About the Mary Valley Art Festival
The Mary Valley Art Festival began in 2000 in Imbil, the largest community in the Mary Valley. It is an annual event held on the first weekend in July.
Opening night is a fantastic celebration bringing together award winners, 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 anyone who would like to work with us as a volunteer. You can contact the festival via our contact form or feel free to ring for further details. We value our volunteers as a vital part of our success.
Pictured are (back from left) Heinke Butt, Kaili Parker-Price, Janine Gledhill, Lesa Bell, Marina Taylor; (front from left) Lyn Hughes, Nicky Watson, Jan Watt.
We have a great reputation as one of the friendliest and accommodating festivals and we put that down to our fabulous volunteers.
Lunch is provided for those who work throughout the full hanging days. Our volunteers are covered by insurance and we provide in induction session for you.
We appreciate any time you would like to offer.
2016 Mary Valley Art Festival
Opening Night – June 30, 2016
Thursday June 30 – 6pm
Entry Fee $5 for MVArtslink members
$7.50 for non-members
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.
The Dennis Sisters after their highly acclaimed win at Tamworth Festival will be performing from 6pm. We would love you to come and join in the fun.
Friday July 1
Saturday July 2
Sunday July 3
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
Youth Awards & People’s Choice Awards
Sunday July 3
Come along to the enjoyable award afternoon with complimentary entry along with wine cheese platters from 1-3pm on Sunday at the close of the festival. Free entry from 1pm
The expanded Youth section with the inaugural Bush Haven Youth Art Awards is presented at 1.30pm.
The Twin Bunya Park People’s Choice Award is presented at 2pm following the Youth presentations.
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!
Demonstrations from feature artists will be on offer through the afternoon. Immerse yourself in the world of the artist.