Artist Asaf Zakay and Samaya Zakay with some of the artworks that will be exhibited.
Artist Asaf Zakay and Samaya Zakay with some of the artworks that will be exhibited. Kate O’Neill

Classic display of art works

BYRON BAY’S Community Centre was transformed into a giant art gallery this week to host the Byron Arts Classic.

More than 360 art works will adorn almost every centimetre of available space in the centre for the five days, which started on Thursday.

The arts classic is a re-incarnation of the much-loved, long-running and extremely popular Easter Arts Classic competition, which stopped early in the last decade due to the redevelopment of the community centre.

Arts Classic committee member Samaya Zakay said artists from Ballina, Lismore, Byron and Tweed were represented in all four categories of painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture.

She said the classic was an excellent opportunity for local artists to get their work seen during the peak holiday season.

“We live in a region where there are so many incredible artists, but not a lot of places to display work,” Ms Zakay said.

Artists also had the added attraction of more than $10,000 in prizes, including a $2000 Byron Shire Council acquisitive prize, $1000 for the winners in each of the four categories, and a $500 youth encouragement award.

Judges are painter Peter Powditch, Melitta Firth of Arts Northern Rivers, and Jill Eddington.

All works will also be for sale.



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