260 entries in Valley Art Festival

IMBIL Public Hall will be bursting with artworks in July as entries come flooding in for the 10th annual Mary Valley Art Festival.

With less than two weeks to go until opening night on July 8, organisers are processing 260 entries from 91 artists scattered across south-east Queensland.

The festival has topped last year’s entries already and more are expected.

Add to this the paintings submitted in the 10/10 collaborative art piece, which consists of 112 specially requested artworks.

While the final design of the collaborative work will only be revealed on opening night, it is called Mary Valley Alive and resulted from the art festival’s desire to invite artists to create an individual painting to express their interpretation of the theme, as well as include a description of their work.

Artistic director Heinke Butt has been moved by some of the thoughts which have accompanied equally inspiring paintings for the special art piece.

She said the festival committee had captured a moment in the history of the Mary Valley and its community through art.

“The passion that people have for the Mary Valley is amazing,” Ms Butt said.

An artist wrote: “Mary is very much alive. The flora and fauna are her flesh and bone; the creeks and rivers her veins and arteries; the people her soul; and the impression she leaves in our heart – her fingerprint.”

Another described the painting of Mary the Turtle as “We have all heard of a face that launched a thousand ships. This one helped stop a dam. Perhaps a face that only a mother (or local) could love, but I think she is beautiful.”

After the Imbil festival, the Mary Valley Alive piece will be exhibited at the Gympie Art Gallery.

The Mary Valley Art Festival opens on July 8 at 6pm at the Imbil Public Hall, with the unveiling of Mary Valley Alive, wine and finger food.

Viewing continues each day, 10am-3pm. Closing celebration and announcement of the People’s Choice Award is 1-3pm on Sunday, July 11.

Gympie Times

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