A bloody beauty

ARTISTS, painters, sculptors and potters are joining forces to raise money for leukaemia research in the exhibition Togetherness.

The charity art auction was the brainchild of potter Nic Baranowski, who was diagnosed with the blood cancer aged 73.

Now 75, he says he is thankful for the support of the Leukaemia Foundation and wants to show his appreciation through art.

• Nic Baranowski. Photo supplied

Potters can be solitary creatures, but determined to raise $20,000 for the foundation, Baranowki attended a Community Arts Network WA event and floated the idea of a fund-raising exhibition.

Approaching one of Australia’s foremost ceramicists, Sandra Black, he braced himself for rejection, but she was receptive and soon donated artworks were flooding in, including one from Archibald Prize finalist Peter Kendall.

Fremantle artist Ian de Souza not only handed over one of his large circus artworks, he’s also running a master class in the Old Customs House on Phillimore Street in Fremantle.

“He said he’d recovered from leukaemia and would be delighted to help,” notes Baranowski.

Togetherness is on Wednesday March 27, 6-8pm at the Old Customs House. The $10 entry includes live music, wine and nibbles.

De Souza’s master class is on at 2-5pm the same day.

by JENNY D’ANGER

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