Geraldton hosting an amazing collection of portraits for the next week

Permanent Impressions

Permanent Impressions is a body of high quality works (portraits)  painted by artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi, celebrating the achievements of Western Australian women, who have made a significant contribution to the Western Australian community and the Australian nation at large. It is intended the portraits will become a collectible and notable item that in time adds to the history of WA.

The commencement of this project coincided with the 100 year celebrations (1911 to 2011) of the international women’s movement. 50 portraits were painted over an 18 month period and were completed in April 2013. Women invited to participate in this project are inductees from the WA Women’s Hall of Fame established as part of the 100 year celebrations of International Women’s Day.

Included also are a number of women promoted by the Hall of Fame inductees who in their opinion are uncelebrated heroes of the WA community. The story of each of these women accompanies their portrait and offers an inspirational account of achievements by women who in their ordinary lives achieve extra ordinary things.

The works will be on display at the Queens Park Theatre from Saturday 17 August until Saturday 24 August, except Sunday, from 10am - 4pm. 

A beautiful book of the collection that has the stories of each woman that was painted is available for $45 at the exhibition.  

Jana thanks Geraldton Toyota and Market Creations for their support, and would love to hear from anyone else interested in supporting the works. ' 

When speaking about the future of the pieces, Jana said she would like to see them all stay together as one collection, and ideally it would be great for them to end up in a gallery or museum where students and people could come and learn about the stories of the women.  

Her main goal for now is to share the works with as many Western Australian's as possible, with a very heavy regional tour ahead of her. 

To read more, make a donation or get in touch with Jana visit her website here: