Festival is one cool attraction
THE Stanthorpe Art Festival 2016 is right around the corner and the festivities will officially start on June 3.
This year’s festival attracted 715 entries from international, national and talented local artists with over 160 finalists exhibiting 170 artworks in the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery from June 4 to July 17.
Dee Booth from the Stanthorpe Art Gallery Society organising committee said it was a premier event for the region.
“Queensland’s second oldest art prize, the Stanthorpe Art Festival, inspires this region with an astounding exhibition and a plethora of creative events!” she said.
“For the many visitors that will attend the exhibition, being in Stanthorpe (the height of the cool country in Queensland) is a must for their diary.
“We hope that our local community will either join us on opening night or visit the exhibition with a very special invitation to any newcomers to Stanthorpe.”
The festival is held every two years and the organising committee has once again created an event of wide interest across the art community.
This year Ron Ramsey, executive director, Art Gallery Society of NSW, had the task of pre-selecting from paintings, digital photography, collage, and textiles while Dr Kyla McFarlane, acting curatorial manager, Australian Art, QAGoMA took on the role as pre-selector for 3D artwork including sculptures, bronzes and ceramics.
Six awards will be presented at the Gala Opening on Friday including the $20,000 winner.
Tickets for the opening need to be pre-purchased. Call Dee Booth on 0438260843 or email email@example.com.