I see from the Newcastle Herald that artist Rachel Milne was painting a portrait of Joe Eisenberg for entry to this year’s Archibald Prize competition.
Joe spent twent years in Armidale, with two children born there as were mine. I mainly knew Joe professionally, but our children were an added link.
Its not all beer and skittles being a director of an Australian cultural institution. Joe did a pretty good job in Armidale within NERAM’s funding limitations, building the institution’s reach. He has clearly done a good job at Maitland, too.
Searching, I found a really good bio of Joe originally published in the Newcastle Herald in September 2012.
This is a photo of Joe with Janis Wilton, his wife. An historian, Janis has done a lot of work on New England's Chinese heritage. This is an example of her work.
It’s nice to write a simple uncomplicated post that brings back memories. Mind you, I haven’t visited MRAG yet. Clearly a gap that some of my Hunter friends will, justly, suggest that I should rectify as soon as possible!