Art Expo winners share $7000 prize money

This year’s Ocean Shores Art Expo attracted almost 200 entries despite disruptions created by the pandemic.

Art Expo president Elizabeth Tomlinson said the organising committee had been delighted to receive so many entries.

“The backup plan of moving to an exclusively online expo to avoid the challenges of Covid lockdowns has been successful,” she said.

“We have many talented artists in our community.”

The winners, announced on October 9, have shared more than 7000 in prize money, including three recipients of the inaugural Byron School of Art Development Award, funded by the Art Expo.

The Expo also donated $1000 this year to the Mullumbimby branch of disability support group REDInc to enable it to buy art supplies.

The Art Expo will be open for online viewing and sales until November 9.

Ocean Shores Art Expo prize winners: 

Vale Award 

Coral Larke, Lockgown 


1st Megumi Watanabe, Moth II

2nd Darren Gallagher, Echoes of Time

Highly Commended Craig O’Brien, Light one up


1st Peter Faulkner-Roberts, Emu Dreaming

2nd Dave Hickson, Brunswick Heads Breakwall

HC Kate Knowles, River jumper

Oil & Acrylic

1st Karena Wynn-Moylan, My Feet followed the Light

2ndJohn Corby, Late Afternoon Panuara

HC Alanah Ramsay, Alanah’s Cat

HC Konstantina, Ken Done’s Aboriginal Aunty


1st Jenna Balk, Nostalgia

2nd Janet Halliday, Natives Still Life

HC Dellene Strong, Summer Curl

Mixed Media

1st Gala Jane, I’m An Artist

2nd Elizabeth Bates, Chinny Charge – Anything Goes

HC Heather Matthew, The 44


1st Chelle Wallace, Purple Banksia and Magpie

2nd Greg Hughes, Concrete Poetry

HC Tomas Trinkl, Demasking the Tyrants and Puppeteers

Digital Art

1st Carla Thackrah, Self Portrait #1

2nd Cameron Pitcher, Fertilitree

HC Col Dyte, Mormor’s Birdhouse

Brisbane School of Art Development Award:

Carolyn Rose, Fawn – Sculpture/3D art

Zion Stewart, Down by the River – Oil and Acrylic

Michelle Walker, Fire’s on (Mt Nardi) – Mixed Media

Media contact: Elizabeth Allen