Filling in the new online form is the quickest way to enter the 2018 Mary Valley Art Festival, to be held in Imbil on July 6-8.
The annual three-day event boasts a new category this year, with the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsoring a $1000 prize for artworks fitting the special theme Mary Valley, Naturally.
That makes the total prize pool of $7850, across categories including the Bendigo Bank $2500 Open Award, landscape, animalia and still life. There will be three categories for youth entries and all will be eligible for the $200 Artpack Award.
Entries close on June 18 and you can visit www.maryvalleyartfestival.com.au or phone 0407 375 267 for further information.
Organising body Mary Valley Artslink has shaken up the art festival program this year. It has moved the gala awards evening from Thursday to Friday to encourage people to come to the festival and make a weekend of the outing in Mary Valley Country, just a short 40-minute drive from Noosa.
Viewing opens at 10am on Friday July 6, with the awards that night, where artists and art lovers can celebrate with live music, licensed bar and finger food.
A curator’s talk and short film by established artist Pat Cale are included in the Saturday program and several art studios will be open to the public over the weekend as part of the Gympie Gallery Studio Trails.
The closing celebrations on Sunday July 8 will showcase the Thunderbird Demolition People’s Choice Award and Youth Award presentations, with food vans and markets, live music, art demonstrations, kids’ art and a licensed bar.
To capitalize on the three-day event, you can purchase a weekend pass which gives you unlimited entry to the Imbil Public Hall and surrounds.
The festival attracts many local and South-East Queensland professional and amateur artists and draws sponsorship from local business, who gain exposure to wider markets as a result.
At a social level, it continues to hold its place as one of the key cultural events on the Mary Valley calendar.