• Sally Simpson and Geoff Farquhar-Still

    Sally Simpson and Geoff Farquhar-Still

  • Lachlan Hughes and Surya Bajracharya

    Lachlan Hughes and Surya Bajracharya

  • The Boynes blokes, Robert and son Alexander

    The Boynes blokes, Robert and son Alexander

  • Lee Erickson and Harriet Elvin

    Lee Erickson and Harriet Elvin

  • Harriet Schwarzrock's 'Crest 2015' of blown glass and stainless steel with behind Cherry Hood's mesmerising image 'Playmates 2005'

    Harriet Schwarzrock's 'Crest 2015' of blown glass and stainless steel with behind Cherry Hood's mesmerising image 'Playmates 2005'

  • The most beautiful coat was worn by Cathy Bryson.

    The most beautiful coat was worn by Cathy Bryson.

  • Alexander Boynes'  'Surge 2015, enamel and pigment on aluminium

    Alexander Boynes' 'Surge 2015, enamel and pigment on aluminium

  • Derrick Brassey John Mackey, Danien Slingsby and James Luke

    Derrick Brassey John Mackey, Danien Slingsby and James Luke

  • Peter and Dace De Deckker and Vesma Bobets

    Peter and Dace De Deckker and Vesma Bobets

  • Deb Ashcroft, Trevor Hobbs and Angela Lount

    Deb Ashcroft, Trevor Hobbs and Angela Lount

  • Sarah Vandermark, Peter Vandermark and Marie Hagerty and Adam Herbert

    Sarah Vandermark, Peter Vandermark and Marie Hagerty and Adam Herbert

  • Peter Vandermark and Marie Hegarty

    Peter Vandermark and Marie Hegarty

  • Jill Walsh with Peter and Karen Bradley

    Jill Walsh with Peter and Karen Bradley

  • Lucy Caldwell, Michelle Norris and Marilyn Gray

    Lucy Caldwell, Michelle Norris and Marilyn Gray

  • CAPO Patron Paul McDermott, CAPO President Penny Jurkiewicz, and CAPO Fellowship recipient for 2015, Peter Vandermark

    CAPO Patron Paul McDermott, CAPO President Penny Jurkiewicz, and CAPO Fellowship recipient for 2015, Peter Vandermark

  • Peter Vandermark, Deborah Clark and Mark Van Veen

    Peter Vandermark, Deborah Clark and Mark Van Veen

  • Luke Chiswell with 'His' and 'Hers', digital prints on silk.

    Luke Chiswell with 'His' and 'Hers', digital prints on silk.

  • Michael Pead and Michelle Norris

    Michael Pead and Michelle Norris

  • Cathy Bryson, Bede Webster and Lisa Watson

    Cathy Bryson, Bede Webster and Lisa Watson

  • Kirsty Santoro and Anita Scandia

    Kirsty Santoro and Anita Scandia

  • Tiff CBrown, Paul Chapman, Sarit Cohen and Peter Ranyard

    Tiff CBrown, Paul Chapman, Sarit Cohen and Peter Ranyard

  • Mike MacGregor and Erika Mordek

    Mike MacGregor and Erika Mordek

  • Kate Ward and Maryanne Robb

    Kate Ward and Maryanne Robb

  • Deborah Clark and Kirsten Farrell

    Deborah Clark and Kirsten Farrell

  • Marilyn Gray and Michelle Black

    Marilyn Gray and Michelle Black

  • Margaret and Jonathan Doyle

    Margaret and Jonathan Doyle

  • Francisca Del Castillo, Paul McDermott and the artist Mariana Del Castillo

    Francisca Del Castillo, Paul McDermott and the artist Mariana Del Castillo

  • Gary Smith, Kerry McGinniss and Michael Le Grand

    Gary Smith, Kerry McGinniss and Michael Le Grand

  • Sean Booth, Lilly Vermeesch and Leah Bullen

    Sean Booth, Lilly Vermeesch and Leah Bullen

  • Isabelle Resch and Steve Andrea

    Isabelle Resch and Steve Andrea

  • Statement lapel pins for Julie Bishop?

    Statement lapel pins for Julie Bishop?

CAPO 2015 @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

7 November 2015

CAPO’s auction and cocktail party had a new kind of buzz about it this year that gave a distinct fresh feel to an organisation of volunteers and ‘patrons of the arts’ that has changed and evolved over its lifetime to be still a unique and supportive fundraiser for the arts, but that needs to keep rethinking its focus and engagement with the community, business and the artists.

The collection was beautifully displayed, and quite extraordinary in its range and value for money with for those with deep pockets some very significant work on offer.

My favourites pop up every year and the credit card trembles in expectation, but as usual I get waylaid in the busyness of the event catching up with this eclectic mix of people, perusing the possibilities and particularly admiring the new and emerging artists who see value and recognition by association with this organisation. After 32 years of their philanthropy CAPO is even more relevant in a market place where diminishing support from government is frustrating and many valuable and inclusive opportunities to engage with the community are lost. Art in its many and varied forms is essential to a civil society, brings pleasure and joy to all ages and often changes our perspectives, prejudices and attitudes.

At the helm for the night, as patron and supporter was Paul McDermott, who is a graduate of the ANU School of Art and who donated, reluctantly we are told, Ghostbear l and ll prints from panels of a larger work for the auction. In this “rare moment of kindness” he chose these from his private collection. His hosting with the most affable attitude and genuine enjoyment of the demands on his time for all the usual snaps and posing ensures he’ll be back next year.

CAPO 32, a memorable and enjoyable event.