OUR STORY Ocean Shores Art Expo
In 2004 a group of Ocean Shores residents bonded through organizing colourful performance protests about the location of an upcoming super-highway.
With that issue over, they realized that an uplifting and imaginative community event was needed to continue bringing people together. They came up with the idea of the Art Expo to celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of our uniquely creative population.
The local residents' vision was actively supported by the Brunswick Mullumbimby Lions Club, whose members have maintained an ongoing commitment to the event.
OF OCEAN SHORES ART EXPO
- an opportunity for the Ocean Shores community to host a regional cultural event which encourages an evolving sense of cohesiveness within the community;
- an opportunity for artists and school students of all ages and skills to participate in a community art show thereby fostering innovation and creativity;
- an event which brings together volunteers from the residential, educational, service organisations and business community;
- a sense of belonging through local history perspectives;
when possible, funding support for local community organisations.
This year is the 15th annual Art Expo in Ocean Shores. During the years we have seen the Expo grow from small beginnings and are delighted that a local grassroots initiative has been well received and supported by the community.
We feel our aims are being fulfilled every time the art entries pour in; when a beginner receives an award; when old and young gather at the gallery to chat; when people celebrate their art, their history and connectedness.