CAPO’s 2016 launch at Canberra Museum and Gallery was tinged with sadness as many of the Arts Community had attended the memorial service that morning for the incomparable Robert Foster tragically killed in a car accident that many are still coming to grips with. He will be missed and remembered so fondly for being an artist of excellence and a nice bloke.
Penny Jurkiewicz, the president of CAPO, announced that CAPO would be instigating an award in his name from monies raised in this year’s auction.
The annual launch is always a party of fine food, good wine and a convivial atmosphere among those who keep this organisation changing and evolving in its intention to offer great art donated by an eclectic mix of artists to raise money for those who deserve scholarships and fellowships to extend and achieve in their chosen area of artistic endeavour. And with high expectations for the next CAPO arts auction – a masked soiree on 27 October at CMAG - it was a launch made for Patron Paul McDermott to bring his deprecating humour to the event and it started with an ‘F’ bomb introduction by Neil Doody that set McDermott off and running.
McDermott will be back for the party, taking a break in his current world tour, where wheeling his Doug Anthony All Stars partner Tim Ferguson is part of the deal, and coping with Paul Livingstone (aka Flacco) another burden to endure became the humour of McDermott’s launch of the show that gives him a chance to get back to his Canberra roots, enjoy the “leaden pewter sky” and weather “as cold as a crone’s tit” and his memories of his time at the School of Art. And again he has donated a painting for the auction which joined a small selection of works included in this year’s auction on display.
All augurs well for another successful CAPO event so put 27 October in your diary and start creating your artistic mask.