SOMETHING FOR KATE – Silent Art Auction & Sale. May 2013

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SOMETHING FOR KATE – Silent Art Auction and Sale. 12th May 2013

Kate Zizys, printmaker and edition printer who set up and operates Greenworks Press in Latrobe Valley, has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer requiring extensive chemotherapy treatment. Kate has undergone surgery and is now undergoing chemo.

Kate is known for her etchings and lithographs as well as working as print technician at Monash, Gippsland for 5 years. Greenworks Press was set up a little over 12 months ago by Kate along with Amanda Thompson. Greenworks Press has since had a steady stream of artists using Kate’s printing expertise to edition their prints as well as using the space as an open access studio.  Kate is also a highly regarded tutor in printmaking, running workshops from Gecko Studio Gallery in Fish Creek and Freestone Press in Briagalong. Kate is a friend to many and has helped a lot of people in her time. As you can imagine, this news is a huge blow for Kate, her small business Greenworks Press and her tutoring jobs. Her treatment is expected to be lengthy and will no doubt impact on her earning capabilities.

Prom Coast Arts Council Inc (a not for profit art organization based in South Gippsland and affiliated with Regional Arts Victoria) in conjunction with Gecko Studio Gallery, will host a silent art auction, titled “Something for Kate”, on Sunday 12th May 2013 to help raise money for Kate to enable her to keep Geenworks Press open and running, as well as assisting Kate with living expenses throughout the period of her treatment.

Prom Coast Arts Council has previously held two successful art auctions as benefits to raise funds; one for a South Gippsland family who lost their son and daughter-in-law in the Black Saturday fires at Kinglake, and one for an artist who lost her studio, artworks and equipment in a house fire in 2011. Artists responded generously with their donations, the events were well attended and a fantastic amount of money was raised for the recipients.

On May 12 there will be a band, BBQ Bob and The Ring of Fire, playing background music during the event along with local winery Windy Ridge wines available by the glass and a delicious selection of nibbles, and tea and coffee to enjoy.

It is a silent auction where attendees will register and collect a number. They will then have the opportunity to bid on the work which will be displayed with a sheet for each item where they can lodge their bids over the course of the event. The highest bid taken for each work at the close of bidding will get to buy and take away the artwork. There is no online or email bids accepted, so if unable to attend and would like to have the opportunity to buy a piece of work, people would need to organise a friend or colleague to bid on their behalf. To view some of the work online prior to auction, people can go to the Prom Coast Arts Council website.

There is also a Facebook page called Something For Kate Art Auction.

Paul Satchell, a local artist from Wonthaggi, is helping with the huge task of organising and has been using his extensive contacts with the art world to gather donations from artists who are quite well known in the Australian art scene.

Rick Amor, David Moore, Geoffrey Ricardo, Rosalind Atkins, David Frazer, Jazmina Cininas, John Ryrie, Dean Bowen, Graeme Peebles, Graeme Drendel, Martin King, Rebecca Mayo, Rona Green, Deborah Klein, Alison Lester, Peter Lancaster and many more….

Some significant local artists include:

Peter Cole, Colin Suggett, Ann Parry, Paul Satchell, Wendy Satchell, Dennis Leversha, Adrian Johnson, Alan Whitmore, Susan Purdy, Tom Murray White, Jenny Peterson, Lisa Burrell, Kerry Spokes and many more…..

There is also an exhibition and sale of Kate Zizys works on paper at Gecko Studio Gallery for 1 week only from 12th to 18th May. The event is being organised by Prom Coast Arts Council and Gecko Studio Gallery combined. For more information, contact Kerry Spokes (Director, Gecko Studio Gallery & President, Prom Coast Arts Council Inc) on 0423721593 or by email to

If you are unable to make it on the day and/or would like to make a cash donation – drop into Gecko Studio Gallery (15 Falls Rd, Fish Creek 3959, ph 03 5683 2481), mail a cheque c/o Gecko Studio Gallery or do a direct debit into the Something for Kate account (Prom Coast Arts Council) BSB: 633 000, account: 149263394.

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