A splash of colour

Mary Valley Art Festival Youth Project. Image: Contributed.

Plan a winter break in Mary Valley Country and visit the annual Mary Valley Art Festival this

week.

More than 300 entries are being delivered to the Imbil Public Hall from throughout South-

East Queensland, and they are eligible for a share of almost $12,000 in prize money.

Who will win the top prize of $3000 with the new Best in Show category sponsored by Ron

Jeffery Realty, and the Bendigo Bank Open Award of $2500? The generous prize pool

ensures that the festival attracts quality local and South-East Queensland artists.

The festival runs from July 21-24 at the Imbil Public Hall in Imbil, near Gympie, in the Noosa

hinterland.

Organising body Mary Valley Artslink has planned a busy program, with the gala awards

evening on the Friday to encourage people to come to the festival and make a weekend of

the outing in Mary Valley Country.

Viewing opens at 10am on Thursday July 21, with the awards on Friday night, where artists

and art lovers can celebrate with live music, licensed bar and finger food.

There is a poet’s breakfast on Saturday at 8am hosted by the popular wordsmith Ian

Mackay, and the Mary Valley Youth Art Project will be displayed – the collection of murals

created by high school aged young people led by award-winning artist Fiona Groom.

Fiona’s art often captures the humour and quirkiness of animals, and the youth artworks are

based on participants’ stories or poems about animals, pets or fauna. The four large, animal

themed panels will be on display during the festival.

The youth project was supported by the Gympie Regional Council and Regional Arts

Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the

Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in

regional Queensland.

Visit www.maryvalleyartfestival.com.au