The Porch would like to thank the following participants for donating their skills to our Pink Chair-ity Auction.
- Peter Russell Clarke
- Jamie Daddo
- Suzie Wilks
- Jody Pratt
- Jane Sinclair
- Sonia Kretschmar
- Alyce Platt
- Alex Fevola
- Barbara Kitallides
- Emilia Johari
Amanda Freeman, Director of Amanda Addams Auctions
Amanda continues to gain respect from her peers (throughout Australia and internationally) for her ability to organise, promote, and conduct auctions at times of extreme difficulty, (be it contents, location, or private vendor circumstances).
Her ongoing "hands on approach" and empathy with people has gained her respect with her vendors who continue to benefit from her dedication and personal input. Apart from coordinating auctions, Amanda also coordinates appraisals, and conducts auctions.
Amanda also regularly writes for various collecting publications and has appeared on numerous occasions both on television and radio.
Our curator for this event is Jhana Pfeiffer-Hunt of Haptic Media.
Jhana is the director of Haptic Media, an interdisciplinary arts practice founded in 2004.
Recently joining The Porch’s Pink Chair-ity Auction as Curator for the Fracture Gallery exhibition (Federation Square), she brings with her ten years of experience in interior, exhibition and graphic design.
Jhana has worked on a wide variety of projects in her career with contributions to exhibitions on a diverse range of topics from puppetry (Punch – The Australian Legacy for the 2006 International Puppetry Carnival at Federation Square) to biographies (The Duldigs in Vienna for The Duldig Studio, 2011). While exhibitions and heritage interpretation is her primary focus, her practice also includes work in the visual and performing arts.
Jhana has qualifications in museum studies and interior design. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) with Honours from RMIT and is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Deakin University. She expects to commence her Masters in 2012.
Peter wrote, produced, directed and presented many hundreds of TV shows for the ABC. For 17 years he was also the on-air figure for the Australian Dairy Corporation, the Australian Egg Boards, Kraft Cheese and others.
He has exhibited as a sole artist and with various groups. At present he is preparing an exhibition for showing in London and the USA. For many years he owned his own Soho Galleries on the Bellarine Peninsula. His work is in many private collections and galleries. The National Immigration Museum has collected some of his works and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra requested a self-portrait of Peter for one of its exhibitions in 2004.
Jamie Daddo, 42, lives in Melbourne, where for twenty years he has participated in group and solo exhibitions. Never satisfied completely with what lies before him, he says there is always better to be achieved,"for in this simple fact lies the reason for being".
"My work gives me the opportunity to explore the world around and outside of myself. I am intrinsically an outward looking person who not only sees the physical, but also what lies underneath. When I paint there is an intensity in my stare as I stand at the easel. My look penetrates my subject beyond their skin as though I am looking into the soul of the sitter…and that’s what I paint." - Jamie Daddo
Suzie Wilks is one of Australia's most popular TV hosts and was the first women to host two prime time television shows simultaneously when she hosted Our House and Changing Rooms in 1998. Despite becoming a mother recently, Suzie will be using the decorating skills learnt on these shows and in her own home renovations to use in our Pink Chair-ity Auction.
Jody Pratt is a Melbourne based illustrator/artist who works mainly in acrylic and collage. Her love of collage is part of the creative process leading to experimentation and some great images. Jody uses her illustration style for editorial work, books and commissioned canvases and prints. As well as solo and group exhibitions she illustratedthe children's book Missile Annie and Whinging William. The Porch thinks her whimsical nature-based stylewill look great on an Adirondack chair.
Read about Jody's progress on her blog at jodypratt.blogspot.com
Jane Sinclair is a self-taught artist represented by the Jackman Gallery, one of Melbourne’s major contemporary art galleries. Her unique style has been described as 'symbolist'. "My family taught me that individuality is vital and being fashionable is irrelevant ... My paintings often reflect my conflict between my romantic ideals and my cynicism; the flowers of romance cast darkly, spiky shadows, the cat, which featured heavily in my early work, often sitting staring at the viewer from a corner of the painting, representing the cool, detached observer, the fish as a symbol, is more personal but can be read generally as the part of a lover that remains elusive no matter how close two people become."
Sonia was shortlisted for the 2011 Archibald Prize with her portrait of Cassandra Golds The heart of things (above). She is also a published book illustrator with her cover for the book Tensy Hallow and the Home for Mislaid Children winning the Australian Publishers Award for best designed Children's Fiction Book in 2010.
Alyce Platt became a household name on the popular drama Sons and Daughters and went on to be one of Australia's most high profile television presenters, co-hosting Sale Of The Century.
Her acting career has spanned 25 years and seen her feature in countless televisions series, films and theatre productions. As well as being a voiceover artist, Alyce is a celebrated singer, songwriter and recording artist having released three acclaimed albums.
Her darkly eccentric paintings which have been exhibited at galleries and venues around Melbourne are an aside to her success in music, film, television and theatre.
Alex is respected Melbourne photographer, having photographed some of Australia's most influential people and has built a strong reputation as Melbourne's celebrity photographer. Her specialty is portraiture, and her work can be seen in her book, "Snapshot A Portrait of Success.
Barbara Kitallides is a Melbourne based artist painting in acrylic on canvas. The artist explores colour, mood and moments in time, drawing from real-life experiences and influences. In her upcoming exhibition, Barbara attempts to break away from the grid template and constraints of everyday life: painting without formal structure or borders, seeking freedom and movement.
Barbara will be providing a live demonstration at the Monash Gallery of Art of her unique style on the chair on March 2 between 11am and 1pm.
Other exhibition dates for Barbara's work:
Wednesday 21st March - Wednesday 11th April 20112
Emilia is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and designer. Her choice of medium includes glass, ceramic, paint and textile. Currently, she is finishing her postgrad studies in Arts Management. At the same time, she runs kunst-PLAY, a creative artsploration workshop, offering people a creative approach to exploring art through intrinsic and extrinsic means. She will be applying mosaic techniques onto the Adirondack Chair for this charity event.
Emilia will be providing a live mosaic demonstration for her chair on March 1 at the Monash Gallery of Art, between 11am and 4pm and 5 March, between 10am and 1pm.