news snippets over the years ...

a biographical time-line

2013, February
tusks
              Tusks
claws
              Claws

Finding The Balance -
Tusks, Teeth and Claws

left Tasmania where they have resided for several years.  Under Davson's careful supervision are now with framers in Melbourne.

The Finding Balance trilogy of oil paintings were commissioned by a New Zealand collector in 1991 and hung in the Thames Corremandel Council Chambers for six months.  They feature New Zealand's native and feral species.

Teeth
              Teeth 

Davson had not seen these dynamic paintings since 2002. That was when she returned them to the collector after being on loan into Davson's major retrospective touring exhibition;With Gratitude for the Light that had toured in public regional art galleries for three years.

She said, "It was wonderful to see them again.  They have a 'presence' and were in perfect condition.  The framing was simply a little tired." 

enjoying life 
 Enjoying Life
2012, August

2 unfinished Davson paintings sold
to different collector investors.  The paintings had been in storage since the mid-1990's and were spotted in Sharon Davson's studio when the collectors visited. 

Davson said she would finish the paintings and have them framed prior to delivery. Great find.. What interesting provenance!

2012, August 23
serpents anger
Serpent's Anger

Robyn Cauglan's ~ Body of Earth 

held its official function in the Davson Arts Museum in Newcastle. Supporting the exhibition was an extensive display of Indigenous Sculptural works from the Solomon Islands on laon from the collection of Ken and Julie Meyers; and in the 'green gallery' were selected works by Sharon Davson.  

Celebrating the opening was the beaufiful unaccompanied voice of Shaynee Statham.
2012, July 26

The $5.2 million (US$5.4 m) sale of Davson's Points of View

painting to Macquarie trustee NZ Limited was ratified by Whitehead Gupter Lawyers, Gold Coast, Queensland.

2012, July 25

The Hon. Pat Farmer visited Davson studio gallery

to view and discuss the progress of the paintings she is creating about his Pole to Pole record making venture. Davson was sponsor of this event and now translating her vision of Farmer's run from the North Pole to the South pole onto canvas.

Interestingly, while Pat Farmer was there, a photographer from the Sydney Morning Herald group also visited Davson for a press photo rewgarding the $5.2 m sale of her Points of View painting.

2012, July 14
POV
      Points of View

A 1985 Davson painting sells for $5.2 million
The Points of View painting by Sharon Davson was originally commissioned by Norman Hepburn and has changed hands several times over the decades.  It has just has sold again.

2012, May 1

Annual General Meeting of the Davson Arts Museum
was held at 40 Marton Street, Shortland with all the nominated Committee of Management members unamiously elected.  Celebrations for the DAM 3rd Birthday followed with the cutting of a sumptious cake.

2012, March 23

Davson a guest at Toowoomba Grammar School Art Exhibition
and on display the $1.2 million painting Turning Point by Davson which was originally commissioned by Pat Farmer.   

2012, February 16

Annual General Meeting Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum
and Gatton Mercury Children's & Youth Theatre, and Australia Theatre Week Festival in Gatton QLD which was attended by Sharon Davson.  Sharon was re-elected as the President and her mother Mrs Win Davson MBE was re-elected as the Founder Director.  

2012, February 14

Sharon Davson flew to Adelaide
for a range of meetings and discussions on Art Investment for superannuation. 

Concurrently, an exhibition of her art in the Millicent Art Gallery collection was on display in the Millicent Art Gallery.

2011, January 9

Renowned Australian poet Celia Berrell
arrived in Newcastle. She is staying with her long-time friend Sharon Davson for 10 days and updated texts concerning Davson's biography.

2011, January 7

Bon voyage! and all the best
the Honourable Pat Farmer left Australia to-day flying to New York, USA. He will train there in the winter snow for the next few weeks, before heading for Norway then onto the North Pole to begin his record making run.

