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Members Gallery

Some featured artwork from our members.


Committee 2020

Our small, but hardworking crew are committed to creating opportunities for art-lovers from Emerald and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

Russell Simpson (President)
Mandi Keck (Vice President)
Robyn Kamoda (Treasurer)
Kay Frith (Membership Secretary)

General Committee Members:

Lindsay Dyer
Lee Goller
Steve Kennewell


About Membership

Membership Aims:

Emerald Arts Society welcomes the spectrum of members, from professional Artists to people who just want to ‘have a go’ at something.

Life Class participants at Emerald Arts Society
Life Class participants at Emerald Arts Society

Our tutorials and workshops reflect the varied level of talent and competence, that is the rich fabric of the membership.

We are a community organisation with a democratic constitution. The intrinsic value of the Emerald Arts Society to the Cardinia Community is in its continuing longevity. The experience and outcomes the Society provides are varied, based on personal requirement and how the individual chooses to interact with the Society’s programme offerings.

We provide opportunity for study and consultation with professional and experienced artists whose advice can be invaluable to those wishing to pursue their interest in art.

Some of our Members are more focused on the social aspects of a cuppa with friends at a tutorial,  on a field trip or wine and cheese during the Annual Emerald Art Show  … YES … we are a group that embraces the finer things of life – and a varied experience is valued and promoted for the good of all members.

In leading the Cardinia Community in Fine Artistic pursuits for over  40 years, we are looking forward to the future – the next 40 years of contributing towards our National identity.


Member Benefits: 

*A quarterly newsletter providing art news, details of classes and workshops and information to keep you up to date with what is happening in the Society.
*A membership card that entitles you to discounts at certain framing and art suppliers.
*Weekend workshops and demonstrations by well known artists at discount prices.
*Weekly classes that provide tuition in a variety of mediums.
*Additional art activities without tuition include regular Life drawing and Open Studio sessions, paint outs, social events and excursions.

Come along and see an activity in progress, have a chat and see some of our members at work. Just let us know you’d like to drop in (see contact numbers and our email address in the “Contact Us” section).


Downloadable membership form: EAS Membership Form 2022

View the rules that govern the Emerald Arts Society: Emerald Arts Society Inc. Rules – Effective, October 2013


Our History

History of the Emerald Arts Society

Emerald more than any other ward in the Shire of Cardinia, has a long and established history of artistic and cultural community involvement. Many famous Australian artists and writers, poets, musicians and crafts persons have lived in the hills since the 1800’s and have contributed and continue to contribute towards our National identity.

Emerald Arts Society was formed in 1969. It flourished, becoming the artistic hub of the town during the 70s and 80s. Classes were held all over the town until EAS was able to move into its own studio in 1984 (corner Church and Anne Streets, Emerald). This was due mainly to monies raised by EAS at their annual exhibitions and at the monthly markets together with assistance from Sherbrooke Council. Classes in those days included a huge variety of “arts”, such as macrame, upholstery, breadmaking, aerobics, rattan restoration, folk music, classical music, drama, woodwork, guitar-playing, pottery, sewing, creative writing and of course the visual arts. This is the reason that we are known as an “arts” society rather than an “art” society.

View the rules that govern the Emerald Arts Society:  
Emerald Arts Society Inc. Rules – Effective, October 2013


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by Chris Avard

Workshop Creations

Member artworks created during workshops.

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'Evolving Panels' by Graeme Eadie

Contemporary Artworks

'Afternoon Delight' Aldo Bellemo
'Across the Road' Aldo Bellemo
'Caught in Between' Aldo Bellemo

EAS Annual Art Exhibition 2017

Cup Weekend 4 – 7 November 2017.

Open to Adult Members and NextGen (under 19) Artists

Download the 2017 entry form here.

Adult Members : over $3000 in Prizes

  • First Prize $1000
  • Seven(7) $250 prizes awarded to the best artwork in each of the following categories. Oils/Acrylics, Watercolour, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Pastels, Other Media.
  • Two (2) $100 Highly Commended Awards
  • Two (2) $50 Commended Awards

NextGen (under 19) Artists : $1200 in Prizes

  • First Prize $500
  • $150 to the best artwork in each of these 3 ages groups: Under 19, Under 15 and Under 10
  • Two (2) $75 Encouragement Awards
  • Two (2) $50 Highly Commended Awards

Each year the Annual Art Exhibition is held over the 4 days of the Melbourne Cup Weekend. It is open from 10am –4pm from the Saturday to the Tuesday (inclusive). It is held at our Studio, corner Church and Anne Streets, Emerald (Melways reference Page 127 D4).

The exhibition is supported by the Shire of Cardinia and local businesses. In 2014 we introduced the “NextGen Awards”. This was specifically aimed at encouraging arts participation from aspiring young artists.

The winners are judged by a different artist of note each year.


All work in the “Adult” section is contributed by current Arts Society members. Most of the art exhibited is available for sale with a commission payable to the Arts Society.

The Annual exhibition is well attended by locals and art enthusiasts from greater Melbourne who come to purchase artworks.