For a second successive year Bulahdelah Central School Year 12 students have been invited to exhibit their work in The Gallery in The Garden, Tea Gardens' student art competition.
Another year affected by COVID did little to deter students from creating inspiring works under the expert tutelage of school visual arts teacher, Sue Cross.
"Our successful partnership with the Gallery in the Gardens is unique, enabling our senior art students to publicly display and sell their artworks," humanities head teacher, Vanessa Shultz said.
"We cannot thank them enough for their kind encouragement and support of our young artists."
This year, students were forced to create most of their works in a home environment, using technological platforms to communicate with their teacher and receive that all-important feedback.
A pandemic can't stop creativity.BCS humanities head teacher, Vanessa Shultz
"The creations are fantastic and include painting, drawing, batik making and lino prints.
"A pandemic can't stop creativity."
The highly anticipated award ceremony occurred by Zoom with first place and a $500 prize going to Jy King-Stow, encouragement award and $200 donated by local member, Kate Washington was given to Sophia Stubbs, $50 and highly commended went to the intricate and expressive drawings by Nick Johnson., and $50 and a merit award went to the delightful batik designs by Georgia McKillop-Davis.
"Congratulations to Sue Cross and her talented class for their excellence and determination.
"I am very proud to be associated with this amazing opportunity and community partnership and look forward to what next year's artists will create."
A word from the artists themselves...
Jaime Grant: Vincent, Frida and Egyptian Me. My portraits are an exploration of the self through the lens of influential artists Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and my recently uncovered Egyptian heritage. I have flirted with unique colour, historical styles and collage in this personal postmodern appropriation of my individual identity.
Nicholas Johnston: Inspiration. My portraits embody the artistry of Vincent Van Gogh and Brett Whiteley, conveying their anguish, whilst alluding to the hidden thoughts in each artist's mind.
Annee-Rose Perry: Strength. My painting captures the female strength within my family. My portraiture is surrounded by significant post-modern symbols and unique, vibrant colours to convey the power and inspiration I draw from the women in my life.
Jy King-Stow: Yeah Fam. Yeah Fam is a personal, reflective collection of artworks integrating signs, symbols and unique colours upon contemporary sporting items significant to my life. As an indigenous artist, I have explored my culture and made connections to my unique heritage and many siblings.
Sophia Stubbs: Mum, Celeste and Me! My drawings depict my family in a series of connected portraits, reimagined from old photographs. Learning the art of crochet from my Mum during lock down to fashion traditional flowers of Chile, I wanted to capture and represent my heritage and the importance of my family.
Georgia McKillop-Davis: Memories. My vivid batik of an octopus and lino print of a turtle are representative of my wonderful holidays as a child where our family ventured to the ocean. These artworks are indicative of childhood joy experienced in the beauty of our natural environment.
Jessica Moseley: Wildflowers