THE Ocean Shores Art Expo (OSAE) has become a major fixture on the Northern Rivers calendar, with this year attracting 768 entries - 588 from primary and secondary school students - and over 1000 attendees over the three-day event.
"The quality of works goes up each year," organiser Ri Fraser said. "I am thrilled by those who use this show's platform to enter the public art arena for the first time, overcoming that line between 'It's just a hobby' and not showing anyone, to being seen and validated and therefore empowered as an artist."
South Golden Beach photographer Jane Rantall said she was surprised and excited to be awarded first place in the Photographic & Digital Art division for the second year in a row.
"It's a complete validation when other people appreciate your work," she said. "It's incredibly confronting for an artist to have your work critiqued in a public forum, which is probably why I avoided entering competitions up until recently." This year's theme of Home inspired a diversity of works spanning six categories.
"Artists depicted warm, cosy, quirky, funny places, while some images evoked compassion and care for those who are displaced and have no home," Ri said.Winners and special commendations across all categories can be viewed at www.osartexpo.com
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