Soroptimist International of Fremantle presents the 4th annual Help the Homeless Art Auction at 4.30 pm Saturday 8th June 2013 at Fremantle Town Hall.
I am honoured to be participating in this worthwhile event where invited artists’ works are auctioned to raise money for people who need help in our local community. The event is run by the Fremantle branch of Soroptimist International. Who and what are Soroptimists you may ask? Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer organisation for women in management and professions who seek to advance human rights. It was first founded in 1921 in California. Since 2010 the Fremantle branch of Soroptimist International (who formed in 1953) has focussed on improving the lives of the homeless.
Who will benefit from this auction?
1. Fremantle Street Doctor Doctors in mobile clinics (fitted out vans) serve the physical and mental needs of homeless, at-risk, marginalised people with low or no income, substance abuse and those with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness.
2. The Sisters’ Place This is a project of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, supported by five congregations of religious women and staffed by Sisters and other volunteers drawn from the community. It provides a safe bed at night to homeless women who sleep in the parks and streets of Fremantle.
3. The Fremantle Multicultural Centre The Centre provides crisis and short term accommodation programmes assisting migrants and refugees who are homeless or about to become homeless.
I invite you to come along if it is geographically possible. I’ll be there and I’d love to meet you. It will be a thorougly enjoyable evening. There will be refreshments and wines just like at an art gallery opening. However, better than an opening, where you stand around for ages, you will be able to sit down in comfort! Registration will be at 3.30pm while bidding will start at 5.30 pm. It will finish right about dinner time in case you feel tempted to make a night of it and go out for a meal afterwards.
To preview the paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, drawings and prints online visit www.fremantlegpnetwork.com.au The works will all be ready for viewing on Friday 7th June from 3 – 5 pm and Saturday 8th June 12 noon – 5 pm. Telephone bids will be available. Mastercard, Visa, eftpos only. (Sorry, no cheques, cash or AMEX.) Opening night RSVP: phone 9440 0669/ 9384 8492 or email email@example.com
Above are two drawings which are my contribution to the night. Both drawings are scenes from Kyoto. The first is a portrait of Tanewaka of Miyagawa-cho, on her way to perform in the annual spring dance, Kyo Odori. The second is a view of Pontocho at dusk when the lanterns start to glow. (You may click on images to enlarge.) There are over 40 artists contributing so there is bound to be something which captures your attention.
If you have any questions about the drawings please get in touch with me. (Or if you have questions about the auction, I suggest you phone either of the numbers above or email firstname.lastname@example.org .) Come and soak in the atmosphere of community, art and friendship. It will be marvellous evening and I sincerely hope to see you there!
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