The CAPO Fine Art Auction 2014 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery was a showcase for an eclectic mix of art, the chance to bag a bargain or a future treasure from an up and coming artist, rub shoulders with the art cognoscenti and business backers and support a unique funding formula that has enjoyed 32 years of success in Canberra all wrapped nicely in a party to enjoy.
Being prepared to change and adapt to the vicissitudes of arts funding and finding the best method to do it has been CAPO’s forte. The combination of business support and extending the funding base to support a wide range of artistic pursuits a bonus for art practitioners of all persuasions in Canberra, has benefitted so many. And what a fabulous arts community we have with exhibitions and openings a constant on our social calendar and a vibrant community of talent, spoiling us for choice.
The brand new CAPO patron Paul McDermott, was all gussied up and gorgeous for this his premiere, a party of artists not afraid to stand out in a crowd and all deigning to include him in a selfie if he’d like to join them, but I jest, because he did it well and kept the business of the night busily bubbling along.
There were art works to lust for. The Robert Foster light fitting an asymmetrical sculptural pendant so on trend for all renovators, the tendrils of glass by Waterhouse section winner Harriet Schwarzrock that could sit with a Barbara Weir painting of sea grasses I have, and the simply perfect pencil and charcoal nude by Jan Brown who at 90 plus is a Canberra treasure and responsible for the Nerang Pool kangaroos . The Boynes boys’ work too. Alexander showing a ‘Somnambulant’ on aluminium and dad Robert a puzzle part on rubber of the urban passing parade, both distinctive and exceptional. And then there was the Ximena Briceno bracelet I just wanted to slip on and keep forever.
What a wonderful effort, with the organisation that is so intensive and demanding all done by volunteers who give so much of their time, energy and expertise with particular mention of the indefatigable Executive Officer Marilyn Gray with her finger firmly on the pulse of CAPO, congratulations one and all!