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The People's Choice Award

At each Oatley 101 Gallery exhibition, we ask our visitors and artists to vote for their favourite painting.
This month there are two people's choices.
One is the regular exhibition choice
and the other is for the Fabulous Fakes exhibition.

A Fabulous fake is a copy of a painting by an artist who has been dead for seventy years or more

The Fabulous Fakes People's choice is:

"The Cafe Terrace Arles, at Night"
by Vincent Van Gogh
Skilfully copied by Richard Green


Richard has been interested in drawing and painting since childhood, he drew cartoons and comics.
At sixteen, he painted three pictures with his father’s house paint! Then nothing until 1990.
Richard went to the Combined Art Societies of Sydney “Art in Action” at Meroo Conference
Centre to be tutored by James Tyler – a contemporary acrylic artist.
He then attended watercolour classes with Leeka Gruzdeff for many years.
Richard was a member of St. George Art Society where he became Vice President.
He is a founding member of Oatley 101 Society of Artists and served on their committee
since foundation. In 2012 he finished a three year term as President.
Richard attends a class with Glenda Carter and considers her a great influence on his work.
He was one of the exhibiting artists in a successful four artist exhibition at the NTK Art Gallery
Croydon. He has run a number of demonstrations and workshops for various art groups.
Richard’s paintings have won many awards including fifteen first places, two of these being in the
Combined Art Societies of Sydney Exhibition at Darling Harbour.
His works are held in collections both Nationally and Internationally

The Regular People's Choice is shared by two Artists this month
"Oatley Park Steps" Mixed Media on Paper
by Cheryl Kirby

peoples  Cheryl has lived in the Sutherland Shire for over 70 years.
  She left school at 15 and her first job was with Empire Art
  Company where, as a junior, she trained as an airbrush artist.
  Part of her job was that she had to attend Sydney Technical
  College Art School for three nights a week.
  She later moved into a more commercial area, working on
  magazine and newspaper advertising work.
  She gave up work to raise a family but continued to study. 
  Some of these studies included attending the School of Fashion
  and Art at Gymea Technical College.
  She also ran a small business from home, designing and  
  printing clothing after completing Screen Printing Techniques
  at Sydney TAFE.
  She joined the Friends of Hazelhurst in 2014 and took classes,
  hoping to be motivated to draw and paint again.
  Cheryl took part in Friends of Hazelhurst Exhibitions and was
  fortunate enough to sell a couple of drawings and take out
  People’s Choice with a painting.
  She joined Oatley 101 Society of Artists in 2016 and attends
  their Wednesday Social Painters Group. They are a group of very
  friendly people who paint, draw, talk, have lunch and lots of fun.
  Cheryl has taken part in some of Oatley 101 exhibitions and has  
  sold some of her drawings.
  She was a finalist in the Oatley 101 Member's Exhibition 2017  


"A Spring Day in Tuscany" by Freda Surgenor
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

pc   Freda was born in Harrow, England and studied art and later graphic design
  and illustration at Bournville School of Art, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  She worked in London as a graphic designer in publishing as well as
  illustrating two children's books and teaching art for several years.
  Since coming to Australia in 1982, Freda has established herself through
  solo exhibitions and group shows as a highly respected watercolourist
  and acrylic painter.

  Freda was featured as a Master Painter in both the Australian Artist
  Watercolour Annual '98
and the January and October issues of the
  International Artist Magazine
  She has been a regular contributor to Australian Artist Magazine since then.

  In October 2003 Freda was accepted as an exhibiting member of The Royal
  Art Society of NSW and in 2009 she was elevated to Fellow.

  Freda is a multi award winning artist, including The Mosman Art Prize,
  The Royal Easter Show, and twice, Best in Show at the CASS Art of
  Sydney Awards.
  Freda has been doing life drawing for many years and is now convenor
  of the Life Drawing Sketch Group for the Oatley 101 Society of Artists.
  She is also Treasurer and Website designer for the Society.
Freda, who has always been interested in people, both at work and play,
  demonstrates a high level of excellence using vibrant colours to depict a
great variety of subjects from landscapes through watescapes,
  cityscapes, still life, floral, portraiture, life painting and miniatures.