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2008 plans

Dear Clients & Supporters,

Exhibitions planned for 2008:

4 - 27 July, Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery, 54 Latrobe Tce, Paddington. Brisbane.
18 July - 4 August, Harriet Space, CCAE, Harriet Place, Darwin.
October, TAG (The Annex Gallery, Director Jill Reilly) Surry Hills, Sydney

2008 brings news of my entering the stable of the beautiful Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery in Paddington, Brisbane. I will be exhibiting with a solo show of paintings there in July. I am very excited about joining Robyn’s stable of quality artists, as she runs a very professional gallery and is passionate about the gallery’s future.

I now have an agent, Sandra Conte, working for me on a broader scale, with plans extending further into other states in Australia. Sandra has organised and curated the show in Darwin in July/August.

Jill Reilly formally owner of Frances Reilly Gallery in Eumundi, is taking me to Sydney where she will run a small gallery in Surry Hills, TAG. (the doors will be open in July) I am very excited with the opportunity to now show my work in Sydney with someone that I respect and trust wholeheartedly.

My work continues to be on display at The Gallery, Eumundi. (formerly Frances Reilly Gallery). The new owners, Steve & Karen Beardsley have now opened the gallery after some refurbishments.

My longer term plan has already started, and some of these works will be on view at the July exhibition in Brisbane. As many of you will know, I have been passionately painting about the Min Min lights and how their spiritual significance in the landscape plays a large part in my paintings. These Min Min lights over the past couple of years have evolved into little women flying about in the desert (spirits of the Min Min lights). They enable me to include further narrative in my work.

Since exploring this theme, these women have taken on further significance, and I have been enthralled with the story of some of our famous pioneering women of the outback. I have started with the fabulous Georgiana Molloy who carved out a significant place in Western Australian history. My plan is to incorporate the stories and spirituality of these women alongside Australia's Indigenous women, which I think will be a first in contemporary Australian painting. They all have wonderful stories to tell. What all of these women achieved with poise and grace was monumental at the time. This has all been spawned by thoughts of my own great great grandmother who died in a horse drawn buggy on the road to Winton – also quite a story.

I wish you all a happy 2008, and will be in touch with events as they occur.

Kind Regards