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10th Annual Maryborough Art Festival and Art Exhibition

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Great prizes entice artists best to Maryborough
The Maryborough Art Society Inc along with The Fraser Coast Regional Council and St Mary's College are hosting the 10th Annual Maryborough Art Festival and Art Exhibition from 30 June to 11 July this year. It is a festival not to be missed and grows bigger and bigger each year.

Art Exhibition, Art Tutors, Galleries, Maryborough
Maryborough Qld, Art Festival 2014

The Art Exhibition will be held in the Maryborough City Hall and there are 13 sections from open to junior awards which include landscapes or seascapes, flora or fauna, religious or spiritual, contemporary/abstract, sculpture, print, miniature and portrait. Entry fees are from $2 to $20 and prizes range from $20 to $1000. Each piece must be titled, must be the original and unaided and work that has been completed in the last 24 months prior to the competition. All artwork must be for sale and is subject to a 25% commission.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the City is fortunate to have top tutors visiting who will run workshops for five days in a variety of mediums. These workshops will be held from 1st to 5th July. More information can be found on their website. Tutors are:

Jenni Kelly Acrylics
Karol Oakley & Christine Clark Pastels
Cees Sliedrecht Pen, Pencil and Watercolour
Robin Hines Watercolour
Kevin Oxley Oils
Catherine Hamilton Mixed Media
Lizzie Connor Charcoal, Acrylics
Sandra Pearce Monoprints
Lindsay Muir Clay Sculpting
Michael Fix Guitar.

Art Exhibition, Art Galleries, Maryborough Qld
Maryborough Art Gallery, Kent Street

The building which is now home to Maryborough Art Society Inc. has a history of its own as it was once the Wintergarden Theatre where only a few decades ago was a very popular destination on Friday and Saturday evenings for the latest movie releases. Birch, Carroll and Coyle established Wintergarden Theatres at Ipswich, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Rockhampton and Townsville during the second half of the 1920s.

Memories came flooding back as I entered the building as the ticket box and office are still in the same place on entry as I remembered it from my youth and I'm sure the same vinyl floor covering remains today as well. Obviously, the vinyl was made to last in those days.

Art Galleries, Maryborough Qld, Wintergarden Theatre
Old Wintergarden Theatre in Maryborough now home to The Marborough Art Society

On the day of my visit The Maryborough Art Society Gallery was exhibiting the works of Gary Woodfield, an amazing painter who does not use a brush for his art. He uses ancient and traditional techniques applying paint with strips of bark and other materials. His paintings are of earthy tones and have the ability of drawing you into the depth of his imagination and work. The paintings were mainly of animals; however they had a movement as if they could leap off the canvas and run straight past you.

Gary Woodfield, Art Galleries, Maryborough Qld
A truly talented artist - Gary Woodfield

If you have the opportunity of visiting Maryborough during early July, don't miss out on taking the time to visit the Art Exhibition and calling into The Maryborough Art Society's show room in upper Kent Street. You won't be disappointed.
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When: Gallery open 7 days/week
Phone: 07 4122 4408
Where: 282 Kent Street Maryborough Qld
Cost: Free
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