Plein air workshop

Plein air workshop

Past Event

With Alex Thorby

Sat 13 May9am - 12:30pm

Manning Regional Art Gallery
12 Macquarie St
Taree NSW 2430

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Join Alex Thorby for a morning of en plein air painting, exploring the picturesque surrounds on the banks of the Manning River in Taree.

Alex Thorby is a Sydney based artist. She completed a Certificate of Fine Art at Meadowbank TAFE and a Bachelor of Art Education and Postgraduate Diploma (Painting) at City Art Institute (COFA), Sydney.

She lectured in drawing and painting at Western Sydney TAFE Institute and the Wesley Institute, Ministry of the Arts, Sydney from 1996 to 2012.

In 1982, Thorby spent a year studying under Max Meldrum’s protege, Graeme Inson, whose tonal philosophy of “maximum effect from minimum brush stroke” still continues to influence her approach to painting.

Her work was purchased by Margaret Olley for the AGNSW Margaret Olley Trust collection and was shown in the 1996 Margaret Olley Retrospective, AGNSW. Her work has been selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize – 16 times, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Paddington Art Prize, Salon des Refuse, Highly Commended in the Mosman Art Prize and Winner of the Waverley Art Prize, oil painting, twice.

Manning Regional Art Gallery Exhibition dates 23 March – 13 May 2023


Saturday 13 May:

8:45am - Meet at Manning Regional Art Gallery, 12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW.

9:00am - Walk or drive to the Manning River, end of Macquarie Street, Taree.

9:00am to 12:00noon - Painting location on the banks of the Manning River.

12:00noon to 12:30pm - finish painting and return to Maning Regional Art Gallery

Participant cost: $60

Small canvases provided.

Participants will supply their own painting equipment and transport. Recommended materials list will be provided in advance. Basic easels are available for loan from the gallery and can be picked up before the workshop. Wear comfortable shoes and be sun safe.

Emails and notifications will keep all participants up to date with this information.