Art expo launched
The bar was busy, the atmosphere festive and everyone had an opinion on their favourite pieces of art.
Despite the chilly evening, the 2010 Ocean Shores Art Expo opening night last Friday drew one of its biggest crowds ever into its new home at the Ocean Shores Public School to kick off the weekend’s jam-packed program of activities.
Art Expo president Ri Fraser estimated an extra 100 people came out to join the opening night party, compared with last year.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the turnout – it was one big joyous community party,” she said.
Ms Fraser congratulated the artists on the outstanding quality of work.
“The bar was raised yet again – the artists keep getting better and better each year,” she said.
First place winners who took home $500 prizes included Petrina Seale with ‘Floating Form’ (oil and acrylic), David Shaw with ‘Earth Maiden’ (sculpture), Aesha Kennedy with ‘Passing Clouds’ (watercolour and gouache), Gary Worley with ‘Morning Rush – New Brighton’ (printmaking, drawing and pastel), Judy Boreham with ‘Elemental Dawn’ (photo and digital art) and Michelle Eabry with ‘The Night my Mother Died’ (mixed media).
The Viewer’s Choice award went to Rodney Abbey for ‘Water Dreaming’ – a painting of Aboriginal children playing in the water that captured the attention and admiration of expo attendees. Mr Abbey received $150 cash and a $150 voucher for Wayward Gallery / Still @ the centre at Byron Bay.
Ms Fraser said Saturday’s and Sunday’s activities went remarkably smoothly.
“Being at the school this year felt really beautiful – the market was there on the grounds, there were community canvasses, a cafe, great music and flow of people coming through who were intrigued and excited,” she said.
Frank Mills’ book launch on Sunday was also a great success.
“People were really entranced by Frank and hearing him tell the stories of our place – it helps to connect us all to the earth we live on and to know what’s gone before,” Ms Fraser said.
“It was also really lovely to see people getting around with their palm butt weavings ... what a great opportunity people had to learn some beautiful traditional craft.”
Ms Fraser thanked the judges and the Ocean Shores Public School for being so welcoming, co-operative and helpful.
“It’s a marriage made in heaven and we look forward to working with the school again next year,” she said.