The Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival has many great artists to showcase each year alongside this year’s Feature Artist

Art Judging Categories & Prizes


1st Prize = $200

A figure or portrait study

Still Life

1st Prize = $200

An arrangement of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter


1st Prize = $200

Art depicting a natural scenery such as mountains, rivers, beaches and valleys


1st Prize = $200

Only framed submissions will be accepted


1st Prize = $200

A random composition of shape, form, colour and line it does not depict an object, person or place within the natural world

Printmaking / Drawing

1st Prize = $200

Only framed submissions will be accepted into the exhibition


Judge’s Choice = $500


Opening Night from 7.30pm

Current Feature Artist

2018 Artist Coming Soon

Past Feature Artists

Doreen Shaw

Growing up in Balmain and Drummoyne, drawing was always a favourite past time of Doreen’s. During a secretarial career, she studied art with Prof. Bissietta’s Art School in Pitt Street, Sydney for several years before marrying and raising three children. Moving to Wollongong in the 70’s, she completed a part time Art Certificate with TAFE, followed by many workshops with prominent artists.

In 1987 Doreen was accepted into the Australian Society of Miniature Art and was a member of several Art Societies and was also actively engaged in the running of an Artists’ co-operative known as Gallery 188 in Wollongong Mall for 13 years, and President for 3 years.

She has been exhibiting and competing since 1980 nationally and in USA and has held 22 successful solo exhibitions and has received over 160 awards. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

In the 90’s Doreen travelled extensively overseas and visited many famous Art Galleries in Europe and America and saw many famous and inspiring artists’ work.

Her current favourite medium is Gouache. She loves colour and design and also likes to experiment with mixed media and has found there are always new doors to open which never fails to excite her.

Carolyn Lakiss

Carolyn completed a Bachelor of Education at UNSW and a Master of Education at Sydney University.  She has been a teacher and now a Deputy Principal at several New South Wales primary schools.

Carolyn has been consciously developing her art practice since 2002. She is addicted to drawing and is known for her ability to express abstract ideas using mixed media. Her work concentrates on using drawing techniques and working these into painted surfaces.

Carolyn has won numerous awards and her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Nicole Southworth

Australian artist, Nicole Southworth grew up in Sydney on the beaches and waterways of it’s southern suburbs.

Nicole demonstrated an artistic flair from a young age and by the age of 19 she was exhibiting her oil paintings in prominent galleries in Sydney. Nicole held her first solo exhibition at the age of 21 and has had many sell-out solo exhibitions since, mostly within the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. She has now been painting full time for 20 years.

Her creative talents have won her prizes and high acclaim all over the country. Her commissions include the Spanish Embassy in Sydney, Qantas Airlines, Time Magazine USA, Colonial First State, GIO, and her artwork is part of the prestigious Art Collection at the Australian Consulate in Toronto, Canada. Nicole’s artwork formed part of package of work that was sold to the Sultan of Brunei. Her paintings have also been seen in Australian Artist Magazine.

See more of Nicole’s work here

Michele Forbes

Michele’s work is characterised by rich, vivid colours filled with excitement and energy. Her works has the ability to turn a somewhat everyday subject into the mysterious and exciting.

Michele believes that a painting holds the artist’s passion and energy of the subject and loves to express passion and energy of the subject and loves to express this with movement in all of her works. Michele has conducted many group and solo exhibitions.

Daniel Hutchings

Specialises in:
– portraiture;
– seascapes and landscapes;
– cubism;
– abstraction.

Preferred media are oil on stretched canvas and charcoal on archival paper. He is represented by many of the galleries in southern Sydney, as well as regional galleries along the east coast of New South Wales.

Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker born in Bathurst, NSW, decided to follow a burning passion he had held since childhood to become an artist at age 30.

Having worked for the past 30 years in acrylics, oils, and printing mediums, Ken’s works can be found hanging in Corporate venues, Commercial Galleries and hundreds of private collections, both nationally and internationally.

Recent ventures in Ken’s art career has seen him be a finalist in Art Battles Australia in Sydney.

Ken tutors art at 30 plus schools in the Sutherland Shire, conducts private art classes, and contributes to many regional art scenes by judging competitions, conducting workshops, and freely sharing his knowledge and passion in assisting Exhibition Installations.

From portraiture, both humans and animals; to landscapes, still life and abstraction, Ken’s varied subject matter reflects his ongoing technical interest in the use of light and colour.

Christine Griffiths

Christine is a Sydney based artist living in Cronulla, working in watercolour, acrylics and mixed media.  All subject matter is of interest to Christine, including portraits, with nature being the most alluring subject to her.

Christine’s journey into art started ten years ago in the watercolour class at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea. Since this time Christine has endeavoured to expand her knowledge attending workshops with other artists and has previously attended experimental art at Hazelhurst Gallery.

Christine’s preference is for subjects painted in a manner between reality and abstraction, and where possible likes to employ the use of hand-made papers into her artworks which are sourced in her travels overseas.

Christine has been part of several group exhibitions at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, the Botanic Gardens Sydney and also exhibited at the Royal Easter Show.  Christine’s work has been published in the Australian Artist Magazine and was a finalist in their art Challenge “Flowers and Gardens”.

Several of her paintings have gone to overseas buyers as well as Kareena Hospital in Caringbah. See more of Christine’s work at

Gail Rutland

Gail Rutland is a creative and bright and unique Australian artist with over 30 years experience and is always experimenting with different mediums to achieve just that perfect creative effect required and has developed her own original style. She paints a wide selection of landscape, floral, abstract and figurative works.

Gail has won numerous awards and her painting can be found in many private and corporate collections both in Australia and overseas.

Annette Webb

Annette Webb is a local artist who has worked with many mediums for over 20 years. In the last few years she has taught Aboriginal art to students at TAFE and her inspiration comes from a desire to succeed.

Annette’s works have been incorporated into publications such as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cadetship Program for the NSW Public sector and have been purchased by the Chinese and Japanese Embassies.

John Corby

John Corby lives in the Sutherland Shire. John’s paintings are traditional in essence, they have a wonderful ‘painterly’ feel which is much admired by both the public and his peers.

John paints primarily in oils and his subjects range from landscapes, the occasional still life, to popular coastal scenes. His paintings are full of activity as he captures people enjoying themselves in everyday life and leisure.

Marilyn Raynsford

Marilyn Raynsford (Maz) has now been painting on canvas for five years, she needed some colour for her walls in her newly built home so made some small panels of abstracts which her friends noticed and encouraged her to sell in a local shop. They sold quite well the first year, so realising this, an opening came up for a gallery in Milton in 2006, Marilyn moved in and hasn’t looked back, she now paints full time.

The gallery is open weekends and holidays as Marilyn works on creating the artworks in her home studio Monday to Friday. She loves what she does and is happy to create artworks for her customers in their colours.

She was recently successful in winning a competition to design a logo and graphics for the popular Ulladulla Food and Wine festival, Harbourfest to be held in November. Marilyn’s work can be viewed on her website