Ocean Shores Art Expo packs them in

ART CRITICS: Ocean Shores Public School kindergarten students are Jet Thornton and Samadhi Simmons. check out the exhibition.
ART CRITICS: Ocean Shores Public School kindergarten students are Jet Thornton and Samadhi Simmons. check out the exhibition. Veda Dante

OCEAN Shores Art Expo (OSAE) has evolved into a popular event, with this year's exhibition showcasing 600 artworks in 1800 square metres of space.

Not only did it attract 1000 one thousand visitors over the three-day event held at Ocean Shores Public School, but it also boasted the biggest public display of student art in Byron Shire, with 12 participating schools.

In honour of the Expo's tenth anniversary, the committee raised the student prize money to $1,450.

"By being acknowledged in this community exhibition, students develop a stronger sense of the importance of their creativity," said OSAE School Liaison Colin Tarbox.

"Seeing children proudly showing their work on display to family members really is a special moment."

Durrumbul Public School's Relieving Principal said it was a great community event to be involved in.

"The children at Durrumbul eagerly engage in and thrive on the opportunity to express themselves through art and have their efforts appreciated in the Ocean Shores Art Expo," said Brev Belleville.

Margot Anthony AM in opening the Expo praised the committee's efforts in creating a place for arts culture to flourish.

"She said she was amazed that the exhibition had grown from small beginnings to a strong ongoing event in ten years, making the point that small places can do big things," said OSAE president Ri Fraser said.

Opening night was described as being "alive and vibrant" with the hall abuzz with artists and art lovers exchanging ideas sparked by the artworks.

"My joy is in seeing the community get together in a creative way, with elders meeting kids, new residents meeting old, artists meeting business people, and conservative meeting radical families," Ri said.

Winners and special commendations across all categories - including the inaugural Krista Bernard Award - can be viewed at

Topics:  community visual arts

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