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Posted on Monday, April 15 2024

DARE your friends and family to CARE about making a difference for people with Myasthenia Gravis.

You are the difference that drives us!

The Myasthenia Alliance Australia (MAA) is very proud to continue the good work occurring with International June MG Awareness Month and delight in announcing the launch of an Australia wide “Art With Heart” Auction in support of our condition. This has been a major undertaking of the MAA with its second year running.

Wondering how you can get more involved to help and support the MG Community?
The first step in this awareness endeavour requires us, our strong and committed Myasthenia community, to reach out to our families, friends, neighbours, workmates, health professionals, government representatives at all levels and everyone to ask for contributions to the auction.
This event is targeted towards strengthening our MG community by providing interaction as a group in a fun and positive manner.
It is also very much about raising awareness of Myasthenia Gravis throughout the broader community. 
Build community awareness by reaching out to social groups and NGOs.
Become a sponsor. If we want to ask for understanding from others or acknowledgement from medical providers, they need to be familiar with our condition.

What are we asking you to do to make this event successful?
Contributions of all types (large, small, service based or tangible object) will be greatly appreciated. 

  • Please donate items or ask others if anyone would like to contribute.
  • Share the news as widely as possible.

This can be done by:

  • Focused conversation
  • Via emails
  • Sharing on Face-book/Instagram etc.

We will be starting off this year with some great donations from our wonderful members and supporters.
We now have a range of items including paintings, crafted wooden items, beautiful quilts but we require more items! ...
We are extremely grateful for the paintings received from some award-winning artists. 

Herman Pekel Artwork - Oil painting by Hermen Pekel
Herman Pekel is an Australian artist born in Melbourne in 1956 of Dutch parents. He held his first solo art exhibition in Melbourne at the age of 17, which was a sell-out success. Pekel is a multiple winner of the prestigious Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize and the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship. His tonal works in oil and watercolour range from city to landscapes, to café and bar interiors, to dynamic industrial scenery.  Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm, able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and capable of producing award-winning work.  His work is featured in many books and is exhibited widely, and regularly in the USA.
Herman is a multi-awarded painter: a three-time winner of the coveted Camberwell Gold Medal Art Prize and a winner of the prestigious Alice Bale Award in 1989 and 1993.
His works are featured in several books: ‘Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists’, compiled by Tom Roberts and which features Australian artists, ‘120 Years of Watercolours’ by the Australian Realist Artists, ‘Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand’ by Max Germaine, and ‘Profile on Contemporary Watercolours’
He is a painter of immense talent and insight and continues to actively exhibit across Australia and internationally. Herman is represented in Artbank, Castlemaine Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Bathurst Regional Gallery plus public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Country Charm  -  a stunning oil canvas by Chris Seale
Living in Kurrajong Australia, Chris is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Australia and is working towards the next solo exhibition.
Coming from a very talented family, Chris developed love for painting developed at a very young age. Chris first gained recognition in 1965, at the Parramatta Agricultural Show with a 1st prize in drawing and a 2nd prize in watercolour. 
Pursuing a love of nature, Chris is particularly well-known for countless contemporary-impressionistic bush, land and seascapes.
Over the years, Chris has developed a unique painting technique in both modern and traditional works. Has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions; is privileged to have been frequently requested as artist in residence and has also presented numerous live demonstrations.
 In brief, Chris’ career highlights include two 1st prizes at the Sydney Opera House Art of Sydney Awards 1996/1997. More recently a prize winner at the d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards Qld. 2014. Multiple awards at Royal Queensland Art Society in 2015. 3rd Sydney Royal Show 2016, 2nd and 3rd Prize in the Hawkesbury Show 2016/ 2017, 1st prize and people’s choice in Macquarie Towns Arts Society 2017, 1st prize in Sydney Royal Show 2017. Best in show Hawkesbury Show 2018. Winner Ardency Art award 2018, Springwood Art Show Rose Lindsay award winner 2018, 1st traditional, 1st drawing Castle Hill OBF awards 2018. 2nd in Open and 2nd Local Artist Hawkesbury Show Richmond 2019. 1st and commended Macquarie Towns Autumn exhibition 2019. “Award of Excellence” 1st Sydney Royal Show 2019. Highly Commended Royal Art Society of NSW 140th Celebration Exhibition 1880 to 2020 and 1st “Award of Excellence” Sydney Royal Show 2021. … 

And Prints from original canvas by Skye Elizabeth Carroll

  • Underwater  
  • Beautiful Parrots
  • In Port 
  • Bathtime  

It is time to dig deep for the Art with Heart Auction proudly hosted by the Myasthenia Alliance Australia. All the pieces that you see in the auction have been lovingly donated by Myasthenia Gravis Warriors and their supporters. Please see the flyer and auction kit for specific details. Call 1800 802 568 to discuss if you are uncertain.

Finally, we need people to bid at the Auction now that it is open

An Artist Kit can be downloaded here

#myastheniagravis #MGNSW #MGAQ #RareVoicesAustralia

Please do get behind this MAA campaign. Together we keep working for a better life for all.

As Pablo Picasso said, ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’

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