The 2017 Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival has many great artists to showcase particularly this year’s feature artist 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.