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16 July, 2021

58 years of art on show

MAREEBA Art Society opened the doors to the regions art fanatics at the Mareeba Sports Hall last week for its 58th annual art exhibition for 2021.


President of the Mareeba Arts Society Faythe Keojh and Jan Bell at the 58th annual art exhibition in Mareeba last week

BY ELLIE FINK 

MAREEBA Art Society opened the doors to the regions art fanatics at the Mareeba Sports Hall last week for its 58th annual art exhibition for 2021. 

President Faythe Keojh said that the MAS is proud to continue the annual tradition portraying the talent within the Mareeba and surrounding shires. 

“The exhibition started in the mid 1950’s with the tobacco crew who organised the tobacco festival and they asked the people of the day if they'd do an exhibition,” she said. 

“The people who supported the tobacco industry supported us through the exhibition and we are keeping the tradition going.” 

She said that in the peak of COVID, many artists found themselves expanding their talents and using the shire’s unique landscapes. 

“We are trying to have something different each year and this year we chose the theme of focusing on Australia because people are now looking at their local areas,” Ms Keojh said. 

“Our judge Angela Myers was very pleased we focused on the flora, fauna and landscapes and portrayed the Australian way of life. 

"It took a whole team to create this exhibition, there is so much talent in the Mareeba Shire and the surrounding shires that participate and it’s brilliant seeing artists come together to show their talent.”


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