Bundaberg Arts Festival Association secretary Merle Beran alongside the award-winning painting by Jennifer McDuff, titled Childers.
Bundaberg Arts Festival Association secretary Merle Beran alongside the award-winning painting by Jennifer McDuff, titled Childers. Mike Knott

Childers painting crushes the rest

WOODGATE artist Jennifer McDuff claimed the ultimate honour at last night’s official opening of the 35th Bundaberg Arts Festival.

Her painting of the Isis Sugar Mill, called Childers, was judged winner of the $5000 Bundaberg Sugar acquisitive prize before a crowd of about 200 art lovers at the Bundaberg Civic Centre.

A total of 524 artworks across painting, textile, photography, ceramics and literature categories went on show as part of the gala Crush event.

The estimated total value of the pieces ran into tens of thousands of dollars, with the top-shelf item expected to fetch upwards of $7000.

An Indigenous artwork category also made its debut, creating plenty of interest.

Bundaberg Arts Festival Association secretary Merle Beran described the night as “something special” for Bundaberg’s art lovers.



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