Art and Music on the Cooloola Coast

Emma Worthington with her floral art at Brushes by the Sea, the annual art show in Rainbow Beach

Emma Worthington with her floral art at Brushes by the Sea, the annual art show in Rainbow Beach

There is an abundance of talent on the coast and plenty of art shows to enter and exhibitions to enjoy in our region….

Youth entries wanted in Mary Valley

Imbil art lover Bruce Dahl wants to empower young people to explore their artistic abilities and has offered $1100 to the Mary Valley Art Festival for the Bush Haven Creativity Award.

The award, and the expanded youth art section with junior and senior categories, are highlighted on the entry forms for the 16th Mary Valley Art Festival, available now on the new arts website:

Entries close on June 15 and the annual festival opens on Thursday, June 30 at 6pm at the Imbil Public Hall with a gala awards night. The festival continues on July 1-3 with viewing from 10am-3pm daily as well as demonstrations by local artists.

Mary Valley Artslink president, Heinke Butt, said the Bush Haven Creativity Award included an artist’s residency and a workshop at the Brisbane Institute of Art.

The winning young artist – 18 years of age or under – will also receive $400 cash.

To be eligible, the young artist must reside or attend school in the Gympie Regional Council area, Pomona or Cooroy.

Ms Butt expects that increased prize money will attract strong youth entries, with first prizes of $200 in the junior section – ages up to 13 years – and $400 in the senior section for 14-18 year-olds.

The adult art competition continues to garner support, offering $1500 for the Open Award.

There are $400 prizes in each category: 3D, Landscape, Novice, Animalia, Still Life, Human Form/Portraitures, Drawing, Natural Flora and Abstract.

Phone 0409 382868 to find out more or email

Tin Can Bay Art Show entries due June 15

After running our Art Shows the Tin Can Bay Art Group know what wonderfully talented people we have in our midst, but they are sure we have only touched on the tip of the iceberg!

They encourage more local artists to come out and “strut their stuff”.

The deadline for submissions for the July 16-17 Cooloola Coast Art Show and Photography Competition is June 15 . Do not miss out on this great opportunity to put your art or photography out there. You could be more talented than you think.

Contact Kerri on 5486 2584 or for photography competition, Ken on 5486 2745. Email:

$1000 first prize at Glenwood  

Entry Forms are now available from Rainbow Beach Community Centre for the Glenwood Art Competition.

The newly formed Glenwood Cultural Society Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, and invites entries from the Cooloola Coast, to encourage all ages with Novice, Professional Adult and Junior categories.

There are substantial prize monies offered in each category – with First Prize $1,000 for both Novice and Professional. Following the judging, an auction with no commission charged will be held for those who wish to participate.

Enjoy a family fun day which will include a BBQ lunch, jumping castle, face painting, art and craft stalls and much more on August 6. Call 0434 511 910 to find out more.

See Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize

For twenty five years the Tattersall’s Club has been holding a Landscape Art Prize and to celebrate this landmark, fifteen winning paintings will tour around regional galleries. The Gympie Regional Gallery will be hosting this tour until July 9.

The exhibition includes some of Australia’s finest landscape painters such as Gordon Shepherdson, John Caldwell, Michael Nelson Jagamarra, Davida Allen, Sybil Curtis, Maureen Hansen and Joe Furlonger.

The exhibition presents a diverse way of looking at landscape with a range of painting styles including traditional, contemporary, narrative, industrial and urban. You are most welcome to the official opening of the exhibition on June 4 at 1pm.

Two special public programs are on offer – June 10 at 1pm join artist Lisa Adams with a free In-Discussion event, and a John Caldwell workshop on  June 17 and 18. Phone 5481 0733 for any further information.

art Heritage Art 10 x 10Heritage Art on view

On View until June 11 are all the entries into the annual Heritage Art Competition. See winning paintings in the Adult, Youth and Child sections.

Paintings explore the theme as set by the National Trust of Australia of Discoveries and Re-Discoveries. See what each artist has discovered about their region in their artworks.

Gympie Regional Gallery is situated at 39 Nash Street, open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Music – Plus: a winter diversion

Good news! Music Plus nights are happening throughout the winter months at the Vets and Community Hall.  Marilyn and Frank Russell are keen to have the music continue on the last Thursday of the month: June 30, July 28 and August 25.

We welcomed an audience of nearly 70 to enjoy our programme of wonderful local musicians.

This time we had a choir called the “Coolabay Choir” of twenty singing in harmony and with such confidence you would never have guessed they had only formed in October with fortnightly practices.

Our flautist, Jo, presented a beautiful sound and joined Sue and Pam on mandolin and piano in “The Prayer”, which was highly appreciated.

Kirsten returned to give us a really confident and melodious rendering of two songs, her voice was strong and her playing so easy, the audience were warm in their praise of her performance.

The new drum group had grown in number and improved in performance. Terry sang an old favourite “Blowing in the Wind” accompanying himself on guitar. Nancy and Sarah were their usual bubbly selves, and Ron sang and played with his customary professionalism.

Colleen (Continuity), kept us laughing in between the musical items with her jokes and anecdotes. Everyone agreed that this was an exceptional night and we are all looking forward to the next one.

Anyone happy to contribute please contact Marilyn on e-mail:

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