About the Mary Valley Art Festival
2017 update: The 17th annual Mary valley Art Festival is packed with extra events this year. Here is a brief overview, scroll down the page for all the details!
- June 29 Gala opening, 6pm, Imbil Public Hall
- June 30-July 2 Exhibition viewing 10am-3pm, Imbil Public Hall
- June 29-30 Drawing workshops with Brett A Jones, Imbil RSL Hall
- June 30 Curator’s Talk, Imbil Public Hall
- June 30-July 2 UV art demonstrations with Holly Hughes, Imbil Public Hall
- July 1-2 Gympie Gallery Studio Trails, 10am-4pm, various studios
- July 2 Bush Haven Youth Art Awards, free entry from 1pm, Imbil Public Hall
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 licenced 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 2017
Opening Night – June 29, 2017
Thursday June 29 – 6pm
Entry Fee $7.50
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.
Friday June 30
Saturday July 1
Sunday July 2
Entry Fees $3
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
Thursday June 29
Friday June 30
Freehand drawing workshops with award winning Brett A Jones www.seaofpain.com
Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday June 30
Enjoy the atmosphere and discussion as Megan Williams from the USC Art Gallery talks about current themes in contemporary Australian Art and reflect on works in the exhibition.
Friday June 30, 10.30-12.30pm
Saturday July 1, 10.30-12.30pm
Sunday July 2, 12-1pm
Holly Hughes will introduce the wonders of ultraviolet painting each day of the festival.
An underwater world will come alive in a dark room with black lights.
Youth Awards & People’s Choice Awards
Sunday July 2
Celebrate the afternoon with live music from the Australian Institute of Country Music Rock Skool from 11.30am
Friends of the Gallery will open their market offering handcrafted designs and The Gypsy Grind will keep us topped with our favourite hot beverage though the day.
Holly Hughes will give live art demonstrations from 12-1pm, with something special for the kids.
Complimentary cheese platters, licensed bar and free entry from 1pm
The Bush Haven Youth Art Awards and Thunderbird Demolitions People’s Choice Award
are presented from 1.30pm
Visitors to the festival vote on their favourite work from the festival and the results are announced to the ever increasing Sunday crowd. The winning artwork is quite often a sale on the day for the artist! Art can be collected after 3pm.