Ettalong Beach Arts and Craft Centre up and running again

Sarah Vaughn and Helen Cobb in patchwork class

After a long period of suspended classes, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre (EBACC) is finally back up and running with an exhibition planned, a new committee, and many classes scheduled.

President Peter Mullholland said operations were suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19 and was excited to reintroduce classes now that restrictions had eased.

“We look forward to seeing some beautiful creations being made in readiness for our annual exhibition near the end of the year,” Mullholland said.

“We have the Peninsula Community Centre booked for our exhibition and sale in October 2021 – let’s make it a great one.”

A new EBACC committee was elected at the club’s Annual General Meeting, with Mullholland elected as President, Jim O’Mara as Vice President, Keith Weir as Treasurer, and Jenny Knibb as Secretary.

“Many thanks to all who helped keep the ship afloat during this torrid year,” Mulholland added.

“The new EBACC committee will succeed because of stable foundations laid by many past dedicated people.”

Students and tutors have also continued to enter local and regional exhibitions and have excelled in winning many prizes and commendations.

Classes and tutorials on offer at EBACC include craft classes, jewellery making, patchwork, stitching, and pottery, with some new members already intrigued by the art.

“Our pottery group has been pleased to welcome some brand new members who have taken that first step to becoming fascinated with the magic of watching clay take shape—once enchanted by this experience; there is no looking back,” Mullholland said.

“Our intrepid potters have, at last, also had a shelter installed that will provide a little relief from the summer sun; this shelter also allows the roller door to be open and let a breeze through that is very welcome under the heat of a tin roof.”

EBACC has also received support from Central Coast Council with maintenance around the centre, including the new roundabout, new paved parking bays, and improved access to the centre.

Newsletter, Mar 17
Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre