Dorrigo Mountain Arts Festival Proves a Winner

More than 1000 people already have visited the Dorrigo Mountain Arts Festival with officials and patrons saying it is one of the best in almost three decades.

Festival Director, Sandra Birkbeck identified three areas of   particular  interest and success at this year’s exhibition:

  • The focus given to the works of the younger generation honoured their willingness to participate and to show their work to the public.  It was received with great enthusiasm and the high standard of their creativity was appreciated by all
  • The Shoebox sculptures made by young and older residents provided a stimulus to the viewer, with many varied concepts being presented in a confined area of a shoebox
  • The quilts added a softness and colour with the meticulous beauty of the work will continue to attract visitors to the exhibition.

This year’s festival is the 27th and was officially opened by Binks  Dowling, a life member of the Arts Council of The Dorrigo since its formation,  who attended the first festival in 1990.


2017 Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition Prize: David Tucker for his ceramic sculpture, Woman sitting on Green Chair

Highly Commended, Alan Williams, Drawer Sculpture; Anne Irvine, Fog Clearing, etching; Katiuska Cruz, Sprouting Love, Sterling Silver Pendant    

2017 Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition Youth Prize: First, Aura Neil, Where Life and Art Merge, Photomedia; Second, Clio Ridley, Rhythm, White Pen Drawing; Third, Frankie Smith, Ode to Weeping Woman, watercolour drawing.