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By Kath Gannaway

An artist, a writer and a photographer will take to the stage for the next Women of Interest lunch at Warburton on Wednesday, 8 March.
Event organisers, Anne O’Shaughnessy and Kerry Nichols, have once again drawn together a very special trio of remarkable Yarra Valley women under the banner “Women Working Creatively”.
The lunch falls on International Women’s Day, a time when women, and men, want to celebrate strong, interesting, creative women, and look for inspiration from them.
They may just have hit the jackpot with Belinda Rogers, Lindy Schneider and Kate Baker.
Belinda is a successful Yarra Valley artist who paints from a studio at the renowned artists’ colony, Monsalvat in Eltham.
Her work, which could be described as “watery and dreamy abstraction” has won numerous prizes and she has exhibited in Singapore and is currently preparing for a solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
Belinda has followed her passion for painting since childhood and is a published poet, an acupuncturist and student of Zen philosophy which is reflected in her painting and poetry.
Lindy is a writer, freelance communications specialist and equine/arts therapist who has lived in Warburton for 15 years with her partner and two children.
Her creative writing life brings together her greatest loves and is inspired by the search for meaning and the desire to ‘elevate the feminine’.
A published author and award-winning script writer, she is currently working on the project ‘From This Place’ with Angela Rivas which explores the lives of women working in the arts.
Kate moved to Warburton from Sydney seven years ago, leaving a corporate career to follow her vocation as a photographic artist full-time.
A photographer who works primarily with black and white film, she has been a winner of the Warburton Visage Portrait competition and exhibited internationally.
Kate’s book ‘Fridays at Oasis’, a series of portraits, was published in 2008 and she is currently working on a Yarra Valley based project ‘Seen and Heard – Boy to Man’.
The event will have an added spark this year with a panel format in which the event’s organisers Anne and Kerry will interview the creative woman with opportunities also for the audience to pose questions.
Women of Interest – Women Working Creatively is at the Arts Centre in Warburton from noon to 3pm on Wednesday 8 March.
The program is supported by Warburton/Yarra Junction Community Bank Branches (Bendigo Bank) and Yarra Ranges Council – so entry is by gold coin donation.
Participants are asked to contribute to a shared luncheon, and encouraged to invite a friend – or friends!
For further information phone Kerry Nichols on 0439 039 171.

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