Committee Members

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Meleah Farrell

Sub Committee Member

Meleah continues to assist ArtSouthWA with her graphic design skills as a sub committee member. She had been on the ArtSouthWA Committee since 2012, was a past Chairperson, and an invaluable committee member.

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.

Ros Jenke

Sub Committee 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.

Bev Doig

Committee Member

Bev has recently joined ArtSouthWA as a committee member. She has an extensive background in education, vocational training, community organisations, local government and hospitality and tourism.
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.
Bev has recently made a permanent move from Margaret River. A busy artist in her Kalgan home studio, her focus is Printmaking (paper and textiles) and Illustration. Other days she can be found in her extensive garden or on Albany’s beaches and rivers.

Cindy Singer

Cindy Singer

Art Trail Co-ordinator, Treasurer

Cindy is both the 2020 Treasurer and Art Trail Coordinator. She has a strong finance and administration background, which is an ideal fit for these positions with ArtSouthWA. She operates a small business providing administration and bookkeeping services to local companies. Cindy has held a number of voluntary roles over the years, mainly connected to her children’s schooling, and is currently volunteering as Treasurer for the Albany Swimming Club.

Cindy has also had previous event management experience. Cindy has a first-hand appreciation of the value of the visual arts and is very much looking forward to engaging with members and supporters of the Art Trail.

As well as various qualifications held in the finance field, Cindy has completed a Certificate IV in Design and is a keen nature photographer.

Helen Heerey

Helen Heerey

Secretary

Helen was a Manager of Human Resources with Local Government before retiring and specialised in People and Processes and HR Strategic Planning.  Helen continues to be interested in working with teams of people and contributing to Community Arts, and has taken on the role of Secretary for ArtSouthWA in 2020.

Helen is a watercolour artist having learned from leading artists in the Watercolour Society of WA.Her passion is for loose and atmospheric works based largely on nature and the environment.

Helen moved to Albany in 2014 and immediately became involved in the community arts scene.  She is a member of the Albany Art Group and Little Grove Art Group and exhibits with them regularly.

Marie O’Dea

Vice Chair

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.

Merry Roberston

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.