ART EXPO: Where are the wild things? At Ocean Shores of course.
ART EXPO: Where are the wild things? At Ocean Shores of course. Contributed

Wild things at Ocean Shores Art Expo

OCEAN Shores is expecting an invasion with wild things set to overrun the town at the end of August, and everyone is invited to help capture them.

No traps or weapons are required, but tools could include paint brushes, canvases, and various types of clay, cameras, paints or any artistic medium.

But there is no need to panic, it's time again for the Ocean Shores Art Expo and this year's theme is Wild Things.

The expo committee is welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds to try their hand and show their creative side by capturing something wild in an art form.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for artistic expression," Schools Co-ordinator Richard Heazlewood-Ross said.

"It's a fun theme that opens up an infinite number of possibilities in a range of art forms.

"It's a chance for everyone and anyone to unleash the wild thing within and let their imagination run wild."

Committee secretary Mary Bernard said the art expo was renowned for fostering emerging artists.

"It's an incredible showcase of local talent and a coming together of the community to share ideas, express themselves and have a lot of fun in the process," she said.

"With a theme like Wild Things, who knows what will be captured.

"We are really looking forward to seeing this year's works."

Now in its 12th year, the expo was born when the old bridge over the Brunswick River was demolished to make way for a new one.

The community was invited to paint the old structure as a lasting image of the iconic bridge, with 40 paintings gracing the walls.

This kicked off what has become a huge expo, with up to 750 paintings from schools and the community exhibited last year.

"The expo has really taken off," Mr Heazlewood-Ross said.

But this is not a case of "art for art's sake"; the expo puts heart into art by donating profits to charity.

Last year's "Home" theme not only provided a flurry of amazing artwork, but saw the Byron Youth House, Grace Space and the Mullumbimby Soup Kitchen receiving donations as a result.

The expo has six art categories, including Water Colour and Gouche, Printmaking, Drawing and Pastels, Oil and Acrylic, Mixed Media, Sculpture and Photographic and Digital Art, with prizes in each to the value of $700.

It runs from Friday, August 28 to Sunday August 30.

For more information on this year's art expo go to: www.osartexpo.com or call Clancy Bernard on 0432 374 662.


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