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

Web Administrator and The Bulletin Editor

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.

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.

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.

Tessa Wallis

Acting 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze

Acting 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.

Beatrice Magalotti

Committee Member

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.