Art

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

In 2018 we celebrate the 48th Anniversary of our Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival, which is once again brought to you by the parents and citizens of Oyster Bay Public School.

Each year we have some amazing works of art presented for our competition and this year appears to be no exception. We invite you to enter this years Art competition and look forward to seeing you over the weekend.

Artists who have previously been successful in selling artworks at the Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival may apply in writing to the Art Committee to exhibit up to 5 artworks. The committee will have ultimate and final discretion to accept any applications.

Key Dates

ART ENTRIES FOR 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED

Delivery of Artworks:

– Thursday 24th May 2018, Noon – 6.00pm

– Delivered to Oyster Bay Public School (Infants Site on Phillip Street)

Exhibition Times:

– Friday 25th May 2018 (Opening Night) from 7.30pm

– Saturday 26th May 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm

– Sunday 27th May 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Official Opening Night and Preview:

At the school Friday 25th May 2018 from 7.30pm

Artists admitted free of charge, but persons accompanying artists will be invited to purchase a ticket at $30.00 each through the School Office on 9528-7525.

Collection of Unsold Artworks:

Sunday 27th May 2018, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Art Judging Categories & Prizes

Figurative

1st Prize = $200

A figure or portrait study

Landscape

1st Prize = $200

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

Watercolour

1st Prize = $200

Only framed submissions will be accepted

Abstract

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

Still Life

1st Prize = $200

An arrangement of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter

Printmaking / Drawing

1st Prize = $200

Only framed submissions will be accepted into the exhibition

MAJOR PRIZE

Judge’s Choice = $500

PRESENTATION

Opening Night from 7.30pm

Current Feature Artist

Gai Grayson

Gai often draws her inspiration for painting from the natural world. In particular, she loves to represent the beauty of detail in close examination of bark and stone.

The abstract patterns of waves breaking, of cracking, peeling bark and wind-blown leaves also feature in many of her paintings. Whilst working in various media she always returns to the joy of flooding paper with water and pigment to create soft backgrounds for detailed close-ups of both natural and man-made objects.

Her paintings are held in private collections throughout Australia, the UK and in the USA.

More Information

Gai was born in Wollongong and moved to Sydney as a child. She had a passion for drawing and painting which was rewarded with a prize in the MLC Insurance Company’s Annual Art Competition and Exhibition in 1967.

For many years after this, academic pursuits took over and Gai completed her education at Sydney University before commencing a 12 year career as an English and History teacher.

For 2 years in 1986-7 Gai, her husband Richard and daughter Alex toured through Europe, and their visits to the great galleries combining with the spectacles of the landscape inspired Gai to recommence sketching. When she returned to Australia, however, a new career took over, and she spent the next 13 years working with Myer Grace Bros in training, customer service and store management roles.

Then in 2000 Gai was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed dramatically. Unable to work during the intensive period of treatment, Gai finally had the time to return to painting. She enrolled in a watercolour course at Hazelhurst and met the women who became her friends and teachers in this artistic medium. Early in 2003, Gai retired so that she could focus her free time on travel and painting.

Since that time Gai has exhibited her work at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, at The St George Regional Gallery and at The Palm House exhibition space in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. She has also conducted demonstrations and workshops for various Art Societies in Sydney.

She has won awards with Sutherland Art Society in 2006, 2007 and 2011, at Oyster Bay Arts Festival in 2006, 2010 and in 2014 and at the Point Wollstonecraft Art Week in 2008 and 2012. In September 2008 she was awarded an art scholarship and first prize in the inaugural Art After Five national competition, sponsored by Novartis and the Breast Cancer Institute.

She is a founding member of the Watercourse Artists Association and has co-jointly organised and exhibited in all Watercourse Exhibitions staged by this art society. The fifteenth Watercourse Exhibition will be held at the Palm House in April-May 2019.

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

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 www.abstractartform.com.au

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 www.cronullaartist.com

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.