Nelson Bay’s Outdoor Art Gallery Gets a New Mural

Rhys Fabris with the partially completed mural at Nelson Bay. Photo by Marian Sampson.
Rhys Fabris with the partially completed mural at Nelson Bay. Photo by Marian Sampson.

 

THE Bay is getting a make-over with murals celebrating our lifestyle, fauna and floral enhancing our public spaces.

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The latest addition to the collection of Combi’s Whales, Rosella’s and Koalas are a stunning black cockatoo, echidna, and banksias.

There’s now a veritable outdoor art gallery in and around the bay, with sculptures at Vantage Estate, Soldiers Point Marina, on the Nelson Bay Foreshore.

But there’s more to come.

Currently three artists Rhys Fabris, Nickolas Stuart and Jordan Hocking are adding new life into one alleyway in the Nelson Bay CBD and they have their sights set on the building which sits on the western side of the new Yacaaba Street extension.

The project has seen the community come together through a go fund me page to raise funds for materials and the Salamander Bay Recycling Centre has also been assisting the artists with the project.

The Tomaree Business Chamber have already been discussing the artists working at other sites within the Nelson Bay CBD.

Artist Rhys Fabris told News Of The Area, “We will be creating a mini library within the alcove under the stairs where people can pick up and drop off books.”

The project still has hurdles to overcome with the artists needing at least $250 funds to hire a cherry picker for at least a day to complete some areas of the artwork.

You can check out the murals that have been popping up around the bay at Ingenia’s Holiday Parks at Soldiers Point and One Mile Beach, inside bus shelters on Salamander Way and Soldiers Point Road, in the main street of the Anna Bay CBD and on the amenities block at Cultural Close at Nelson Bay.

You can help the artists who are donating their time to complete the Nelson Bay CBD alley mural at https://au.gofundme.com/port-stephens-mural-project

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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