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Gifted painting a lasting reminder of the late Emma Freeman

Council has been gifted an Emma Freeman painting in memory of the late local resident who contributed much to the Noosa community.

In gifting the painting, Cr Frank Pardon said it was fitting that Council own an Emma Freeman piece, given her key role in seeing Council’s Noosa Regional Gallery established.

“After she died I asked if Council had any Emma Freeman paintings. While Council did have one of her resin sculptures, surprisingly we didn’t have any of her paintings,” Cr Pardon said.

“So it’s a real pleasure to be able to donate one of Emma Freeman’s paintings to Council as a lasting memory of her. She was such an iconic person, particularly in the art world.”

"Emma was one of a group of passionate locals who really drove the establishment of a Noosa Regional Gallery,” Cr Pardon said.

Emma Freeman was an artist and environmentalist who created in many forms. She was a painter, sculptor, author and playwright. Her works appear in collections in many different countries.

Arriving in Noosa in the 1950s, Emma Freeman was one of Hastings Street’s earliest residents. It was where she produced many of her paintings.

The painting has been added to Council’s corporate art collection.

23 December 2016

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