Committee Members

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Annie Johnson


Annie has been on the committee for 5 years and seen ArtSouthWA Inc and the Southern Art & Craft Trail grow bigger and better each year.

She has lived in Albany for twelve years and has immersed herself in the artist community. For the last few years she has been exploring the boundaries of encaustic wax painting and finding there is very few limitations – wax on wood, paper, sculpture, silk – endless possibilities. Annie also enjoys working with watercolour, acrylics and textiles. Annie also enjoys teaching encaustic wax workshops.

She is a member of the Riverfront Gallery in Denmark and displays and sells her work in the Gallery.

She has been involved in participating and curating several group exhibitions over the years. She is a member of Make A Scene Collective Inc., Viewpoint and Plein Air Painting Group in Albany.

Meleah Farrell

Vice Chair

Meleah has been on the ArtSouthWA Committee since 2012, is the past Chairperson, and is now an invaluable Vice Chair.

She is a well-known contemporary photographer with her own gallery and Open Studio in Kronkup and has participated in the Trail since 2012.
Meleah is also the co-honcho at The Seasonal Creative, which brings together her love of art and food. Established in 2015, The Seasonal Creative delivers soul nourishing art workshops coupled with delicious seasonal food and wine.

Another one of Meleah’s projects is Make a Scene Artists Collective Inc, which she started with other local artists. Established in 2014, they have held nine successful temporary popup gallery retail spaces in Albany, providing a place for their collective artists to promote and sell their work to locals and visitors.

Her creativity extends to working with FORM, and she has facilitated artistic practice in multicultural groups in Western Australia.
She runs regular photography workshops in her gallery and also enjoys graphic design. She has designed our Trail brochure cover, posters, banners, business cards and flyers for many years.

Sue Noakes


Sue has been keeping the ArtSouthWA Inc. budget on track for many years and is an invaluable asset to our committee.

Sue is a mixed media artist working in a variety of mediums from ceramic to watercolour, from felting to wire, from crochet to glass. She found her love in Botanical Art about 5 years ago at the Albany Summer School. Now Sue is the Albany Summer School Treasurer.

She has been involved in many exhibitions over the years and has been a regular entrant in the Plantaganet Sculpture Award and Albany Art 3D award. She also contributes to the Art in the Park every Easter and is a Viewpoint bi annual exhibitor.

Sue believes in giving back to the community and enjoys taking a part where she can.

Barbara Keeler


Barbara has been the ArtSouthWA Inc. secretary for three years. She makes sense of our meetings, captures the proceedings and holds us to account each month! Barbara’s diligence is invaluable to all of us. We always know what we need to get completed before the next monthly meeting comes around.

Barbara is a painter and has been involved in many exhibitions over the years. She has had her work at the Riverfront Gallery and Sandlewood Factory to name but a few.

Barbara was fortunate to have spent her childhood on the south coast and in the wheat belt of Western Australia. Her family encouraged her to explore her environment with little restraint. As a result Barbara has a great appreciation of nature, and a heightened awareness of the amazing colours that surround us. This led her to a desire to share her experiences through art.

She is also a local tour guide based in Albany, and has extensive knowledge and history of Denmark, Albany and Walpole.

Merry Roberston

Marketing & Workshop Co-ordinator

Merry is an artist and past Guide for the Art Gallery of WA. She is a Marketing Consultant and Professional Speaker, and has extensive experience in Events Management. Merry has contributed to the development of the new ASWA website, Sponsorship arrangements, and the Strategic Planning project.

She initiated the Albany Open Studios for the Southern Art and Craft Trail 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 Linocut and Collagraph 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.

Jane Michael

Social Media

Jane is our Social Media guru managing our Facebook and Instagram sites.

She is also the owner of Designer Dirt in Albany and actively seeks out local artists to promote and support. She and her husband Ian create commission pieces, specialising in scrap metal sculptures and metal cut outs.

She is an active member of both the Albany and Denmark Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She promotes ArtsouthWA in these forums and champions creative arts as a business activity, and encouraging sponsorship and advertising from the business sector.

Jane also provides a link from the head office of Country Arts WA into the region.

Marie O’Dea

Committee Member

Marie is a local council member for the Shire of Plantagenet. Her knowledge of risk management requirements is invaluable to ArtSouthWA.

Marie’s local government insights and contacts help us navigate the rules and regulations we have to comply with to run the Southern Art and Craft trail event.

In her spare time Marie is Publicity Officer for the Plantagenet Arts Council. She is also on the Hidden Treasurers and Bloom Festival Committee, and a member of Lake Grace Artists group.

Ros Jenke

Social Media

Ros is responsible for composing the posts about our members on our Facebook and Instagram sites. She has been digging deep throughout the year, gathering all the interesting insights, and posting artists profiles each week. ArtSouthWA knows the importance of Social Media and uses it to promote our artist members throughout the year.

Ros initially worked in landscape drafting. She went on to teach acrylic decorative painting for many years in Perth, running workshops both interstate and overseas. During that time she also wrote and published two books on the art.

Ros is also a member of the Riverfront Gallery, the Albany Plein Art Painting Group and the Watercolour Society of WA.

Anne Smith

Committee Member

Anne has been in Albany for 2 years. Eight years of attending the Albany Summer School convinced her that this was the place to live! As the previous Deputy Principal in Manjimup she brings with her exceptional organisational skills, and also has experience in event planning.

Anne is involved in Watercolour painting and is now Secretary of the Botanical Art Group.

Paris Johannsen

Committee Member

Paris was one of the original ArtSouthWA committee and has once again decided to donate her time. She has experience in art submissions for public art and is across all the paperwork that it involves.

She is an exceptional glass artist, co-owner of the Torbay Glass Factory, and a regular exhibitor at the Southern Art & Craft Trail.

Nicole Scott

Southern Art & Craft Trail Co-ordinator

Nicole has been with us for 3 years and is the contact person for all things Southern Art & Craft Trail. She liaises with artists and venues, and visits venues during the Trail. She also manages applications, brochure production, grant writing, and is the sponsors and advertising liaison person.

Her contribution to the success of the Trail is highly valued. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management, managed YMCA in Kalgoorlie, and worked as a Community Development Officer with the Shire of Greenough. Prior to her position with ArtsouthWA, Nicole managed the Tresillian Arts Centre for the City of Nedlands and managed the Loftus Community Centre.