Great Lakes Art Society (GLAS) opened this year's open exhibition late last month to great acclaim and praise for the outstanding quality of entries.
The 2021 major sponsor was Ray White, which was represented at the event by Daniel Cross, Grady O'Neill and Kate O'Sullivan.
The support of sponsors attracts a wider variety and quality of work and GLAS is grateful for their support.
Now in its 39th year, the exhibition, extends to April 18 and has drawn entries from throughout Australia. and attracts many artists, their friends and families to Forster to attend the exhibition and enjoy some time in the area.
The exhibition was opened by local member, Stephen Bromhead who said he was enthusiastic about plans for GLAS to expand by building a dedicated classroom which will expand capacity and improve the cultural appropriateness of the art making space.
GLAS hopes it can fund the project through a BLER (Bushfire Local Economic Recovery) grant.
A concept design, which also includes a dedicated learning area a sculpture garden/cafe, was created by architect and grand-daughter of local artists, Val Wright, Imogene Potter and her husband.
As part of the effort to be more inclusive, GLAS is now joined by an Indigenous elders art group who meet on Thursday mornings.
This is attended by elders from a diverse collection of Aboriginal mobs who enjoy the friendships that their art has brought them.
On Wednesdays an acquired brain Injury group meets to create art and enjoy each other's friendship.
GLAS also has classes in watercolour, oils and pastels.
These classes have to be suspended during exhibitions because GLAS does not have a dedicated classroom space.
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