Mary Valley Art Festival treasurer and sponsor of the Borumba Deer Park People’s Choice Award, Col Huddy, with artist Valerie Pettingill.
Mary Valley Art Festival treasurer and sponsor of the Borumba Deer Park People’s Choice Award, Col Huddy, with artist Valerie Pettingill. Contributed

Lovely lab catches public's eye

VISITORS to the recent Mary Valley Art Festival have chosen the beautiful portrait of a dog swimming back to its owner with a stick as the winner of the Borumba Deer Park People’s Choice Award.

The painting, by artist Valerie Pettingill, had won the animalia category of the festival, as judged by Stephanie Outridge Field.

Co-ordinator Jan Watt said it was unusual to have the public popular choice align with a judge as the general audience did not judge on technicalities, so endorsement by the public and the judge was outstanding.

A total of 238 paintings was entered in the festival, which marked its 11th year this year.

The festival was held at the Imbil Public Hall from July 7-10 and handed over a prize pool totalling more than $5000.

Inquiries about the 2012 festival to Jan Watt on 0437 733 383 or email mvartfest@gmail.com.

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