Organisers of the 11th annual Mary Valley Art Festival in July have
created a new section to honour the community spirit of Australians who
faced unprecedented natural disasters this year.
The themed section "helping hands" is dedicated to the community spirit exhibited by people when they reached out to help friends, neighbours and those they did not know in the devastation of this years natural disasters.
Spokeswoman Jan Watt said the themed section provided an opportunity for people to express themselves and to share stories of a moment in history as well as the generosity of spirit and mateship that Australia is renowned for.
"Story telling through the arts allows for inspiration, motivation and connections with others and builds resilient and flourishing communities" she said.
The festival also provides an economical boost to both the community and the artists, with over $100,000 worth of artworks being placed on sale during the 2010 valley festival.
Mrs Watt said the festival provided a huge offering of quality work and was a wonderful opportunity for the visual arts investor each year.
Art and culture play a major part in the economy of Queensland, with visitors and artists in this years festival joining the 94 per cent of Queenslanders who will attend or participate in the arts this year and will contribute to the $3.4 billion invested in the creative arts in Queensland annually.
Last years "Mary Valley Alive collaborative project and enhanced media coverage heightened the interest in the 2010 festival with the 50 per cent increase of visitors, testament to its success.
Mrs Watt said the coordinating committee expected the trend to continue this year particularly with the newly introduced sections.
"Whilst our research shows that female attendance remains predominantly higher than males, we expect that both men and women will find the new helping hands section of particular interest."
The festival visitor numbers compare with the entrants statistics and show that 40 per cent come from the Sunshine Coast, 30 per cent from the Mary Valley and 30 percent from the wider Gympie to Bundaberg Regions.
Countdown begins to Mary Valley Art Festival
The festival will be held at the Imbil Public Hall from July 7-10 this year and organisers expect to maintain record participation with a festival prize pool totalling over $5000.
Generous sponsorship by Avalon Fare has enabled the addition of another new section called "Natural Flora" which has been introduced to allow the study of flora in its natural environment, as opposed to the static study of "Still Life".
Heinke Butt, creative director of the collaborative project "Mary Valley Alive" said the 2010 10th anniversary project toured to galleries in the Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions last year.
This project involved 113 artworks consigned from artists throughout South-East Queensland and painted to express their feelings on the theme "Mary Valley Alive".
"It has helped promote tourism in the valley and is currently undergoing a creative analysis to be toured state wide," Mrs Butt said.
A collection of nine postcards featuring some of the artworks is now available for sale.
Inquiries about the Mary Valley Art Festival can be made to Mrs Watt on 0437 733383
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