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Premier event supporting invaluable community services

Soroptimist International of Fremantle proudly presents the ninth annual Help the Homeless Art Auction at the Fremantle Town Hall on Saturday 12 May 2018. This special event will be preceded by public viewing.

This annual event showcases a selection of outstanding artworks by renowned artists, while also raising much-needed funds for Freo Street Doctor, The Starlight Hotel Choir and the Fremantle Multicultural Centre. All beneficiaries provide an invaluable service to those in need medically and psychologically, who by a culmination of circumstances, have found their lives devalued and their self-esteem lost.

Summer on the River, acrylic on canvas by Peta Miller.

This year's exciting auction event includes a 1970 hand-signed lithograph by Salvador Dalí depicting Picasso who died in 1973, and two 1944 drawings by Norman Lindsay.

Contemporary artists include Hans Arkeveld (Hovea), Theo Kon-ing (Fremantle), Miik Green, Stewart Scambler (Palmyra), Lindsay Pow (Palmyra), Joan Johnson (Nedlands), Madeleine Clear (Mundaring), Julie Podstolski (North Coogee), Shirley Clancy (Morley), Jo Darvall (Fremantle), Ross Potter (Willagee), Sandra Black (Fremantle), Cher Shackleton (North Fremantle), Robyn Varpins (Hilton), Peta Miller (East Fremantle) and Pascal Proteau.

Aboriginal artist Loretta Egan will travel from Toodyay to participate in the auction. Also included is a work by Shane Finn (1960-2011), son of Shirley Finn, Perth brothel owner who was murdered in 1975. Shane, who spent much of his life in prison, eventually found solace and healing through religion and art.

City at Night, an original work by Julie Podstolski, will be raffled on the auction night. Podstolski 'paints' with coloured pencils, often returning to her beloved subject matter of the geisha of Japan. In this instance, the work is an impressionistic interpretation of the view over Kyoto on a frosty winter evening, valued at $1,300. Also raffled on the night, thanks to sponsors New Edition, is a two-book package, Russian Avant-Garde - The Khadzhiev Collection and Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns, valued at $160.

The auction event will also feature a performance by the popular Starlight Hotel Choir, whose members are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

After last year's auction, Fremantle Multicultural Centre received $12,000, Freo Street Doctor $12,000, The Sisters' Place $1500 and the Starlight Hotel Choir $500.

Curator Lyn DiCiero says often many people don't know how they can help the often hidden epidemic of homelessness. "The auction is a win-win situation in the sense vital services are supported, and auction buyers own a lasting reminder of their contribution to those in great need."

The Help the Homeless Art Auction is open for viewing Friday 11 May, 3pm - 5pm and Saturday 12 May, 1pm - 5pm at Fremantle Town Hall. Auction registrations begin at 3pm on Saturday 12 May, prior to the auction at 5pm.

A full catalogue of works is available online at from 10 May.

If you have an enquiry, please contact Roseanne on 9440 0669/0407 956 028 or

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When: Saturday 12 May 2018, 4:30 - 7:00
Where: Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street Fremantle WA 6060 Australia
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