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Charles Billich Gallery 25 Years Celebration, The Rocks Sydney

18 May 2011   Billich Gallery 25 Years Celebration photos and story; MiSociety

Billich Gallery celebrates their 25 years in Sydney with a  ’Myrthday’
Charles and Christa Billich gathered their family, friends and art collectors together at the majestic tri level Billich Gallery in The Rocks to celebrate the Gallery’s 25th birthday in Sydney.  The Billiches are renown for their hospitable and entertaining parties and this one, amusingly dubbed ‘25th Myrthday’ matched the milestone it was marking.

The Billich Gallery, housed in the historic ‘Sailors Home’ was positively glowing as a very interesting and eclectic stream of guests continued to flow through the doors and into the remarkable gallery space.

Dame Edna made the trip from Moonee Ponds to join in the charismatic soiree and to celebrate with her long time friends Christa and Charles.  This night though, ‘The Dame’ was more soberly attired as her alter ego Barry Humphries.

Bessie Bardot and Geoff Barker were accompanied by their debutant (and absolutely gorgeous) little cutie daughter Bluebell adding to  the sea of notable faces.  Even the band contributed to the visuals as it included a very rarely seen musical animal ‘the Sousaphone’.

Within the grandeur of the Billich Gallery stands a gleaming grand piano.  This night the piano was be-draped in an ‘animal’ rug to facilitate the positioning of two nude artist models complete with their respective musical instruments.   These life models were the subjects to be sketched by Charles.  Amongst a flotilla of flashing cameras, mobile phones and the encircling crowd Charles produced three drawings with the most amazing skill and speed to the awe of all.

As the ‘official’ party wound down family and friends of Christa and Charles threaded up through the gallery upper levels to the Billich private VIP rooms where we partied on to the amazing sounds of Felix Cuba (from Bolivia) playing sing-a-long songs on his Pan Flute till the early hours.

Charles Billich is an internationally acclaimed artist with his works gracing many ‘halls of fame’ globally.  The story of Charles Billich’s life is an enthralling tale – we know as we wrote a profile on him some years ago.  Currently a documentary following Charles’ life and travels over the last few years is nearing completion – is should make for compelling viewing.  Here’s to the next 25 years of the Charles (and Christa) Billich  Gallery.

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Photo Sharon Camenzuli, Theresa Zamora and Charles Billich - Charles Billich Gallery 25 years celebration

Sharon Camenzuli, Theresa Zamora and Charles Billich

Charles Billich Gallery 25 years celebration

Photo: Gamble Breaux and Barry Humphries - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Gamble Breaux and Barry Humphries

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo Mathew Green and Charles' daughter Jane Billich - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Mathew Green and Charles' daughter Jane Billich

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo: Charles Billich and Donnacha Reidy - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Charles Billich and Donnacha Reidy

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo; Caron Brown (Alfa Film Prod) and Doug Callander - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Caron Brown (Alfa Film Prod) and Doug Callander

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo: Christa Billich and Laura Steele - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Christa Billich and Laura Steele

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo; Bessie Bardot and Geoff Barker with Bluebell - Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo; Bessie Bardot and Geoff Barker with Bluebell

Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo Bertie Page and Dr. Luca De Leonardis - Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Party

Photo Bertie Page and Dr. Luca De Leonardis

Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Party

Photo Alberto Vengon (Alfa Film Prod) and Kayser Renee -Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Party

Photo Alberto Vengon (Alfa Film Prod) and Kayser Renee

Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Party

Photo: Jason Malouf and Sharon Camenzuli - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Jason Malouf and Sharon Camenzuli

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo Peter Kambos and Lisa Mesiti - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Peter Kambos and Lisa Mesiti

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo Snezana Dancetovic and Tamara Turcinovic - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Snezana Dancetovic and Tamara Turcinovic

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo Artist Models posing as Charles Billich drew them - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Artist Models posing as Charles Billich drew them

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo: Mark Tonelli - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Mark Tonelli

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo: Gamble Breaux and Ashod Nassibian - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Gamble Breaux and Ashod Nassibian

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo: David Williams, Barry Humphries and Chantana Satadeekul - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

David Williams, Barry Humphries and Chantana Satadeekul

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo: Charles Billich drawing - Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Charles Billich drawing

Charles Billich Art Gallery 25th Birthday Celebration

Photo Amelia Summer and Nicholas Franklin - Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Party

Photo Amelia Summer and Nicholas Franklin

Charles Billich Gallery 25th Birthday Party

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