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Announcing Visual Arts in the Valley 2020 Donors

October long-weekend 2-5 October

Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Primary donor Alexander Michael on behalf of the late Tony White

At Visual Arts in the Valley, we are delighted to announce and thank the following donors for their very generous contributions to providing the prize money for this year’s Visual Arts in the Valley 2020.

Primary Donor:

Alexander Michael from the proceeds of Tony White’s Last Impressions solo exhibition at the SHAC – Tony White Memorial Art Prize, Tony White Commended and support towards the Kangaroo Valley Art Prize Commended

Major Donors:

Michael Noonan & Bridget Crouch and The Ripple FoundationKangaroo Valley Art Prize

Alice Oppen OAMSalon of Local Artists Prize


Glenn & John Ballard, Alastair & Molly Stevenson, Gerard & Barbara Volk OAM and Kerri Carlton & Gary MooreKangaroo Valley Art Prize Highly Commended

Anonymous Salon of Local Artists Commended

Jolanta Masojada and John & Denise WrightKangaroo Valley Art Prize Commended

Kangaroo Valley Voice – People’s Choice Prize

Wendy Calkhoven – Packing Room Prize

In addition, we would like to acknowledge and thank the following:

  • Stephen Wilson and associates – for the design and construction of new art panels for Kangaroo Valley Hall

  • Mike Gorman of Kangaroo Valley Electrical – for fabricating and installing gallery track lighting for Kangaroo Valley Hall

  • Larraine Hahlos – for the donation of permanent track lighting for the Supper Room of Kangaroo Valley Hall with the cooperation of Tino & Linda Vella

We would also like to acknowledge two generous grants assisting us to build display panels and install permanent track lighting to assist local artists for the new Salon of Local Artists from the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Benefit Fund through Shoalhaven Council, and the Kangaroo Valley Council of Tourism and Commerce.

As director, I would also like to thank the many volunteers who have contributed so much to the success of our efforts, and in particular to the following team leaders:

  • Distribution team – Geoff Bretnall, lead

  • Set-up team – Stephen Wilson, lead

  • Packing Room team – Wendy Calkhoven, lead – incl the “Packing Room Prize”

  • Hanging teams:

    • Kangaroo Valley Hall – Allan Gilden, lead

    • The Hive – Githa Pilbrow, lead

  • · Sales Desk teams:

    • Kangaroo Valley Hall – Kathy Harrington, lead

    • The Hive – Jo Novich, lead

  • Covid-19 Response team incl risk assessment – Sue Hansel, lead

  • Catering team – Kerri Carlton, lead

And, a very special acknowledgement and thank you to Secret Advisor, the internationally acclaimed art dealer, Rex Irwin, who has been a constant source of inspiration, counsel, ideas, generosity and fine tea.

We couldn’t do it without all of you. My personal thanks and appreciation.

Professor Gary Moore

Visual Arts Director



Although funding for Visual Arts in the Valley 2020 has been provided in part by a number of private donors, a private foundation, Kangaroo Valley organisations and the Australian and New South Wales Governments, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views of any of those individuals or bodies.


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