Save the bridge!
The first Art Expo was held in 2004. The theme was “The Brunswick River Bridge” which was to be demolished by the RTA to make way for the highway.
The intention was, despite the inevitable demolition of the 70-year old little bridge which the locals cherished, we would help to preserve its memory by painting it. Therefore, today there exist about 40 paintings of the historic timber bridge spread around the region.
Themes through the years
‘Looking Back’ references the wonderful work and passing of our local historian Frank Mills with his incredible collection of stories, images and documents. The Vale Award has become the Frank Mills Historical Award in recognition of his contribution to the Community and the early years of the Art Expo.
‘Moving Forward’ references the spirit and resilience of our community moving forward after Covid and the recent floods.