• Dace De Dekker, Sylvie Stern, Gilbert Redenbauch and Peter De Dekker.

    Dace De Dekker, Sylvie Stern, Gilbert Redenbauch and Peter De Dekker.

  • Harriet Elvin and Marilyn Gray

    Harriet Elvin and Marilyn Gray

  • Paul McDermott and CAPO President Neil Doody

    Paul McDermott and CAPO President Neil Doody

  • Paul McDermott and CAPO President Neil Doody

    Paul McDermott and CAPO President Neil Doody

  • Diana Thompson and Cathy Webster

    Diana Thompson and Cathy Webster

  • Melissa Bedwulf, Christine Cummings and Lyn Cummings

    Melissa Bedwulf, Christine Cummings and Lyn Cummings

  • Michael le Grand and Neil Hobbs

    Michael le Grand and Neil Hobbs

  • Joseph Falsone, Lee Erickson, Philip Leeson, Bell Johnson and Karina Harrias

    Joseph Falsone, Lee Erickson, Philip Leeson, Bell Johnson and Karina Harrias

  • Susie and Martin Beaver

    Susie and Martin Beaver

  • Wal and Penny Jurkiewicz with Alexander Boynes

    Wal and Penny Jurkiewicz with Alexander Boynes

  • Robert Boynes, Glenn Hughes, Sarit Cohen and Julie West

    Robert Boynes, Glenn Hughes, Sarit Cohen and Julie West

Back on the land of his ancestral home in nearby Petrie Plaza, Paul McDermott was in fine form in his new role as Patron of CAPO at the launch of CAPO 2014. Not for him robes, jewels and office of state regalia because he’s not that kind of guy. He’s affable and amenable to taking this role seriously, to a point, and should be reassured his patronage wont require large injections of his money although if he has any spare it will be used for those wonderful CAPO awards and as a former art student at the ANU School of Art who had to sing for his supplies – probably his supper too – he knows the drill. It’s all about the money. The more CAPO gets, the more artists get opportunities.

CAPO should need no explanation because I’ve been explaining it for you all for years but it does stand for the Capital Arts Patrons Organisation with a loyal band of sponsors and supporters who’ve maintained the original premise with vim and vigor, adapting and reinvigorating all aspects of fundraising, awards and socialising.

We’ve loved so much of the socialising side where a few good bottles of a special wine encouraged largesse, we’ve dressed up, down and downright casually, we’ve skipped along to different venues and watched as award recipients have shown their true colours and benefited from this unique organisation. And the artists and businesses have given generously too

So in a simple circle of synchronicity Patron Paul has arrived back where it all began among the art crowd and the businesses, the heart of CAPO. Long may he reign and rein in the money.