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.

Tessa Wallis

Stand-In Vice President 2021

Tessa Wallis is a sculptor with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts). Her major life size commissions in bronze are installed at the State Library of Victoria, at Cessnock, New South Wales and in private collections. Tessa also sculpts in small scale using a range of materials including precious metals, glass and ceramic.

Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze

Stand-In Secretary 2021

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.

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.

Beatrice Magalotti

Committee Member

Joan Richard

Joan Richard

Committee Member

Joan Richard has been a MSWPS Member since 1989. Joan has previously been President and Vice President of the Society.

Denise Keele-Bedford

Denise Keele-bedford

Web Administrator

I have been a MSWPS Member since 2006 and Web Administrator for two years. Now officially on the Committee I will endeavour to represent all MSWPS Members to the best of my ability and look forward to working with the Team on the Committee.

Linda McEwan


Hello Members.
My name is Linda McEwan. I think most of you already know me from Membership and the annual exhibition.
I have been on the committee for about 5 years and thoroughly enjoy meeting everyone at the functions.
I decided to take on the presidency this year as I feel I have a lot more to contribute to the society. I am a very organised person who loves a good project so will enjoy the challenge of presiding over our great society.
2020 is shaping up to be a very unusual year. With the Coronavirus problem we will need to consider our gatherings. Until things settle down, we are only planning a month ahead. You can read about our first members meeting 2 April in the Bulletin.
We will hopefully have our winter luncheon as usual in July. This is always a fabulous function. A great way to brighten up a dismal winter.
Looking forward to seeing you all throughout the year.

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.

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.

Jude Marganis


I am Jude Marganis, I’m pleased to offer myself as treasurer for MSWPS, and, working with the committee I hope I fulfill my role to the best of my ability. I’m looking forward to a rewarding and productive year ahead with the committee and all members of MSWPS.