Art Helping People in Need

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  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

Joie de Vivre, 600 x 800 cm, to be auctioned on 8th June.

Joie de Vivre, 60 x 80 cm, 2010,  to be auctioned on 8th June.

"Illuminating Dusk" 630 x 805 cm to be auctioned on 8th June.

“Illuminating Dusk” 63 x 80 cm, 2006,  to be auctioned on 8th June.

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  .)  Come and soak in the atmosphere of community, art and friendship.   It will be marvellous evening and I sincerely hope to see you there!

Official flyer for Help the Homeless Art Auction

Official flyer for Help the Homeless Art Auction

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I am a realist artist who works in coloured pencils.
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11 Responses to Art Helping People in Need

  1. Tig says:

    Wonderful! Just wonderful. We have a branch of the Soroptimists here in Goulburn (I think). Have always been curious about them as, coincidentally, the most beautiful piece of jewellery I’ve ever coveted, was being sold in an antique shop inside the Fremantle Markets and I was told it was the Eastern Star, a symbolic piece worn by a Soroptimist. It unfolded much like the masonic pyramid ball pendants and I thought it was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen in terms of metalwork, skill and aesthetics. It led me to research them a little more. Perhaps this is the sort of thing they could do here for our disadvantaged… Thanks for the thoughtful prompts!

  2. WHOOPS! If you are reading the post I sent out to you, you will see that the sizes of the drawings are ENORMOUS because I made a mistake with cms and mms. The correct sizes are 60 x 80 cm for “Joie de Vivre” and 63 x 80 cm for “Illuminating Dusk”. A kind reader pointed this out to me.

  3. Robyn Varpins says:

    I look forward to seeing your pictures there….it’s always a great show with lots of variety

  4. Tonight was the night of the auction (8th June). Nearly all the artworks that were auctioned were bought by people. My two drawings sold too. I am sure that a great deal of money was achieved for these good causes. It was a fantastic night. Thank you to everyone who came along.

  5. DT says:

    I was at the auction and want you to know your work is amazing..thanks for your generous contribution to those less fortunate than ourselves.

  6. donnareeves says:

    Reblogged this on An Entreprenurial Study of Homeless Solutions and commented:
    I love this. This recent event was organized to benefit some homeless helping projects. It is a great way of connecting art with helping the homeless. Have a look and follow this link to browse the art. -Donna Reeves

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