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.

Carmel O’Connor


This is my second year as President of The Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Inc.
History of Australian Women Artists is a particular interest of mine; as Chair and part of the societies ‘Full Member’ judiciary I enjoy welcoming new members. My goal for 2019 is to promote our members works into public collections.

My email address is please contact me if you have any questions about the society.

Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze

Committee Member

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.

Denise Keele-Bedford

Denise Keele-bedford

Web Administrator

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

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


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.

Louise Foletta

Vice President

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.

Tessa Wallis


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.

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.

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.

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.