Mary Valley Arts Festival

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  • Location: Imbil Public Hall, Imbil 4570 Queensland

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PROFESSIONAL motoring journalist John M Wright wants to expand his collection of motoring art and so he has again sponsored a category at the upcoming Mary Valley Arts Festival.

The Amamoor-based writer hopes to inspire artists with the title "On the road ... or in the shed" and has put up $300 in prize money.

Since moving to the valley three years ago, Mr Wright has taken a step back from the fast-track of his life, which has included racing vehicles, and writing and recording motoring history since 1981.

He is the author of numerous automotive books, including Heart of the Lion (Allen & Unwin, 1998) as well as histories of the Ford Falcon (Ford Australia c1990), Ford Fairlane Ford Australia c1996), Peugeot in Australia (1983, 1989), rotary-engined Mazdas (1990), Armstrong Siddeley (2006), the Mitsubishi Magna (c1995).

He is also one of the biggest fans of the cluster of emerging artists in the Mary Valley.

"It is fantastic to think there are so many artists in this area, and they produce very vibrant visual works," he said.

"Any of them could make a living from their art, and in fact I know some who do."

He said the section "On the road ..." was about evoking on canvas those glimpses, images and visuals associated with motoring as a form of sport or travel.

"Action, behind-the-scenes snapshots or moments that have something to do with the motor car could all be the basis of a new piece of artwork," Mr Wright said.

"But I don't want a clich.

"I am trying hard to get people to produce something that has a personal meaning for them -- something that portrays how cars, the road, the shed have informed or changed their lives."

The category is an acquisitive one and the winning artwork will be added to Mr Wright's private collection.

Entries are now open for the annual arts festival, and close on August 17. Entry forms can be collected from various outlets in the Gympie region and outlying areas, including the Gympie Public Art Gallery and the Gympie Libraries network or downloaded from or Click here to download the 2009 entry form (PDF).

The arts festival will kick off at the Imbil Public Hall on September 3 with an official gala award presentation opened by radio personality Jamie Dunn with member for Gympie David Gibson as MC.

In total $5000 will be awarded to artists who enter the prestigious festival.

Organiser Jan Watt said the festival was expected to attract strong registrations in the vicinity of 400 entries, which reflected its excellent reputation since it was started nine years ago. The festival was originally a section of the Mary Valley Show and split away from the annual show day when it outgrew the pavilion, but it remains a Mary Valley Show Society event.

Cr Watt said another popular category was called "Celebrating Mary", which encourages artists to celebrate the beautiful river which winds its way through the Mary Valley.

Art works in any medium can win $1000 in this category.

The festival is open for viewing from September 4-6 at the Imbil hall in Edward Street, and concludes with the People's Choice Award at 2pm on Sunday, September 6, sponsored by Borumba Deer Park.

Inquiries to Cr Watt on 0437 73383, or email

September 4-6 2009
Opening and awards night: Thursday September 3 - 6:00pm for a 7:00pm start

Festival Times: Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th: 10am -- 3pm

Venue: Imbil Public Hall, Edward St Imbil

$3 Entry, $5000 in Prizes

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