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ART IN THE NAME
They say the best ar t is when the viewer
par ticipates and when better to par ticipate
than at a charitable dinner and ar t auction.
The annual East Maitland Ar t Auction
Dinner will be held Saturday 2 August
raising funds for the charitable organisation,
Youth Off The Streets .
Founder and CEO of Youth Off The
Str eets, Father Chris Riley, invites local
community members to experience and
purchase the work of local ar tists , including
long-time contributor s and friends, James
Casey and Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig.
Sharing not only a love for ar t but also
a desire to help Father Riley's cause, the
unlikely pair became friends over the year s,
residing only a street apar t. However,
per sonalities and styles of work couldn't be
Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig, of Maitland,
possesses a love of vibrant colour and
intricate designs wherein you can witness
her wild imagination at work through her
She has won many awards in her career
as an ar tist including those from the
Newcastle Show, the Maitland Ar t Prize
and the Singleton Ar t Prize, awards which
are testimony to her talent and creativity.
"I work a lot with the idea of gardens,
trees, life and faces," says Kozaczynski-
"I work with what I can see and what
I cannot see. I like to work with my
imagination because then you ar e actually
doing something that is totally differ ent
from anyone else's work."
The creativity doesn't end at her own
canvas ; in fact the award-winning ar tist has
been sharing her techniques and distinctive
skill for illustration at her home studio for
over twenty years.
Her infectious passion for nature and ar t as
well as the desire to pa ss on these abilities
is evident when a for mer student produces
a ver y similar piece of ar t to her own with
a focus on trees and nature.
"It's good to know that they star ted her e
and I taught them how to do their pen
work and then they car ry that off into their
own thing," says Marea.
"It's lovely to know that you have had an
impact on the students and can be proud
The positive impact Marea has on her
current and for mer students is evident
whether they are elaborating on their own
ideas or perhaps are only beginning to
discover their inner ar tistic ability.
An ar tist who needs no more time to
discover the ar tist within is well-known
local painter, James Casey.
Casey, who has donated work every
year since 2001, has again picked up the
paintbrush for another original oil painting
to be auctioned on the night.
The outspoken James has been a sign
writer since his earlier days and lear nt the
trade as a young man. His pa ssion and
strength, however, lie within the landscape
oil paintings and lifelike por traits he paints
from real life.
He has sold and given away canvases over
the year s nationwide to many buyer s a s
well as friends. His paintings have been
so impressive that he was approached
and asked to gather 33 paintings for
an exhibition of still life at the Regional
Gallery. The successful exhibition brought
hundreds of people to the event on its
James' paintings are telling their own story.
"I like painting from life. I don't like painting
from photos because they don't set it up.
But when I set a portrait up, I'd put you in
something that really suited you in colour
and the angle of your face," says James.
"And when you set it up your self, it's bet-
ter; it's much harder to paint from life."
The opinionated ar tist is quite the char-
acter. However, his work takes a more
classic approach where he is truly able to
showcase and demonstrate the talent he
has worked hard to per fect.
Sitting amongst some of the area's most
well-known ar tists , James and Marea are
hoping their original ar twork helps raise
significant funds for Father Riley and the
All involved are hoping it is a successful
evening where bidder s are battling it out in
the name of charity for beautiful
original ar t.
Money raised from the night suppor ts
young people aged 12 to 21 who are facing
the challenges of homelessness, dr ug and
alcohol dependency, exclusion from school,
neglect and abuse.
The Annual YOTS Ar t Auction and Dinner
will be held on Saturday 2 August at the
Ther ry Centr e, New England Hwy, East
Maitland. To enquire, P Bronwyn O'Neill
4933 1135 or 0412 686 479. For more
information about YOTS or to donate, visit
James Casey with his work.
LEAVE NO STONE
The events of Pope Francis' recent visit to
the Holy Land have been shown worldwide.
As many have come to expect, Pope Fr ancis
was pr ayerful and solemn with a mix of
predictability and unscripted actions. His
journey had three main purposes. Fir stly, it
was a pastor al visit for the Christians who
still remain there, despite declining numbers
and increased hara ssment from religious
extremists. He celebrated Mass three times;
in Jordan, Bethlehem and in the Cenacle,
which is believed to be the location of the
Last Supper. In light of this, the second
dimension to his trip was ecumenical. He
met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bar tholomew
to promote unity between the Christian
churches within the Middle East. It was
said to be a meeting of "Apostles Peter
and Andrew" where each encouraged all
Christians to "love the other, the differ ent
His visit was finally a peace mission. He
visited many of the landmarks of the area
including the Holocaust memorial museum,
meeting and praying with Holocaust
sur vivors. Accompanied by two Argentinian
friends, Rabbi Abr aham Skorka and Muslim
leader Omar Abboud, he placed a note in a
cr ack in the Wester n wall, calling for peace.
It was at the separation wall, the symbolic
and literal division between nations and
communities, which divides Isr ael from the
West Bank that he made an unscheduled
stop, rested his head on the wall and silently
pr ayed. This powerful image projected so
much of the hope the Pope has for the
r egion. The tensions between Palestine
and Israel run deep and talks between the
nations broke down in April this year. At a
Mass during his visit, he gave an unscripted
invitation to Isr aeli president Shimon Peres
and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to
join him at the Vatican to pray together for
peace and "break the spir al of hatred and
violence". The invitation was accepted and
this meeting took place on 6 June. It involved
pr ayers from all three faiths and the planting
of an olive tree. Subsequent to this meeting,
Pope Francis said, "It is my hope that this
meeting will mark the beginning of a new
jour ney where we seek things that unite,
so as to overcome the things that divide."
Although a very small step, it is a step
for ward and one in which Pope Fr ancis
took the lead and reinvigor ated the role of
the Pope in matters of world diplomacy.
At a general audience, post-trip, Pope
Francis said, "Peace is not mass produced
but is instead 'handcrafted' every day by
individuals". Perhaps the very influential
individuals of the Middle East are now in a
better position to heed this message and
as the Pope implored of them, "to leave no
stone untur ned in the search for equitable
solutions to complex problems".
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