FESTIV ARTY party a hit with locals

The FESTIV ARTY festival celebrating arts, culture and community in Collie has gotten off to a great start, with the official opening on Friday, 8 September, showcasing more than 300 artworks were displayed at the Collie Art Gallery and the Collie PCYC, including paintings, drawings, textiles, woodwork and photography by talented local artists and artisans.

Paula Hands, Natalie Veal and Lesley Curtis took first place awards in the painting categories, Lorraine Wall was the first-prize-winner in the works on paper category and Diana Symes won first place in mixed media.

Deonne Kirk and Jessica Ashcroft won multiple awards in the photography categories along with Karen Sewell and Bob Turner in sculptural categories. Linda Riley’s quilting works were recognised, along with Sabrina Mitchell and Marion McIntyre’s textile works.

The quality of Gary Pitchers, Doug Gulvin and Trevor Flynn’s woodworks were noted by the judges.

Talented young artists Grace Cheng, Finn Turley, Jack Williams, Luke Battista and Jessica McLean took out prizes in the youth and novice categories.

The weather was fantastic for the FESTIV ARTY Street Fair on Sunday, 10 September, with plenty of free family fun activities and markets.

The FESTIV ARTY Street Art installation was also completed on Sunday, with eight local youths working with artist Andrew Frazer to complete a mural in the Collie Central laneway in between the Collie River Valley Medical Centre and Group Physio South West.

Some beautiful artworks have been created during FESTIV ARTY workshops, and plenty of sage advice during the Writers’ Festival, with more events being held in the final days of the festival.

The FESTIV ARTY Performing Arts Grand Final is this Friday night, with the winning acts from the heats of the performing arts competition vying for the title of Grand Champion, followed by a performance of Crash! Bang! Theatrical Thuggery.

Full details and bookings at festivarty.com.