History of The Ocean Shores Art Expo
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 exists about 40 paintings of the historic timber bridge spread around the region.
Themes through the years
Spirit of the Land
This theme prompted a rich diversity of interpretations and was one of our most soulful exhibitions.
2016 asked a question “What Matters?” to distil what is really important to you in your life and your world
2015 was a year of great appeal to the “Wild Things” within and around us
In response to the local and global issue of homelessness, we invited artists to paint to the theme “Home”.
It's all about the light
A quote by the late great artist Margaret Olley who was born in Lismore and always loved the Northern Rivers Region. Her colourful rooms from Paddington, The Hat Factory, have been recreated at the Tweed Gallery.
This is What I Love
We noticed an uplifting feeling in the gallery with this love theme.
In 2011 we reflected on “Life’s Surprises”, those things that delight, amaze and stop us in our tracks.
In 2010 our theme, "The Elements", reflected the way that we interact with earth, water, fire, air.
Seeds of change
This gave artists a chance to respond to the many global and local changes.
In 2008 the political year started with a deeply powerful formal apology from the Commonwealth Government to the Aboriginal Stolen Generations.
The Environment – Our Place, Our Face
With global urgency of environmental issues, this theme produced some strong commentary about the fragility and beauty of the earth.
Colours of our Valley
This theme inspired many stunning images.
The Brunswick River
The images captured the love that people share of this iconic river.
The Brunswick River Bridge
This has ensured 40 images of the bridge remain in our local history. An inspiring start to the Art Expo's commitment to community.