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Shelley Kurtz won the category in this year's Business NSW Mid North Coast Business Awards

Great Lakes Advocate

September 21, 2023

Tallwoods graphic artist, Shelly Kurtz from Creative Shell has been named outstanding young business leader in this year's Business NSW Mid North Coast Business Awards.


Shelley was presented with her award before more than 200 business leaders last Friday night at a gala dinner held at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges.

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Graphic designer launches colouring book

Great Lakes Advocate

July 11, 2023

Local graphic designer and the artist behind Creative Shell, Shelley Kurtz has turned her hand to publishing.

The multi-talented artist and designer will later this month release her latest project, the ground-breaking colouring book, Australian Beaks.


Unlike any other colouring book on the market, Australian Beakscombines the joy of colouring with a unique bird watching journal, and an educational experience for nature enthusiasts of all ages.

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MidCoast Business Awards WINNER

MidCoast Business Awards

February 12, 2022

Excellence in Professional Services

This award recognises businesses that possess specialist knowledge, skills & products derived from a high level of education, training and experience.


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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You can't miss Ted's new Graffiti Buster Truck

The Forster Tuncurry 11th Edition

January 6, 2021

Theres a new Graffiti Buster truck in town that cannot be missed with its modern design and bright colours...

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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.


Most Elegrant Lady

Fashions on the Field - Taree Cup

August 18, 2019

Took out the Most Elegant Lady title at the Taree Cup in another one of my millinery creations.

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Town Hall Road Safety Advertisement

DHBC Design Competition

August 15, 2019

Three of the prize-winning designs were adapted for display using large
digital screens across the Sydney Trains network. Congratulations to Kirra Zhigunov, Michelle Carpio and Shelley Kurtz. And huge appreciation to Minister Andrew Constance, for suggesting this idea. It has creatively raised the profile of cycling road safety with new audiences.

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Tallwoods graphic designer wins top poster award

Great Lakes Advocate

June 23, 2019

A presentation ceremony at NSW Parliament House earlier this week was the perfect venue to showcase the talents of young designers from across the State vying for recognition in a poster and bumper sticker competition.


Included in that talented group of 11 was Tallwoods graphic designer, Shelley Kurtz, who learned she had won the poster section.


Have you crossed the line?

Bicycle NSW - Media Release

June 19, 2019

After weeks of tough design decisions, the winners of the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club (DHBC) Design Competition were awarded today at Parliament House by NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, The Hon. Andrew Constance, MP.  

With the support of the Transport for NSW Community Road Safety Grant, DHBC ran a design competition to increase the awareness of the Minimum Passing Distance legislation.

As of May 2018, more than 75% of drivers were unaware of the MPD rule. DHBC called on the community to develop posters and bumper stickers to increase MPD awareness.  After hundreds of entries, the designs were narrowed down to one winner in each of the four categories.


Road Rules Poster Girl

Great Lakes Advocate

June 12, 2019

A road safety initiative has earned Great Lakes graphic designer, Shelley Kurtz a finals spot in a nation-wide design competition.

Shelley, from Tallwoods, is one of five finalists in the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club - Minimum Passing Distance Design Competition.

The four category competition - three for road safety stickers and one for poster - attracted 300 entries.

Shelley's poster entry was one of 73.

The competition was designed to raise awareness of the safe passing distance between a cyclist and motorist, Shelley said.


Finalist in DHBC Transport for NSW Poster Design Competition

DHBC Design Competition

May 17, 2019

A sticker and poster design competition, to Increase Awareness of Safe Passing Distances between motorists & cyclists.

Minimum Passing Distance (MPD) requires 1.0 metre of clearance for cyclists on roads with a speed limit of up to 60 km/hour, and 1.5 metres (speeds over 60 km/hour). The road rule exemptions permit motorists to cross lines (including double unbroken centre lines), to straddle lane lines and to drive on painted islands in order to pass cyclists, but only when it is safe to do so.

Winning designs will be printed in full colour, and will be distributed around the Inner West and South of Sydney. Competition entries will deliver fresh creative content, new slogans, and marketing collateral to raise awareness of Safe Passing Distance.

Greater awareness of safe passing rules will reduce injuries and deaths on NSW Roads… It is only possible to move Towards Zero with much greater awareness and active enforcement of Minimum Passing Distance.


You can vote for my design on the 'DHBC Design Competition' Facebook by clicking here.


Women in Business

Focus Magazine

March 01, 2019

Focus Magazine is the all gloss, all free guide to local living for the Manning Great Lakes.

A monthly publication delivered free to the local area.

Again, I was given the opportunity to feature in the March issue - Women in Business.


Best Millinery

Focus Fashions on the Field

October 6, 2017

I won my first Best Millinery title in a fascinator of my own creation at the Focus, Fashions on the Field at the Port Cup.


Most Elegant Lady

Focus Fashions on the Field

September 12, 2017

I won my first Elegant Lady title in a fascinator of my own creation at the Focus, Fashions on the Field at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club.


Best Millinery

Focus Fashions on the Field

February 20, 2016

I'm by no means a milliner, but I had fun making this fascinator!

It got me the "Best Millinery" title at the FOCUS Fashions on the Field at Tuncurry Race Club.

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Taree Night Bazaar

Manning River Times

November 28, 2015

This was my first experience at live painting!


Focus Magazine

Women in Business - Issue 97

March 01, 2015

Focus Magazine is the all gloss, all free guide to local living for the Manning Great Lakes.

A monthly publication delivered free to the local area.

I was given the oportunity to feature in the March issue - Women in Business, I was also lucky enough to be on the front cover too!

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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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