Bird Tales

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Mar 15, 2013 - 24 pages
Bird Tales is a compilation of acrylic paintings on birds by outstanding Australian athlete & artist, Patrick Francis, who won the Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Bank Contemporary Art Award 2012-13 besides exhibiting at the National Gallery of Victoria's 150th Anniversary in 2011, Polyphonics Exhibition in Bangkok - Nov 2011, several exhibitions in India, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur & Bangkok. He has also exhibited numerous paintings in Australia at Arts Project Australia (APA), Northcote; Access Arts, Queensland & renowned curator - Peter Fay Exhibitions at Sheffer Gallery, Sydney."Two stunning artworks by Patrick Francis which are part of the Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013, will be exhibited in partnership with Newcastle Art Gallery Dec 2012-Feb 2013 & then tour nationally in 2013-14" - APAThe Special ChampionMoonee Valley Leader 18 Feb 11 @ 10:02am's Patrick Francis is a high achiever who never rests on his laurels. Determined to push the boundaries everyday, he enthusiastically trains at Swimming, Tenpin Bowling & Golf besides revelling in Visual Arts. Over the last few months, his accomplishments have been nothing short of amazing :*Nominated for "Young Australian of the Year" for Contribution to Sport in Jan 2011.*An outstanding member of the Maribyrnong City Council's "Emerging Community Group of the Year" : Special Olympics-Melbourne West Tenpin Bowling Team.*Received the Reward and Recognition Award from Moonee Valley City Council.*Followed by the Dick Reynolds Youth Sports Award from Mayor, Cr John Sipek, in Dec 2010.*Besides the Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Award - Individual Sporting Champion on International Day of People with Disabilities - Dec 3, 2010, from Mayor Sel Sanli.*Finalist in the Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards - Contribution to Neighbourhood in Nov 2010.*Won a Gold Medal at the Special Olympics Tenpin Bowling State Games for the Team Tournament & a Silver Medal at the Individual Championship in Oct 2010.And the list goes on.....This dynamic teenager is also an emerging Visual Artist with Arts Project Australia, Northcote, who exhibits his paintings all over Victoria. Some of them will be on display at the Moonee Valley Festival on Sunday - Feb 27, 2011, at Queen's Park, Moonee Ponds, at the Special Olympics-Melbourne West Community stall where he is assisting his group raise funds for their team and at the Brimbank Festival on March 19, 2011.The family are resolute about spreading positive global awareness on autism & intellectual disability & Patrick is their ambassador who blazes a trail with his incredible talent & unwavering commitment to sport & art. More details can be found on their facebook pages - Absolutely Awetistic & Tenpin Bowling. Essendon teen bowls 'em over24 Nov 10 @ 08:00am Moonee Valley Leader - Mark SmithESSENDON teenager, Patrick Francis, has bowled over his rivals to win two medals in the State Winter Games. Patrick, 18, won gold in the team tenpin bowling & silver in the individual tenpin bowling event in the Special Olympics Games in Echuca last month. The wins added to the three medals he won in swimming events at the Summer Games in Nunawading in March.Patrick, who is autistic with intellectual & developmental delay, has been a favourite son of the Moonee Valley community with a report on his swimming achievements attracting dozens of letters of congratulations. He was a finalist in the Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards in the Contribution to Neighbourhood category.Patrick is this week's Moonee Valley Rebel Sport Senior Sports Star nominee. Other Publications available from authors - Lesley & Patrick Francis in the form of full-colour artist, poetry, colouring & puzzle books (large print, for all ages), calendars, blank greeting cards & gift tags :Athlete & Artist, Australian ABCs, Absolutely Awetistic Arts, Animated Animals,Bird Tales, Brilliant Bangkok

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Essendon Teen Paintings On Show12 Dec 10 @ 08:00am Baria Bol - Moonee Valley LeaderPATRICK Francis has added "artist" to his long list of impressive achievements. The Essendon teen, who is autistic with intellectual & developmental delay, has 2 works on show at Federation Square. Up & Away in my Beautiful Balloons & Ruby Sun & Raging Sea are part of this week's ADEC ArtAbility exhibition at the Atrium. The free exhibition shows work by artists with an intellectual / physical disability & is open daily from 9am-5pm until next Tuesday. Patrick's mother, Sandra, said art was a great avenue of expression for her son, 18."Considering Patrick doesn't speak much, we thought art would be a great avenue ... so we enrolled him in Arts Project Australia where he has been involved in several exhibitions," Mrs Francis said. "I see him painting rainbows, fruit & butterflies with soft music playing in the background. He's even getting into three-dimensional art with the help of his sister."Leslie, 20, often helps her brother with colours, textures & ideas. Flame-Carrier With Flair 29 Mar 2010 Moonee Valley Leader Pg 11 Kristin OwenA MULTI-TALENTED Essendon youngster will carry the Flame of Hope through the Melbourne CBD next month as part of Australia's biggest fun run. Patrick Francis will carry the Flame of Hope as part of the Special Olympics. The run sees community members carry the flame alongwith police officers from now until April 19 through 40 cities across six states and territories. The Run with the LAW supports Special Olympics Australia, a charity that transforms the lives of people with an intellectual disability through regular sports participation & social inclusion.Patrick Francis, 18, is an ardent sports fan; he's a swimmer, golfer & tenpin bowling competitor. And he's learning tennis.Patrick is also a talented artist, having won grants & prizes & exhibited works at Federation Square. One of Patrick's recent sporting achievements was an individual gold medal & team silver medal at the Tenpin Bowling State Games in Wodonga. ''I love Special Olympics. I love friends & fun,'' said Patrick, who has autism & limited speech. His mum, Sandra Francis, said: ''Patrick looks forward to the training every week & catching up with his mates.'' Patrick Francis was awarded the Local Sporting Championship award for outstanding performance of an athlete.

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