 489 635

M'ship Secretary: Lucy Griffiths - 0413 216 929

Treasurer: Liz Ewen - 0412 216 776

Committee Members:  

Michael Bennett, Catriona Custance, Lucy Griffiths,  Debra McGuigan, Dianne Nelson, Ian Veroni, Richard Chalmers Philip Bolton


Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.

Visitors are welcome - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other ADFAS societies - FREE
Students - FREE

Membership enquiries: Call Lucy Griffiths;


Ph: - 0413 216 929



All lectures are held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock.

Evening lectures start promptly at 6:45 pm, please arrive by 6:30 pm

Lectures followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

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