ART: Mary Tierney holding her art work with Sue Mantell.
ART: Mary Tierney holding her art work with Sue Mantell. Mick Doyle

Kogan preparing for its 2017 art festival

KOGAN will be the culture capital of the Western Downs later this month, as organisers of the Kogan Art Festival make their final preparations.

The festival will be held on April 29 and 30, and artists from around the region will be invited to enter their work in competitions, as well as for show in the gallery.

Organiser Sue Mantell says she is expecting this year's festival to be displaying high quality art work.

"We have art work coming from right across the state, from up north to out at the Sunshine Coast,” Mrs Mantell said.

"We also have invited guests like Rodger Hannemann who is a chainsaw sculptor who will be carving a piece of art for us, and a bush poet's breakfast hosted by Marco Gliori.”

The competitions will also be a must-see, as professionals and part-timers pit themselves against each other.

Mary Tierney won last year's Western Downs resident competition, and says she is looking forward to this year's festival.

"For me it is an opportunity to compete with artists from outside the district, and to see art work that is a little more recognised than we get out here,” Mrs Tierney said.


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