Smooth sailing for Bay Gallery

Sculptor, Leasha Craig, welding the design, Inset: Finished sculpture Photos: Lisa Haymes

It’s now smooth sailing for the Bay Gallery in Ettalong Beach after a brand-new makeover left the exhibit with a unique attraction.

The gallery received a major transformation last month including new decking, a new awning and the finishing touches of a stainless-steel sculpture.

The ‘Smooth Sailing’ sculpture, which adorns the front awning of the Broken Bay Rd Gallery, is the latest creation of local artist Leasha Craig.

The sculpture, which took over two months to create, is said to be inspired by the leadlight, stained glass windows which have been placed throughout the gallery.

The design also incorporates a new labour-intensive technique from Craig – spot-welding stainless steel round bar and braided stainless-steel wire.

Craig said she is passionate about highlighting the importance of art in our society.

“I enjoy the public art component of my practice which gives me the opportunity to create art that the whole community can enjoy and a way of contributing to the beautification of the residential and commercial areas on the Coast,” Craig said.

Craig has also installed public artworks at the War Memorial at Terrigal Foreshore and the Cenotaph at Club Toukley.

Locals can visit the new sculpture at the Gallery which is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10am till 3pm.

Media release, May 7
Art Studios Cooperative