$15,000 grant for Toukley and District Art Society
A $15,000 Wyong Council grant will enable Toukley and District Art Society to build on its impressive reputation as one of the leading organisations of its type on the Central Coast.
The society manages a council owned 2ha property and gallery near Toukley bridge on the shores of beautiful Budgewoi Lake where it conducts workshops, tutorials, exhibitions and informal paint-ins as well as a tourist information centre for the Toukley area.
The centre is funded primarily from the commission on the sale of works and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
The society was formed on April 1 1982 after a public meeting of local amateur artists and a handful of teachers.
One of its main aims is to encourage and promote the cultivation of art in the area and provide a means of social discourse between the artists, art lovers and patrons.
The inaugural exhibition was held over two days in August 1982 at its original community hall building in Toukley and currently at its modern new headquarters is hosting its 72nd bi-annual exhibition that is running for five weeks (May 21 to June 26).
The exhibition features a wide range of oil and watercolour paintings as well as locally made porcelain, craft and jewellery.
A highlight will be the naming of the winner of the Peter Moore Prize for most outstanding exhibit.
The late Mr Moore, a brilliant and popular Central Coast artist, was a great supporter of the society and many of his works are still exhibited at the gallery.
The society currently boasts in excess of 200 members and has a busy program of events planed for the remainder of 2016.
Society president Anne Sonter said every exhibition featured new works and were offered for sale.
"In any given month we receive a very large number of visitors, including bus tour groups, and all are high in their praise of our operation," she said.
"May it continue for many years to come."