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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.