Would you like to create a simple open weave onion basket in a 2 hour sharing session?

Then come and join the members of Basket Makers of Tasmania in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Sat 19th Oct 10am-12midday

$20 person

Weaving materials supplied. Bring along, an old towel or apron, a rag for wiping leaves a large eyed needle an old pair scissors.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity.

Ring Jo Thorold on 63762002 or 0418132177 to secure your place.

The Bay of Fires Art Prize Exhibition has been a wonderful success.

There is still time to come in and have a look!
The gallery is open until 30th June 10am – 4pm daily.

The winner is Paul Ryan’s Fine Young Cannibal – A Portrait of Alexander Pearce, has been well received and a popular choice.
The Alexander Pearce story in the Tasmanian history has been conveyed in an almost “acceptable” way, portraying Alexander as a refined young English gentleman!

Watch this space for the winner of the people’s choice.

And coming soon…


The first exhibition to open in Spring on Saturday 19th October
will be a display of works by the Basket Weavers of Tasmania.


15th – 17th November at Gallery Parnella

Elaine Lincolne, Julian Greer, Andrew Murphy and Gina Haywood

 “Sunnycoast Water-colourists”

Opening during the weekend of the 13th –  15th December
will be another exhibition of the Sunnycoast Water-colourists.
This is a dedicated group who have been painting together for many years,
originally under the tutelage of Max Angus.

Gallery Parnella will close for its annual winter recess
from Sunday the 30th June to Wednesday the 2ndOctober.


The finalists for the 2013 $20,000 Bay of Fires Art Prize were announced today.


The judges faced a difficult task in reducing the 187 very fine entries to just 30 finalists.  This year’s judging panel is Prof. Noel Frankham from UTAS in Hobart, Katie Dyer from the National Art School Gallery in Sydney and Queensland Artist Ann-Maree Reaney.


The finalist will have their works exhibited for the final judging on the 8th June 2013.  The Exhibition Opening and Prize Presentation will be held at Gallery Parnella in St Helens that evening.


Of the 30 finalists, the vast majority are Tasmania artists with six coming from interstate, three from Victoria, two from New South Wales and one from Queensland.



Finalists for the 2013 Prize are;


Alice Blanch VIC

Janet Bush TAS

Ross Byers TAS

Jasper Da Seymour TAS

Chantale Delrue TAS

Jennifer Dickens TAS

Anh Do NSW

Fernando Do Campo TAS

Josh Foley TAS

Kaye Green TAS

Peter Maarseveen TAS

Maria MacDermott TAS

Jennifer Marshall TAS

Kate McCarthy TAS

Debbie McGrath TAS

Robyn McKinnon TAS

Anne Morrison TAS

Saffron Newey VIC

William Rhodes TAS

Leigh Roberts TAS

Troy Ruffels TAS

Paul Ryan NSW

Alyssa Simone TAS

Paul Snell TAS

Patrick Sutczak TAS

LeAnne Vincent QLD

Mairi Ward TAS

Helene Weeding TAS

Kellie Wells VIC

Katy Woodroffe TAS

There will be a Winter Arts Festival in St Helens next year.  Break O’Day Mayor, Sarah Schmerl as Patron of the Bay of Fires Arts Association announced today that the Festival would happen over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June 2014.

The Festival will grow from the already successful Bay of Fires Art Prize and the new Bay of Fires Arts Market and include performing events making a complete arts celebration.  Music will be the main addition with a number of performances in a number of venues throughout the town spread out over the long weekend.  “This is an exciting development and the logical progression for the Bay of Fires Arts Association” said Mayor Schmerl.  “We expect it will give our many visitors an added reason to come and stay a bit longer in our beautiful area”

Chris Draffin, President of the Association, took the opportunity to thank the existing sponsors at the launch of the Festival.  They included the Break O’Day Council, St Helens Supa IGA, Bed in the Treetops, Gallery Parnella, Mr David Hirst, Josef Chromy Wines, Europcar and Cr Glenn McGuinness.  He also thanked the Gales from Crossroads for their enthusiastic support in developing the performing arts concept of the Festival.

“There are excellent opportunities for all local community groups and businesses to jump on board with the Winter Festival.  There is much work to be done and funding to be found before everything is finalised” said Mr Draffin.  “It has the potential to attract an arts crowd that will continue on to the Dark FOMA festival in Hobart the following week,  It could become part of an itinerary”.

Queries   Chris Draffin 0418 833 881