Toot toot and ta daaa

miniature gramaphoneMembers of AIM always seem to be busy. Some of their creative work will take a day or a week. Other work, such as illustrating a book or preparing for an exhibition, can be a labour of love which can stretch out over months and even years. Our members create work in many different mediums and in different sizes (not just miniature). This little blog piece is about blowing a little horn for them. Aim artists have recently been published in magazines and in books, winning awards for their miniatures and larger works and exhibiting and selling their work both close to home a long way from Canberra.

Camelia Smith’s beautiful watercolours, along with an article, were featured in the August 2017 issue of The Australian Artist Magazine. click on this link to purchase Camelia was also awarded ‘Best Still Life’ for her watercolour painting ‘Fruit Bowl’ in the recent Artists Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition and Awards at Albert Hall in Canberra.

Ilsa Patterson was chosen by Dorothy Hart to illustrate her book titled ‘International Treasures – Canberra’s Embassies’. The book itself is sure to become a national treasure on two levels. Dorothy has written an incredibly interesting and informative book to read. And, it is such a beautiful and delightful book to look at with watercolours and drawings by Isla. The book was launched at the National Library of Australia to a sell out crowd of Embassy staff and admirers of Dorothy and Isla by Major General the Hon Michael Jeffery. click on this link to purchase from The National Library of Australia

Kylie Fogarty is the wonderful and talented illustrator for a charming book created for the RSPCA. On 2 September 2015, RSPCA ACT rescued a huge, overgrown sheep in the Australian Capital Territory. After requesting help from the public to find a shearer, ‘Chris the Sheep’ became an international news sensation overnight, breaking a new Guinness World Record in the process. While his life after being rescued is well documented by the media, no one knows for sure what happened to Chris prior to this. This children’s book provides one possible explanation for how Chris became so big, with his adventure to share with kids of all ages.

Chris-the-Sheep-Website-banner-1760x750-v2_3-1-e1505638643113All proceeds from this book will help RSPCA ACT continue to protect, rescue, care and advocate for animals in need just like Chris and will assist with launching the RSPCA ACT’s new education program.  click on this link to purchase the book from the RSPCA

The Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC) recently held its annual Spring Exhibition and Awards at Albert Hall in Canberra. The Miniature Section was extremely popular with exhibition visitors and we are very proud that three of our members were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.


1st Cheryl Hodges – Packham Pear. 2nd Val Johnson – The Photographer. 3rd Sandra House – Hall Landscape. Highly Commended Alan J Jones – Stromatolites. Congratulations to everyone.

Jocelyne Godber’s miniatures have been on some long journeys and many have found new homes there. She has been exhibiting and selling her very detailed and beautiful miniatures in Washington DC, North Carolina in USA and Levi in Canada.

Arlene Williams and Cheryl Hodges opened a joint exhibition of their miniatures at Wilbur’s Café in Hacket in September. The packed venue absolutely loved the work of these two very talented artists and also enjoyed hearing them both talk so passionately about their work and their creative process. The artists are exhibiting 12 miniatures each. Arlene’s subject matter is the balloons over Canberra and Cheryl’s botanical studies including two pieces on velum. It is a beautiful exhibition and runs until October 25. Well worth a visit.

Please click on the Members News page tab in the menu above to see details of exhibitions and events which are currently on and about to take place. This page is updated regularly and is currently full of varied events.

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