Shores festival sparks imagination
THIS weekend, Ocean Shores Public School in cooperation with Ocean Shores Art Expo will hold the area's biggest annual community event, the Ocean Shores Festival of the Imagination.
The event is entirely devoted to the artistic talents of the school's students, their parents and community members who will exhibit the artworks they've completed over the last year at Ocean Shores Public School's hall.
However, the festival isn't just about artworks, it also includes dance performances, workshops, live music, film screenings, festival markets and wetland tours through the school's 'magical paperbark wetland' led by one of the school's student guides.
School principal Chris Hauritz said the event gave Ocean Shores Art Expo a place to hold its annual art exhibition while it offered the school the chance to get the locals to visit and get more familiar with the school and its facilities.
Ocean Shores Art Expo is a community initiative which aims to give the greater Ocean Shores community an opportunity to participate in a local cultural event and encourage a sense of cohesion.
Local artists of all ages can participate in the art show which aims to highlight and celebrate the natural beauty of the Brunswick Valley.
This year, the ninth annual art expo will be held in conjunction with Ocean Shores Public School's Festival of the Imagination and includes a large number of artworks by the school's students.
The students will also showcase their rock 'n roll, rap and contemporary jazz dance moves while the school's dance story group will perform its latest tale in motion.
Dancers Kaia Shearer, Shelly Booth and Bella Lengyel said preparing for their performance had meant getting up extra early "in the freezing cold while getting bitten by mozzies and missing out on play breaks".
The efforts were well worth it though as the girls got the opportunity to dance with their friends, have some fun and "get on stage and get noticed".
The event will run from 10am until 4pm this Saturday and Sunday at Ocean Shores Public School at Shara Blvd, North Ocean Shores.