From little things, big things grow

MIRBOO NORTH will celebrate its artistic community while raising money for its local primary school this Mother’s Day weekend.

The town will kick off the 33rd annual Mirboo North Art Show and Arty Gras Festival tomorrow at the opening night at the Old Shire Hall from 7.30pm.

More than 500 entries in a variety of art forms, including painting, drawing, jewellery and sculpture will be judged, with student works from Mirboo North Primary School up for auction.

Gippsland Art Gallery curator Simon Gregg and Gippsland based artist Renae Littlejohn, with more than 20 years of experience in the arts industry as a teacher, will be judging entries.

Mirboo North Art Show Committee member Louise Williamson said the event began as a fundraiser for Mirboo North Primary School, but has grown over the years into a well-regarded art show with artists from across Gippsland and further afield.

“It’s a very artistic and vibrant community and people like to get involved. To see the show in its 33rd year demonstrates that there is a strong commitment to the arts in the community,” Ms Williamson.

The art show will continue Saturday, with more events held at the Arty Gras Festival at Baromi Park, including a 50 stall food and craft market, a community street parade from 11am and local music, such as the Strzelecki Stringbusters, solo act Brody Young and The Dirt Floor.

Activities will also be available for families, with a BMX and skating competition, a visit from the ‘Vikings’, Koko the Clown, poetry and community singing.

On Sunday, the festival will host a Mother’s Day morning and afternoon tea with more live music.

Tickets for opening night are $25 and available at the door from 7.30 to 11pm.

Entry on Saturday is from noon to 5pm and is $3, and $5 entry on Sunday, which includes food from 10am to 4pm.

For more details or a sneak peak of art works, visit or find it on Facebook.