Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Whaley Good Art Show

With almost 50 submissions, the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Festival Art Show is shaping up to be an exciting addition to the event this year.

Embracing the broader festival theme, the art show ‘Grandeur of the Humpback Whales’ invited submissions comprising of whales, the reef, the Whitsundays and the environment above and below sea level.

Organiser, Leigh Skead from Creative Connections Whitsundays, said she was “totally floored” by the number of entrees.

“We pulled it together at the last minute and so many local artists came out of the woodwork,” she explained.

“We are very pleased with the response, and it is great to see young kids right through to people who could command thousands of dollars for their artwork participate.”

The Art Show is being held at Beach Plaza, next to La Tabella Restaurant on the Airlie Beach Esplanade, and will be open throughout the festivities.

Build upon community connection, the judging for the best artwork is entirely ‘people’s choice’ with everyone encouraged to come and take a look at the art before casting their vote to select a worthy winner.

There is only one overall winner announced and attendees are also invited to purchase raffle tickets to support ongoing art events in the region.

WHAT: Art Show

WHERE: Beach Plaza (next to La Tabella)

WHEN: August 3-6

OPEN TIMES: Thurs 9am-3pm, Fri-Sat 10am till late, Sun 10am-4pm

The Art Competition is judged by the people – your vote counts!

Two of the impressive submissions entering into the Art Show Competition. Images supplied

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