GYMPIE has a fascinating heritage, which encompasses architecture from the gold rush era, colourful characters, memorable moments and changing environments.
To capture this wonderful heritage, every year Gympie Regional Council's heritage committee holds a heritage art competition, which is displayed and judged at the Gympie Show and the Gympie Regional Gallery.
Requirements of the competition are that you prepare a painting on any aspect of our heritage within the Gympie Region.
The theme set by the National Trust this year is "Amazing Stories, Innovation and Invention".
And to help inspire you, Geoff Smith will give a free talk on Tuesday, February 21, at 1pm at the gallery.
Geoff's talks are always full of fascinating stories and sure to spark an interest.
The competition is an opportunity to win part of a $2000 prize pool.
In the adult section the winner will receive $1000, second prize $350 and third $150.
In the section for youth (under 18), you can win a Nintendo Wii console first prize, $100 for second and $50 for third.
Primary school-age children can win $100 for first prize, $60 for second and $40 for third.
All you have to do is pick up an entry form from either the Gympie Regional Gallery at 39 Nash St, Gympie, Gympie Libraries, or download it from the website, www.gympie.qld.gov.au/gallery then prepare a painting on any aspect of the theme.
Go along to the talk, be inspired, get the paint brushes out and start painting to be in with a chance of winning part of that $2000 prizemoney being offered in the Gympie Regional Council annual heritage art competition.
Entries are due in by Thursday, April 19.
For more information call Gympie Regional Gallery on 5481 0733, Gympie Libraries, or the main council office in Mary St.