Prizes for paint-off

Augusta Margaret River Times
Mirella Prolongeau, Paula Baker, Tanya Perdue, and Kyllie Deltondo are hoping residents will enter the Visual Stories competition.
Camera IconMirella Prolongeau, Paula Baker, Tanya Perdue, and Kyllie Deltondo are hoping residents will enter the Visual Stories competition. Credit: Declan Bush

Artists across the region are being urged to sign up for this year’s Visual Stories exhibition.

As part of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, artists will once again contribute their visions using this year’s festival theme “Where stories come alive”.

Festival director Tanya Perdue said the competition was “a fabulous chance” for artists to increase their profiles.

“It’s probably an even bigger opportunity for exposure than it was before,” she said.

“Entrants are asked to create an artwork that shows stories coming to life, or an interpretation on where, or how, stories come alive for them.

“We are hoping to get a broad range of entries across many media and can’t wait to see what the community’s creatives have in store for us this year.”

About $2000 in prizes were up for grabs across a number of categories, including the popular people’s choice.

Kyllie Deltondo came second in last year’s competition and said she enjoyed seeing how other artists interpreted the themes.

Arts Margaret River volunteer Paula Baker said the competition was open to all.

“Anyone in the community can go for it,” she said.

“Anyone who would like to see a piece of their art on the wall.”

Ms Baker encouraged artists to “have fun with the theme and take it wherever you want to go”.

“I just like the way it can involve anyone and everyone,” she said.

“It fills the foyer and enhances the festival and people get to enjoy it for a whole weekend.”

The exhibition runs from May 12 to June 4 and winners will be announced at the festival launch.

Visit www.artsmargaretriver.com for more.

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