Re:Publik Cafe

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‘spindrift’ by Mia McLean

“Jellyfish are my organised chaos”, laughed artist Mia McLean, “they are my playful favourite subject matter.” Her exhibition from early September at the Re:Publik Café is called ‘spindrift’ is an inspiration by our stunning coastline and contrasting backyard. Mia is looking forward to exhibit her art work till early November 2017at the café at Ettalong Beach.

Delicate seahorses, floating tentacles of jellyfish are beautifully captured in watercolour and multimedia on canvas. Mia travelled Australia for nearly 12 months and beautifully captured ‘our backyard’ as she explains her paintings.

“My work is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ take on realism”, said Mia, “the colours and the placement slightly warping the truth.” Whereas the seahorses – leafy sea dragons to be precise – are her organised chaos, whales represent the ultimate calm and the solitude of the deep.

While I was travelling, Mia explains, we camped and – to a great success – set up market stalls and sold watercolour originals of varying seascapes and drawing inspiration from surroundings.

The exhibition at the Re:Publik Café is a ‘celebration’ of our aquatic wonderland: “An awareness of tranquil beauty that exists in our coastal aquarium”.

‘spindrift’ is on show till early November and follows artist Boyd McMillan’s ‘Sculptures at the Re:Publik’. 

The image: Bundaberg, red ice cream cone jelly, watercolour, multimedia (51x61), $400

Expression of interest

Information for the artists

At the Re:Publik Café, we welcome applications from emerging and professional artists for solo exhibitions in a single combined gallery space.

With featured artists changing regularly, the Re:Publik ensures freshness and ongoing interest from art collectors and buyers alike. We provide assistance and advice where needed so the solo exhibition is is shown on the most professionally and coherently. With the forth exhibition now showing (after opening I August 2016) the Re:Publik Café is an exciting and dynamic venue to hold your exhibition.

For more details please contact us via email ( or phone us on (02) 4311 6842. The art schedule is posted on the UPCOMING EVENTS page (

We welcome enquiries regarding how to exhibit please call us on (02) 4311 6842 to discuss available dates.

The Space

The Re:Publik Café offers a space for art shows and events in the centre of Ettalong Beach, just opposite the Mantra Hotel, in walking distance from the Palm Beach Ferry.

The exhibition space is available for artists to run their own show in solo exhibitions – normal duration a month.

About Ettalong Beach

Re:Publik Café has a substantial guests traffic every day – but especially on weekends. The café is close to holiday accommodation (managed by accom, over 250 houses and apartments) and the Mantra Hotel (Ideal for a weekend escape, business, or a family getaway; Mantra Ettalong Beach is just one hour's drive north of Sydney and one hour south of Newcastle airport). There’s also the famous Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort close by.

Bus stops are within 100 meters for buses that travel from Gosford.

Café & Art

The café is open daily from 8.30am to late in the afternoon. The front of the café has wide glass heritage windows. The bay windows of its double sided recesses doorway are ideal for placing objects to catch the attentions of pedestrians.