Rae was elected President (1980's) and brought new ideas and enthusiasm. The LAS had Ritchies Mill as its home, which meant a venue for general meetings, workshops and exhibitions. Rae started a Newsletter, instigated the major North-South Exhibition with the Art Society of Tasmania, invited past members of note to exhibit as part of the Committee's effort to improve the standard of work and gained advice from the QVMAG regarding the 'hanging' of exhibitions. During this period the LAS also became incorporated to limit members liability, and a new constitution was adopted using 'model rules' (much of this work done by the late Gerry McNulty). The LAS also started annual dinners and made presentations of life membership at this event to long serving members and past presidents, Sheila Londesborough and Barbara Welch. As the LAS had the gallery space, extra exhibitions were organized, the most successful being "Winter Inspirations". The space was also sub-let at a nominal fee to other groups, e.g. potters, quilters or private individuals and some members organized their own exhibitions. Rae continued as Gallery Officer after her term as President until resigning due to personal circumstances.