Works in the Mary Valley Alive Collaborative Art project focus on artists’ connection with the area.
Works in the Mary Valley Alive Collaborative Art project focus on artists’ connection with the area. Contributed

Art project captures Mary Valley

THE Mary Valley Alive Collaborative Art Project was born from a desire to celebrate the 10th year of the Mary Valley Arts Festival as a stand-alone project.

All the participants who have entered the festival in its 10-year history were invited to participate as an act of appreciation of their support over the years.

The theme was chosen to allow artists to demonstrate their personal connection with the Mary Valley, its people, water, soil, fauna and flora. More than 112 artists were each given this simple brief – a 203mmx203mm canvas and a colour palette to use in their painting.

The paintings that complete Mary Valley Alive Collaborative Art project and the artist statements provided of their work, have unexpectedly captured a moment in time in the history of the Mary Valley.

The project demonstrates the spirit and connection people have with this country, the love for its fauna and flora and the river flowing through it as the “vein of life”.

The final display will be revealed at the opening night of the Mary Valley Alive Collaborative Art project on Thursday, July 8 at 6pm at the Imbil Showgrounds.

After the festival, the artworks will come to the foyer of the Gympie Regional Gallery from July 13-August 7.

The Gympie Regional Gallery is open from 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

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