Big­gest night for Gayn­dah Art Gallery

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Heart­land Fes­ti­val week­end couldn’t have started much bet­ter, with the Gayn­dah Art Gallery record­ing its big­gest at­ten­dance as the of­fi­cial opener to the week­end.

Gayn­dah Art Gallery Di­rec­tor Wendy Kirk said the big­gest at­ten­dance prior to the Heart­land event was around 100 peo­ple.

“We nearly tripled our reg­u­lar at­ten­dance for art shows and com­pe­ti­tions,” Mrs Kirk said.

“We had around 120 peo­ple when the gallery opened and for the wine and cheese night this past week we had 220 peo­ple through the door.”

Mrs Kirk said the lo­cal pro­duce and wine was a big hit with the crowd.

“They all loved our win­ery and talked about try­ing out our pro­duce, we used lo­cally sourced pro­duce for our food,” Mrs Kirk said. “It was a re­ally good thing to see.” The art gallery worked with the Heart­land Fes­ti­val as the of­fi­cial opener and Mrs Kirk said that played a big part in the night’s suc­cess.

“I also think the me­dia cov­er­age that we got and the book­lets we sent out re­ally helped to get the word out,” Mrs Kirk said.

“We will cer­tainly make sure there is a good ex­hi­bi­tion in there for fu­ture fes­ti­vals.”

Mrs Kirk was also the night’s big win­ner by tak­ing out the Open Cat­e­gory for her art work which she did not ex­pect.

“I nearly cried, I’ve never won any­thing be­fore,” Mrs Kirk said.

“I thought I might have a chance for the peo­ple’s choice with friends vot­ing for me but not this.”

Mrs Kirk thanked the ef­forts of the team who helped cater the evening and served food and bev­er­ages.

“They all did a great job and han­dled ev­ery­thing with no wor­ries,” Mrs Kirk said.

“We are def­i­nitely happy with how the night turned out and peo­ple said they would come back for more, we will con­tinue to come up with new and fresh ideas to draw peo­ple back.”

The other win­ners for the night were Lil Maxwell for minia­tures, Judy Fer­ris for sec­tion 3, Trevor Kirk for Sculp­ture and Kelli Ma­jor for emerg­ing artist.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

EMERG­ING ARTIST: Kelli Ma­jor won the first prize for emerg­ing artist.

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