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.

Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze

General Secretary

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


With 2020 now behind us we are looking forward to a more social year with gatherings being able to take place.
Members can again enjoy the company of their fellow artists.
Dates have been set for the annual luncheons and Exhibition.
We plan to hold a special online virtual exhibition in July with the theme being ‘Covid Creations.’
The committee and I are looking forward to seeing everyone throughout the year and celebrating our freedom. Linda McEwan

Denise Keele-Bedford

Denise Keele-bedford

Web Administrator and The Bulletin Editor

I have been a MSWPS Member since 2006 and Web Administrator since 2017. I joined Committee in 2020 and continue with the role of Bulletin editor. Always seeking member input for The Bulletin, I will endeavour to represent all MSWPS Members to the best of my ability and look forward to working with the newly elected 2022 Committee Team.

Marion Chapman

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.

Karen Hopkins

Committee Member

Karen an exhibiting artist (painter and sculptor) for over 20 years has works in numerous corporate and private collections both nationally and internationally. She holds solo exhibitions annually and regularly participates group shows. She also has experience in teaching art, eco-art therapy, gallery management and curating exhibitions.

Tessa Wallis

Vice President

Tessa Wallis is a sculptor who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) in 2017 with distinction.

Two of her major life size commissions in bronze are installed at the State Library of Victoria and another at Cessnock, New South Wales. Some of her smaller bronze and ceramic works are in private collections including a porcelain triptych purchased by Holmesglen TAFE. Tessa also enjoys sculpting using precious metals for small scale works. Her early foray into glass working excited her curiosity and last year she successfully completed a year towards Certificate 1V Glass and Glazing.

Beatrice Magalotti

Minute Secretary

Beatrice joined MSWPS in 2016. In 2017 She was recipient of the Annie Davision Oliver Award and in 2020 received the Inaugural MSWPS Sculpture Award. Beatrice is an active and engaging artist, who in 2021 joined the MSWPS Committee.

Jude Marganis


I am an exhibiting artist, originally training in watercolour and tonal oil painting. I enjoy painting a range of subjects, and often include figures into the story. I am a current member of, and exhibit with VAS, AGRA, WAA and MSWPS.
I joined the MSWPS committee in 2020 and have enjoyed taking on the role of Treasurer

Lucy Fekete

Committee Member

Lucy joined MSWPS in 2016 and became a committee member in 2022. She has been a Fine Artist and Illustrator for 15+ years. In 2020 she received Highly Commended in the 111th annual MSWPS”Changing Perspectives. Her illustration industry experience includes being a Concept/Visualisation Artist for advertising firms and a Children’s Book Illustrator for publishing companies.

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


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.