Packed program for Cervantes Art Festival celebrating regional artists

Michael RobertsMidwest Times
Rosie Sitorus performing at Songs from 6530.
Camera IconRosie Sitorus performing at Songs from 6530. Credit: Picture: Kym Jefferies

Creative talent from across regional WA will descend on Cervantes this weekend for the town’s two-yearly arts festival.

A packed program will kick off on Friday night at the Cervantes Community Recreation Centre from 6pm, with more than 500 artworks on display.

Opening night celebrations include demonstrations by glass artist Catherine Norgett and traditional sign writer Rick Kreig, as well as a live performance by Geraldton musician Rosie Sitorus.

Five workshops and two cultural events will be held during the week-long program, with budding artists able to gain first-hand experience from industry professionals such as Shireen Manning and Kerry Munns.

Cowalla artist Kerry Munns.
Camera IconCowalla artist Kerry Munns. Credit: Supplied

Cervantes Art Festival president Anne Moore said the event was organised to give regional artists a platform.

“There is such a wide range of art on display, it’s amazing,” she said.

“If you can’t get inspiration here, you’re never going to get it.”

More than $15,000 in prize money is up for grabs in the various award categories, with artists from as far as Broome entering the competition.

Artist Andrea Gray said it was more important than ever to give regional artists a chance to demonstrate their craft.

“COVID has reduced the events and festivals out there for community connectors like me,” she said.

“I really appreciate the opportunity this festival is providing me and the other regional artists.”

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