Lots 12-14 Leap for Mick online art auction

Welcome to the Leap for Mick online art auction, aimed at raising money for terminally-ill Moree man Mick Colbran, his wife Alice and their two young boys, Tom ad Sam.

Lots 12-14, and the stories behind them, are listed below with bidding officially opening at 6pm sharp on Friday, February 26.

Winners will be announced after all bidding officially closes at 6pm sharp on Sunday, March 13.COLBRAN_mick_alice 199

A Tip: This is an auction where the highest tender wins, so making an offer fractionally above the “offers above” figure will not necessarily win the item. Genuine buyers need to consider this, as the tender process is open for 16 days and potential buyers can only place one offer. The trick is to be generous and bid skyward if you genuinely want the item you are bidding on.

How the auction works: Prospective buyers will have three options when lodging bids. Bidders can privately inbox offers to “Bill Cindy Poulos” on Facebook, email offers to or text offers to 0448 203621. Please state your full name and telephone contact details (mobile preferred) as well as the Lot Number and name of the item you are bidding on and the amount you are offering. You can bid on more than one item and all offers will be strictly confidential. In the event of equal highest offers on any item, all bidders concerned will be notified and invited to renew their offers. Freight or postage costs are the responsibility of the successful tenderer. Payment will be made to a special Leap for Mick trust account that has been set up at New England Mutual after bidding is closed and the winners announced.

All pieces can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.

A big, big thank-you goes to Kylie McNamara, James Kearns, Nikki Rose, Chris Roberts, Heidi Morris, Jody Connelly, Yaama Ganu Centre, The Moree Gallery, Ian Reardon, Chloe McDermott, Belinda Williams, Janelle Boyd, Kristy Gray, Ann Johnson, Kerrie Matchett and Murray Hartin for making this happen!

Bidding on all items will open at 6pm sharp on Friday, February 26 and close at 6pm sharp on Sunday, March 13.

Lot # 12

A Whole Lotta Muz by Murray Hartin

MURRAY Hugh Hartin an artist?

Many might say he’s of the bovine kind, but Murray Hartin is indeed an artist, an artist of the written word as well as the spoken word.

For years he has made audiences laugh, cry and visualise the spoken word with his unique style of Australian storytelling and poetry – he is universally acclaimed as the 21st century’s answer to Banjo Paterson.


On the road again: Murray Hartin and his book, A Whole Lotta Muz.

Murray is a Moree boy born-and-bred, and without argument one of the town’s greatest exports.

He has travelled Australia extensively, performing and gathering intelligence for his vast body of work – a work in progress.

And now he’s proud to say that he’s back in Moree living at the house that gave him so many moments of inspiration – his old man Kevin’s 25-acre block Tamerine on Gwydirfield Road.

The move back home wasn’t really planned, however.

“Sadly, I lost my Dad nearly two years ago and when the place was passed in at auction I decided to move back for a couple of months just to keep an eye on it,” Murray said.

“I’ve always loved coming home and it wasn’t until I was back for a while that I realised it was a very practical place to live for what I do – which is a fair bit of driving.”

The solution was a no-brainer, really. He bought Tamerine, buggered a couple of lawnmowers, and couldn’t be happier.

“And yeah, there are plenty of memories, but just not just from dad; it’s all the people I grew up with – I went to kindergarten at Pally, then to Moree Primary and had my first year at Moree High before going to boarding school,” he said.

Growing up on the black-soil plains has over the years provided the perfect mix for Murray’s work.

And it will continue to do so, now that he’s back home.

“There are a whole lot of characters floating around and it’s just a great place to live,” Murray says.

“I’ve never been happier, and hopefully I’ll find a way to get some of those characters into verse.”

Murray was one of the first to jump on board when told of Mick Colbran’s plight, and of the family he’ll leave behind.

For the Leap for Mick online art auction, Murray has donated four signed copies of his latest book, A Whole Lotta Muz, which includes his signature poems Turbulence and Rain From Nowhere as well as a collection of his favourite poems and newspaper columns.

