Councillor John Bowen donates a cheque from the North Burnett Regional Council to Mt Perry Arts Group Inc president Patty Klaassen as Karen Betts looks on.
Councillor John Bowen donates a cheque from the North Burnett Regional Council to Mt Perry Arts Group Inc president Patty Klaassen as Karen Betts looks on. Patty Klaassen

'Dynamic' arts and music exhibition staged in Mount Perry

A SMALL North Burnett community put on an impressive display of music and art at the 25th Mount Perry Annual Art Exhibition.

Residents were treated to an array of music and art workshops on Saturday, before live bands and tantalising food options closed out the festivities.

Mount Perry Arts Group Inc president Patty Klaassen said this year's event was as "exquisite as they come”.

"The exhibitions have been from local to international artists, ranging from collections, crafts and sculptures,” Ms Klaassen said.

"This exhibition never fails to stimulate the local arts, giving hope, fun, enjoyment, excitement and laughter.”

The music workshops at the event helped participants with song structure, playing styles, writing techniques and more.

"We were lucky enough to have Melbourne artists Chris Wilson and Robert Thorne conduct these music workshops,” Ms Klaassen said.

"We invited more visual artists this year, with many magnificent contributions.”

One particular display Ms Klaassen was inspired by was the orchids donated by Wayne and Colleen Allen.

"They were just intoxicating and beautiful,” she said..

"You couldn't take your eyes off them.”

An art competition also took place during the event, made possible by funding from Evolution Funding, the North Burnett Regional Council and many local businesses.

"The theme for this year's event was 'the importance of our world', with many artists submitting their pieces,” Ms Klaassen said.

More than 20 $100 prizes were given away during the competition.

"We had the Recycled, Reclaimed and Repurposed Award, Face of Today Award, Endangered Species Award, and many more,” Ms Klaassen said.

To wrap up the day, visitors were treated to a night of live entertainment from several local musicians, as well as a barbecue and beverages.

"Even though the event was smaller this year, it was every bit as dynamic,” Ms Klaassen said.


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