Mary Valley Art Festival 2018-01-09T12:07:10+00:00

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.

Our Team

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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.

Viewing Dates



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

Workshops TBC

Curators Talk TBC

Demonstrations TBC

Youth Awards & People’s Choice Awards

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Volunteer Teams

Tasks include:

Setting up and taking entries the Sunday prior to Thursday opening. This simple task allows you to meet the artists and be the first to view their submission. Each work needs labelling with receipts issued.

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

Operating the Festival Fri, Sat, Sun from 10am – 3pm. Split shifts are offered. 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.

Contact Mary Valley Art Festival

The Mary Valley Art Festival has a management committee

You can get in touch with us at


Mary Valley Artslink
PO Box 124
Imbil Q 4570

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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.

Thunderbird Demolition

A local business,  Thunderbird Demolition has a green focus on demolition which sets it apart from the rest.
They pride themselves on recycling all waste possible that is demolished and conduct projects accordingly with a zero injury safety record.


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
  • Rae Gate
  • Mightyboy Excavations
  • QCWA Imbil
  • Amamoor Lodge
  • A&P McVerry
  • Imbil Bowls Club
  • Mary Valley Views B&B
  • Imbil Post Office
  • 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