A new portrait gallery pays tribute to the people of Rose Bay


Michael Koutsoukis runs the family-run seafood store Fish at the Bay. Photo: Woollahra Council.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

Portraits of local business owners have been installed in several locations across Rose Bay to celebrate the faces and stories behind the area.

The exhibit, which will be on display until May 13, hopes to pay tribute to the people who bring “life” to the local mall and who have endured challenges during the pandemic.

In an online message, the mayor of Woollahra Susan Wynne said that “small businesses are a big part of why Rose Bay is such a special place to live.”

“The event… aimed to connect our community to the iconic people and stories behind Rose Bay businesses, through images displayed in the streets, lanes and parks around the mall.”

Michael Koutsoukis, of family-run seafood shop Fish at the Bay on Dover Road, said “we are very happy to have our customers part of our lives and that we become part of their lives”.

Rose Bay business owner is ‘very grateful’ to the local community

Pink Bay

Dr. Jo Smaller is Veterinary Practice Director at Rose Bay Veterinary Hospital. Photo: Woollahra Council.

Dr Jo Smaller, who runs Newcastle Street Veterinary Hospital, is also featured in the exhibition.

“I am so grateful to our wonderful community of companion animals and their dedicated humans,” Dr. Smaller said. “Our patients can walk straight out of the clinic and onto the beach and it’s a great way to unwind after a busy day. It’s nice.”

the exposure was supported by the Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment of the Government of New South Wales.

Julia P. Cluff