Wood turner Bill McLeary and a beautiful sculpture he had on show at the Woodgate Winter Arts Festival.
Wood turner Bill McLeary and a beautiful sculpture he had on show at the Woodgate Winter Arts Festival. Scottie Simmonds

Winter arts festival a hit

THE Woodgate Arts in Winter festival has been declared a success with organisers already having requests for the next event.

Festival director Helen Brett said not only was the Friday night tea a hit, but the Saturday concert received a standing ovation.

“We had a constant flow of people looking at the art,” she said.

“We also had about 350 people gather for the music.”

Ms Brett said audiences had enjoyed the entertainment provided by Jazz Addiction and the Bundaberg Municipal Stage Band.

“The audience just loved it,” she said. “We have really considered it a success.”

The weekend had 127 pieces of art on display including fine arts, wood work and ceramics.

Ms Brett said 30 pieces of art were sold over the weekend.

“They're top artists in the sense that their work will hold its value and increase in value,” she said.

This year the festival introduced a children's display of colourful work.

“This attracted quite a bit of interest,” she said.

Ms Brett said people had called for the event to become an annual fixture.

“We're now in our third year but people definitely want it on the calendar,” Ms Brett said.

“We even had people from the Sunshine Coast ask to be on the mailing list because they want to come back next year.

“It just shows we can advertise much further away now we are more established.”

The group will now start planning for next year, but said without financial backing this year's event would not have come to fruition.

“We are all volunteers but you can't get the quality if you don't get real money,” Ms Brett said.



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