Trudi has been involved in art education, both at secondary and tertiary institutions for a number of decades. She has been involved with the Collie Art Gallery since its initial inception and planning and is delighted to see the benefits that the art and wider community have gained since its development. The rapid rise of the reputation of the Collie Art Gallery to become a premier rural arts hub within the Australian arts scene has bought a great sense of pride for Trudi.
Dianne is an award-winning artist who has held several successful solo and joint exhibitions over the years, and has conducted many art workshops during this time. She is a willing volunteer at the Collie Art Gallery and has been involved with numerous arts organisations. She knows what is needed to manage a successful art gallery having owned her own gallery in the past.
After commencing with the Shire of Collie in 2010 as the Community Development Officer, Allison is now the Shire’s Director of Corporate Services. She was involved in the early community meetings that began the process of developing the Collie Art Gallery to where it is today. Allison is the Secretary of the Collie Gallery Group and, not being artistic in any way, brings a different perspective to the table.
Debra spent most of her childhood in Margaret River before studying at Murdoch University then working in the eastern states, later retiring to Collie. Although she had a science and maths background she was always interested in crafts. Joining a number of community groups introduced her to a wide range of artists/crafts people in Collie, and this expanded to include becoming a member of the Collie Gallery Group.
With a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, Payam worked for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art between 2000-2012. He worked for the International Department of the Museum and was involved in organising exhibitions overseas among other things.
Don has been involved in community organisations wherever he has lived, and is an enthusiastic and committed volunteer at the Collie Art Gallery. With good organisational ability Don manages to get things happening, recent successes being the Collie Art Prize 2018, obtaining grants for solar panel installation on the roof as well as database software installation and training, and conservation works on much of our art collection.
Bill Cooper has in his later years taken a strong interest in being creative in wood, stone and bonsai. His love of woodwork was nurtured at school (woodwork classes). His love of nature and of particular trees inspires his bonsai. Creations of stone (walls, castles and houses) give him much pleasure. To be creative is to him, one of the joys of life. Bill lives a life with animals and interact with nature.
Emma was born in Collie and lived there most of her life. She has been a member and a volunteer of the Art Gallery since 2014. Throughout her work, she has held administrative and accounting roles.
Emma has a strong interest in the Arts and has completed a Diploma in Visual Arts. Her current involvement within the visual arts field is as a hobbyist artist, having participated in various joint exhibitions throughout the south west.
Diana is a Textile and Mixed Medium Artist.
Her passion is to work with natural materials and fibres, man-made fabrics, as well as interesting objects.
Her work has found homes in the USA, South Africa, New Zealand and here in Australia.
Over the past 20 years she has been involved with the organising of a number of exhibitions in Queensland and New Zealand, taking a leadership role.
Diana has also won a number of shop and window display competitions. She came to the Collie Art Gallery in recent years and has been an active member of the Committee and a reliable volunteer.
Kathleen has recently (3 years) relocated to Collie after living in the Northern Territory and Queensland. She has always held a love for art and became a volunteer not long after she arrived. Kathleen runs a busy family business in the Construction Industry, so being a part of the art community is a great balance for her.
Geoff joined Collie Gallery Group Committee in December 2015. He retired from a senior mine management role in the Collie coal mining industry in 2015 and is currently involved in community groups, including Collie Rotary Club and ValleyView Aged Care and is involved in promoting a diverse future for Collie, with which the gallery has significantly contributed by attracting many visitors to the town. Geoff’s family has a long history in Collie and his wife Theresa, also from Collie, is a local artist and volunteer for the gallery.