Splinters Group Annual Exhibition

Splinters is a diverse group of makers who live and work in the Eurobobodalla.

Members come together for the River of Art Festival to showcase and share their love of timber in furniture.

Splinters are Rob Patzke, Kotti Sallai, Dean Shirley, Eric Simes, Clay Stafford, Doug Rosemond, Graham Peterkin, Mark Lenny, Mark Barraclough, Richard Pass.

Mechanics Institute, off Page Street, Moruya

Exhibition: Tracks, the Feel of Footfall

This group exhibition presents a range of artists’ interpretations of tracks and their meaning.

In nature tracks – both human and other species’ – are ubiquitous. As well as often making beautiful patterns, tracks can tell us many things, and have different meanings for different people. Come and discover yours.


Durras Progress Hall, corner of Corilla and Banyanda streets, South Durras

Artisans Nest Gallery Exhibition: Layers – Remnants of the Past

Explore the old groom’s cottage at Bodalla, circa 1875, which has housed the Artisans Nest cooperative for 7 years.

Using history, architecture, crafts, textiles, buildings, nature, art, food, even transport for inspiration, the artists evoke memories of times and people gone by to bring you this eclectic exhibition of a variety of mediums including fibre, paint, mosaic, leather and vintage textiles.

Artisans Nest Gallery, 56 Princes Highway, Bodalla

River of Art Prize Exhibition & Salon de Refusés

The River of Art Prize celebrates the rich artistic life of the region, with artists from Milton to the Victorian boarder invited to enter. This annual exhibition showcases the finalists in the River of Art 2019 Art Prize, judged by a recognised panel of artists.

This year, first prize is $2,000 with $250 for the runner up and $100 for a highly commended work. The Salon de Refusés exhbition for works not shortlisted will be held concurrently in the studios directly behind the Gallery.

  • Art Prize entries close: Sat 20 April
  • Opening night and winners announced: Thu 16 May, 5.30pm-7.30pm, join us for canapés and drinks
  • Exhibition open: Fri 17 to Mon 27 May, 10am-4pm daily, and extended hours on Sat 18 May from 5pm-7pm before the Kinema Kabaret performance

SoArt Gallery & Studios, Princes Highway, Narooma

Kinema Kabaret: Burlesque Circus Cabaret


Roll up in your vintage best for a night of theatrical glamour.

This fast moving, spectacular and witty night of cabaret, burlesque, music, and circus tricks is sure to sizzle.

The River of Art is ecstatic to bring you an incredible line up of fire twirling, tap dance, hula hoops with a twist, and burlesque performers at the top of their game.

You can enjoy a pre-show cocktail at the Ocean Lounge at the Whale Inn or supper afterwards at the restaurant (not included in ticket price) or you might want to visit the SOART Gallery and Studio before the show to see the River of Art Prize finalists and Salon de Refuse.

  • Adults only
  • Tickets: $55
  • Bookings: 02 4476 2352


Heide Hoop: Heidi has performed in Sydney’s premier burlesque and cabaret venues Ruby Revue, The Vault and 34B. She constructs and performs her own shows around the world and her real passion is the wild thrill of late night cabaret!

Memphis Mae: Fast, Feisty and eager to please, Burlesque Powerhouse and Perverse Engineer, Memphis Mae takes to the stage with energy bursting at the seems.

Rebelle Velveteen: Rebelle by name ‘Rebel’ by nature! This doe eyed beauty will leave you transfixed as she ‘bumps and grinds’ her way across the stage and into your hearts. A pint sized powerhouse with no ‘off’ switch, Rebelle Velveteen mesmerises and hypnotises her audiences with moves so cheeky, she should come with a safety warning before each show!
F: There’s more about Rebelle on her Facebook page: Rebelle Velevteen Burlesque

Mae de la Rue: Mae de la Rue is a golden age glamour caught in modern day technicolour.  Inspired by the movie musicals of old, she’s living life through an Instagram filter, but there’s noting can take the shine off this dame.  She is the reining Australian Burlesque Beauty. F: See more from Mae on her Facebook page: Mae de la Rue

Rosie Rivette: Rosie Rivette is a sparkly little commediene who bursts onto the stage with colour and flair. Heavily influenced by the Queens of quirk such as Lucille Ball and Dame Edna Everage, she has performed from Tokyo to New York.

Narooma Kinema, 94 Campbell Street, Narooma

Artist in Conversation: Graham Fransella at The Sandbar

Meet award-winning figurative and abstract artist Graham Fransella and enjoy an exquisite meal prepared by David Tinker at The Sandbar.

