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Explore our marine treasures at River of Art exhibition

The Nature Coast Marine Group is showcasing our spectacular local marine environment at an outdoor exhibition at the Bodalla Dairy Shed on Sunday 27 September.

Exploring our Seashores features artworks by the “All Weather Artists” and fascinating underwater photographs provided by the Nature Coast Marine Group.

Artist Jane Ihara painting with All Weather Artists at Guerilla Bay Marine Sanctuary.

Watch resident artists Jane Ihara and Andrew Smith create a painting before your eyes.

At the same time, check out the Nature Coast Marine Group display highlighting the unique creatures that live beneath the surface in Batemans Marine Park’s threatened sanctuary zones.

Explore video footage of ocean wildlife captured by Dave Rowland via a remote undersea vehicle, along with stunning underwater photos taken at Narooma Wharf and Montague Island by Lynda Burke and Jen Thompson.

Bring your family and enjoy the art on display with a cup of coffee or specialty ice cream from the Bodalla Dairy while listening to live music.

President of the Nature Coast Marine Group, Jane Elek, and other group members will be there to discuss the Save Batemans Sanctuaries campaign.

Jane says “We want to draw attention to scrapping of six sanctuaries within the Batemans Marine Park. Our display shows what this means for threatened ocean wildlife off Montague Island and for fish nurseries in Wagonga Inlet. 

“The sanctuaries were put in place 13 years ago to protect crucial feeding and breeding areas.

“They were opened up to recreational fishing by the NSW Government in December last year without any community consultation or scientific advice.

“The Nature Coast Marine Group is calling for these sanctuary areas to be restored, before it’s too late.”

The River of Art Exhibition Exploring our Seashores is open in the gardens at the Bodalla Dairy Shed on Sunday 27 September, 10 am – 4pm.  Live music from 12.30pm

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Underwater photos taken under Narooma Wharf by Lynda Burke.

Shore crabs in kelp acrylic by Juliet Ramsay.

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