Donating Artists

We are most grateful for the generosity of our wonderful donating artists. Their artworks will be offered for sale in the main auction, silent auction, as well as in the general exhibition. The sale of donated artworks makes a significant difference to the revenue generated for the school on the day.

What is a donating artist?

A ‘donating artist’ is an artist who donates a piece of work to the Somers Arts Fair with the intention that 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go directly to Somers Primary School. Submission and acceptance fees will be waived for donating artists.

If you are interested in donating an artwork to the 2017 Somers Arts Fair, please contact Morag Seward at to advise the name of your donated artwork and a reserve price.

How will my item be sold?

At the discretion of the Organising Committee, donated artworks will be placed for sale in the main auction, silent auction, or in the general exhibition.

Donating artists in 2016

Somers Primary School is most grateful for the generosity of the following artists who have donated artworks to this year's Somers Arts Fair. For a preview of our donating artists' artworks, visit the Preview Gallery.

Kylie Armstrong

Kylie is a dedicated mum who enjoys all aspects of art and craft. Kylie first dabbled in the creation of a totem pole three years ago and jumped at the chance again for this year's Arts Fair. Kylie loves the creation and relaxation that painting offers.

Shane Beggs

Andrew Bell

Andrew is a hobby artist who enjoys painting in acrylic with random media included in some works. The majority of Andrew's short collection thus far has either been sold via Somers Arts Fair or he has selected some works for charitable donations and gifts. 

John Best

John is a keen painter of landscape and has found the Mornington Peninsula a rich source over many years. He contributes to shows in the area and has work in private collections in Victoria, UK and Denmark. John has exhibited at 69 Smith Street Gallery in Melbourne, Bankart Gallery, Lancefield, Red Hill Art, Somers Art Fair and Coolart Homestead, Somers. He is also an enthusiastic photographer. Some of John's work is also viewable at John trained as a graphic designer at the RMIT specialising in illustration, and has worked in publication design for scientific and technical organisations.

Tamarah Bruynen

Tamarah has had a keen interest in art since her school days and lives in Somers. Her paintings explore colour, texture and pattern. Tamarah has completed a number of private commissions and has exhibited her work in a number of exhibitions on the Mornington Peninsula including the the Red Hill Art Show in 2012. This is her sixth year exhibiting at the Somers Arts Fair.

Andrea Bunyevich

Andrea is a Melbourne artist who sells her paintings and sculptures nationally and internationally. She focuses mainly on landscapes and portraiture in oils, watercolour, acrylic and ink. She sculpts in stone and wood, models clay and etches intricate images into eggshells. Andrea has been involved in many successful solo and group shows and regularly participates in annual art competitions including the Archibald Prize for Portraiture and the Wynne Prize for Landscapes. Her works have appeared in international and Australian newspapers. Several of her privately purchased works are on public display such as her portrait of bionic ear pioneer Professor Graeme Clark which now hangs in the foyer of the Graeme Clark Centre for Innovation in the Sciences, Sydney. 

Sue Byrne

Sue is a local resident of 3 generations in Somers. She enjoys photography as a hobby; creating cards and framing the photos for sale and enjoyment. A variety of local and landmarks from travels are featured in her work.

Anthony Davenport

Geoffrey Hook

Geoff Hook OAM, is an Australian artist living on the Mornington Peninsula and is former editorial cartoonist (JEFF) for The Sun News Pictorial and The Herald Sun for 38 years. His artworks and cartoon originals are in many collections. His work can be seen on his website He is a long term member of Australia Realism Artists, AGRA and Peninsula Art Society, PAS. He has had successful exhibitions featuring his paintings, especially in watercolour medium and has had a long association with the Somers Arts Fair.

Luke Jenkins

Recently graduating from a RMIT design course as well as having an education degree, Luke paints whenever he has a spare moment. He paints with both watercolour and acrylic paints with the subject of works primarily being animals. This passion along with the contemporary use of bright colours were recognised at the Flinders Art Show where he won the “Emerging Young Artist”. This show proved to be a great accomplishment for Luke with it being the first time exhibiting in an art show and selling both large pieces as well as the award.

John Madsen

John has dabbled in drawing and watercolour for some thirty years. In retirement John enrolled in a Diploma of Visual Arts, this is where he was introduced to printmaking. He soon became enthralled with the various techniques and alchemy of the medium. John majored in printmaking, completing his diploma in 2000, since this time John has developed his own style. John has won many awards and commendations including a High Commendation at the 1st Annual Mornington Peninsula Art Show, and the Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize Official Selection.

