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Port Macquarie Art Society’s 36th annual Easter art competition

posted Apr 28, 2011, 1:12 AM by Sol   [ updated May 17, 2011, 2:16 AM ]

Rachel Hopkins Reporting for Heritage Christian School Visual Art Class

During the Easter holidays some students from our school entered the Port Macquarie Art Society’s 36th annual Easter art competition. Bek Day, Emily Druery, Emily Dafter and Georgia Wilberforce each entered some of their photographs into different section of the competition. On the 13th of April artists from all over the Hastings area displayed their work. The competition was judged and the awards given out to the winners. In the Junior Photography section Emily Druery placed 3rd with her photo ‘fogged sunrise’, earning herself a $50 gift voucher for Hydro Photographics. Emily Dafter placed 2nd in the same section with her photo ‘lily’, earning a $100 gift voucher. The winner of the section was Georgia Wilberforce with her photo ‘looking up’. She won a $150 gift voucher for Hydro Photographics. Heritage Christian School would like to congratulate these girls on their achievement with hopes of seeing more creative works in the future.

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Georgia Wilberforce with her photo ‘looking up’. She won a $150 gift voucher for Hydro Photographics

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Emily Dafter placed 2nd in the same section with her photo ‘lily’, earning a $100 gift voucher.

Expression of Life - Hosted at Sunset Gallery

posted Feb 3, 2011, 9:57 PM by Sol   [ updated Feb 3, 2011, 10:05 PM ]

Expression of Life - Hosted at Sunset Gallery

Heritage Christian school are presenting a unique art exhibition which will be Hosted at Sunset Gallery showcasing artists that include some ex students Heritage that have gone on to pursue art as a careers as well as other artists in and outside of the community.


Creation and appreciation of beauty are not separate. In that moment of appreciation the beholder experiences those precise emotions, which passed through the mind of the creator in the moment of creation. It is therefore when we are most like God. This is my motivation for creating art, and also my understanding of the purpose of art. I believe that the secret of producing effective art is producing something which resonates with and empowers all people, not just as viewers, but as creators.”


A Sydney based artist working predominately in the mediums of oil paint on canvas and ceramic sculpture. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and the many contrasting facets of humanity, Matthew’s works explore ideas of human disconnectedness to the natural environment, genuine human community and relationship, faith and death.


Daniel has established himself in the world of natural history illustration and wildlife art. His subject matter ranges internationally from the Clown?sh of the watery world of the Great Barrier Reef, to the spectacular sunbirds from the Ruwenzori Mountains of Uganda. Currently he is engaged in research investigating the movement of bird and fish. This research stems from years of experience in nature and illustration practice of birds and fish.


Gloria has been painting for 35 years, working mainly in watercolour and mixed media. Gloria was elected an associate of the Royal Art Society, Sydney, and she has participated in many group exhibitions and is represented in private and corporate collection in Australia and overseas.


Coming from a family where drawing, painting and sewing were common place, Bronwyn has always dabbled in art at a hobby level; trying her hand at everything from pottery to pencil drawn caricatures. Bronwyn has taken 

numerous art courses including Chinese brush painting, cartooning and design fundamentals at TAFE.

Year 7 Art Trip

posted Jul 19, 2010, 8:08 PM by Sol


20 MAY - 25 JULY 2010

This touring exhibition from Cairns Regional Gallery, presents the work of prominent North Queensland artist, Anneke Silver. Her work captures the atmosphere created by the vast and unique Northern landscape.

Anneke Silvers’ large landscapes are composed of grids, each piece linking to reveal the whole. Awe and respect for nature is central to the artist’s practice, and her vistas encourage the viewer to look further than the customary one-off glance.

Year 7 Glass House Trip

Art Trip Artexpress 2011

posted Mar 5, 2010, 6:52 AM by Lestelle Tafai   [ updated May 5, 2011, 2:49 AM by Sol ]

The Visual Art excursion to Sydney Thursday 7th April to Friday 8th April 2011

This excursion is regarded as a very important part of your child’s learning experience.

Year 12 Students will be visiting the NSW Art Gallery, The Armoury Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art. This will help them with their choices in their study of Visual Art especially with their major work. This is an invaluable experience for their senior year and beneficial in the development of HSC and Preliminary course.

We learn't about the "Gaze."

Congratulations to Emily Dafter!

posted Oct 22, 2009, 2:36 AM by Lestelle Tafai   [ updated Jan 11, 2010, 2:02 PM ]

Congratulations to Emily Dafter Yr 9 who won $500 sponsored by Country Energy in the Youth section of the Long Point Painting Competition held at Long Point Vineyard, Bonny Hills over the school holidays. 

The event drew much interest from the local area and our students competed against students from other schools. Artworks were judged by Mrs Leigh Summers (Dir. Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery). The event was a great experience for students. 

Mr Tafai encouraged Emily to put the money toward art equipment rather than a new IPod!

Port Macquarie artist wins Hastings art competition

The winners of the inaugural Tastings of the Hastings Art Competition were announced on Friday night at the exhibition opening held at Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery. Guests enjoyed canapés made from local produce and sipped on local Long Point wines to celebrate this new addition to the annual Food and Wine festival. Music was provided by Lake Cathie duo, John O’Shaughnessy and Heather Humphreys. Long Point owners and event sponsors, Graeme & Helen Davies, have unearthed a vein of new talent in our local area.

Guest judge, Dr Leigh Summers, awarded the $3,000 open prize to Port Macquarie artist Samantha Clark. The winning entry, “Sandfly Alley” is a “fabulous oil painting displaying rich textures and layering”, explained the judge, The winner has certainly represented the “home-grown” theme of the competition with a luscious oyster the central part of the winning work, which “makes me want to open a bottle of bubbles”.

“We were very lucky to have Leigh, Director of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, judge our event. She has extensive experience, expertise and independence. Next week she is hosting a national Still Life Award at her home gallery”, said Graeme.

The Country Energy Youth Encouragement Award of $500, was won by Heritage Christian School year 9 student and port local, Emily Dafter. Emily’s oil painting

“I Grew them on a Bottle Tree” was admired by the judge for its strong use of a limited colour palette and effective play of abstract and representational styles. Art teacher, Solomon Tafai, who had submitted an open entry himself, accepted the cheque on Emily’s behalf, from Daniel Bylsma of Country Energy.

“We were very impressed by the quality and variety of works entered in this first year of competition. The “home-grown” theme certainly had the creative juices of the local artists flowing” said Graeme. The entries ranged from depictions of local dairy and cattle properties to café and market scenes, oysters and fish, grapes and wineries, to fresh local produce. “We would like to publicly thank all the artists for their enthusiastic response to this inaugural event and to the support from council and Trevor Sargeant and Tastings of the Hastings event organiser, Sonia Fingleton”.

“Highly commended” awards were given in the Open section to Port Macquarie artists Kerry Kranitis for her still life of local café, Crema, and to Yvonne Kiely for her wavering suggestions of grapes and wine glasses in rich, warm, red tones. In the Youth section it was awarded to Port High year 10 student, Rachele Artuso. Rachele set the bar very high depicting a complex wine theme and distinctively local food, notably Comboyne Culture cheese. The people’s choice awards went to Laurieton based artist, Phillip Thornton (Open) and Rachele Artuso (Youth).

“The Hastings area is a diverse and vibrant regional centre with many talented and hardworking farmers, producers, winemakers, artists and musicians. Let’s continue to support and encourage them” added Helen.

All entries in both sections are available for sale and can be viewed in the wine cellar at Long Point Vineyard daily, 10am – 5 pm, until Sunday 1st November.

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