An art show that has been held annually for more than 30 years has moved from a summertime slot, around Christmas, to Easter.
Organiser Lesley Gager says apart from the date, which is April 20, the Great Manly Art Show will be the same as ever – held in the same location on The Esplanade, Manly, and with around 30 artists displaying their work. There will also be a display of small boats.
One artist whose work has featured at the show for a few years now is Gulf Harbour resident Rob Brown.
Rob grew up on his family’s boat, sailing around the world in the 1980s. His sketchpad was never far from his side, with boat designs sparking his creativity in particular. He has grandparents on both sides of the family who were artists, and his parents joke that artistic talent skipped a generation.
Rob, 45, is a keen kayaker and the sea and boats still feature in his work, but he is also drawn to subject matter with character, such as old letterboxes, buildings or gnarled trees.
His black and white pen and pencil work is detailed and time consuming – it can take around 150 hours to complete a large work. Rob says he finds the process relaxing.
The Great Manly Art Show is on Easter Saturday, April 20 at 77 The Esplanade, Manly, from 10.30am and goes ahead rain or shine. Admission is free.