Local artists capture 50 years of NPWS

Shoalhaven artists are celebrating 50 years of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with BIOME, a new art exhibition at the Huskisson Gallery.

White Sands walk starts at Greenfield Beach picnic area, Jervis Bay National Park

Paula Nudd, owner of Huskisson Gallery said BIOME captures the awe and fascination local artists have with Shoalhaven's natural environment, including its national parks.

"Over the years, local and visiting artists have been inspired by the Shoalhaven landscape, its plants, animals and history," said Mrs Nudd.

"We think it's only fitting that we celebrate 50 years of the Service with a sample of our heritage captured in paint, photography and sculpture.

"We are very lucky to have such wonderful national parks in the Shoalhaven and hopefully this exhibition will inspire people to explore what is around them," Mrs Nudd said.

NPWS Area Manager Greg Tedder said over the last 50 years the organisation has grown to now manage 870 reserves, which represents just over 9% of NSW.

"Thanks to the ongoing support and involvement of community and volunteers, NPWS continues to protect our local park's cultural heritage, unique plants and animals," Mr Tedder said.

"We are also dedicated to providing access to these natural areas where people can enjoy a diverse range of activities," Mr Tedder said.

One of the earliest reserves declared in the Shoalhaven was the Gurumbi Nature Reserve which was gazetted in 1956.

Shoalhaven's 'newest' reserve is the Cullunghutti Aboriginal Area, (Coolangatta Mountain) that was gazetted in 2011, acknowledging the continuing association Shoalhaven's Aboriginal community has with this special mountain and landscape.

"BIOME highlights the diverse environments of our local national parks, particularly the beauty of our iconic and much-loved Jervis Bay National Park," Mr Tedder added.

BIOME contributors include Simon Barton, an award-winning sculptor and painter and environmental photographer and Chris Grounds whose photograph from Jervis Bay National Park features on the BIOME poster.

The official opening of BIOME is Saturday, 16 September 2017 from 5pm until 7pm.

The exhibition will be open every day until 8 October 2017 at Huskisson Gallery and Picture Framing, 70 Owen St, Huskisson.

For more information on NPWS 50th Anniversary, see NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service: Celebrating 50 years