A committed group of members and associates keep the wheels turning for the Society. Committee meets monthly and appreciate the support of members who volunteer their services annually. The Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors hold the AGM in March for elections and are always keen for members to elect for committee.

Denise Keele-Bedford

Denise Keele-bedford

Honorary Web Administrator

In March 2018 the newly designed MSWPS website went ‘live’. With many thanks to Jim Moutsounis at Intuitive IT.

Carmel O’Connor


My name is Carmel O’Connor. I am your new President of MSWPS for 2018.
I look forward to meeting you over this year. My email address is
First, I wish to thank Joan Richard, Anne Finkelde, Jo Reitze, Linda McEwan,
Denise Keele–bedford (website), Annee Kelly, Marion Chapman, Elizabeth Moore-Golding & Michelle Endersby (Facebook) and all committee members for their efforts during 2017. Fantastic.

Louise Foletta

Committee Member

Louise Foletta is a well established Australian Landscape Painter who has served Two Terms as President of MSWPS. Her contemporary watercolours have won a number of awards and been exhibited Internationally in ROC, Korea and China.

Robyn Pridham

Joint Archivist with Joan Richard

My work is based on the diverse and untidy traces that are often the remains of our urban and natural environment.

Much of my work is an on-going investigation from information in my sketchbooks, notations and observations of my own environment. The materials of collage and mixed media allow me to develop a layering of what dwells beneath our daily lives.

Joan Richard

Joan Richard

Vice President

Joan Richard is joint Archivist with Robyn Pridham.

Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze

Committee Member & Bulletin Editor

Jo Reitze is a Fellow of The Victorian Artists’ Society, Past President of MSWPS and an award winning artist. Formerly Art Coordinator at Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College, she now focuses on her own work, painting gardens on commission. Her joyous, vibrant and expressive works in oils or gouache celebrate the beauty of nature.

Linda McEwan

Honorary Treasurer

Linda McEwan works mainly in watercolour but also enjoys pastel painting. She has a particular love for portraiture of both people and animals. Linda’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

Marion Chapman

Secretary & Membership Registrar

Marion Chapman’s thirty-five year career as an artist includes a ten-year stint as a Voluntary Guide with the National Gallery of Victoria. In her paintings Marion focuses on life {still and otherwise}, gardens and landscape.

Elizabeth Moore Golding

Committee Member

Elizabeth paints from life, landscapes, flora and still life; however her specialty is portraiture. She is a member of the Victorian Artists’ Society Friday Group being awarded a Highly Commended in the 2016 VAS Portrait Exhibition.

Michelle Endersby

Committee Member

Michelle Endersby specialises in painting roses on her signature round canvases and has an international following via her monthly inspiring art, gardens and always roses newsletter.