THIS year's Galleries in the Garden's (GiG) Winter Warmer is being hailed by chairman Trevor Cook as the "biggest and best so far'.
More than 200 people came to the opening night of GiG's annual art show at Tea Gardens Hotel Motel in support of Myall Coast artists.
Great Lakes councillor Leigh Vaughan spoke at the event where she emphasised the importance of creativity in the community.
The theme for this year's art works was the 'magnificent Myall' with all artists interpreting this loose guideline in markedly different ways.
The artworks were judged by two professional artists from Gloucester, Jean Spokes and Jean Buettel. Pat Pritchard of Hawks Nest took out best in show for her watercolour painting 'Storm Water Over Winda Woppa'. Mr Cook said this was a popular decision amongst the GiG artists, as most had also chosen that work as the one likely to win.
Mrs Pritchard said the work was inspired by a photograph she took of the clouds banked up in the late afternoon.
"It was a lovely effect," she said.
The art works were on display for the entire long weekend and all works which were not sold have now been hung in participating businesses across Tea Gardens.
Mr Cook said the new art works painted for the annual exhibition would "refresh the displays in the various Tea Gardens businesses".