Lifestyle

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.

Gympie Times


How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Do you know the dogs that savaged this pet?

VICTIM: The dog attacked in its own yard last week.

Hunt on for dogs and owners after attack

Here's what's on in Gympie today and tomorrow

No Caption

Looking for action and adventure? Check this out.

Opinion: Technology can't control Mother Nature

Gympie Times Editor Shelley Strachan

Mary Valley farmer's stoicism in the face of adversity

Local Partners

Horror hailstorms cost Mary Valley farmer $500,000

ROB Price and his wife are just two of many who are devastated by hailstorms last week.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

PARTY TIME: Two huge nights of Christmas on Mary

IN THE MOOD: Jade Alexis dressed up for a Mary Christmas on December 14 and 21.

Mary St keeps up its new Christmas night shopping tradition

All your entertainment needs sorted for this weekend

ROCK ON: Travis Collins will be at the Royal Hotel to promote his new album on Friday night

Don't let the bad weather chase away a good time.

Sir Mick Jagger a dad again at 73

Mick Jagger... dad again at 73

Ageing rocker obviously still getting Satisfaction

Doco tells the story of Aussie surfboard pioneers

Gordon Woods (far right) in a 1966 ad for his surf shop. He is the subject of a documentary about the Brookvale Mafia airing on Foxtel.

THE Brookvale six were united in the love of their craft.

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper happy as baby looms

Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper are in an "extremely happy place"

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!