2010, December 24

Distinguished gallery visitor
Mrs Win Davson MBE FTCL AASA, Founder / Director of the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum, Gatton Mercury Theatre and Mercury Children's & Youth Theatre, and the Ian Fairweather Art Gallery & Museum visted the gallery for an extended stay.

2010, November 17

Davson ~ towards harmony

 Mick Didge Davidson
Mick Didge Davidson
held its official gallery function, and Davson Arts Museum's end of year festive season event with special guest Brad Franks, Arts Centre Manager, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, NSW.

The painting Turning Point is displayed with this exhibition. This is very likely to be the only time this valuable painting by Sharon Davson, commissioned by and created for the Hon. Pat Farmer, is shown in Newcastle.

Also currently showing in the Davson Arts Museum green gallery is the wonderful world of Fungai, a rare large-scale photographic exhibition consisting of 35 images of unusual fungi in the Newcastle region by Greg Heathcote.

2010, November 11

With the hand-over of a sizeable cheque from the sale of art to the Hon. Pat Farmer, Sharon Davson cemented her sponsorship of the Pole to Pole run. This had been in process since late February / early March, thus Davson is the FIRST artist in world history to Sponsor an international sporting event.

She is now a significant sponsor of Pat Farmer's Pole to Pole run down the west coast of the Americas, through 14 countries during 2011 - 2012.

This extraordinary sporting event will be the FIRST time anyone has run from the North Pole to the South Pole, and is raising funds for Red Cross clean water projects.

(Also see earlier entries on 7 March and 23 June 2010.)

2010, October 17

St Mary of the Cross
Sharon Davson was in Penola in South Australia helping Janice Nitschke (in her role with the Wattle Range Tourism) prepare for, and host, official functions for the dignitaries attending the festivities for Canonisation of Mary McKillop, Australia's first Saint.

2010, October 7

Multi-faith Concert
The Multi-faith Association of Newcastle & the Hunter Region, of which Sharon Davson has been a founding member and patron since 2003, held it’s annual concert in the Newcastle City Hall as part of the Matara Festival. Congratulations are extended to Davson Arts Museum Committee of Management member Tom Jones, Founder and Secretary for the Multi-faith Association of Newcastle & the Hunter Region, and all those who assisted at and performed in this year's multi-faith concert.

2010, October 7

Further Celebrations
Congratulations also to Anoosiya Arunasalam, her family and all members of the Sukyo Mahikari organisation on the inauguration of Goshintai contributing to the spiritual elevation of the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle region.

And Happy Birthday to Davson Arts Museum Committee of Management member Jill Heffernan celebrating her 80th birthday to-day.

2010, September 28

Davson ~ a long journey
held its official function in the Davson Arts Museum with special guest Janice Nitschke, Director, Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent, SA.

The 21 works of art by Sharon Davson comprising this exhibition were borrowed from the permanent collection of the Millicent Art Gallery.

Supporting this main exhibition was a display of photographs be Wangi Wangi photographer, Robert West; as well as selected works from the Davson Arts Museum permanent collection.

2010, September 4

Davson sits for portrait artist John Murden
Sharon Davson had been invited John Murden to do a sitting and photography session as he desired to create her portrait for a possible entry in to the Archibald Prize. The sitting took place in the artist's Brisbane studio.

2010, August 22

Welcome to another Davson
Mrs Christine Davson-Galle , Sharon's sister is the first member of the Davson family to visit the gallery since it was officially opened in February. Christine had come up from Tasmania.

2010, July 26

Just for a laugh from one of our members, please click below

www.australia2010.com.au/index.php?rfname=SHARON&rlname=DAVSON&remail=sharon@davsonart.com&sfname= RICHARD&slname=NOTT&semail=rnott@optushome.com.au

2010, June 23

Parton, the Honourable Pat Farmer MP
gave his Valadictory Speech in Parliament House, Canberra. Pat has retired from Federal Politics to undertake the longest run in history thus far. He plans to run the full length of the American continents in 2011-12. Sharon Davson was in Parliament that evening to hear his speech and give her support to his Pole to Pole Run. She is working with Pat to be a very significant Sponsor. (see also 7 March 2010 entry.)

