ART EVENT: Bundaberg Arts Festival president Wendy Francis with Deep Blue, a painting by Robin Hines.
ART EVENT: Bundaberg Arts Festival president Wendy Francis with Deep Blue, a painting by Robin Hines. Mike Knott BUNART

Artist enters city festival for 16th year

ROBIN Hines is no stranger to the Bundaberg Arts Festival and is working on his latest entry for the 16th year in a row.

Last year's winner of the top award with his entry Deep Blue in the Best Practice Software Award "Big and Bold", Robin has had success over the years in a number of different categories.

"I resided in Brisbane when I first entered a piece in the Bundaberg Arts Festival and over the time have moved to Coolum and now Tin Can Bay where we currently live. We enjoy coming up to Bundaberg each year to stay the week and be part of the festival. This year we are bringing our caravan and will spend a week at Moore Park," Robin said.

With a career as a sign-writer it was a natural progression into the world of art where Robin is now a practising artist and tutor in oil painting and watercolour.

"I love helping others and passing on my learnings to those who attend my classes. The thing about painting is you look at the world differently - everything is a potential painting and you really do take in more detail than usual," Robin said.

The 2016 Bundaberg Arts Festival will have 29 categories as part of the schedule.

The last time this many categories were on offer was 29 years ago.

"Our committee is excited to be able to offer such a comprehensive schedule this year. We are incredibly appreciative of our sponsors and their contribution to the success of this event,'' Bundaberg Arts Festival president Wendy Francis said.

"It really does speak volumes that the business community can come together like this. The quality of the work of our artists and submissions is a reflection of this quality of sponsorship.''

Nominations close on February 1. For schedule information visit bundabergarts festival.com.au.

The 2016 Bundaberg Arts Festival will be held at the Bundaberg Civic Centre, with opening night on March 5, followed by public viewing from March 6 through to March 12.



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