Painting the town ...
By ADRIAN MILLER
AS YAMBA will come alive over the weekend to the sights and sounds of the Surfing the Coldstream Festival, there has never been a better time to be involved in the arts.
One artist taking advantage of the expected influx of people is Antoinette Ensbey who will open a new art gallery, Caripaya this weekend.
Situated on Coldstream Street and in the heart of the festival, Caripaya will be in the perfect position to showcase Mrs Ensbey's talent.
Selling her own vibrant acrylic paintings along with locally made jewellery and soaps, Mrs Ensbey hopes the gallery will add another chapter to Yamba's growing love of the arts.
"Art is my passion and I believe it is a very important aspect of culture," she said.
"I really want to create a little oasis to welcome people because I'm interested in promoting art."
Mrs Ensbey, who moved to the area last December with husband Robert and daughter Mercedes, has conducted art classes since her arrival, and believed Caripaya would help promote her pieces.
"I'm producing a lot of art with my art classes and I had the idea to open the shop which would sell my own artworks but also have an em- phasis on beautiful jewellery," she said.
Mrs Ensbey said her pieces would appeal to people because of their vibrant colour schemes.
"Certainly all of my pieces have strong colour themes and I do flowers, landscapes, portraits and I love doing the ocean and the sea," she said.
"I strive to get the right combination in colours and beauty in my paintings that complement the right colours and beauty in life."
Mrs Ensbey said Caripaya would only sell her and her daughter's artworks in the early stages but would look at expanding to include greeting cards and sculptures once established.