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.


Our Team


To find out more about our Art Festival entry guidelines, how to enter and what to do…

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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.

Viewing Dates


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.

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Showcase your talent and enter the 2016 Mary Valley Art Festival

Download your entry form and then allow the Mary Valley to see its homegrown talent
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Volunteer Teams

Setting up and taking entries, Sunday before festival: This is a simple task but many hands make light work.

Lunch is provided for those who work morning to afternoon shifts.

Festival open hours Friday-Sunday: The viewing is from 10am to 3pm for three days. Usually the day is taken in two shifts. The committee takes responsibility for opening and closing the venue and door takings, we simply ask for two people to share each shift.

It is all great fun and you meet some wonderful people, make friends and have quiet time to really appreciate the art.

Town Committees

Lyn Hughes 0409 382868

Contact Mary Valley Art Festival

The valley wide festival is coordinated by Heinke Butt.

You can get in touch with Heinke on 0419 024 291 or email: info@maryvalleyartfestival.com.au

Or mail to:

Mary Valley Artslink
PO Box 124
Imbil Q 4570

Or use the form below:

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Our Sponsors


Bendigo Bank

Mary Valley Art Festival is very pleased to welcome back its festival partner Bendigo’s Gympie & District Community Bank for a second year. They offer a prize pool of $1500 to the Open Award making it an exciting prospect for artists devoting their time and passion to create a unique piece of art. The Bendigo Bank Open Award offers artists the chance to develop their skills and work within their community providing unique experiences for both locals and visitors.


Bush Haven

Bruce Dahl from Bush Haven is a local philanthropist who has established the Bush Haven Youth Art Awards providing a total of $2000 in prizes. The Bush Haven Creativity Award has a vision ‘To empower a young person (18 or under), who otherwise would be unable to fully explore their artistic ability, and who resides and/or attends school in the Gympie Regional Council area, Pomona or Cooroy; to nurture and develop their artistic ability and future.’


Twin Bunya Park

Richard and Heinke Butt of Twin Bunya Park return as major sponsors of the Festival. Their continued creativity and joy in assisting this event has nurtured an important part of the art community in the Mary Valley. This year we announce the Twin Bunya Drawing Award.



Marina Taylor Catering

Marina Taylor has been involved in the arts for most of her life. Her business is creating fantastic decor for events, weddings and festivals. Her team provide delicious finger food for the Opening Night of the festival. If you have attended previously, you will have tasted her delightful menu. Come and enjoy.


Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce Inc

Returning as major sponsors of the festival, the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to support art and culture in the Mary Valley with their special Community News publishing fund.


Mary Valley Show Society

The Mary Valley Show Society has been supporting the art festival since its inception in 2000. Imbil Public Hall is synonomous with the Art Festival. A fantastic country hall comes alive each year with professional displays of artistic talent.

Pat Cale and sponsor Liz Paton

Pat Cale and sponsor Liz Paton

 Liz and David Paton

The Paton’s have been long time supporters of the arts in the Mary Valley. As major sponsor they will present the Abstract Paton Award.


Imbil Friendly Grocer

Imbil Friendly Grocer is a major sponsor of the Art Festival having supported the event for many years. The Imbil Friendly Grocer is your one stop shop for catering, camping and having fun in the Mary Valley. They have an ATM service, fuel, ice and grocery.

Peter and Lee will be presenting the 3 Dimensional Imbil Friendly Grocer Award

Imbil Hotel

Imbil Railway Hotel

Imbil Railway Hotel offers country hospitality and a great place to unwind after a country drive. Long time owners, the Hoopers support this homegrown event as major sponsors. They will be presenting the Still Life Railway Hotel Award


Ron Jeffrey Realty

Ron Jeffrey Realty recently relocated his business to the Mary Valley. With an eye for art and keen to support a local event, Ron is a major sponsor of the Mary Valley Art Festival presenting the Ron Jeffrey Landscape Award.

Valued Sponsors

  • Tony Perrett MP
  • Watson & Company Lawyers
  • Rae Gate
  • Mightyboy Excavations
  • QCWA Imbil
  • Amamoor Lodge
  • A&P McVerry
  • Honeybee Farm & Cottages
  • Mary Valley Views B&B
  • Annabranch Farm
  • From the Garden Bouquets
  • Karrabee Bus & Coach
  • Mary Valley Traders
  • Mary Valley Yoga and Tai Chi
  • Cr James Cochrane
  • Seeds to Serendipity
  • Golden Apple Hairdressing

We are extremely grateful to our valuable sponsors for the Mary Valley Art Fest