Lots 4-7 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 4-7, 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 #4

Night Owl by James Kearns

ARTIST James Kearns, now firmly established in Moree after relocating from Sydney three years ago after a brief stint in Orange, lost his mum to cancer 15 years ago.

He knows exactly what the Colbran family is dealing with and what they’re going through  . . . and he feels for them.

“Any sort of fundraiser for cancer is very close to my heart because my mum passed away when she was in her early 40s, and that is still extremely raw,” James said.

“I get asked quite often to do charitable works – maybe four or five a year – and I might give a small paperwork, but for this kind of thing I can sympathise, knowing where the family is going to be going and how they are going to be travelling.”

James says his art is “a continuous exploration of internal and external influences, using paint,


James Kearns with Night Owl.

charcoal and collage on all surfaces, predominantly canvas”.

He has donated Night Owl, a layered collage that “carves the image out of the background”, for the Leap for Mick online auction.

“This was done back in 2011, about the second year that I started painting full-time.

“There are just layers and layers and the image blends into the background, as owls sort of do – they blend into the environment,” he said.

When not creating artwork at his Heber Street studio, James does voluntary work at Moree Plains Gallery, dealing with kids that are going through the juvenile justice system.

“I find it really rewarding,” he said.

“At the moment it’s a pilot program and I’m dealing with three kids at a time. We’ve been doing murals and that sort of thing and the kids are really starting to engage.

“When they paint they lose themselves a bit and start getting right into it . . . it’s good,” he said.

Night Owl measures 76cm wide x 103cm high. Offers above $1000 please.

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


Lot #5

Tiger by Chloe McDermott

CHLOE McDermott is an aspiring young artist from Perth suburb Cottlesloe who has already produced a vast body of work.

Tiger is Chloe’s first signed piece, and the first to be put up for public sale.

And that’s not surprising, given that Chloe only reaches double figures last week – she turned 10 on February 25.

But don’t let age daunt you, when considering a bid for Tiger.


At just 10 years of age, Chloe McDermott has the art world at her feet.

Chloe McDermott is a serious young artist whose passion is boundless.

Her dad Michael is a professional cinematographer and her creative mum Jane fully supports and encourages their gifted daughter.

“Chloe has been delighting us for years with her art,” Jane said.


Chloe McDermott’s Tiger

“She loves experimenting with different styles and techniques and it’s been fantastic to see her talent develop and her illustrations become more detailed and layered as she gets older.

“Often quirky, Chloe’s drawings always make us smile and she really enjoys drawing and painting.

“She takes great pride in her work – just as we do,” she said.

In years to come Chloe McDermott will be a household name in art circles around Australia.

That is something we are most certain of.

Whoever purchases Tiger has made a wise investment in a young artist’s future.

Tiger measures 34cm high x 42cm wide. Offers above $150 please.

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


Lot #6

Treats 4 Two by Belinda Williams

MOREE born-and-bred watercolourist Belinda Williams has a self-confessed love of the Australian landscape and enjoys spending time in Australia’s wide brown land observing the rich, majestic colours.


Moree artist Belinda Williams.

Belinda has been a full-time artist since taking up the brush seriously in 1997. Her pieces are evocative and allow the observer to transport in to the work, experiencing the rich tapestry of colour and mood.

“I create a variety of scenes in watercolour, predominately portraying the outback of Australia, and I conduct commission works for special occasions,” Belinda said.


Treats 4 Two

“This piece – Treats 4 Two – is a little different to what I normally do.

“When summer arrives, especially in Moree, we forget the heat until it hits us like a furnace blast. “Ice-cream is an all-time favourite, especially when we are lucky enough in Moree to have it delivered to our front door,” she smiled.

“When Bill and Cindy requested an artwork for the Leap for Mick art auction I didn’t hesitate to donate Treats 4 Two to help this beautiful family in need.

“I know that whoever buys Treats 4 Two will enjoy it immensely,” she said.

Treats 4 Two measures 28cm wide x 28.5cm high. Offers above $250 please.

Treats 4 Two can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.


Lot #7

Yurindiali Dreaming by Chris Roberts

CHRIS Roberts is a big man with a big heart – and he’s lost family and friends through cancer too many times.

“Both my brother Les and uncle, Keith Wright passed away from cancer, so it’s good to be able to donate something to a cause like the Leap for Mick fundraiser,” Chris said.

“I’ve also lost a few friends through cancer; it’s becoming far too common these days, and cancer doesn’t care who you are – it’ll just take you.”


Chris Roberts with Yurindiali Dreaming.

Chris, who teaches at Moree East Public School, has attended Moree TAFE College for the past six years, where he attained an Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Practices Certificate IV as well as a diploma in visual arts.

“Much of my inspiration comes directly from local surroundings, especially the river,” Chris said.

“My artworks will frequently include fish, lizards and other wildlife and the carvings I do are of aboriginal people in a traditional and contemporary context.”

Chris’s carved mirror is named Yurindiali Dreaming, Yurindiali meaning “goanna” in the local Aboriginal language.

“Yurindiali is the common word for goanna, and is one of our totems around the Moree area – he’s one of the good guys,” Chris said.

Yurindiali Dreaming measures 25cm x 25cm. Offers above $150 please.

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

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