ON SHOW: Artist Jenny McDuff exhibits work in the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards.
ON SHOW: Artist Jenny McDuff exhibits work in the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards. CONTRIBUTED

Spotlight shines on region’s artists as entries arrive

THERE'S no other time like it - the spotlight is shining brightly on the region's visual artists as hundreds of entries arrive at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum for the 2013 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Arts Awards.

Entries will arrive from near and far, each vying for a part of the $22,500 prize pool, including the $10,000 overall Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award.

With an incredible 38-year history in the region, the Art Awards continue, owing to the generous support by local industry and the community, each year.

There are 13 awards across three sections of entry; Easel Paintings, Works on Paper as well as Three Dimensional & Fibre Works, including The LauraLou Jay Memorial Award sponsored by Murray & Wendy Schoenfisch.

Artists are encouraged to pick up an entry form from Gladstone Regional Council offices, venues and libraries, or online at http://gallerymuseum.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au and make sure you're in line between 10am to 5pm at the gallery/museum before closing this Saturday, November 2.

The doors will remain closed until 10am next Saturday, November 9, when Director Pamela Whitlock will re-open the gallery/museum for an exciting day of arts-focused events.

Artists are encouraged to join 2013 judge, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art's Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, Julie Ewington at 11.30am for the Judge's Floor Talk, followed by gold coin donation Artists' Lunch.

Then, at 2pm the Judge's Illustrated Lecture: Brilliant Careers: More about women artists in Australia.

At 6pm, the official launch by Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun's Manager, Community Relations Gladstone, Jeremy Hastings and Awards presentation followed with entertainment by local artists Lenore and Paul.

The gallery/museum is a community cultural initiative of the Gladstone Regional Council, open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, located on the corner of Goondoon & Bramston Sts, Gladstone and admission is free.

For further information, please phone 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au.

The King and I

DON'T miss the chance to take in the spectacular local production of The King & I, during three performances at the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre (GECC) next Thursday and Saturday November 7 and 9, including a matinee.

The Bunbury Players have been rehearsing for months, in collaboration with other local groups including the Encore Band, Veils of Arabia and Tamara's Dance School.

Director Beryl Wood spoke about the dedicated and talented crew.

"We are all excited to be a part of this classic musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein and we have been able to involve such a varied cast from young children to teenagers, mature actors, dancers, singers and musicians," she said.

"We are very encouraged by the support from the Gladstone region community. We know The King & I will thrill audiences with the talent and enthusiasm of our amazing cast."

The Bunbury Players would like to acknowledge the sponsorship received from local businesses and industries for this performance as well as Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Interest Free Arts Loan.

The RADF is a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

Tickets are on sale now at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre (GEC) Box Office, phone 4972 2822, visit the GEC Marquee at the Gladstone Marina in person or head online to http://www.gladecc.com.au