Winners 2017


The 14th Ocean Shores Art Expo was another huge success, with 50 art works sold by local artists, 16 more than last year.

The theme ”Spirit of The Land” brought out the best in all of the exhibiting artists with some of the school work of an exceptional quality. The Rainbow region is creating spectacular new artists.

Choosing a winner by committee is often a difficult task. This year the committee’s Expo Prize choice was unanimous – The winning art work by photographer Mary Mccarthy is called Bapi and Gutharra (Snake and Grandchild.)

Bapi and Gutharra Expo overall winner Mary Maccarthy

Other prize winners were:

  • Mixed media – Janet Mackay
  • Watercolour – Johann Sobotta
  • Oil & Acrylic – Libby Valentine
  • Sculpture – Alison Allcock
  • Printmaking, Drawing and Pastels – Liz Barker
  • Photographic and Digital – Rose Dadon

Next year’s theme of “Treasures” was announced at the awards ceremony.

Huge thanks to our generous and talented judges: Oil & Acryclic Michelle Dawson, Photographic and Digital Ken Ball, Sculpture Catherine Lee, Watercolour, Gouache & Mixed Media Zom Osbourne, Printmaking, Drawing and Pastels Virginia Reid.

Art went throughout out the weekend with 40 artworks created on Sunday morning at the Alcohol Inks interactive workshop with Rosie Kaplan. In the afternoon, Dangerously Poetic offered beautiful and thought provoking poetry and sinuous hula dancing.

The whole event could not happen without input from countless volunteers or support from Sponsors. The committee is very grateful for everyone’s support.

Mixed Media winner Janet Mackay
Mixed Media winner Janet Mackay
Winner Oil and Acrylics Libby Valentine
Winner Oil and Acrylics Libby Valentine