AWNY Online Art Auction – extended to February 22, 2017 – Buy Aussie Art and Raise Funds for The Dwelling Place Charity

This year we have two very special Australian artists donating their work for auction to raise money for the 2016/7 AWNY charity The Dwelling Place, a transitional residence for women experiencing homelessness in New York City. All proceeds from this online art auction will be donated to The Dwelling Place.

There are two paintings on offer – “Rainbow Lorikeet” by Jacinta Stewart and “Lime Kiln Bay” by Trish Callaghan. You have from now to Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at midnight EST (New York time) to place your bid.

International shipping is included and residents of any country are encouraged to bid.

How to bid:

Bids are made in the comments section of the Facebook event page and must indicate bidding amount, and the painting being bidded on – “Rainbow Lorikeet” or “Lime Kiln Bay”. Please disregard the end date on the Facebook event page – the auction will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

AWNY online art auction Facebook event page

About the artists:

Jacinta Stewart

Jacinta is an Australian artist from Brisbane who has made New York her home for the past 12 years. During the last decade her works reflects her nostalgia for, and love of, her homeland. Her most recent series include “Australian Seascapes” – a study of the effect of light on water at different times of the day, inspired by the memory of childhood vacations of the Aussie shoreline; “Ancient Land” which includes representational and abstract pieces inspired by her first trip to the heart of Australia – Uluru – in 2015; and the current “Australian Birdlife” series, celebrating the amazing chorus of birdsong at dawn and dusk that sweeps her off her feet each and every time she ventures home.

The painting featured in this auction pictured below, is “Rainbow Lorikeet” (11″x14″ acrylic on birchwood). The winning bidder may choose this piece or commission his or her own favorite bird (11″x14”).

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Trish Callaghan

Trish is a Sydney based abstract artist who studied at UNSQ (COFA) College of Fine Arts, graduating in 2000. Her inspiration comes from the everyday – the unique Australian bushland around her home, everyday objects and images, experiences and unconscious imagery. “I’m drawn to working experimentally and love the fresh results and new experiences gained from this approach. When I’m painting I’m truly living in the moment. This painting began by instinctive marks made on the canvas. For me this is a way of transcribing the imagery of my unconscious mind as well as defining a starting point for many of my paintings. From those initial marks, this painting has evolved through a process of contemplation, through adding and removing layers of paint, and by engaging my artistic sensibilities in order to discover the essence of the work, the integrity, the drama, the aesthetic”.

The winner of the auction may choose this piece pictured below “Lime Kiln Bay” (20″x20” oil on quality canvas stretcher) or commission a different 20″x20″ piece by Trish Callaghan.

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Auction Rules of Play

You are bidding separately for one of two paintings “Rainbow Lorikeet” by Jacinta Stewart or “Lime Kiln Bay” by Trish Callaghan. You are most welcome to bid on both paintings but please make each bid separately.

The highest bid for each painting at the close of the auction has purchased the painting and will need to make payment to the American Australian Association with a credit card via phone or email. We will provide further payment details to the winning bidders. Remember that all proceeds go directly to our chosen charity for the year – The Dwelling Place – a transitional residence for women on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

International shipping is included and residents of any country are encouraged to bid. 

Bids are made in the comments section of the Facebook event page and must indicate bidding amount, and the painting being bidded on – “Rainbow Lorikeet” or “Lime Kiln Bay”. Please disregard the end date on the Facebook event page – the auction will end at midnight on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Bid here: AWNY online art auction Facebook event page

You may use the comments to ask questions of the artists or AWNY.

Good luck and thanks for participating to raise funds for The Dwelling Place!

Event: Fall Gala for The Dwelling Place of NY, October 20, 2016

Join AWNY in supporting The Dwelling Place of NY, AWNY’s chosen charity for 2016, at its annual Fall Gala. With our tables decked out in Australiana, the night promises to be a whole lot of fun for a wonderful cause. Read on below for details and to learn more about The Dwelling Place.

 

Event details

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Saints Cyril and Methodius Hall, corner of 41st Street and 10th Avenue, New York
Cost: $100 per person, 100% of which will go directly to The Dwelling Place, plus a $6 booking fee through Eventbrite
Nature of event: The Gala will be a simple church hall style gathering, with everything from decorations and raffle prizes to food and wine donated
RSVP: We’ve set up a two-step process to ensure you are part of a guaranteed table before you are asked to pay any money:

  • First, make an ‘AWNY Table’ RVSP via the form below to reserve a spot at one of our tables. If you are coming with a partner or group of people you’d like to sit with, please include the name of all people in the comments area.
  • Then, we will let you know when we have the required 10 people to make up a table and invite you to buy your ticket on Eventbrite

 

AWNY’s 2016 Charity: The Dwelling Place of NY

AWNY’s chosen charity for 2016 is The Dwelling Place of NY: a privately funded transitional residence for homeless women run by The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY. Located in Midtown, The Dwelling Place has provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women since 1977. Their safe, healing, and structured environment offers women the space and time to develop a sustainable plan for building a healthy, independent lifestyle.

