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