Century of arts’ tradition continues


Eye for detail: Artist Bill Caldwell is “honoured” to lead the 100-year-old traditional painters’ group. Picture: Yanni

A CENTURY old artists’ society with links to the Mornington Peninsula is holding its annual – read 100th – exhibition this month.

The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, whose president Bill Caldwell lives in Mt Martha, is exhibiting members’ works at Glen Eira City Council Art Gallery, Caulfield, 10am-5pm, until Sunday 9 September.

Caldwell, a member for the past 15 years, said it had been a “great honour” to be invited to join the group, which has never had more than 20 members at one time since forming in 1918.

New members must be invited to join – it’s not a matter of simply applying, he said. Those approached tend to be realist or traditional painters although, within that category, there are “all sorts of styles and approaches”.

Familiar scene: John Rowell Way, Mornington, Oil on linen, by Bill Caldwell.

New members also must have “gained a certain standing among their peers and be regular exhibitors”.

Members of the society meet irregularly at members’ homes. The society’s constitution describes its objective as “consolidating and improving the standards of traditional art in the community”.

First published in the Mornington News – 4 September 2018


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