You could argue that home is not a place, it’s a feeling.  It’s also the theme for the 2014 Ocean Shores Art Expo, which Jane Rantall, winner of the 2013 photography section, and a photojournalist in ‘a previous life,’ is looking forward to exploring.

Having lived her life in one place with a stable, happy family, Jane heard adventure calling from far horizons. In her early twenties, unsure where she belonged, she spent several months living out of a small car, at one stage getting bogged in remote north Queensland. Jane waited weeks for assistance (Tarzan never arrived). Unfazed by her solitude, the highlight of each day was buying cold milk from a delivery truck. Such memories of freedom and simplicity contrast with present-day adult responsibilities, creature comforts and the warmth and joy of time with her children.

Life has come full circle for Jane Rantall, family is again the heart of ‘home’. See her artwork amongst hundreds more at the Opening Night of the Expo with awards, wine, food and music, on Friday 29 August at Shara Blvd Public School Auditorium at 7pm. The Expo opens daily from 10am to 4pm Friday 29 to Sunday 31.

Unearth your local potter on The North Coast Mud Trail

MudTrailArtist-ClairAtkinsFestivals on the north coast are renowned for their mud, but none have ever been so dependent on the oozy, sticky stuff until now.
On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August, potters throughout the country will throw open their doors to the public and 18 ceramic artists in the Byron Shire invite you to join them in 13 inspiring studios on the North Coast Mud Trail.

Unearth your local potter and get your hands dirty in a workshop, be inspired by artists’ talks, or purchase a piece of Australian ceramics.
Find the North Coast Mud Trail program in cafes and galleries or download your copy at

Studios are open from 10am till 4pm and entry is free.
Enquiries: Claire Atkins 0420 986 570 and Suvira McDonald 6684 9194.

Byron School of Arts – 2015 applications open

Applications are now open for 2015 year-long courses at The Byron School of Art. Courses include the foundation course Visual Art Portfolio 1 (VAP1), and for more experienced students, Visual Art Portfolio 2 (VAP2). An information session will be held on 28 August 4pm–6pm, at our new premises at 10 Station St, Bangalow. More information:

Soup ‘a Bowl

Mullumbimby Potters are holding a tasty fundraiser on Saturday 16 August (Mullum Market day) 12–3pm at the Drill Hall studio, Jubilee Ave, to sustain their weekly workshops for local artists with special needs. Buy a soup bowl, hand-crafted by the Mullum potters and then enjoy one of the delicious homemade soups (including gluten free). For over five years, the potters have self-funded this program, volunteering to inspire these special artists, valuing their creativity and promoting their artwork. Their fascinating works are now displayed among the Community Art Gallery’s diverse exhibition of ceramics and sculpture, operated by the Potters’ association on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Mullum Market Saturdays. So warm your heart, body and soul with a keepsake you can cherish. Any queries please contact Richard 0401 404 982.

New studio space

The Byron School of Art is pleased to announce a new studio space for long and short courses at 10 Station Street, Bangalow (the old hardware store). We are also introducing new short courses in Screenprinting and Photography, as well as short courses in Printmaking, Drawing, and Painting. For more information visit us on

Illuminating the landscape

Philip-Wolfhagen_The-Strewn-PathThe art of Philip Wolfhagen on display at Tweed Regional Gallery

The touring exhibition Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen is on display at Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 12 October. This stunning survey exhibition was developed by Newcastle Art Gallery in partnership with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Wolfhagen is a landscape painter and a master of creating works that capture changing light and mood. His paintings depict subtle changes in temperature and atmosphere.  Although his works appear to be specific in place, they are often amalgams of many places and times, bordering on the abstract, like a memory of a place once visited.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication sponsored by the Gordon Darling Foundation that features six new essays on the artist including The island seen and felt: some thoughts about landscape by renowned author Tim Winton.


Breath-exhibition-artists‘Painting to escape my crazy family – an excuse for quiet time, black coffee and a messy house. Once I start that’s all I want to do… reminds me that a woman can’t actually multitask; it’s all a hoax and I fell for it. But whatever. I find my own joy in thinking I’m awesome, then I’m shit, and somehow I work my way back to awesome. I like paint and colour and sparkles and getting high on fumes and no-one can take that away from me… or can they!? Breathe… inhale, exhale, scream!’

Breathe is a intimate exhibition by friends Cristina Sharratt and Kristel Warton. Friday 15 August, 6–8pm in the back room of The Eatery on Jonson, 18 Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Italian-influenced food and wine will be available for purchase from 6pm onwards. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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