Over 60 local artists to exhibit in Bays Art Show

With the Bay’s Art Show set to return to the Peninsula in July, local artists from across the Coast are being encouraged to sign up now to get involved.

Up to 60 local artists are expected to exhibit a range of paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and prints at the two-day event which will launch on July 16 at the Bays Community Hall in Woy Woy.

Artists living across the Coast are invited to submit up to four artworks for sale by completing an entry form before the closing date on July 2.

Previous shows at the Bay have only exhibited six artists’ work from the Peninsula, so this year’s decision to welcome up to 60 artists is a significant increase.

Coordinator of the show, Naomi Veitch, said the show will provide artists with an opportunity to showcase their talent, sell artwork, and be in the running for some local prizes.

“Over the past year, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the arts across Australia… this year we decided to help our local artists by creating an event where they could finally show and sell their original artworks and prints,” Veitch said.

“As the major fundraiser for the Bays Community Group, cancelling Art Show last year due to the pandemic [meant] no fundraising events took place at all, but the bills kept coming.

“It had already been on our minds for a while to change the format to include a larger variety of artists as the Hall is a decent sized space that can accommodate the artwork, so the timing couldn’t be better.”

Veitch said visitors to the show will have the opportunity to vote on their farvourite artwork which will contribute to the outcome of the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

“The Bays Art Show is a much-loved social event for residents to get together and celebrate the talent and creativity of Central Coast artists,” Veitch said.

For local artists wanting to be involved in the show, the entry form can be downloaded from the Bays Community website and sent to naomiveitchartist@gmail.com.

Maisy Rae