Visual feast of talent at Buddina Art Show
THE talents of both renowned and up-and-coming artists will be on public display over three days, when the Buddina Art Show opens its doors on Friday.
The annual event, which is now in its fourth year, has attracted a record number of entries and for the first time will award $1500 as part of the art competition.
About 350 pieces of professional art will be on display, alongside works from Buddina State School's talented students.
Buddina State School deputy principal Fiona McFadzean said the event provided an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents, and for art lovers to purchase unique and sought-after pieces.
"Well-known international artist Kendell Perkins will be judging the entries, alongside Gerard King." Mrs McFadzean said.
"Kendell will also be displaying and selling her own work.
"Our artist in residence Julie Erlich over 2016 has worked with all the students resulting in some real eye-opening pieces from the students at Buddina State School ."
Mrs McFadzean said artists had until last Monday, October 17, to submit their entries."The competition component is open to anyone, whether you're a novice or a professional in this field.
"The works on display are of a high quality, with some pieces expected to fetch several thousand dollars.
"Most entries are either paintings or drawings but there are also some photography works and sculptures on display."
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will launch the exhibition at the Buddina Art Show's opening gala night on Friday, at 6.30pm.
The Paris-themed night will feature live music, a student art auction, beverages and canapes.
The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 23.
Mrs McFadzean said the goal was to make the art show a cultural highlight on the Sunshine Coast community calendar.
"We do this because we have a real interest in continuing the excellence of the artistic endeavours of both the school children and other artists in the community," Mrs McFadzean said.