Spotlight on the arts

There’s a lot of creative people tucked away on the Sapphire Coast, and despite our relatively remote location, the area has produced a lot of Nationally acclaimed artists
Browse a wide variety of works at one the regions many galleries & studios

Spiral Gallery

Located in central Bega, Spiral Gallery features a variety of local artists and exhibits a wide range of works in different mediums.

artwork by Anneke Paijmans

artwork by Anneke Paijmans

Spiral Gallery is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with an exhibition of over 60 past & present artists.

Opening night is Friday 13th January and the exhibition will run until February 8th, visit their website for more info.

Entirely run by volunteers, The Spiral Gallery Co-operative was established in Bega in January 1997 by Barb Crowden.

Photo by Albert McKnight courtesy of Bega District News

Image of Spiral Gallery Chairperson Diana Stewart by Albert McKnight courtesy of Bega District News

Peter Dunne Studio Gallery

Peter is one of Merimbula’s most well known artists having been painting local scenes for years – many a Merimbula home has a Dunne original gracing their walls.

Originally from Melbourne, Peter works in watercolour and oils and has won many awards.
Peter with his portrait of former Bega Valley Regional Gallery curator Megan Bottari

Peter with his portrait of former Bega Valley Regional Gallery curator Megan Bottari

Sketch portraits can be done at times by arrangement, but Peter is open most weekends & holidays 2 – 5pm.

Address: 2/101 Pacific Way, Tura Beach, 2548 Phone: 02 6495 9082  Mobile: 0418 864 727


Veronica O’Leary

Veronica is one of the region’s prominent art educators and is currently teaching workshops and classes in drawing and painting both privately and for various arts organisations.

Veronica O'Leary

Veronica O’Leary

Veronica’s landscape and still life paintings show her dedication to the act of drawing from the natural world.  She has an extensive collection of sketchbooks kept from travels in Australia, Brazil, Samoa and these become the source for landscape drawings and paintings and vibrant still life studies of fruit and native flowers.

Veronica has exhibited throughout Australia over the past 30 years and been the recipient of many artist residencies & awards.

Veronica will be running classes on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in her studio in Tathra from March 9th and 10th for 3 weeks until the 23 and 24 March.

Cost is $50 per three hour session with paper provided for drawing and painting techniques. These classes are based on demonstration and exploration of different drawing and painting approaches with emphasis on the development of the student’s individual style and on the teaching of techniques for developing drawing and painting skills.

Also available is a Sunday workshop in oil painting techniques on 19th March. Cost for the day is $125. Class runs from 10am – 3.30 pm.

If you are interested in participating or in purchasing Veronica’s distinctive works you can contact her via her website.

Dianne Hocking

Local artist Dianne Hocking studied with Frederic Bates at the Royal Art Society in North Sydney and Dianne has devoted much time to her growing passion for painting.  Dianne’s exhibits at regular showings with “Sapphire Watercolourists” and is the president of the organisation.

Dianne Hocking

Dianne Hocking

Dianne has work in private collections in both Australia and overseas.

You can see Dianne’s work by appointment from her studio in Mirador by calling her on 0419 151 726.


Ivy Hill Gallery

Tanja Gallery, Ivy Hill, opens a brand new exhibition on Thursday 19th January (which will be running until Sunday 19th February) featuring works by Kerry Johns, Craig Cameron & Simon Weber.

Ivy Hill features the work of significant contemporary artists, both emerging and established, many of whom live and work in the region.

Simon Weber

Simon Weber

The gallery is located on a farm in the fertile Wapengo Valley between Tathra and Bermagui, in a well known artistic and cultural haven.

Drop in for drinks with the artists on Saturday 21st January from 5pm but Ivy Hill Gallery is open every Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm from October to June.



Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Celebrating the beach is the current mood at the region’s flagship gallery!

Featuring a stunning collection of photographs capturing Australian beach culture from the 1930s to today, “Waves & Water” is open until the 4th February: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4pm and Saturday 9am til noon – entry is free.

Bega Valley Regional Gallery "Waves & Water"

Bega Valley Regional Gallery “Waves & Water”

Sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and surf life savers are depicted in this collection of photographs from the Australian National Maritime Museum.

For more information visit their website.


Merimbula & District Art Group – Pambula Village Gallery at Oaklands

Pambula Village Gallery is situated in the Oaklands Barn and Event Centre complex on the Princes Highway, Pambula.

Operating on a ‘members only’ volunteer basis, all artists exhibiting at the gallery are members of MADAG, and art work can be viewed daily at the gallery.

Including painting in all mediums and styles, pottery, ceramics, hand painted silks, glass art, jewellery and woodwork.
Pambula Village Gallery at Oaklands

Pambula Village Gallery at Oaklands

The Village Gallery is open daily from 10.00am till 4.00pm. (Except for Mondays in Winter, Christmas Day and Good Friday).

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