CELEBRATING ART: Carnevale co-ordinator Troy Flight with some of the masks which will be on display for the inaugural event at The Art House in Wyong during August.
CELEBRATING ART: Carnevale co-ordinator Troy Flight with some of the masks which will be on display for the inaugural event at The Art House in Wyong during August.

August is Carnevale at The Art House

IT STARTED simply enough with a mask-making challenge for members of the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, but has grown into a celebration of art and the first annual Carnevale to be held at The Art House in Wyong.

Co-ordinator Troy Flight said Carnevale, from August 3-31, would comprise three parts, the mask project, creative art competition and an artisans' market, with the major opening festivities on Saturday, August 4.

"We want it to be inclusive and get as many people involved as possible," Troy said.

With this in mind, the creative art section has encouraged artists to submit up to four artworks across any genre, including watercolours, oils, drawing, woodwork, sculpture, photography, stitch art, graphic art, and printmaking.

Because The Art House is such a large venue, there is no restriction on the size of work.

The mask project too is open to interpretation, and will also include school sections.

You can buy or make a mask and decorate it, not necessarily as a face but "a reflection of yourself", which can be interpreted any way you like.

Give your work a title and write a paragraph about your creation, which must either be strung itself or mounted on a canvas for exhibition.

The prizes for each section will honour two men who made a significant difference to the Coast community.

In the creative art category, the $1000 first prize will be known as the Robert Doyle Tribute Prize, after the founding member of the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society, the late Robert Doyle.

The Doyle family have also donated one of Robert's paintings which will run as a silent auction during Carnevale, and some of his other works will be exhibited.

The best mask category, also with a $1000 prize, will be known as the Trevor Flight Legacy Prize, after Troy's late father, a well-respected educator for over 50 years.

Both prizes will be perpetual awards with trophies, and will be announced at 11am on August 4 at the artisans' market, along with a People's Choice award and Famous Choice award.

All the works will be for sale, and the exhibition will be open 9am-5pm every day but Sundays throughout Carnevale.

The market, from 10am-3pm, will include stalls selling a huge variety of handmade art and craft pieces, and will run in the gardens and throughout the Art House, with an electric harpist, singer and other entertainment adding colour and atmosphere.

For further details, or if you are interested in sponsoring the event, go to www.carnevale.org.au or email info@carnevale.org.au.


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