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Bev DoigVice Chairperson
Merry is a Marketing Consultant and Professional Speaker, and has extensive experience in Events Management. She contributed to the development of the new ASWA branding and website, and leant her expertise to sponsorship relationships, strategic planning, and the development of the Albany Open Studios.
Merry is an artist and past guide for the Art Gallery of WA, and is continuing to work on other initiatives to raise the Arts profile within the City of Albany.
Merry originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator. She works in Printmaking, Drawing, Mixed Media and Illustration, Her work is detailed and decorative, exploring flora, fauna and landscapes. Merry’s work often has layers of meaning, with inspiration sourced from family and travel. She opens her Merry Press Studio during the Southern Art and Craft Trail.
Bev has an extensive background in education, vocational training, community organisations and local government.
She is a keen advocate of fostering creativity in all ages and the important role that art practice and appreciation plays in our communities- local and global.
A busy artist in her Kalgan home studio, Bev’s focus is printmaking and illustration. Her work is often imaginatively open ended- fostering imagination in all ages. She also delivers printmaking workshops and opens her studio during the Southern Art and Craft Trail.
“Mellida has been running Business Genie, a boutique Bookkeeping firm in Perth, for over 20 years. She has a Masters of Professional Accounting, teaches at Curtin University and has written five text books.
Mellida is passionate about simplifying and systemising procedures. She loves to give back to the community and is also the Treasurer of Rostrum Clubs of WA Inc and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farmers Alliance. She continues to hone her skills in public speaking through Rostrum and The Speakers Institute.
Mellida is currently helping Prepare Produce Provide (Live to Tell Your Story) organise their Djinda Ngardak culinary camp for Indigenous students in Albany in November 2021.
She enjoys swing dancing, carnivorous plants and is currently trying to convince her peppermint bristlenose catfish to breed.”
Claire Hanson is a media, PR, brand marketing and communications strategist, with 20+ years in the women’s, aged care, education, policy, community and government relations spaces, in Australia and Asia. A specialist in compelling story-telling and content creation, Claire applies values-based leadership skills to roles in the community as a collaborator and partner. When not actively parenting and working, Claire can be found giving her rescue dogs a workout along the Albany shoreline.
Claudia has always had a great interest in art in its various form. While she says her creativity is usually in the kitchen, her and her artist husband have created the Shelley Beach Art Centre in Kronkup. They plan for it to become an arts hub for activities and exhibitions once completed.
Claudia is a professional business manager and owner and brings her Business Administration and Accounting skills to ASWA.
“It is an honour to join the ASWA Board and I look forward to assisting our members and the Art community with my experience.”