New $3000 art prize up for grabs

Artist Paul Meakin receiving the 2021 3D sculpture prize from long time sponsor of the Mary Valley Art Festival, Ron Jeffery.

Celebrating 21 years of bringing art and culture to the Mary Valley, the Mary Valley Art Festival committee is delighted with long time sponsor Ron Jeffery Realty’s new $3000 art prize.

The Best in Show – Ron Jeffery Realty Prize offers automatic entry to any artist who has submitted an artwork to the Mary Valley Art Festival. The festival has 10 sections with a total prize pool of almost $12,000.

Mr Jeffery’s involvement with the festival over the years inspired him to sponsor the prize.

“Artists add a level of culture to our world,” he said.

“They are passionate about the works that they produce and have the ability to present their vision of everyday life, showcasing the people, places, things, and events that define our world.

“Regardless of their individual level of education or skill, each piece is the result of the artist’s passion.”

A major sponsor for many years, Ron said he was proud to be gradually lifting his level of support.

“We partner with Mary Valley Artslink to promote and support the artistic community. I admire artists, and their art … because they make our world a better place!”

Major prizes also include the Bendigo Bank Open Award for $1500 and Highly Commended Award for the open section, sponsored by the Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce for $1000.

The festival is co-ordinated by Mary Valley Artslink and runs from 21-24 July at the Imbil Public Hall from 10am to 3pm daily. Entries to the competition close 27 June.

You can enter online, find the terms and conditions and all activities to be celebrated over the weekend at

Celebrated festival partners include Ron Jeffery Realty, Gympie and District Bendigo Bank, Mary Valley Chamber of Commerce, Twin Bunya Park, Thunderbird Demolition and Lady Penelope.