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30 January – 14 March “Summer in the Bay”as well as a “Holiday Jewels”

Reflecting the relaxed Australian way of life and emphasizing the environment of unique colours surrounding us during our holidays in the Bay. Our second exhibition Small paintings taken from sketchbook memories of holidays. Works in pastel, drawing, pen & wash. Feature Artists Kathy Murray from 30 Jan – 19 Feb followed by Judy Warren 20 Feb – 14 Mar. Feature Potter is Caryl Bryas. Click here to view photos.

15 March from 6:30pm – 24 March “2019 Port Stephens Art Prize”

This exhibition is held every 2 years and attracts entries from local and interstate Artists and is well supported by local businesses. Visitors come from all walks of life to view and enjoy the variety of art works on display and for sale. Artists see the details on our “Art Prize 2019” page within our website

25 March – 7 May “3 Themes, our artist’s choice!” as well as a “Colour and Light”

3 separate areas will be planned & designed around the themes, Movement, Animals, Garden and Flowers these subjects will make up this wide variety of works. Also a collection of works by our plein air painters who immerse themselves in the landscape capturing the light and beauty of our surrounds. Feature Artists Wendy Lane (Quilling) from 25 Mar – 16 Apr followed by Joy McLeod 17 Apr –  – 7 May. Feature Potter is Marilyn Dawes

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Wheelchair Access

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre open 7 days a week from 10 am until 4 pm, free entry. We have wheelchair access.

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Arts and Crafts Groups

There are a large number of Art and Crafts groups, who meet at the centre on a regular basis to practice their crafts.

Garden Cafe

Our small garden cafe is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Homemade light lunches.