2010, May 28

1982 Self Portrait drawn in South Australia.
1982 Self Portrait drawn in South Australia.
World Leaders & Enlightenment in South Australia

This major retrospective touring exhibition of Sharon Davson's art is currently showing in the Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent, South Australia. The exhibition, under the direction of Gallery Director Janice Nischke, was officially opened this evening by the Wattle Range Council Mayor Mark Braes.

Sharon drove down to Millicent a few days ahead of the opening and assisted with the preparations for the exhibition. She will return to Millicent for the closing of the exhibition.

2010, April 2

Congratulations and Happy First Birthday
to the Davson Arts Museum peace & environment centre. One year ago to-day, the first meeting was held with the new Committee of Management to consolidate the vision of Davson arts, peace and Earth centres in this and other countries. Thank you to everyone for your faith and support. We look forward to an exciting year ahead.

2010, March 12

It is now even easier to be part of history in the making.

the Davson Arts Museum website can now accept payment transactions for Australian and International Founding Year memberships, as well as Gold Club, Community Partner and other Founding Year members.

The Davson Arts Museum website has arrived at a major milestone. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has helped us thus far.

2010, March 7

Davson to be the first artist ever to sponsor of an international sporting event.

Last month, our Patron the Hon. Pat Farmer contacted Sharon Davson requesting her help for his upcoming world record Pole to Pole run from one polar ice cap to the other, 21,000 kilometres through 14 countries. His run is likely to raise approximately $100 million for Red Cross clean water projects.

To-day, Sharon met with Pat's Sponsorship Manager and agreed to make very significant sums of money available from the sale of several works of art, assist in the marketing of these, etc., and thereby become the first artist ever to sponsor and international sporting event.

It's time to get those running shoes on!!

2010, February 21

Davson Arts Museum gains a new Parton.
Sir Cliff Richard
OBE, while on his concert tour in Sydney, re-affirmed his support for Davson's creative and charitable activities. This means he is now a Patron of the Davson
Arts Museum peace and environment centre, as well as the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition and other activities.

2010, February 20
Terrence Quinn addressing the guests. photo by David Wallace
Terrence Quinn addressing the guests.
photo by David Wallace

The Reflections Luncheon
was a sumptuous feast for body and soul following the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne.

This inspirational event was hosted by Sharon Davson and the Davson Arts Museum, and held in conjunction with the Multi-faith Association of Newcastle & Hunter Region.
(Read more on the Davson Arts Museum Events page.)

2010, February 10

Gala Opening evening for the official opening of the Davson Arts Museum and its inaugural exhibition, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment.
(Read more on the Davson Arts Centres page.)

2009, December 19

Davson Arts Museum Christmas Party
was celebrated as a late afternoon gathering with much laughter, food and other refreshments. We extend our best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe festive season.

2009, December 10

Millicent Art Gallery in South Australia
After many years of friendship and mutual support of each other's work, Janice Nitschke, Director of the Millicent Art Gallery in South Australia, excitedly accepted a gift from Sharon Davson of a body of her art establishing a collection of Davson art in their permanent collection.

2009, December 8

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook
Brad Franks, Arts Centre Manager of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, New South Wales, accepted a gift from Sharon Davson of a body of art works to expand their existing collection of her art in their permanent collection.

2009, November 7

Several members of the Davson Arts Museum committee travelled to Queensland to be present at the opening festivities for the new Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. Sharon Davson's multi-million dollar retrospective touring exhibition, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment, was the centre's inaugural exhibition.

2009, September

DAM second Parton
Pat Farmer
MP, and world record holding ultra marathon runner, has been a supporter of Davson's art and other activities for nearly a decade.

Pat has now accepted to be a Patron of the Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre. He continues his Patronage of the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition, and has a message by him included at the front of the current art catalogue for this exhibition.

