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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Change is afoot at CABBI—the Creative Art Society Batemans Bay Incorporated.

Always a strong presence in the local papers, the group has embraced a new website and created a social media presence, hoping to reach out to the community of Batemans Bay and everyone on the South Coast.

President Robert Creed says, “We have even developed a new masthead to reflect an inclusive approach to artists, craftspeople and anyone interested in the visual arts”

But the BIG CHANGE is to the DATE and VENUE of CABBI’s 35th Annual Exhibition.

Robert says "Always much anticipated by artists and the public, the ‘January Exhibition’ has moved to December and into the CBD-the now, Christmas Visual Arts Exhibition will be held at 3/5 Clyde Street Batemans Bay, opening on Saturday 14th December and going through to 12th January 2020.

The venue is the old ‘Ned Kelly Bargains’ site, facing the foreshore.

Not one, not two, but three interconnected buildings will be used to house the Exhibition.

Originally established around 1875, the building has undergone a modern, industrial style renovation while retaining the sense of character of other times.

Robert says, “It’s one of the best exhibition spaces in town with large, open interiors, extensive white walls, polished wooden floors and plenty of natural light.”

The generosity of local sponsors means that the exhibition itself will now encompass ten visual art categories and a new sculptural acquisitive prize of $2000.

Robert says, “Our members work in both traditional and contemporary ways, ranging from paintings, textiles, handcrafts, digital art, jewelry, sculpture and photography, so there will be something for all tastes.”

Robert adds, “To go along with the exhibition there will also be stalls, coffee vendors and much more, to create a real – Aussie style – Christmas market.”

So if you see a flurry of artists carrying artworks around Clyde Street on the 10 December you will know what it is all about.

Ken Taber, a founding member of CABBI and local award winning artist will open the exhibition.

Robert says, “Everyone is welcome to come to the exhibition and we all look forward to seeing you there.”

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