Art Fest attracts crowds

ORGANISERS of the Apple and Grape Festival and the 20th biennial Stanthorpe Art Festival were left with smiles on their faces on Friday night as more than 250 people flocked to the Granite Belt town to witness the stunning exhibit.

The gallery was the venue for the first official Apple and Grape event and organiser Dee Booth said she was extremely pleased with the response to the exhibit.

"The opening night last Friday saw a gathering of over 240 people including locals, visitors to the district and of course artists who had travelled to Stanthorpe to be part of the celebrations," Ms Booth said.

"Greeting the guests was an Art in the Park display by Leisa Gillham depicting themes of Stanthorpe's past, which was a fitting welcome to the diverse exhibition within the gallery which was opened by renowned artist Tom Spence."

Although she couldn't be present at the opening, judge Davida Allen was excited about the local talent.

"The works of art here are something to get excited about because of the diversity of imagination. It was a the sheer joy to behold people who just get on with making imagery," Ms Allen said.

"It was an absolute delight for me to browse through this visual feast."

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