The Arts Connect Inc. Committee

The Arts Connect Inc. Committee is an exciting and dynamic team, dedicated to connecting members with creative opportunities. We are volunteers committed to the growth and promotion of the Arts on the Sunshine Coast.

The Current Arts Connect Inc. Committee

Gretchen Keelty
Gretchen KeeltyPresident
“As President, it is my vision to utilise the broad array of experience and talents within our member base to make Arts Connect the best that it can be. This year, for the first time, in addition to the Management Committee we have four project teams: Exhibitions, Workshops, Sculpture on the Edge, and Open Studios. Id you would like to be a part of these please let me or our secretary, Jodi, know.”
Caroline Hughes-King
Caroline Hughes-KingMembership Co-ordinator
Caroline stepped down from the Vice Pres ident’s role she previously held at the 2021 AGM but says she still has ‘unfinished business’ in streamlining and automating systems and procedures in all areas, but especially the all-important area of membership.
Robyn Lowit
Robyn LowitTreasurer
Robyn Lowit is a Surface Pattern Designer, creating repeat patterns for swimwear, homewares and fabric. Robyn is a new member of the ACI Executive and has taken the role of treasurer. Robyn has extensive accounts and arts administration experience and looks forward to meeting all members of ACI.
Jenny Braithwaite
Jenny BraithwaiteNewsletter Editor
Jen supports Arts Connect Inc. through the production of the monthly newsletter.
Our newsletter supports and connects artists, collectors, art lovers and patrons from all over the Sunshine Coast and beyond.
It is a space that nurtures artists and showcases their work to engaged communities. We do this through the sharing of their stories, successes, upcoming exhibitions, workshops and celebrations.
Megan Bice
Megan BiceWorkshops Coordinator
Megan joined the committee to take on the role of Workshop Project Leader. Megan is well known to many in the visual arts community on the hinterland and ACI is most fortunate to have her on board with her ‘can do’ approach to everything she encounters. Megan’s openness to new ideas and enthusiasm for fostering the development of artists is a real asset to the committee.
Jodi Casey
Jodi CaseySecretary
Jodi is a Recycle & Repurpose Artists who is passionate about creating artwork that is symbolic, invoking a connection with the viewer giving a gentle nudge of nostalgia by using recognisable recycled metal items, timber, and jewellery. Bringing together the unlikely items to create her pieces. She draws inspiration from nature, wildlife & the ocean.
Rachel Pedrana
Rachel PedranaMarketing & Social Media Manager
Rachel Pedrana a Visual Artist inspired by aerial perspectives of earth. She creates mixed media abstract artworks illustrating human presence through paint.
As an entrepreneur, her background in sales and marketing will bring a focus on value to artsconnect members.
Lou Jaeger
Lou JaegerEhibitions Manager
Lou Jaeger is a Buderim based artist and currently works for the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery as Exhibitions Officer. Lou has a Bachelor of Design and Communication and a Diploma in Education and has been working in the creative and education sectors for many years. She joined our committee to share her exhibition presentation skills and will focus on systems, procedures, and practical small details to help further streamline processes in our organisation.

ACI Committee Honour Roll

Founded by Pam Maegdefrau and Jim Cox, two local legends in the arts scene on the Sunshine Coast, Arts Connect Inc. has seen so many generous and committed people help create opportunities for artists in the region. Below are those who have volunteered in recent years, selflessly supporting and serving artists in the region creating opportunities and professional development.

2021 Committee

Richard Muldoon, President
Caroline Hughes King, Vice President
Catherine Day, Secretary
Kate Foley, Treasurer
Jen Braithwaite, Newsletter
Gretchen Keelty, Committee Member
Megan Bice, Workshops Coordinator
Joanne Bingham, Committee Member

2020 Committee

Richard Muldoon, President
Catherine Day, Secretary
Caroline Hughes-King, Vice President
Kate Foley, Treasurer
Megan Bice, Workshops
Jen Braithwaite, Newsletter Editor

2019 Committee

Kaye Leach, President
Catherine Day, Secretary
Annie McIntosh, Treasurer/Workshops
Jacky Lowry, Newsletter
Margie Lipscome, Exhibitions
Richard Muldoon, SOTE Coordinator
Caroline Hughes King, Membership

Lifetime Members and ACI Major Contributers

Soon To Be Announced

Come to a Meeting or Join Our Team

All members are welcome at our meetings. And we’re always looking for new committee members to join our team to help grow the arts on the Sunshine Coast. Fancy getting involved?