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Marie O’DeaVice Chair
Meleah FarrellCommittee Member
Jane MichaelCommittee Member
Ros JenkeSocial Media
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.
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.
Kerrie has taken on the role of ArtsouthWA Secretary in 2019 for which we are very grateful. She is a recent transplant to the Great Southern, having moved from the Margaret River Region where Kerrie and her family were based for the past twenty years. Kerrie holds qualifications in communications and we are lucky to benefit from her vast experience in the area of administration where her primary work focus has been.
Kerrie is a keen amateur artist and craftsperson having participated in a wide variety of workshops and hobbies and having explored numerous mediums for artistic expression. She calls herself a ‘dabbler’ and is always open to new opportunities to explore artistic outlets. During 2018 and 2019 Kerrie has been involved in the installation and maintenance of Bruce Munro’s Field of Lights where she continues to welcome and guide people.
She keeps herself extremely busy, traveling, creating, renovating her house, volunteering on the Albany Community Hospice Fundraising Committee, socialising with friends and family and walking the magnificent trails of Albany.
Tania has recently moved to the Great Southern and is a very enthusiastic new member of our committee. Her background is in accounts administration and she brings with this an eye for detail and a highly practical and organised approach. This is a perfect fit for keeping the ASWA books balanced and the budget on track.
Tania enjoys giving back to the community, and her two most recent positions have been with not for profit organisations. She is looking forward to meeting ASWA members and supporters, and engaging with the community in her ArtSouthWA capacity.
While Tania does not consider herself to be artistic in a traditional sense, her creative talents can be frequently witnessed in her garden designs.
Meleah has been on the ArtSouthWA Committee since 2012, is a past Chairperson, and is now 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.
Jane is our Social Media guru and helps to manage our Facebook site. 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.
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.