Popular Sunshine Coast artist Lizzie Connor will join long term artist and curator John Waldron to judge the entries at the Mary Valley Art Festival this year.
Judging takes place the week before the festival, which will be held at the Imbil Public Hall on July 6-8.
It is the major annual event for local art organisation Mary Valley Artslink, and president Heinke Butt is enthusiastic about the judges on board this year.
“Lizzie is a past award-winning entrant at our festival, she runs classes and workshops from her Mudjimba home as well as around the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane,” Ms Butt said.
“She brings a wealth of experience with her, drawing on her training in fine arts, and her experience gained as a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and Royal Queensland Art Society.”
Originally from Victoria, Ms Connor moved to the Sunshine Coast hinterland in 1996. She has worked as a professional artist for more than 30 years, and has tutored at many workshops on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gympie and the Mary Valley, Hervey Bay, Redcliffe, Griffith Flavourtech Exposed as well as Grafton Artsfest.
Ms Connor joins John Waldron to judge in Imbil. Mr Waldron established his company Blue Sky View on the Sunshine Coast in 2013, delivering valued, engaging creative projects, exhibitions and events.
He has 30 years’ experience in the arts sector as an artist, art educator, curator, and manager.
For more than 20 years he worked as an education officer and gallery director for government and corporation.
Mr Waldron has also managed art projects and programs with renowned national and international artists and curated many social history and visual art exhibitions, some of which have toured throughout the country and been presented at regional, state and national venues.
He is currently a doctoral candidate in Creative Industries, with a creative health focus at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
While in Imbil, he will present the curator’s talk as part of the art festival program on Saturday July 7 at 6pm.
For $8 you can enjoy the talk titled “The curative power of art” where Mr Waldron will talk about the health and educational power of the arts with reference to a range of creative and exhibition projects. The evening will include the short film “Clearing” by established artist Pat Cale.
It will follow the gala presentation of winners of the 2018 Mary Valley Art Festival on Friday July 6.
Visitors are encouraged to tour several art studios which will open to the public as part of the Gympie Gallery Studio Trails on the same weekend.
The annual three-day festival, hosted by Mary Valley Artslink, offers a weekend pass which gives you unlimited entry to the Imbil Public Hall and surrounds.
Visit www.maryvalleyartfestival.com.au for the full program, or phone 0407 375267 for further information.