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”).



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.


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:

Faces of AWNY: Lisa Buxton


Tell us how you came to be in NYC?
After a short stint at NYU in 2006 and a wild 6 month holiday with my best friend staying in a tiny apartment in the West Village, I returned home exhausted, but in love with New York. It didn’t take me long to give in to temptation, pack my bag (or rather, many bags) and return to give NYC a proper go in 2009. I have been here ever since.

Where do you live and why did you choose that area?
I currently live in the West Village, but I lived in the Lower East Side for many years. After the hustle and bustle of the LES, I really wanted a tree lined street with local restaurants, bars and shops, which is exactly what I get in the West Village.

What have been the best ‘living in NYC tips’ you have been given/discovered?
Just to go with the flow! Everyone is late in NYC, so never be early. Try to escape in high summer and also in the dead of winter. Enjoy yourself every day in between. Try not to get sick as it’s a nightmare. Walk EVERYWHERE and eat and drink everything as you never know when your favorite restaurant or bar will shut down. Read as much as you can as the schedule of events, openings, festivals etc. is endless…and exciting! Continue reading

Event Review: AWNY’s Beautiful You

On Tuesday July 14th, the engaging and energetic Taya Sedgman, AWNY’s Charity Lead, hosted the event “BEAUTIFUL YOU.” The response to this event was huge and the noise level was a reflection of the joy, playfulness and fun make-up education during this wonderful experience.XI2A4473

The make-up education was made possible by dynamic New York Fashion Week makeup artist Jacob Hyzer. Jacob captivated the audience with his vast product knowledge, make-up experience and his great sense of humor. His team of 7 make-up artists worked make-over wonders on many AWNY members and friends and we all came away with a fresh, new look at ourselves. Jacob used products from Alcone Company, where he is the Creative Director.


Zoe Potter, AWNY committee member, who attended the evening said “Jacob and his team were so kind and attentive, sharing their expertise with us and bringing out our beauty. I’d never worn lipstick before so I jumped in at the deep end with big bold red lips that would’ve been at home on a Kardashian. Once I got used to my new look I felt fabulous and pranced around feeling very special! Our makeup artists gave us the confidence to try new techniques to build upon and accentuate our beauty and we left the event feeling ready for the runway!”


The event benefited AWNY’s chosen charity, Sanctuary for Families, an organization that empowers survivors of gender violence to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability. Emily Lo Bue, Director of Corporate and Volunteer Relations at Sanctuary for Families gave a touching presentation about the wonderful work they are doing and how volunteers can become involved. The evening was even more meaningful when we learned some of the make-up artist team themselves were survivors of domestic violence. Along with monies raised, there were many generous donations of business clothing and beauty products, all going to Sanctuary for Families.


Jacob and the team at Alcone will donate $500 worth of make up to Sanctuary for Families. Feeling incredibly inspired from the event Jacob said “Tonight I had the honor of teaching a class at the Australian Consulate to an amazing and hilarious group of AWNY Women. It wouldn’t have been possible to create the magic tonight without each and every one of you.” Jacob is currently putting together Australian-themed make-up packs featuring the favorite shades of the event attendees. They will be offered at a super friendly rate including a gift with purchase. Keep your eyes peeled for these packs appearing on our Facebook page and Twitter in coming days.

Also, check out the complete photo album of the evening on our Facebook page here.


Photo credits: Susie Lang

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