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

Denise is pleased to be elected to Committee in 2018 and the completion of the newly designed website finally going live to the Public in March. With many thanks to our Jim Moutsounis at Intuitive IT.

Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze

Vice-President & 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.

Carmel O’Connor

2018 President

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.

Joan Richard

Joan Richard


Joan Richard is also caretaker for MSWPS Archives.

Ngaire Johansen


My involvement in the visual arts extends beyond my work as a practising artist. I was a tour guide at Heide MOMA and McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park for about twelve years and have a fairly deep and broad knowledge of art history, especially from the twentieth century.

Dianne Allen

Honorary Minutes Secretary

Dianne Allen is a MSWPS Honorary Member who volunteers her valuable time to record the minutes of meetings.

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.

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.

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.

Marion Chapman

Membership Secretary

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


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.

Cecilie Osborne

Committee Member