2009, July 27

 Sharlotte Ventor with her new painting.
Sharlotte Ventor with her new painting.
And the winner is...

Sharlotte Ventor from West Wyalong, NSW, won the painting Winning Combinations by Sharon Davson which included an original autographed handprint by Sir Jack Brabham - Formula One World Champion.

This was a Davson Arts Museum joint promotion with other charitable organisations
on the Davson World site.

2009, June 30

DAM first Parton
The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, John Tate,
who has been a long time supporter and Patron of Davson's creative and charitable activities, has just accepted to be the first Patron of the Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre. He also continues his Patronage of Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition and other activities.

2009, June

Gift recipient status
Davson Arts Museum has gained accreditation with the Australian Tax Office for all gifts $2 and above to be tax deductible.

2009, May 5

Sir Jack Brabham with Sharon Davson after she had painted his hand.
Sir Jack Brabham with Sharon Davson
after she had painted his hand
Launch of the Davson World Give-Away
Davson World launched a promotion for a valuable Sharon Davson painting that includes original and unique Sir Jack Brabham - Formula One World Champion memorabilia.

In association with the Davson Arts Museum and 4 other worthy not-for-profit organisations, 5 beautiful and thought-provoking e-greeting cards have been created.

With every purchase, customers go in a Give-Away draw to WIN a unique work of art by Sharon Davson. This beautifully framed work will incorporate an original autographed handprint by legendary Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. The Give-Away will be drawn on 27 July 2009 AEST.

2009, April 2

Celebrations
followed the election of the Committee of Management for the Davson Arts Museum.
(Read more on the About Us and our Patrons pages on the DAM website.)

with her 1978 painting Nia Ruwe - Whose Land? photo by David Wallace
with her 1978 painting
Nia Ruwe - Whose Land?
photo by David Wallace
2008, January 18

The major retrospective exhibition of Sharon Davson’s art, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment as officially opened by Stanthorpe Mayor, Councillor Glen Rogers, in the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Queensland.

The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery had previously celebrated the opening exhibition of Davson’s first major retrospective exhibition, With Gratitude For The Light in 1999, which then toured for three years.

2007, January 10

Over 22,000 people
viewed the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition in the award winning Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin, NSW.

The exhibition, which had among its special guests at its opening on 5 October 2006 singer song-writer Leo Sayer and Cessnock Mayor John Clarence, came to a close to-day.

2006, October 5

Singer song-writer Leo Sayer and Cessnock Mayor John Clarence
officially opened the 1st preview exhibition of 20 selected works from the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment collection. It was displayed in the award winning Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin, NSW.

This preview event included the first public exposure of the planned book publications of Davson’s art with poetry by Celia Berrell.

2004, November 21

Davson Arts Museum
The 48 Hours Toward World Peace charity held its Annual General Meeting and passed by a unanimous resolution of its members to start and arts, peace and Earth centre to be known as the Davson Arts Museum peace & environment centre.

1996, October 26

At Motomitamaza in Japan,
and on behalf of the Australia-Oceania Region of Sukyo Mahikari, Dr Andris Tebecis presented Davson's oil painting Seeds of Gratitude to Oshienushisama.

1996, October 25

Japan ...
Davson, her painting Seeds of Gratitude, Dr Andris Tebecis, Regional Director of Sukyo Mahikari Australia-Oceania and other friends from the region flew to Japan.

1992, April 14

Davson starts the Hands Up initiative
inviting people to participate and donate their handprints. Singing legend Neil Diamond is the first to have his hand painted by Davson. The event is broadcast on national television.

1990, October

Davson starts Artists For Life endangered species initiative.
and takes it to the USA, then onto England and Hong Kong.

 

news articles

The Post May 13, 2009

Newcastle On Hunter 10 February 2010

newcastleonhunter.com/2010/davson-world-leaders-enlightenment-opens-arts-museum

 

 

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