Fireworks celebrate festival success

A spectacular fireworks show held in Dunsborough last Sunday night (March 1) to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Dunsborough Arts Festival was so successful that Dianne Laurance has promised to sponsor another fireworks presentation for next year’s Festival. Around 7000 people lined the foreshore parks and beaches to see them.

Dunsborough Progress Association President Jacquie Happ said the fireworks were a great success with people of all ages. “It was great to see so many family groups and friends gathering together for the Sunday concert and what was Dunsborough’s first ever Fireworks show. It was a wonderful way to mark the Festival’s 20th year,” Jacquie said. “Diane’s announcement to sponsor the fireworks for a second year is great news for the Festival, and a fabulous treat for Festival goers,” she said.

The Arts Festival and its Sculpture by the Bay exhibition during the Long Weekend attracted its best crowds yet. People poured into Seymour Park, the Christian Fletcher Gallery, and onto the foreshore to view the 84 artworks entered in the Festival’s Sculpture by the Bay competitions.

“There was also a good turnout for our Festival Art Market on Sunday morning, and great crowds for our Saturday and Sunday night Festival concerts on the foreshore,” Jacquie said.

Sculpture coordinator Vicky Small said about $106,000 in sculpture sales had been achieved , going back to the Dunsborough community and artists.

“This is on top of the $14,000 of sponsorship awarded to winners,” Vicky said.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on Social Media about the Festival and Sculpture by the Bay,” she said.

‘Metal Head’ by Richard Jenkin
’ ‘Alone’ by Simon Youngleson

Sculpture Prize winners included:

Small Sculptures:

The NowGen by Nick Goode Small Sculpture Prize Award ‘Pink Salt Lake’ by Vicky Small.
Commendation Prize ‘Are we there yet?’ By Lily Mercer.

Large Sculptures:

Dianne Laurance Excellence Award to ‘Dance of the Dryads’ by Daniel Fisher
Dianne Laurance Award for encouraging future artists to school entry Natures Atelier Early Learning Centre for their Snake Skin.
City of Busselton Acquisitive Prize awarded to ‘Invisible Influence’ by Kane Bluegum.
Braeco Recycled Darn Art awards – first ‘Magpie’s Melody’ by Dennis Wilson and second ‘Seahorse Sentinel’ by Robert Turner.
Happs Emerging Artist award to ‘Metal Head’ by Richard Jenkin
Christian Fletcher Gallery Environmental Message Award to ‘Alone’ by Simon Youngleson.

Christian Fletcher Gallery People’s Choice Award for small sculptures went to King Protea by James Horsley.

The JMW People’s Choice Award winner for larger sculptures was Seagull with Chip by Maurice Rosbotham.

“Seagull with Chip” by Maurice Rosbotham JMW People’s Choice Award winner