Big prizes on offer as Mary Valley Art Festival celebrates G150

Repeat winner at the Mary Valley Art Festival is Holly Hughes, pictured creating body art

Repeat winner at the Mary Valley Art Festival is Holly Hughes, pictured creating body art

An Open Award of $2500 and total prize money topping $8000 are expected to draw high quality entries at the 2017 Mary Valley Art Festival.

A new Heritage Art section will celebrate the region’s G150 year – the 150th anniversary of the founding date of the Gympie township.

With $1000 up for grabs, artists can enter a new painting that reflects the life and times (culture) of the last 150 years – in the Gympie and Mary Valley region – sponsored by the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The festival kicks off with a gala opening night on June 29 at the Imbil Public Hall, and is followed by open viewing from June 30-July 2, finishing with the popular People’s Choice Awards and closing ceremony on July 2.

The festival committee has worked hard to develop the weekend with something for everyone, and will include a curator’s talk on the Friday night with Megan Williams from the USC art gallery, workshops including drawing with the award-winning Brett A Jones and live music.

Kandanga artist, Holly Hughes, will return with a unique new art concept – using ultra violet paint on surfboards to celebrate our underwater wildlife. Holly is a repeat winner at the art festival and this year received funding under Council’s RADF program for this demonstration.

Entry forms for the art festival are now available: www.maryvalleyartslink.com.au and close  June 15. Phone 0409 382868 to find out more or email: info@maryvalleyartfestival.com.au