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Mary Valley Artslink Inc

Mary Valley Artslink Inc was formed in February 2013 with the mission “To inspire the Arts in the Mary Valley through leadership and collaboration”.

Our vision is to promote the growth of the Arts as a viable industry within the Mary Valley by providing a framework to build individual projects. To network with other artists, regional organisations and the community. To hold arts creative workshops annually. To collaborate with artists to hold exhibitions locally and throughout the region. To host events aimed at adding value to artist abilities.

The organisation is a not for profit arts council and co-ordinates two major festivals held in the region, the Mary Valley Arts Festival and the Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival. In its supportive role in the community, MVAL also offers professional workshops. This provides inspiration to the community as well as an opportunity for the professional development of local artists and their employment.

In 2015 Mary Valley Artslink and the Kandanga Country Club signed an agreement to create an exhibition space for local artists to gain experience at exhibiting, and for patrons to appreciate the diversity of artists who live locally. Mary Valley Artslink also holds regular Get-Linked events where social interaction provides stimulation with artist’s talks, trivia nights and fine dining. In 2015 Mary Valley Artslink auspiced the grant to launch the 10×10 Short Play Festival as an annual event.


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Mary Valley Art Festival


The Mary Valley Art Festival showcases talented artists from the Mary Valley region in their annual festival. Three days of fabulous art and inspiration. (Painting by Trudi Ellen)

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Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival


The Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival is an annual festival where the whole Mary Valley gets involved creating and display some wonderful scarecrows. (Scarecrows by Annabrach Farm)

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Join the Mary Valley community in showcasing the region's art and culture
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Membership Benefits

Membership of Mary Valley Artslink Inc puts you in direct contact with active artists and creative people in your region.


All events hosted by MVAL will receive full insurance. Members can host their event under our banner and be covered for insurance


Mary Valley Artslink regularly hold GetLinked events where community can engage through artists talks, dinner evenings and social events.

As a member you may offer a

  • workshop on your area of expertise,
  • present a talk or
  • submit a project through the organisation.


  • curating assistance
  • Opportunity to host joint exhibitions
  • Kandanga Country club exhibition opportunities

Grant Assistance:

We have experienced grant writers who can help you define your project and apply for funding.

Networking opportunities:

Membership of Mary Valley Artslink Inc puts you in direct contact with active artists and creative people in your region


Members can also benefit from our professional media presence – we can assist with media releases and posters to promote your event and raise your profile. Just ask.


Create a profile in our Members Marketplace and increase your online presence. 


10% off purchases at Oxlades and Highly Strung at Eumundi when you produce your membership card.

Discounted Entry prices at the Mary Valley Art Festival, artist workshops and GetLinked events.

Contact Us

For more information on Mary Valley Artslink, get in touch with Heinke on 0419 014 291 or Lesa on 0428 193 156 or email:

Or mail to:

c/- Mary Valley Arts Link,
PO Box 124,
Imbil, Qld, 4570.

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The Mary Valley Artslink Team

Lesa Bell
Lesa BellSecretary
Lesa’s background is in performing arts, having completed a Bachelor of Theatre in 1994. She recently co-ordinated the 10×10 Short Play Festival in 2015 and teaches drama classes for youth after school. She is a member of the advisory board for Arts and Cultural Policy in the Gympie Region and has been working with the Mary Valley Art Festival for over seven years. Lesa is passionate about providing creative opportunities for young people living in regional areas.
Heinke Butt
Heinke ButtPresident
BA Int Des; BA Fine Art & Culture; MA CDA Art & Des
Heinke is a qualified Interior Designer and holds a Master degree in Cross Disciplinary Art and Design. She has designed retail spaces and instigated product development with a profit driven focus in  over 150 stores in Australia and New Zealand., Europe, UK and Hungary.
Heinke does Interior Design for private clients as well as Corporate Institutions.
She focuses on her practice as a Multi Media Artist and continues her research into Suppression of Cultures by Superior Oppressors.  In the Mary Valley it is her goal to help local artists achieve their goals by facilitating outlets, workshops and curating exhibitions for their art work. 
Kaili Parker-Price
Kaili Parker-PriceMedia Liaison
Kaili has been a wordsmith all her life, and communication and connection are her passions for rural communities. Starting as a cadet journalist in Gympie she has worked professionally in the media print sector for more than 30 years, adding her voluntary help in the not-for-profit sector for the past 18 years. She will build a scarecrow but has not been known to take up a paintbrush, yet.
Lyn Hughes
Lyn HughesTreasurer
Lyn is a qualified Physical Education teacher and now runs a successful cattle farm and earthmoving business, Mightyboy Excavations, in Kandanga. Her passion for art continues to inspires her to support art and culture in the Mary Valley.

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