This year’s Gala is dedicated to the memory of Sister Margaret Boyle, beloved by the Dwelling Place community, who recently passed away.

Visit the website to read more about their wonderful work: http://thedwellingplaceofny.org/.

$415 raised for The Dwelling Place at the AWNY Picnic in the Park

What happens when a group of Aussie families and friends gather in one spot for a picnic in Central Park?…a lot of fun is what!

New York greeted us on Sunday June 26, 2016 with picture perfect weather which, in turn, meant a fabulous turn out at Norman’s Landscape @86th St .

While we nibbled on delicious lamingtons, played tunnel ball and got our faces painted the option was presented to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a selection of donated prizes.

Proceeds from this raffle support AWNY and our Charity of choice for 2016 -The Dwelling Place- a shelter for homeless women on the Upper Westside. Visit their website and check out their great work: www.thedwellingplaceofny.org. We are very pleased to announce that the generous Aussie spirit raised $415 for The Dwelling Place.

Well done one and all for joining in the festivities of the day while raising funds for such a great cause!

Check out the pics from the day on our Facebook page.

Many thanks to our prize donors:

And also to Elissa Burke for donating the lamingtons and organizing the ball games.

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AWNY Event: Beautiful You, July 14

Embrace Your Beautiful and help Sanctuary for Families

We all know how to apply our own make up… we think. But have you ever walked into a department store (or even Duane Reade around here!) and been overwhelmed by the number of colors, brushes, powders, crèmes, shimmers, shades, liquids, pencils and crayons or been puzzled by strategically bronzed, highly contoured, J-Lo glowing skin on pictures in magazines and wondered where to start?

You’re invited to find the answers at AWNY’s “Beautiful You” Make Up event with Alcone Professional Makeup Company Creative Director and New York Fashion Week Key Artist, Jacob Hyzer.

Upon arrival you’ll be served bubbly and nibbles, then take a seat to watch expert make-up techniques on skin care, luminous summer skin, natural contouring, and color application.

Following the class, the team of Alcone Professional make-up will be happy to answer your questions about applying make-up and provide consultation and advice on products.

Your attendance at this event will help the wonderful team at Sanctuary for Families, a New York based charity dedicated to aiding victims of domestic violence. In addition to the small catering charge ($14 members, $19 non-members), we kindly ask that you bring a pre-loved item of business attire (e.g. gently worn shirt, skirt, suit, pumps) or unopened toiletry items (e.g. shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene products, brushes/combs, body wash, deodorant). These items will help women who have left domestic violence situations as they rebuild their lives.

Event essentials:
When: Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30pm (for a 7pm start) – 8:30pm
Where: Australian Consulate, Monash Room – 150 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Why: Learn make-up skills and benefit Sanctuary for Families
Cost: $14 AWNY members/$19 non-members. Purchase tickets here

AWNY Annual Charity Wrap Up – May 2014 to April 2015

by Peta Arthurson

Over the past 12 months, I have been privileged to lead the AWNY Charity Role with the support of an amazing committee. Over the year we have held a number of events and were able to donate substantial funds to extremely worthwhile charities. Here is a brief overview of these events and charitable donations.

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In July, attendees were inspired by the work of Audette Exel whose profits from her corporate advisory firm Adara Group, fund her foundation working with communities in remote Uganda and Nepal, improving health, education and development projects. This event was supported by the Macquarie Group.

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In October, we held a sellout event at the exclusive Soho House, where Georgina Duckworth spoke about the mission of the Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy. They assist in the acquisition of land for use of conservation of threatened species and ecosystems in remote Australia. We were able to raise and donate $861.70 from this event and we continue to promote other fundraising events held by Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

AWNY SSF Volunteer Day

In December, six fabulous AWNY women attended the Sanctuary for Families Volunteer day where we wrapped and sorted presents for the families in most need of gifts at Christmas. A number of AWNY volunteers were also helping at an invitation mailing day in April.

Working in the USA

In March, Belinda Jackson’s, annual Working in the USA event was kindly sponsored by QBE and this enabled us to give the profits of $990 from the event to Sanctuary for Families. Sanctuary for Families provides domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children with a range of comprehensive services.

With our additional funds raised of $1,500 from various other events throughout the year, the committee unanimously decided to donate this to the Adara Group to assist with current earthquake relief efforts in the communities in remote Nepal. Here are some more details on the work of Adara Group in Nepal.

We trust that you will agree, that the above charities were all worthwhile causes and that with your support, we were able to achieve these excellent results.

This year, the Charity Lead role is Taya Sedgman, who is already coming up with marvelous ways to ensure the members of AWNY help with our charity efforts.

If you would like to read more about any of the above charities, please see the below links. Thank you again for your support and I look forward to raising more money and awareness this year.

http://www.adaragroup.org/

http://www.friendsofaustralianwildlife.org/

http://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org/