Fremantle art auction raising money for blood cancer research

Nic Baranowski with his work.
Nic Baranowski with his work.

AN upcoming auction is using the power of art to raise funds for blood cancer research.

The group of artists involved in the auction have all been affected by the disease, with organiser Nic Baranowski saying he was undergoing treatment for Myeloma.

“I was inspired to express my gratitude for the support I have received from the Leukaemia Foundation,” he said.

“Being an arty person it occurred to me that I may be able to use my pottery talents to this cause, I approached my fellow potters and ask them to donate a piece of their pottery which would be sold at an auction.”

Mr Baranowski said there were many inspirational people who have donated work.

“Alma Hotchkin’s daughter, Eleanor, contacted me and said she’s donating all of her mother’s collection of artwork,” he said.

“Alma was a prolific painter and passed away two years ago, her studio contained over 200 paintings.

“This is our first attempt at holding an art auction, the thing that surprised me was the willingness with which people donated without having to be asked.

“Word just got around that we were looking for artworks to auction and work just flooded in.”

He said they hoped to raise $20,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“We certainly have some high quality work on offer,” he said.

“Ian De Souza will give a Master Class beforehand, the models will be performing live aerial acrobatics on circus silks and holding poses for the students to draw.”

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Art Auction

WHEN: Wednesday March 27 from 6pm to 8pm.

WHERE: Old Customs House, 8 Phillimore Street, Fremantle