Lots 8-11 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 8-11, 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. 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 #8

Way Out West by Janelle Boyd

MOREE artist Janelle Boyd finished Way Out West three weeks ago – just in time for the Leap for Mick online art auction fundraiser.

Way Out West is acrylic ink, water-colour and Indian ink on hand-made Euraba paper from Boggabilla,” Janelle said.

“It’s all about the Narran Lakes, west of Lightning Ridge – an aerial landscape of a beautiful part of the country.

“When Way Out West was done there were opals, craybobs, beer and my old mate Autrey Dennison . . . but that’s another story,” she smiled.


Janelle Boyd and Way Out West

Janelle and fellow Moree artist Ann Johnson, who has also donated hand-painted ceramic pieces for the auction, have been creating artworks together for more than 25 years under their trading name, Sisters Under Skin.

“It’s all about a shared experience of women in a small country town,” Janelle said.

Their collaborative textile designs, ceramics, jewellery and fine art are in collections worldwide.

Away from the easel Janelle is doing good things in Moree – fantastic things, in fact.

As education officer at Moree Plains Gallery, each week she oversees up to 350 students of all ages and diverse backgrounds.

“We have a program for kids with autism as well as one for people for mental health issues and a pilot program for kids going through the juvenile justice system,” Janelle said.

There are also classes for students from East Moree Public School, Barwon Learning Centre, Gwydir Industries and the Challenge Foundation.


Big things are happening out the back of Moree Plains Art Gallery – without doubt one of the town’s best-kept secrets.

“There are about 15 different organisations involved and we have about 350 people a week call in, and the best thing about it all is that it costs nothing – it’s free,” Janelle said.

“We run on donations and grants and we have about 10 volunteers that help. We do heaps of stuff, and the main thing is that whoever walks through the gate can do stuff.

“We don’t care who you are – everyone is welcome,” she said.

Way Out West measures 75cm wide by 55cm high. Offers above $400 please.

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


Lots #9 & #10

Hand-painted ceramics by Ann Johnson

MOREE artist Ann Johnson, a creative arts teacher at Moree TAFE College, has donated two beautifully hand-painted ceramic pieces for the Leap for Mick online art auction – a sugar bowl and creamer set as well as a coffee pot.


Ann Johnson’s sugar bowl and creamer set.

Anne has worked in the printing and arts industry for more than 20 years and was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Yurindiali Centre in Moree in 1991.


Tea or coffee? Whichever brew takes your fancy!

Prior to that, when she finished schooling Ann commenced a ticket-writing course at Newcastle while also working at David Jones.

In 1995 Ann began a partnership with Janelle Boyd – Sisters Under Skin – and worked closely with Amnesty International and Community Aid Abroad.

Ann and Janelle’s collaborative textile designs, ceramics, jewellery and fine art are in collections worldwide and they continue to support and help the Moree community on a large, albeit behind-the-scenes, scale.

They are one of the town’s best-kept secrets.

Ann has exhibited artwork in Moree, Sydney and Canberra and for several years has been teaching Moree TAFE students screen-printing while also producing her own works.

Offers above $75 for each piece please.

Ann’s hand-painted ceramics can be viewed at Moree Frame and Art on Heber Street in the Max Centre, Moree.


Lot #11

Lady in Lace by Jody Connelly

MOREE artist Jody Connelly’s works usually consist of vivid geometric forms and patterns.

She loves experimenting with different mediums and her bright energy transfers to each canvas but, for the Leap for Mick art auction Jody wanted her work, Lady in Lace, to be “simple but have texture and brightness”.

Lady in Lace was created in memory of a woman’s strength and courage – Alexa, who lost her battle with cancer in Moree a few years ago.


Jody Connelly with Lady in Lace.

“Alexa was a beautiful, creative lady,” said Jody, who for the past five years has received a fortnightly blood transfusion at Moree Hospital after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an extremely rare auto-immune disease.

“I met Alexa at the oncology department at the Moree Hospital, where I receive a blood infusion every fortnight . . . I would have my infusion while she would have her chemo,” Jody said.

“We decided one day that the walls needed some artwork to brighten up the ward.  Alexa did a bright and beautiful, yet simple collage, mixing acrylic paints with paper and felt.

“Our paintings still grace the wall in the oncology room at the Moree Hospital and, knowing that Alexa loved scrap-booking paper, I incorporated a little in to Lady in Lace,” Jody said.

Lady in Lace measures 61cm wide x 92cm high. Offers above $400 please.

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

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