About the Mary Valley Art Festival
2017 wrap-up: The 17th annual Mary valley Art Festival continues to deliver surprises, with a new artist from Bundaberg winning the Drawing prize as well as the Novice category at the Mary Valley Art Festival in Imbil.
Jake Thompson impressed the judges – Nameer Davis and Brett A Jones, himself an acclaimed drawing expert – with the fluency of his execution in the artwork titled “Under Construction”. It won the $400 first prize in the Novice section.
The judges said the subject of the figure and machine was “quite compelling”.
They also applauded Mr Thompson’s good use of medium and restrained tone, leading to a “beautiful texture of light in the grey water” for his drawing titled “L’Ange De Mer”, which was awarded the $400 Twin Bunya Award for Drawing.
But everyone at the gala awards presentation wanted to know who won the Bendigo Bank Open Award, boosted to $2500 as the bank celebrated four years of partnering with the regional festival.
That prize went to Vicki Bennett for “Makani”, a portrait created in the ethnographic style that used textured charcoal in a tightly shaped composition.
Acclaimed local artist Kym Barrett was highly commended for her Open entry “Meet Me On The Road”, which the judges praised as a “beautiful use of surface layering” to create an emotionally charged landscape. She shared the highly-commended title with Vanessa Allegra, who entered the artwork “Bleached”.
MC for the evening was radio and TV personality Jamie Dunn, who pulled an old friend – Agro – out of his bag for impromptu photo opportunities with winners and sponsors.
Gympie artist Penny Horne, a long-time entrant at the Imbil art show and a foundation member of the Curra Art Group, proved that she has dedicated herself to her work by collecting both the first and highly commended awards for the new G150 Heritage category, sponsored by the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The judges’ comments described both these works as showing “an intelligent and insightful interpretation of the subject – the everyday humdrum, all too familiar”.
History: The Mary Valley Art Festival began in 2000 in Imbil, the largest community the Mary Valley. It is an annual event held on the first weekend in July.
Thursday Opening night is a fantastic celebration bringing together artists, judges, sponsors and the community over wine, fine food and entertainment. The festival is known for its friendly and professional approach, attracting quality art work showcasing the diversity of artists from our region and South East Queensland.
The festival runs over the weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is an easy day trip for visitors from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Hervey Bay. Workshops and demonstrations are held over the same weekend so be sure to check the program to extend your stay. The popular People’s Choice Awards are held on the Sunday along with the Bush Haven Youth Art Award presentations with licensed bar and refreshments.
We warmly welcome volunteers who would like to offer their skills to the group.
We contribute our success to the fantastic work of our volunteers and have a great reputation as being friendly and professional. Use our contact form, ring or message via Facebook, we’d love to hear from you. Our volunteers are covered by insurance with induction provided.
Pictured are (from left) Nicky Watson, Sally Luchich, Lesa Bell, Kaili Parker-Price, Lyn Hughes, Heinke Butt.
Mary Valley Art Festival 2018
Opening Night – 2018 TBC
Entry Fee TBC
Imbil Public Hall, Edward Street, Imbil
The awards presentation on opening night is a chance to meet the artists in a great atmosphere with music, wine and finger food.
Each year the artwork on display is testament to the creative abilities of individuals residing in our communities, while visitors attending the festival share the privilege of being able to view or buy the results of many hours of intense effort and passion.
Live music will be performed on stage by talented young people from the Institute of Country Music from 6pm. Please join your community to celebrate.
Entry Fees TBC
Open daily from 10am to 3pm
Why not bring a group of friends for a great day out, have lunch in town and enjoy a fabulous country drive?
You can find out more information at www.maryvalleycountry.com.au