The Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival has many great artists to showcase each year.

In 2020 we celebrate the 50th 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


Delivery of Artworks

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


Prizes Awarded


Official Opening

Opening Night


Exhibition Times

Saturday & Sunday


Collection of Unsold Artworks

Categories & Prizes


Judge’s Choice = $500

1st Prize = $200
Watercolour & Pastel
1st Prize = $200
1st Prize = $200
Oils & Acrylics
1st Prize = $200
Mixed & Other Media
1st Prize = $200

Current Feature Artist


Past Feature Artists

“Art has always been part of my life, starting at Grade School in North Dakota, USA where I was born and raised, winning awards through high school and the State Fair. After two years of College in North Dakota I applied and was successfully accepted into two art schools, Minneapolis and The City & Guilds Art School in Kennington, London. I choose London. Graduating after 4 years with a Diploma in Lettering and Advanced Diploma in Printmaking.

After having spent about 6 years in Glasgow, Scotland and London, I came to Sydney Australia in the early 80’s. Working for many years in various advertising jobs as a typesetter, layout artist and Desktop Publishing I took early retirement and starting painting full time.

I consider my work as Traditional with a touch of Impressionism, seascapes, landscapes, boats, birds, children playing on the beach, has been a favourite subject in watercolours and oils, having five granddaughters and two grandsons to photograph and study.

My Native American background has leaned me towards the Pow Wow Dancers and Feathers which has been the subject of my Printmaking as well as love of ‘Doorways’ mostly taken through Europe. I take hundreds of photos throughout my travels and paint in the comfort of my studio. Learning to ‘See’ early in my life, I find my subjects for ‘painting’ everywhere, ‘The Working Boats III’ was moored next to a café in Northern NSW.

I love using glazes to build up colour, light and darks, some paintings may take only hours while others can take months.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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