Stephanie Brown: Another Finalist in the City of Perth Black Swan, WA.
Kathrin Longhurst & Vivian Falk: both are Finalists in the Mosman Art Prize, Sydney.
Kerry McInnis: finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Prize Exhibition with her landscape of Clark Gorge, Snowy Mountains. In conjunction with the show, Kerry was invited to give a painting demonstration at the Museum.
Where: South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide SA.
When: July 18 – September 6
Peter H Marshall: Exhibition of paintings and drawings celebrating the bicentenary of Govenor Lachlan Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth’s historic arrival in Australia in the year 1810.
Where: Opens at The Fountain Court Gallery, Parliament House Sydney
When: 9th April – 30th April, 2010. Afterwards continuing at the Bathurst Regional Gallery, 21st May – 4th July, 2010
Vivian Falk: donated her portrait of James Morrison for the Canteen Fundraising dinner/auction at the NSW Art Gallery.
When: Saturday 29th August
Avril Thomas reports: “The Opening of ‘Theatre Works’ (11th August, Flinders Medical Centre) was great fun – with Arts in Health at FMC reporting that it was their biggest show ever and they were a bit overwhelmed. The response has been quite emotional. Stateline filmed a segment the following day interviewing some of the staff with their pictures, so the girls have had fun with it. It was a spur of the moment thing as Ian Henchke was at the opening and saw the reaction. Not sure when it will be aired. Another piece will be going into The Guardian about the show. The exhibition will be hanging till the 26th September so you can nip in anytime. I have the makings of a book with the entire collection. The Hon. John Hill has accepted to do the Forward and Lea West, the theatre unit manager, would like to add something too.”
Nafisa Naomi: was given forty minutes to create a work on paper in inks, charcoal, pastel and gouache in front of the assembled guests at the 2009 Humpty Dumpty Ball, to be auctioned at the dinner. Titled ‘A Long Way To Go’, the work celebrated the recent climb to the top of Mt Kilamanjara by 16 people including Joe Hockey and David Koch. Each participant had to raise $50,000 for the charity climb. The moonlit composition in velvety blacks was inspired by stories of the recent climb and other sources. It now hangs in the offices of the Hon. Joe Hockey.
What: Performance Art – Humpty Dumpty Fundraising Ball.
When: Saturday 5th September
REPORT: UNSUNG HEROES
The Opening Night of UNSUNG HEROES at Parliament House, Canberra, was a hugely successful event – we were expecting 100-150 people and about 280 attended. Parliament House is a stunning venue, the paintings look excellent on the walls, and House staff were very helpful and efficient throughout. All the guests commented on the high standard of the 37 works, and the show attracted old friends from different parts of the eastern States. Our guest speaker, Professor Sasha Grishin, made an elegant and witty speech; Janis gave the opening speech and Nafisa closed the proceedings. Our photographer, Craig Peihopa, assembled the artists on the staircase leading to the first floor and took a lively group photo, which we will post on the website. About 35 artists and friends enjoyed dinner afterwards at a local restaurant. The exhibition will be on throughout September, and has attracted a lot of interest already.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD was won by Doffy White with her portrait of Gwennie McLaughlin. Congratulations Doffy!!
A very big THANK YOU to
The HANGING TEAM: Janis Lander, Kathrin Longhurst, Peter Smeeth, Jules Sevelson, Alex Kolozsy. Very special thanks to Anthony Longhurst who did the actual physical hanging on the walls with the PH hanger Tony.
The DESIGN TEAM: Kathrin Longhurst and Jules Sevelson.
Janis Lander who co-ordinated the event; Robyn Ross who made the freight arrangements; Alex Kolozsy who scouted the venue; Nafisa Naomi who spearheaded promotion; and all the EXHIBITING ARTISTS who contributed in diverse ways to make this one of most successful exhibitions. Thanks to the enthusiasm and energy of the entire COMMITTEE who all pulled together to make this one of our best exhibitions to date, organising all the different aspects of the venture, from mailouts, to publicity, to greeting the guests.
Our special thanks to Bruce Thompson, husband of PAA member Jeanette Korduba, for donating the printing of catalogue (and the ongoing printing of the Newsletters); and to Jeanette Korduba who oversees the printing jobs.
Our photographer was Craig Peihopa. Craig is able to make prints of the photos for any PAA members. A link to his website is on the PAA website.
ARTCARE (Bob & Christiane Gurney) who acted as our courier.
ARTSCENE who acted as the Sydney Depot.
The Executive committee was elected for 2009-2010:
Janis Lander – President.
Kathrin Longhurst – Vice President.
Judith Stevens – Honorary Secretary.
NOTE: Nafisa Naomi has made the decision to step back from the executive roles for the time being, to pursue personal projects in India and Africa. Nafisa’s initial bold vision for an independent, self-directed group of professional artists, working together within the arts community, was the original force behind the formation of this dynamic association, and has influenced all the major decisions made by the committee over the past seven years. Robyn Ross and Nafisa have both set a very high standard of excellence in the roles of President and Vice President and will remain vibrant members of the PAA committee. It is in the best interests of PAA that the committee be composed of highly competent performers, who are able to function as a team in the key roles of project management for exhibitions, events and promotion of the art form, and can cover for each other during peak times. Janis Lander has served on the PAA committee since 2002 and is well known to the membership as the author of the newsletters, form letters, press releases, catalogues etc, and, more recently, handling venue liaison. Kathrin Longhurst is vastly experienced in web design and promotion, and designed the current PAA website which has attracted such interest from the public. Judith Stevens continues in her role of Honorary Secretary, which she performs with exemplary efficiency and generosity. We look forward to an exciting year of PAA events and exhibitions.
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