Colourful invasion arrives

THE Bundaberg Arts Festival opened with a splash of colour and creativity last night.

Around 150 people turned out to the exhibition opening at the civic centre to see the many pieces on display and find out who the talented winners were.

Winner of the Bundaberg Sugar Company Award was Caryl Plant for her painting Wallum Country.

Bundaberg Arts Festival secretary Merle Beran said the winner has been supporting the event for several years.

“Caryl has been supporting the festival for years and years and we are so pleased she won,” said Mrs Beran.

“Everyone was very happy for her when the announcement was made.”

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery director Mark Sullivan was the judge this year.

He is an established artist in cold glass techniques including leadlight, kiln-formed glass, photography and mixed media.

The awards were judged on the execution and skill in the application of the medium.

The festival is celebrating its 33rd year of exhibiting artwork in the region.

The competition received 480 entries, which is on par with 2008.

Mrs Beran said this was a good number of submissions.

“This was a comfortable amount for our committee of eight to handle,” she said.

“We have to decide which category they all go in and where to hang them.”

The exhibition will run until Saturday at 6pm, entry is $6 to support the ongoing work of the festival which is running in conjunction with the month-long inaugural Crush Arts Festival.

Liam Mathers won the sculpture section for the second year in a row with Still (a little) Single in the Coraz Alpacas Award.

Other winners include Robin Hines for the Bundaberg Regional Council Award and the Wide Bay Australia Ltd Award for her Evening in the Shallows and Sunrise in the Straits, Caitlin Thompson for the Alexandra Park Medical Centre Award for Sky Fishing, Brian Harris for the Belcur Pty Ltd Award for This is the Life and Caitlin Thompson with the CQUniversity's Bundaberg Campus Youth Award for The Drip.

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