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And the Open is Opened!

The Forster Fortnightly

April 5, 2023

Saturday 1 April saw the Official Opening of the Great Lakes Art Society’s 41st Open Art Exhibition.

Shelley Kurtz presented the Creative Shell Award for Mixed Media, Collage & Printmaking to Bettina Digby for “Winter – Ainawan Country”

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Chat, create, chow-down & coat the camel in colour

Great Lakes Advocate

March 31, 2022

Shelley Kurtz, the artist behind Paint with Shell will provide all the materials and her expertise.


6 Degrees of Study - An Uneducational Podcast

Taree Universities Campus

February 17, 2023

NEW PODCAST EPISODE // 020: Turning your creativity into a successful career with Shelley Kurtz

Today we are joined by Shelley Kurtz, Owner and Graphic Designer at Creative Shell and Art tutor at Paint with Shell. Shelley studied a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at The University of Newcastle.

“I absolutely love what I do, it doesn't feel like work to me. I'm still amazed that I was able to turn my hobbies into a successful career”


MidCoast Business Awards WINNER

MidCoast Business Awards

February 12, 2022

I am so excited to announce that I am the winner of the Professionals Services category in the MidCoast business awards!!!

A huge thank you to all my supporters, my clients, my student artists, my family and friends - this could not have been possible without you.

I’m a sole trader, but definitely do not work alone. I am so grateful to have such supportive parents and a partner who have helped me turn my dreams into reality. 

A special thank you to Mum who bought me my first DSLR camera and laptop 12 years ago at the start of my graphic design journey. From that very moment I haven’t looked back!

A huge congratulations to all the other finalists and winners (some of which are my clients).


MidCoast Business Awards Finalist

MidCoast Business Awards

January 22, 2022

I am beyond excited to announce that I have been selected as a finalist in the MidCoast Business Excellence Awards!!!!!

'All nominations have been judged by independent judges, so it is incredibly exciting and prestigious to be recognized as one of the finalists for the 2021 Awards.

Category winners will be announced at our Gala Dinner on Saturday 12 February at Club Forster (see details at'


Creative Shell on Sunrise Plugapalooza


August 30, 2021

Small business owners and operators have been doing it tough during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, Sam Mac has been supporting them with ‘Plugapalooza’ - a special feature during the weather in which he promotes locked down businesses LIVE on Sunrise.

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Bright and bold bird art exhibition at Hallidays

The Forster Tuncurry

March 3, 2021

For the month of March local Hallidays Point artist Shelley May is holding her first ever art exhibition. The exhibition is called Birds Eye View and will feature digital illustrations of birds found in Australia and all over the world. Her inspiration comes from her love of birds, bright colours, trips to Hawaii and her own pet parrot Sun Conure. Her digital art technique allows her to create simplistic styled bird illustrations in stunningly bold colours.

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Art in the Area - Shelley May

Halliday's Point News of our World

March 1, 2021

Shelley’s exhibition is called Birds Eye View - a play on words, it’s another name for an aerial, but in this case - Shelley takes it literally. A simplistic style, almost cartoon like, Shelley relies heavily on colour to evoke a response within the viewer by using bright palettes. “I hope that when you visit my exhibition, my birds make you smile.”

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Lake Mac Holiday Park Competition

Ping Pong Table winning design

August 18, 2020

Earlier this year Lake Mac Holiday Parks held a competition to design the artwork for their new ping pong tables.

My design got selected for Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park!


Focus Magazine

Issue 13 - Online Edition

August 17, 2020

Issue 13 of the Manning-Great Lakes Online Edition - Made for Mobile.

Our cover star, Shelley May is an extraordinary creative talent, and the perfect person to help you come up with a new logo for your enterprise - or even to rebrand your entire business! We also stop by to chat with local mayor David West, who has proudly served the community for many years, and talk all things sourdough with Lara from Palms Artisan Bakery.

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Taree Night Bazaar

Manning River Times

November 28, 2015

This was my first experience at live painting!

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Night Bazaar a huge success!

Manning River Times

November 29, 2014

I held my first market stall and Taree's first Night Bazaar.

'The market stalls contained a variety of quirky gifts, with anything from gourmet food to clothing and jewellery available from the locally owned stalls.'

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