Art fever hits pitch

A NEW website and increased prizemoney for the open section indicate the annual Mary Valley Art Festival is going from strength to strength as it notches up its 12th quality show from July 12-15 at the Imbil Public Hall.

Organiser Jan Watt said the total prizemoney had topped $5300, with the open section first prize now $1200.

This made the award one of the richest in the Gympie region, she said, and she anticipated a corresponding increase in entries.

New to the 2012 festival was an encouragement prize for which all entrants were eligible.

Ms Watt expects the media buzz surrounding the Mary Valley Country marketing campaign to extend to art and culture, and invited everyone to "come out to play" in the Mary Valley by visiting the exhibition.

Opening night on July 12, from 6pm, is always a large event with people using the opportunity to view the exhibition and mix with the artists, to a backdrop of nibbles and music.

The People's Choice Awards return at 1pm on July 15 at the close of the festival, when the favourite entry by popular vote is revealed. This is a complementary entry, wine and cheese event sponsored by Borumba Deer Park.

Visit the new website http://www.maryvalleyartfestival.org for all the information you need and printable entry forms.

Entries close July 20.

Gympie Times


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