JOINING FORCES: Central Coast Country Women's Association publicity officer Margaret Heathcote and Tuggerah Lakes Art Society president Rasheeda Flight get together to plan for Lakes ArtFest.
JOINING FORCES: Central Coast Country Women's Association publicity officer Margaret Heathcote and Tuggerah Lakes Art Society president Rasheeda Flight get together to plan for Lakes ArtFest.

Art society unveils big plans

THEY are never short of a fresh idea or unwilling to take on new challenges at Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, and they have two brand new exhibitions in the works.

President Rasheeda Flight said while the majority of TLAS members were seniors, their energy, creativity and passion were unflagging.

Lakes ArtFest in November and Home Baked in January follow on from the "hugely successful" inaugural Women in Art exhibition in March, which was unfortunately hit midway by COVID-19 restrictions.

The new events are in addition to the regular Fab Fakes exhibit at Wyong Art House in October, which will also have a new dimension.

A display and silent auction of all Fab Fakes works - recreations of masters who have been dead for at least 70 years (for copyright reasons) - will be held at the newly opened Elderslee Foundation Red Tree Theatre.

The 140 retractable-seat theatre allows performances, exhibits, speakers and ideas as part of the overall community facility Elderslee@Tuggerah.

Long-time TLAS member Pat Edwards is co-ordinating the Lakes ArtFest, to launch on November 13 as part of Central Coast Council's annual Lakes Fest, November 6-15.

Held in conjunction with Central Coast Country Women's Association at the CWA's newly renovated Long Jetty hall, in Pacific St, the expo will include a garden party featuring the CWA's famous Devonshire teas, cakes and produce, as well as a chance to check out their new community garden.

"We've had little opportunity for fundraising this year, so I'm afraid for some of the people we would normally give money to it will be a little sparse this year, so hopefully we can help raise a lot of funds that way," said CWA publicity officer Margaret Heathcote.

The 10-day Lakes Fest annually attracts more than 60,000 people, so Rasheeda said it would be a fantastic way for both groups to gain greater public attention.

And there's no rest for either group, with both then turning their attention to the Home Baked Art and Handcraft Exhibition at The Entrance Gallery from January 23-31.

Faced with COVID-19 restrictions, TLAS member meetings went virtual and became "The Lockdown MeetUps" which were shared on the webpage so the many Seniors not up to date with video-call technology didn't miss out.

Rasheeda said members had also risen well to the Members' Isolation Challenge, aimed to keep everyone's hands and minds busy during the lockdown.

Photographed autumn-themed work of all styles and media, judged by Central Coast Art Society president Judith Hoste, can be seen on the TLAS website.

To find out more about TLAS or any of its events go to www.tlas.org.au or phone 0414 811 838, and for more about Elderslee Foundation, Elderslee@Tuggerah and Red Tree Theatre, go to https://eldersleefoundation.org.au/ or call Ruth on 0413 357 228.


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