Art Society A Boon To The Hills

By Bev Jordan

Castle Hill Art Society (CHAS) was established in 1967, with the idea of promoting, encouraging and facilitating the practice of the visual arts in the Hills District.

The club holds weekly classes for both adults and children as well as regular workshops. The club is based at Castle Glen Community Centre at 157, Ridgecrop Drive, Castle Hill next to the Knightsbridge Shopping Centre.

Monthly demonstrations are held at the club on the first Wednesdays of the month at 7.30pm.

The next is on April 7 and features artist Richard Chao,a world-renowned watercolourist. He has been the winner or finalist in over 40 prizes and his art works have been exhibited in five continents. His paintings are collected by museums, galleries and private collectors. Richard travels around the world to international art exhibitions and art festivals.

CHAS held its AGM recently and re-elected Jill Bluzmanis as president with Alan Cadman and Andrew Lishmund confirmed as Life Patrons.

The newly-elected committee also includes: Judy Adam, Birgitta Horst, Julie Bhatia, Betina Martin, Francoise Munus, Luce Lopez and Cylene Whiteley.

For Judy Adam, it will be her 32ndyear on the CHAS committee. She joined the art society in 1978.

The Friday Friends, who meet to paint at the CHAS premises, threw Judy Adam a surprise morning tea to mark her 80th birthday.

Rebecca Byrnes said it was a fitting occasion to “celebrate our wonderful teacher” and said they were joined by many former students and past president Julie Partridge.

Judy Adam said: “It was absolutely wonderful, I couldn’t believe what happened.”

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