Valley art fest launch a gala affair

Artist Narell Webber beside her alpaca painting entry, highly commended in the Animalia section.
Artist Narell Webber beside her alpaca painting entry, highly commended in the Animalia section. Contributed

THE annual Mary Valley Arts Festival has drawn entries from a wide area with artists from as far away as Sydney and Roma entering this year’s event.

Opening night for the 2011 festival was held in the Imbil public hall on Thursday night with about 150 people from the Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions attending.

Judge Stephanie Outridge Field and Jamie Dunn, who opened the festival travelled up from Brisbane especially for the evening.

Opening night attendees were keen to buy and thousands of dollars of art work was sold on including the Open first placing painting by Kym Barrett.

The arts festival continues over the weekend with the doors open at the Imbil public hall from 10am to 3pm for viewing of the outstanding work. Closing celebrations with complimentary wine and cheese and the announcement of Borumba Deer Park People’s Choice is on Sunday, 1-3pm

Judge Stephanie Outridge Field said her job had not been easy as there are some excellent works and bodies of works by artists who submitted work in different sections or more than one work in a single section.

“Judging is an interesting process as the first point of reference is the section criteria or guidelines as documented in the entry conditions,” she said.

“Works receive the awards because they best address the criteria decided by the organising committee.

“In a sense you can consider the first round of judging has already happened before any works even arrive at the hall. The artist themselves have made the decision as to which section they assess the work to belong.

“As a judge I get the advantage of seeing all the works entered in each and every section and sometimes on reflection works can be more relevant to a section they have not entered in.

“It is important to remember everyone has a different approach to judging and my first point of reference is the entry criteria; followed by the technical execution of the concept and also I examine the works for weaker points in their presentation – you also examine the strong points but you need to carefully consider the aspects less well executed.

“Overall this show has some beautiful engaging very skilled and well executed work that is as diverse as the artists represented.

“I commend the artists and the committee for their joint endeavours to put this show together,” Ms Outridge Field said.

Mary Valley Arts Fest winners

Open: Kym Barrett 1, Lizzie Connor HC.

Helping Hands: Cecile Steenbergen.

Landscape: Narelle Webber 1, Penny Horne HC.

Novice: Wendy Allart 1, Barbara Barnaby HC.

Animalia: Valerie Pettingill 1, Narelle Webber HC.

Still Life: Particia Reust 1, Kathy Burden HC.

Human Form: Sandra Ross 1, Peter Teakle HC.

Drawing: Shirley Strano 1, Ray Sparks HC.

Natural Flora: Shirley Strano, Jean Parker HC.

Abstract: Kym Barrett 1, Sharron Crowe HC.

Miniatures: Sandra Ross 1, Kerrie Atkins HC.

Youth 12-15 yrs: Thomas Watson 1, Echo Hunter-Demecs 2.

Youth 16-18 yrs: Haley Barr.

Mary Valley Art Festival Committee special award (recognition of an artist): Mathew O’Callaghan – Cambroon.

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