Exhibition Success- “Everyone has a story”
Artists Joy Engelman and Josephine Jagger-Manners recently hosted an artwork exhibition called ‘The Eclectic Life’, from the night $2,240 was raised to support ‘Orange Push for Palliative Care.’
Josephine Jagger-Manners couldn’t speak higher of the night “Over 200 people came through the doors. It was fabulous, the energy was amazing and so positive. It’s been a wonderful experience for Joy and myself, we got a lot out of working with each other as our work is so different, though funnily enough it compliments each other.”
“How we staged the exhibition was different than anything that had been staged here before, I think that people really enjoyed that, it was different to just seeing it hanging on the wall, everything had its own little nooks and had its stories. To be able to give something to a charity is a great feeling and a local one, well that’s even better.”
There were over 100 works for sale, with paintings, leggings, rugs, cushions, scarves, tea towels and aprons also for sale.
President of Orange Push for Palliative, Jenny Hazelton said “We are very grateful that Joy and Josephine wanted to support us, they are very talented women, they have given a very significant amount of their sales which is enormously helpful for us. Again, everyone is talking about it and that’s what we need, by creating the event it reinforced everything we have been talking about.”
“Everyone has got a story, sadly most of them have been negative experiences, so we are trying to tip that scale.”
Joy Engelman added, “I saw Jenny speaking on TV about it, before that I wasn’t aware of the issue. We hope from our exhibition we have made more people in our region, aware. None of these organisations can exist without this type of funding, they are such a worthy cause and we need these beds in Orange.
“Quite often as Artists we don’t have the ready cash to support initiatives like this, this is one way that we can, I personally would like to encourage other Artists to follow suit. Get involved with something you are passionate about, then we can really make a difference.”