Local artists Garry Eyre and Lyn Felsman; Garry will have a retrospective of his work at the Wondai Art Gallery in July and Lyn

May 11, 2012

A good crowd turned out at the Nanango Cultural Centre this evening for the official opening of Nanart, the annual Nanango Arts Festival.

Artists and arts supporters mingled amongst an impressive array of paintings, sculpture and craftwork.

South Burnett Regional Mayor Wayne Kratzmann congratulated the organising committee and said Nanart had been a leader in the arts community for many years. He said he felt privileged and proud to open the 12th anniversary exhibition.

South Burnett artist Garry Eyre, who judged the painting and sculpture sections of the exhibition, said occasions like this were an opportunity for visual artists to “perform”. Performance artists such as singers and musicians practice their art in public, however visual artists can only perform their art by exhibiting it.

He congratulated the artists on the high standard of the entries this year and said he had to award many “highly commendeds” as it was difficult to choose the winners.

The exhibition will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm tomorrow and from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday. More information is available on the Nanart website

Open Oil
1st: Margie Zimmerman
2nd: Graham Smith

Open Any Medium
1st: Lyn Felsman
2nd: Lyn Felsman

1st: Sue Lederhose
2nd: Sue Lederhose

1st: Shannus O’Sullivan
2nd: Teresa Mundt

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
1st: Anthony Donas

1st: Andrea White
2nd: Edwin Pratt

Under 18
2nd: Imogen Bold

1st: Julia Shaw
2nd: Carol Pike

Section 1
1st: Elizabeth Di Tommaso
2nd: Sue Clark

Section 2
1st: Noelene Dalgarno
2nd: Tricia Millar

Section 3:
1st: M. Argue
2nd: Ros Smith

Section 4:
1st: Mary Kutzer
2nd: Aileen Langton

Section 5:
1st: Kaylean Deagan
2nd: Alana Watts

Section 6:
1st: Helen Huddleston
2nd: Pauline Field

Section 7:
1st: Helen Huddleston
2nd: Julia Shaw

Artists Karren Bolton, Nanango; Mary Okely, Nanango and Rachael Zischke, Booie; Karren was awarded a "highly commended"

Art aficionados, and well-known Nanango identities, Reg McCallum and Bill Mangan

South Burnett Regional Mayor Wayne Kratzmann and his wife Eleanor

The youngest winner was Imogen Bold who won 2nd prize in "Any Subject, Any Medium U18" with "Pony"

Entertainment was provided at the Nanango Cultural Centre by local South Burnett singer Cheree Taylor

Mary Kutzer who took out first prize in Patchwork / Applique