Gympie teen artist paints her way to the top
GYMPIE teenager Maxine Kuerschner is happiest when she is armed with a paintbrush and an easel.
The joy in her work paid off when she won the Conflict and Compassion Heritage Art Competition last month with Stroll of Remembrance against older artists in the U18 section, judged by popular artist Chris Postle.
Now she is primed to enter the $2000 youth section of the Mary Valley Art Festival in Imbil from July 2-5. But she will have to be quick; entries close on June 15 and she is urging other young Gympie Region artists to get on board too.
Maxine is a student of the Academy of Creative Art extension program at James Nash State High School, and it must be paying off. She won her first prize last year in the Gympie Gold Rush art competition.
"Painting just makes me happy," she said.
"I get nice and calm and relaxed when I do it."
Mum Sabine Gaber is used to finding room to display the budding artist's latest works, and thinks her love of art could be genetic, with her father Eddie Gaber - Maxine's grandfather - a professional artist and sculptor in Melbourne.
Maxine's favourite medium is acrylics; she will paint anything that comes to mind, and she is "always painting", her mum said.
The teenager is just the sort of person Imbil philanthropist Bruce Dahl wants to attract to the expanded Bush Haven Youth Art Awards at the Mary Valley Art Festival this year, which offers a number of prizes.
The festival will mark its 15th anniversary when it opens with a gala presentation evening on July 2 at the Imbil Public Hall.
Inquiries 5484 3010 or maryvalleyartfestival.com.au.