FESTIVAL OF ART: Artwork by Glenis Gray.
FESTIVAL OF ART: Artwork by Glenis Gray. Contributed

Still time to enter Valley art festival

ARTISTS have until June 15 to vie for a share of $6300 as well as $2000 in prizes for the youth section at the Mary Valley Art Festival in Imbil.

Co-ordinator Heinke Butt hopes the $1150 Youth Open Award created by new sponsor Bruce Dahl from Bush Haven will attract bumper entries in the festival's 15th year.

The event is managed by Mary Valley Artslink and starts on July 2 with the gala opening night at the Imbil Public Hall, Imbil, followed by three days of viewing from 10am-3pm.

This year MVAL has also organised a workshop titled "Introduction to Eco-Printing" with Sunshine Coast artist Glenis Gray on July 4.

Set aside a weekend to visit the show from July 2-5, and participate in the workshop on the Saturday.

Ms Butt said the art workshop would appeal to both book and art enthusiasts.

Participants will learn contact printing using the natural extracts of plants and water to produce a simple concertina fold "book" as a starting point for further exploration.

The workshop will be held at the Imbil RSL Hall from 10am-2pm on July 4.

Glenis lives and works on the Sunshine Coast and the environment, particularly its landscape and flora, influences her unique style of artwork. Prior to arriving in Australia, she taught art in primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom.

Her experiences of South America and South-East Asia are echoed in the colours and exuberance of her mixed media work while her latest work, including encaustic, has been influenced by recent travels to Italy and the UK.

Bookings are essential for the workshop, which costs $60 for Mary Valley Artslink members and $70 for non-members. Contact Heinke Butt on 0419 024291 or email heinkebutt@hotmail.com. To download Mary Valley Art Festival entry forms visit http://maryvalleyartfestival.com.au , or you can ring 5484 3010, or email mvartfest@gmail.com

Gympie Times


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