Art Festival celebrates 7 years!

Brushes by the Sea Results for 2015

OUR LOCAL AREA – any medium –Rainbow Beach Sports and Recreation Club
Winner Barbara Fea Tin Can Bay
Encouragement Elizabeth Sawrey Octopus

ACRYLIC – Any theme- Foodworks
Carolyn Smith Harmony
Encouragement Danute Ruzguz Purple Haze

OILS – Any theme –Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre
Robin Hines Of Drought and Flooding Rains
Encouragement Kerri Southern Denham Beach

WATERCOLOUR – Any theme- Rainbow Beach Meats
Lena Brodin Bullocks Point
Encouragement Barbara Fea East of Surat

PHOTOGRAPHY –Landscape –Rainbow Beach Realty
Julie Hartwig Coloured Sands
Encouragement Kerri Southern Holy Lake Nepal

PHOTOGRAPHY – Real Life –Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News
Jennifer Jackson Catch of the Day
Encouragement Chris Harvey

QUILTING – Any theme –Ed’s Beach Bakery
Pamela Gill Trip around the world
Encouragement Ann Weller Landscape

CRAFT – Any theme –Cooloola Realty
Jonathon Crosbie-Porten Sailing the Coloured Sands
Encouragement Jacqui Heffernan Torso

DRAWING – Any theme –Cooloola Cove Landscaping and Garden Supplies and Cooloola Hire
Heathermay Criag Kaitlyn
Encouragement Elizabeth Sawrey Vivianne

YOUNG ARTIST (9-16yrs) – Any theme –Dr David Smith
Annie White Pretty Picasso
Encouragement Bailey Mills Freedom

YOUNG ARTIST (9 & under) – any theme –Surf and Safari Tours
Jacob Jordison Snail Doodles
Encouragement Isla Berwick Rainbow Beach

PEOPLE’S CHOICE Rainbow Beach Sports and Recreation Club
Adult Carolyn Smith Harmony
9-16 years Ella-Rosa Stiefler Hermit Crab
Under 9’s Jasper Yallowley Snail Doodles

2015 was the year of the children’s entries for “Brushes by the Sea” – with a record 89 entries. It was fitting as the monies raised at the event were for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Project at Rainbow Beach State School.

After organising the event each year, Peggy Phelan is handing over the co-ordination to the Sports Club. She says it was a lot of fun organising over the years, and watching local artist’s work develop.

Peggy admits, “I have to say the section that I love the most is the young artist – looking at life through the eyes of children.”

Another 188 entries into the other sections meant there was plenty to admire at the event, held at the long weekend. Volunteers welcomed over 600 people through the festival over the three days, including Acting Mayor Rae Gate and Councillor Julie Walker.

Judges included Noosa artist, Tricia Bradford, President of the Gympie Photography Club, Ian Smith and Margaret Sanderson from Gympie Patchwork. Judges had a difficult time deciding on the winners with the impressive creations on display.

The P&C goose raffle included an impressive 28 prizes, that generated over $600 – well done to the students who helped. P&C Secretary, Kirstie Jordison may have started off a new career with her very successful auction – raising $720 just from a houseboat holiday thanks to Tin Can Bay Houseboats.

The P&C were also grateful to Epic Ocean Adventures, Rainbow Beach Horse Rides, Dolphin Ferry Cruises, Tin Can Bay News, Tin Can Bay Butchery, Rainbow Beach Hotel, Foodworks, Bitchy Chix, 13th Beach, Rainbow Beach Hardware, Fishing & Camping, Rainbow Beach Camping & Disposals, Cooloola Wholesalers, Marina Bar & Grill, Rainbow Beach Hair and Beauty, Waterview Bistro and Bar, Peggy Phelan, Dreams, Rainbows & Gifts and of course the Rainbow Beach Sports Club where it was all held, for all the donations.

Peggy thanked everyone for their participation and support, especially the judges, volunteers and sponsors, including Cafe Jilarty who provided all the encouragement awards.

“Our Art Sales this year were $1525 – a good result and with all the entries, door takings, commission and Hayley McFarlane’s Mystery Painting added to the raffle and auction, the overall total for festival was over $3000.”

It was due to Peggy’s and the Sport Club’s collaboration with the school that so many children participated. The funds raised are a fantastic start for the new P&C committee and the Kitchen Garden for 2015.

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