The Vale Award has been donated by Elizabeth Tomlinson who retired to Middle Pocket in 2016. Elizabeth operates a luxury Farm Stay and breeds Hereford cattle on her farm.
She has been involved in the art industry for over 40 years, as a collector, Foundation member and Contemporary Patron of QAGOMA, and generally supporting emerging artists. Elizabeth has also been working as a volunteer guide for this gallery for many years.
The Vale Award is chosen by the Ocean Shores Art Expo Committee and provides an added level of recognition to Expo artists.