Exhibition: Out of the heat, In from the cold

MARY SCHEPISI
Out of the heat, In from the cold

Wednesday September 5th, 6pm – 8pm

To be opened by Julian Burnside AO QC
and Damian Walshe Howling

at
Artvisory
409 Malvern Road, South Yarra

View preview of works

Exhibition runs from Thursday September 6th through 27th September.

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About Mary Schepisi
Mary Schepisi has had numerous exhibitions in Melbourne, New York City, Los Angeles and London. Her work is held in numerous collections. Known for the duality of her work, she combines her interest in the beauty of nature and form, with hard-hitting commentary on the paradox of life and her deeply felt concerns for humanity, not least of these in recent years, the plight of refugee’s around the world.

In addition to her own art practice, Schepisi is an active supporter of art philanthropy. In 2009 she conceived and organized an art auction that raised $84,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation In 2014 Schepisi conceived and organized an art auction for APC (Australian Prostate Cancer).

It is now a significant bi-annual Art Auction that has raised more than AUD$220,000, in its first three events and which has become the leading artist supported fundraising auction in Australia under Mary’s direction.

Schepisi was part of the inaugural fundraising committee to raise funds for the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery which established the Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture.

Mary Schepisi and her producer/director husband, Fred Schepisi, travel and share their time working between Melbourne and New York City, as well as locations for film shoots.

Gums, Pines, Willows & Vines

Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne
26 May – 29 May 2016

Report: Don’t wait for Godot – art auction

Thank you to everyone for your support. The night was a huge success. We raised $121,650 in art sales and another $20,000 in donations. And everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

My speech:

This is the quote that inspired us to use the title Don’t Wait For Godot for this marvellous auction of very inspirational works.

“Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not everyday that we are needed. But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late.”

This is from Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’.

The metaphor of “waiting” is significant for a couple of reasons; the two main characters have many questions, that they expect or hope will be answered with Godot’s arrival. They wait and wait talking of what they will do, could do, should do, but the waiting itself paralyses them.

It is the metaphor through which we understand the futility of these characters’ lives, but it is also the metaphor through which we begin to understand our own lives.

We wait for something to provide meaning to our existence, as a rationale, simply so we can avoid having to use our energies in the first place to do what we know we need to do. Instead we procrastinate or neglect to take action.

Neglecting to take action at a certain age as regards your health, for instance, can have disastrous consequences. Silly and unnecessary when you are fortunate to be living in a time where there are places like The Prostate Cancer Clinic that offers advice and testing on all manner of men’s ills in complete confidence and in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. Not to mention – FREE.

Fortunate that the Prostate Cancer Clinic is a research center that is pushing the boundaries of cancer research, rapidly expanding our knowledge of the causes and the cures. The progress in recent years is almost miraculous. But not exactly FREE.

Someone has to fund this adventurous research and the equipment and labs and offices it takes to do it.

The PCC has done much already, thanks to quite a few generous donors over the last few years, supplemented by some state and federal funding, but there is much more that needs to be done and funds are urgently needed to do it.

So as the character in Waiting for Godot says “Lets us not waste time in idle discourse, let us do something while we have the chance.”

So I beseech you to dig deep into your pockets to help the PCC continue their work and in the process reward yourself for doing so by buying some of this magnificent art. A collection from some of the very best artists in Australia. Which will be good for the soul. More than likely at some time, good for your health. And definitely will provide a little meaning to your life.