Pauline Marlo-Monten

Pauline is a Peninsula artist who has explored many mediums, studied portraiture, life drawing, and now works mainly in acrylics. She loves colour with a passion, and favours a semi-abstract approach to her subjects. “When I paint I feel like a flower bud bursting into bloom”

Elizabeth Mendoza

Since January 2003, Elizabeth has operated as a professional artist covering various subjects including the environment (landscapes, seascapes, streetscapes, cityscapes, flora and fauna), architecture (contemporary and historic) and life studies using a variety of media.  These subjects provide immense opportunities to create beautiful and colourful artworks in an imaginative and contemporary concept, by juxtaposing the various features in each artwork to create energy, movement and emotion. Elizabeth has exhibited extensively in Melbourne and Perth since October 2002. She is a member of the Mentone-Mordialloc Art Group, Geelong Art Society, Victorian Artists Society and Artsource (WA). Elizabeth has received several awards and has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and in Beverley WA 2008, and has also undertaken two art residencies in Beverley WA from October 2008 to February 2009 and in October 2009. Elizabeth has artwork on display in Eagles Nest Gallery, Aireys Inlet Victoria.

Monique Morey

Monique has been successfully exhibiting her vibrant pastel paintings for many years. Her subjects are usually figurative capturing joyful moments in an expressive impressionistic style. Monique also teaches pastels from her home studio.

Sarah Morrow

Sarah started painting about eight years ago and has delightedly and painstakingly followed the meandering path of creating. Amidst the journey the constant has been bold, bright colour combined with basic design. Sarah works with acrylic paint and quite often paper is employed as a second medium. Each work has it's own destiny, guided by the moment. Passion for the environment and animal welfare (both wild and domestic) is a recurring theme in her work. Travels to many places and cultures in the world has also provided a strong influence. Light and colour are amazingly different in every scape. Sarah is a prolific painter and has sold many paintings to collections overseas. This year her paintings will reach a wider audience in Melbourne. Sarah lives and works in beautiful Mt Martha.

Kym Munro

Kym is a local Somers resident who has been working with different mediums for many years.  Kym graduated as an Art, Design and Technology teacher and spent many years teaching both in Australia and overseas.  She has participated in several group exhibitions over the years and is currently working on a solo exhibition for February 2017. Kym's main material focus is wood, which lends itself perfectly to collaborating on Totem Poles with Tamarah Bruynen.  Kym has also worked with Somers students this year to create four art pieces which will be placed in the Arts Fair auction.

Paul Mutimer

Paul is a local Somers resident who has worked in the metal trade for 25 years. During that time he gained experience working with a variety of metal types and sections. Being out of the trade for the past 6 years, Paul has enjoyed putting his skills to use in an artistic form creating several different contemporary sculptures. Paul has a strong belief in keeping every piece individual and enjoys the challenge of developing new techniques in forming metal sections to create unique contemporary pieces. He has exhibited in several Somers Arts Fairs where he has experienced a very positive response.

Diana Nutting

Billy Nye

A print maker and painter, Billy lives and works on the Mornington Peninsula.

Marion Rispin

Marion was a secondary school teacher for 30 years. Initially in the Science and Food Tech areas, Marion retrained in Graphic Design and Art. She taught in these areas for 10 years and at this time embarked on a journey to learn as much as she could about art, painting and the materials available to achieve art works in different genres.

Ron Roach

Somers Preschool

Phil & Paul Trigger, Trigger Bros

Mirabela Varga

Mirabela paints with a palette knife using acrylics on canvas. Her palette is colourful and her style unique. She paints with ease and confidence, hypnotic to the viewer as she creates an imaginative reality right before their very eyes. In her cityscape paintings the architecture defies the laws of physics to transfer the city's movements into her paintings. Mirabela's painting subjects range from iconic Australian and international scenery, lane ways and cityscapes, to popular views and stunning abstract pieces. Mirabela paints from an authentic place and she truly captures the light and spirit in her work while bringing out a peaceful and poetic atmosphere throughout her paintings. While some of her paintings are captured at the scene others she paints from memory after visiting a place she felt inspired by.

Since 2011 she has had two solo international exhibitions - "Reflections" Brussels, 2011 and "Rebirth" Barcelona, 2012. Currently her paintings sell world-wide through her weekly stall at the renowned St Kilda Artists' market along the esplanade in Melbourne's popular Bayside location where she paints live and captures the hearts and imaginations of local and international passersby.

Mirabela's painting career started in a mentorship program with artist/traumatologist Saadi al Murayati after losing her mother to a 13 year long battle with ovarian cancer. She dedicates her work to her mother, Olivia Varga January 2009, who taught her to see the world through the eyes of her heart.

Christabel Wigley

Christabel completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Hunter College University of New York City and Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum/Studio Program. Christabel is interested in Scale, Materiality and Relationship. She has been a finalist of the Montalto Sculpture Prize over many years and winning the award in 2012. In 2011 she was awarded the Pennon Hill People’s Choice for her work “PHOENIX”. Most recently she has been the winner of the Mt Buller Sculpture Prize People’s Choice Award. Her works are held in private and public collections nationally and internationally.

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