A short history of the formation of Sunbury Art Society 

The Sunbury Art Society started with four local women, Marie McKenzie, Gilian Smith, Sylvia Waite and Jeanette Morton holding a small Art Show in Brook Street, Sunbury.  Then with growing interests and from an advert in the local paper, the first formal meeting was held in 1985 with a small group of artists who met at the Uniting Church Hall…and with 8 members, Sunbury Art Society was formed. It was only a small group, but very enthusiastic and productive.   Later the name was changed to Sunbury Art Society Inc.

Our first show was in May 1986, only 6 months after forming the group, with 13 artists participating and 200 paintings displayed.  It was a great success. With increasing sponsorships it became a very popular, social occasion. The group became incorporated and was named the Sunbury Art Society Inc. As the years passed, several sponsors supported the Society and opening nights became a ‘must do’ on Sunbury’s social calendar.

Workshops were run by well known artists and our own members. Many talented members, over the years, have won major awards at various Art Shows.   All this would not have eventuated without the enthusiasm and great friendship of the members.

Even though we have had many ‘homes’ over the years, Boilerhouse on Jacksons Hill is now home to SAS. With some discussion about the future of the VUT campus, we could be placed in an uncertain situation of finding new premises but the Society is determined to continue in a new location if necessary.

Jeanette Morton  -  January 2012

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