“I’m only too happy to help in any way I can,” he said.

“The people of Moree are extremely generous and always dig in to help somebody out.”

The four highest bidders above $100 will each win a copy of Murray’s signed book.

A Whole Lotta Muz can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.


Lot #13

Sunset Sky by Nikki Rose

Nikki Rose is a photographer and videographer now residing in Warialda after relocating from Wollongong last year.

She is an avid lifestyle and landscape photographer and has a keen appreciation of the natural environment around her as a result of growing up in both rural and coastal locations.

Since moving to Warialda, Nikki is pursuing her photography and videography business full-time, capturing landscapes, events and portraits.


Warialda’s Nikki Rose and Sunset Sky.

Nikki still travels extensively across NSW for photography and videography projects including, but not limited to, landscapes, events, fashion shoots and commercial work.

“I feel as humans, we have always tried to capture the fleeting moment long before cameras were around – just in different mediums,” Nikki said.

“And now with everything moving so fast in this day and age, we still long for and love still images whether they are of our loved ones or a picturesque countryside.”

Sunset Sky is a magnificent print that fully captures the beautiful sunsets so often seen across the far north-west.

“I took this image when I first moved to Warialda in September last year,” Nikki said.

“It was a beautiful sunset, the ones I always saw and loved when I visited. My partner brought me to this spot which is on Crooble Road, just past the turn-off outside Warialda . . . it just all came together perfectly.

“The north-west is full of beautiful spots and I’m still trying to find them all!”

Nikki also works part-time at the Warialda Standard as in-house photographer and graphic designer as well as contributing occasional articles.  Sunset Sky measures 37.5cm wide by 30cm high.

Offers above $350 please.

Sunset Sky can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.


Lot #14

When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped by Heidi Morris

EMERGING Moree photographer Heidi Morris, a true outback girl with wanderlust in her eyes, has captured some truly amazing images of rural Australia during her brief career, especially when working on cattle stations in western Queensland in 2014 and 2015.

She also captured the hearts of judges of ABC Open Gallery, who voted When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped as one of just 30 finalists from a draft of 10,000 entries in an online Photo of the Year competition in 2015.

“This image is very special to me, and has sparked a bit of attention since winning a final place in the ABC’s Open Gallery,” Heidi said.

“We had just finished mustering the cattle on the bikes with the helicopter however things didn’t quite go to plan as we were putting them in the yard.

“I thought a framed print of When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped would be perfect for the Leap for Mick online art auction,” she said.


Heidi Morris with When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped.

Heidi’s words come straight from the heart.

About 16 months ago her father Garry was diagnosed with a rare form of metastatic blood cancer. Treatment is keeping everything on an even keel, but the cancer will forever be in Garry’s bloodstream, “waiting for a target”.

Garry endured weekly trips to Sydney for specialist treatment and as the hopes of his family and friends grew, so did the medical bills.

“It was very stressful for the whole family,” Heidi said.

“This wasn’t a matter of having one big bill to pay; it is ongoing for the rest of dad’s life.”

Early last year family friends Richard and Debbie Williams stepped in and insisted a fundraiser be held to help the family ease the financial burden.

“It was nothing short of amazing, and I feel it is such an honour to be a part of the Moree community . . . we come together whenever people are in need,” Heidi said.

“The minute dad found out about the Leap for Mick online auction he was on to me about donating something, and this print is a gift not just from me, but the entire Morris family.

“Hopefully When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped will help raise a bit of money for the Colbrans and Mick can enjoy time with his family – that is the most important treatment he could possibly have,” she said.

While Heidi will forever be an outback girl, she is gaining increasing popularity as a professional photographer through her burgeoning business, Lens of Rosie.

“The main idea with my images is to help promote the Australian Outback for the wonderful place that it is, and to give the people in the city areas a glimpse of what it has to offer,” she said.

When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped measures 70cm high x 55cm wide. Offers above $350 please.

When Yarding Up Goes Pear-Shaped can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.

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