Plenty happening at Port Stephens Community Arts Centre this winter

DROP BY: Port Stephens Community Arts Centre has revamped its fairy garden.
DROP BY: Port Stephens Community Arts Centre has revamped its fairy garden.

There's plenty happening at Port Stephens Community Arts Centre this winter.

Arts centre members have used a council grant to revamp its fairy garden.

Yvonne Hill, who dedicated more than 25 years to creating the centre's native garden, enlisted the help of Marianne Newton and Judy Jones to lead the revamp project.

About 12 of the Monday afternoon groups painted fairies onto boards which were installed into the garden by Frank Henderson, creating a vibrant space.

"When you have a chance, pop up and feel the magic and enjoy the tranquil garden," said Meryl Miller from the arts centre.

Robyn Bailey is the centre's feature artist until June 17.

The award-winning artist's current painting direction lies in developing Plein Air skills and portraiture.

After a long association with life drawing groups she continues to enjoy the opportunity to enhance her skills.

Exhibiting in the Nelson Bay community arts centre until July 27 is What's On Your Plate?

The centre's pastel artists are showing a variety of works that are "deliciously edible" - realistic, interpretive, futuristic - in this exhibition.

"Known for their brilliant colors and its delicate, velvety texture, pastel is one of the most versatile and beautiful materials in the history of art. Our pastels artists will have a variety of works demonstrating the beauty of pastel medium," Ms Miller said.

Admission to the gallery is free. It is open to the public 10am to 4pm six days a week, closing at 1pom on Sundays.

The Garden cafe is open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Dine and Discover NSW vouchers are accepted in the cafe.