Graham lives and works in Melbourne and has a liking for images that engage the eye and are spontaneous rather than preordained. He has been selected for the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman and Dobell Drawing prizes and he has five times been awarded the Wynne Trustees Watercolour prize.

  • Tickets: $110 per person (4 course local produce menu included)
  • Book on: 0418 411 940
  • More about Graham: www.grahamfransella.com.au

The Sandbar, 60-64 Beach Road, Batemans Bay

Artist in Converstaion: Wendy Sharpe at The River

Meet Wendy Sharpe, one of Australia’s most awarded artists, over a stunning three course dinner prepared by Peter Crompton at The River.

Wendy lives and works in Sydney and Paris creating images of the everyday, self-portraits and more.

Wendy will beguile you with her stories and experiences on travelling scholarships, international residences and as official war artist in East Timor.

Her awards include the Sulman Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, and the Archibald Prize.

  • Tickets: $95 per person (3 course local produce menu included)
  • Bookings: 02 4474 5505
  • More about Wendy: www.wendysharpe.com


The River, 16b Church Street, Moruya (on the riverbank)

Open Studio: Dinny de Celis

Dinny invites you to visit her studio and see her colourful paintings.

Also open by appointment: 0428 025 066


8 Benandra Road, South Durras

Open Studio: Ted Watson

Ted Watson has been making decorative and functional pottery from his studio since 1974. He is currently investigating low temperature firings which produce surprising and quite beautiful results.

  • Also open by appointment: 0432 861 982


Rosebud Farm Studios, 520 Dunns Creek Road, Surf Beach

Collection launch: Marian Webb, Jane Frost, Lorraine Willcock & Sue Barford

Textile artists Marian, Jane, Lorraine and Sue invite you to the studio to enjoy a glass of bubbly in celebration or their new collection of works.

126 Princes Highway, Bodalla

Open Studio: Marian Webb, Jane Frost, Lorraine Willcock & Sue Barford

Visit this vibrant studio to see the artists at work creating textiles and other pieces.

As well as viewing their current works, the artists invite you to celebrate the launch of a new collection with a glass of bubbly at 2pm Saturday 18 May.

  • Also open by appointment: 0439 322 431

126 Princes Highway, Bodalla

Open Studio: Zoe Burke

Inspired by the elements, Zoe creates work using reclaimed driftwood to repurpose and reflect the natural environment in which she lives.

  • Also open by appointment: 0433 114 374

TIlba Talks, 30 Bate Street, Central Tilba

Open Studio: Jenni Bourke

Jenni teaches a small ceramic group on Wednesday mornings in her back yard studio and invites visitors to observe, and view their current works.

35 Eastaway Avenue, North Narooma

Open Studio: Gary R Caldow

Gary’s work reflects Life’s Visual and Memory’s images of place; sea and landscape, fixed to board or canvas with brush and knife.

  • Also open by appointment: 4476 4011 or 0409 913 088

27 Eastaway Avenue, North Narooma

Open Studio: Cheryl Hill

Experience life, light, colour – the essence of Australia – through Cheryl’s oil and pastel paintings in the traditional style.

  • Also open by appointment: 4476 3358

15 Lakeside Drive, Kianga

Open Studio: Ursula & Joachim Straub

Ursula explores very detailed collage techniques and offers very special prices during the festival. Joachim strives to give his paintings, drawings and linocuts unique twists.

  • Also open by appointment: 4471 7184

5A Barlings Drive, Tomakin

Open Studio: Monica Gallacher & Matthew Robertson

Monica’s work celebrates the Tomakin beach nature environment through photo-realistic paintings and photography, while Matt’s photography involves a delicate sensitivity and appreciation of the natural world in Tomakin and the greater South Coast region.

  • Also open by appointment: 0401 947 601 or 0417 974 336.

14 Reid Street, Tomakin

Open Studio: Kevin Ward

View Kevin’s signature large canvases, depicting aerial perspectives of the Australian coastline and reefs using inks and acrylics.

  • Also open by appointment: 4471 6722

Award Studio, 37 Forest Parade, Tomakin

Open Studio: Ken Taber Studio Gallery & Water Garden

Enjoy Ken’s unique paintings, from traditional to abstract – and take in the glorious water garden featuring sculptures by Ken and artist Paul Dimmer.


123 Maulbrooks Road, Jeremadra (2 minutes south of Mogo)

Open Studio: John Sharman

Visit John’s studio to see his realist paintings, predominately plein-air.

18 Sydney Street, Mogo