ART WINNERS: Ocean Shores Art Expo winners Lois Baldwin, Roslyn Harris, Aqua, Cheryl Bailey and Christine Starzynski.
ART WINNERS: Ocean Shores Art Expo winners Lois Baldwin, Roslyn Harris, Aqua, Cheryl Bailey and Christine Starzynski. Veda Dante

Art show success

ORGANISERS have called the eighth annual Ocean Shores Art Expo “a spectacular success” after more than a thousand people flocked to the popular community event last weekend.

Ocean Shores Public School auditorium was transformed into a visual smorgasbord as 235 works of art – 173 of those submitted from primary school students – interpreted this year’s “Life’s Surpr!ses” theme.

“I love how this show brings people together who may never otherwise meet each other,” OSAE president Ri Fraser said.

“It is part of the committee’s impulse to create community through the creative arts, and we feel we succeeded.”

Winners from all six categories were announced at the opening last Friday, attended by 350 people.

First placeholders included Ellysa Brennan (mixed media), Cheryl Bailey (oil on canvas), Jules Hun (photography and digital art), Colleen Darosa (printmaking, drawing and Pastels), Cate Cormack (watercolour and gouache) and Michelle Eabry (sculpture).

More of a community event than a competition, Ocean Shores Art Expo credits much of its success to the army of volunteers who make it happen year after year.

“The art expo was initially under the umbrella of the local Lions club and we are grateful to the Lions Brunswick Heads/Mullumbimby volunteers for long hours of gracious, flowing and good-humoured effort,” Ri said.

“Thanks also to Frank Mills for his popular and colourful history presentations, Pete Pinza for continuous magnificent watercolour demonstrations over the weekend, and musicians Tim Stokes, Toby and Simon Andrews, Cheynne Murphy, Rod Murray and Jim Labelle.”

View the complete catalogue at www.osartexpo.com.


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