Grand nephew Declan to benefit from sale

Make an offer: Marjory with curator Andrea Horwood with painting Devastation. Photo: Merilyn Vale A disease that has baffled doctors and hasDeclan Vallance fighting for his futureis the motive behind an artist’’s decision to auction her private collection of paintings.
Nanjing Night Net

Declan turns 25 this Friday –the sameday his great aunt reveals her private collection at an official opening to the public.

Artist Marjory Schmidt is hoping to raise thousands of dollars towards Declan’s “ever increasing” medical costs.

She will sell more than 60 of her ownpaintings and then will hold an auction for acollection paintings byother painters.

The auction will feature sevenworks by artists such as Jo Penn, John Shields Dorothy Lindsay andwill be heldon the final day of the exhibition.

Joe Penn,a sought after tutor, judge and demonstrator, has been painting full time for more than 30 years working in a variety of mediums.He passes on knowledge to his students at the Mitchell College School of Arts at Bathurst.

Dorothy Ellen Lindsay, who died in 2007, was the founder of Sydney’s Ashfield Art Societyandstudied art at the Australian School of Sketching, Sydney, in the late 1920s.

John Shields was a school principal who retired in 1992 and now pursueshis love of painting in the Richmond-WIndsor area.

Other paintings come from artists Barbara Rainger, Phillipa De Veau, Robyne Berling and Alan Connell.

Marjory, 87, has been painting for decades.

She began after her five sons left home. She now has five delightful daughters-in-law and numerous grand children and great grandchildren.

And she has her grand nephew Declan, who lives in Melbourne near medical assistance (see story this page).

“We continue to search for answers to Declan’s diagnostic dilemma and will never give up hope that he can regain his health,’’ a family spokesman said.

“As family we are all so touched by Aunty Marj’s kind and compassionate offer to hold an exhibition and sale of her paintings to help support Declan on his medical journey and quest for a cure.

“Her wonderful gesture gives us energy to keep going when the battle seems all consuming –a positiveness and power to push on and most importantly, hope for a better future for Declan.’’

Curator Andrea Horwood said Marjory’s paintings were priced well below market value and the exhibition was a retrospective that showed her changes in style.

“Any offers above our prices will be accepted,’’ she said.

The exhibition’s official opening will be from 4pm this Saturday, October 29 at 56 Otho St, Inverell, beside the hot bread shop.

It will be open every day from 10am to 4pm until theauction onSaturday, November 5, from 11am.

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