Mary Valley Art Festival is more than paintings.

Mary Valley Art Festival - JNSHS 1Mary Valley Art Festival is more than paintings. Three-dimensional sculptures from students at James Nash State High School add depth to the offerings at the Mary Valley Art Festival this year.

With the gala opening tomorrow night at 6pm, (EDS June 30) Imbil Public Hall is bursting with colour and culture, and the organising body Mary Valley Artslink couldn’t be happier.

The boosted youth art awards have attracted more than 80 entries from the Gympie region, while there are entries from throughout South-East Queensland in the adult categories.

To be the first to hear which artist has won the Bendigo Bank Open Award of $1500, or the $1100 Bush Haven Creativity Award for Youth, make your way to the Imbil Public Hall, Edward Street, Imbil tomorrow.

The opening celebrations are a popular way to mingle with artists and art lovers, with finger food and bar available, to the backdrop of wide-ranging art exhibits and music by Gympie duo Disparity.

Mary Valley Art Festival - JNSHS 2Judges Ian Gunn and Don Milner will have their comments for viewing, and more than $7000 will be divvied out to the award winners.

The festival continues from Friday to Sunday, July 1-3, with viewing from 10am-3pm daily.

The popular People’s Choice Award on Sunday – July 3 – offers a $300 prize. It will be awarded alongside the Bush Haven Youth Art Awards from 1pm, with a celebratory closing of the annual event, entertainment, food and a bar.
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