Berwick Artists Society

Monthly Demonstrations


Each month professional artists demonstrate in a variety of mediums for approximately two hours.

The Night Demonstrations begin at 7:30pm for a prompt start by the demonstrator, be seated by 7.15pm. Day Demonstrations begin at 11.00am on the dot, be seated by 10.45am latest.

The general public is welcome, see below for entry fee.

There will be intervals for refreshments and members are asked to bring a plate of food to share for Night Demonstration suppers. BYO lunch for the break at the Day Demonstrations.

At the end of the session, the winners of the members’ Monthly Art Competition are announced.

We have some truly incredible demonstrators, and everyone can learn something new each time, so come along and enjoy an event with a difference and it just might make all the difference to your own way of looking at your art.

Members $12.00, Visitors $15.00, couples $24.00, students under 18 $5.00


We’ve enjoyed some wonderful Demonstrators so far this year – and more to come!. In March Michael Goff demonstrated his skill with acrylics for a landscape. Then in April Linda Finch used pastels to create a lively surf scene. Daytime Demonstrations will follow in May, June, July and August. Our May Demonstrator was Regina Hona with a pastel seascape; June it’s John Bredl with oils. July sees Craig Penny painting in oils.

Linda Finch gave a vibrant presentation in April

Regina Hona, our May Demonstrator

Monthly Competition

Members are invited to bring along one painting per appropriate section (must be your own work), to the Demonstration Night to be judged by the visiting artist. Points are awarded for entering, and for the winners and runners-up in each category. These points are tallied at the end of the year and trophies awarded.

There are three categories in which to enter your work: A: Accomplished Realist Artist, B: Emerging Realist Artist and C: Other Than Realist Artist. Each category will have a winner and runner-up. Subject matter and medium are up to the entrant.

The annual winner of the Emerging Realist Artist Category will be required to enter work in the Accomplished Realist Artist Category if he/she has won the Emerging Artist annual award for two years. The demonstrating artist will judge the categories. Members  must decide for themselves whether they are “Accomplished” or “Emerging”  artists. Both Realist and Other Than Realist categories can be entered by an artist, but only one painting in each. Work must not have shown or judged before and must have been created within the last 12 months. Subject matter, style and medium is up to the individual.

Certificates will be awarded each month for the winner and runner-up in each category and there are points merely for entering. The points are accumulated during the year with results tallied and presentations made at our Christmas function. Art work can only be entered once. The artist’s name and title of picture must be clearly labelled on the back of the work. Rules for the competition are available at demonstration nights.

You are also welcome to bring along any of your work to have on show. It will not be judged or form part of the monthly competition, but it’s always interesting to see what our artists are capable of. It may not be a painting – sculpture, photography, embroidery, whatever you like to bring, we’d like to see what you do.


Category A for Accomplished Realist Artists Winner: Rod Arthur for “Warneet Resting Place”

Category C for Other Than Realist Artists winner : Kevin Weeks for “Segments of Fire”

Category A for Accomplished Realist Artists Runner-up: Helen Anderson for “Camouflage”

Category C for Other Than Realist Artists runner-up: Barry Collins for “The Rosebud”

Category B for Emerging Realist Artists Winner: Sheila Daniels for “Did You Say Something?”

Category B for Emerging Realist Artists Runner-up: Joy Davy for “A Moment in Time”


Function Room, The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, Victoria Melways 131 A2

4th Wednesday of the month (except December, January & public holidays)

7pm – 10pm

Members $10

Visitors $12

Couples $15

Students $5                                                                                                                                                                            

Thursday Painting Group

We meet every Thursday between 10.30am and 2.30pm in the Function Room at the Old Cheese Factory.   It’s a fun gathering where we all chat, have a lot of laughs and discuss each other’s work.   There’s no formal instruction, but plenty of advice from some of our more experienced painters.

Everyone has different styles and paints at different levels: at some point, each of us has joined the group wondering how our own level of expertise will be accepted.   But everyone who comes along works in his or her own style, and it’s wonderful to greet a new member who has just taken up or just returned to painting.   There is no requirement for anyone to have had previous painting experience!

Please contact a committee member for more details, or simply turn up and have a look.   Then, if you would like to join the Society, please see our Membership Page.   Alternatively, you come along as a visitor.

Bring your lunch, enjoy a coffee.   If you’re an oil or acrylic painter, please bring a drop sheet, as the Function Room is carpeted.   Freestanding or table easels are available.

Be aware of entry requirements. Because of Covid you need to be double vaccinated, QR code register and your documentation checked by our Covid Marshalls.


Members …………………. $6.00

Visitors ……………………. $10.00

Monthly Portrait Group


Each month the Berwick Artists Society conducts a two hour portrait group where you can participate in painting or drawing models.

This is a non-tutored class but other members’ help is available.

Models are volunteers so new models are always welcome to sit for the group.   Please contact us if you would like to  model for us.


Function Room, The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, Victoria Melways 131 A2

On the third Thursday of the month, 11am – 2.00pm with lunch break.

Please be aware of entry requirements and read them in “News” on this website.
Members: $6
Visitors: $10

For details contact:

Dione Tiernan
Tel: 03 8786 8607


Paint-outs are a great opportunity to paint outside with like-minded people.   Members are asked to find their own way to the painting site, with their own equipment and seats.   BYO lunch, hat, easel and painting gear.   We meet there at 10am promptly.

This activity is free of charge to members and is of course subject to good weather.   Sometimes it has to be cancelled – if in doubt, ring the Paint-out organiser (details below).

We have decided to pause the Paint-outs for the moment – but if you’re really keen to join one soon, please contact us.



Rod Arthur 9769 5951 or 0402 741 338

Special Events

We held a very successful exhibition of members’ work at the Cranbourne Library in November 2020; 90 works were on show. Over 10% of works displayed were sold, an excellent result for any art show anywhere. The winner of the Peoples’ Choice, with the most votes, was Helen Anderson’s “Blue Lagoon” – congratulations Helen. Special thanks to the wonderful Library staff for their assistance and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, Covid got in our way and no exhibitions could be held in 2021.

The good news is that as part of the City of Casey’s 2022 Winter Arts Festival, we will again be holding an exhibition at Cranbourne Library. This will be over the month of July, and we will have our artists demonstration their skills during that time at the Library. Very exciting!



Our Work on Display

Members of the Society can exhibit their work for sale in the Berwick Chemist Cafe. If you’re interested, please contact the person in charge – see below – to make sure there is space for your work.

The display changes on the last Friday of each month.

It’s a great opportunity to have your artistry on display.


Exhibition Details


Berwick Chemist Café, 51 – 53 High Street, Berwick

Dione Tiernan 0412 711858 or Ros Merry 0421 196224