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Events and Promotions Coordinator Bec Elmes with artist Shari Nye

BeachFest goes beyond the sand

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Council’s popular BeachFest program is back and bigger than ever.

While a day at the beach on a nice day is hard to top, BeachFest is all about bringing events and activities to the foreshore to make your beach trip even better.

For the first time, BeachFest will include pop-up art sessions at the Pavilion. See a local artist at work, get pointers on your own art or set up behind an easel and create your own masterpiece.

Shari Nye will be one of the artists in residence and said that summer was the perfect time to indulge your hobbies and passions.

“I think summer is when people unwind and allow their creativity to surface a bit more,” she said.

“It’s a great time to dive into those endeavours that people put aside when they’re working in their jobs.”

She encouraged everyone from budding artists to complete beginners to discover the magic of painting outdoors.

“It’s great to paint outside. It’s a very different experience to painting in the studio. You can really connect with nature and I really enjoy that,” she said.

“These sessions are going to be for everybody. I’ve been an art teacher for many years and I love helping people and showing them a few tips.”

Other artists taking part in the sessions include Caroline Healey, Jimmi Buscombe, Ricky Schembri and Ella Webb.

Ms Nye will also be running art classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in January at the Scout Hall near the Hopkins River. Visit for more details on these.

In another first for BeachFest, the kooky team from Cake Industries will bring their roaming interactive robotic sculpture to the foreshore.

Favourites such as surfing and snorkelling lessons, beach cricket, beach netball, Tunes in the Dunes and Guru Dudu’s silent disco are back too.

BeachFest activities will run from December 28 until January 26.

View the full program at


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