Surfing turtles, ocean waves, bright flowers and rainbows lead the way for this year’s Milbi at the Lighthouse with Chalk the Sidewalk.
Taking part in the activity, St Luke’s student Anneliese Taylor said she was inspired to capture the essence of Milbi’s swimming turtles, but loved to give it her personal touch by using colors lively.
“I wanted to bring out the turtle and I thought if I changed it a bit it would work,” she said.
“I saw the turtles going up to Mon Repos and I love art and taking care of the environment.”
Maree Black loved watching her grandchildren Zach and Aaliyah Dayag come up with a fantastic design and said they took their own inspiration from their own to create a colorful masterpiece.
Aaliyah said that this was her first time attending the Milbi Festival and that she was keen to participate.
“It’s really fun, I wanted to get involved to help the environment,” Aaliyah said.
“We have our brightly colored turtles and we also wanted to welcome people to the Milbi festival. “
Chalk the Sidewalk organizer Felicity Newlands and Bundaberg Regional Council Divisional Representative Cr Tanya McLoughlin were both blown away by the creativity of the children who participated in Chalk the Walk.
Felicity said that in two and a half hours the kids were able to create a wonderful track of brightly colored, ocean-themed artwork.
“The first year we had 61 participants and this year we are hoping for 100,” she said.
“We have the wonderful Jenni Kirkwood and John Leyland, both of whom are local artists, judging the artwork.”
Cr McLoughlin said combining Chalk the Sidewalk with Milbi at the Lighthouse was a fantastic opportunity for families to hang out and get around together.
“It’s really great to see a good crowd of young people here being creative,” said Cr McLoughlin.
“This is a free event with many prizes offered by Gladstone Ports Corporation and raffle prizes from local businesses, we really appreciate this support. “
Chalk the Sidewalk Winners
Chalk the Sidewalk 13 to 18 years old:
1st Ivy Montague
2nd Taylah Wurzbacher
Chalk the Sidewalk 6 to 12 years old
1st Isla Fallon
2nd Aurélia Doyenne
Chalk the sidewalk Under 6 years old
1st Piper Frazer
More art exhibited during the festival
Not only were works of art by the locals on display along the Burnett Heads Trail, but the community hall was also filled with artwork for the Gladstone Ports Corporation art and photography exhibit.
Gayle Mason and Barb Kruger hosted the art show for the first time, and Gayle said the local artist’s expertise had taken her to another level.
“Bundaberg and the coastal regions have an incredible and talented amount of people,” Gayle said.
“This is the biggest year we’ve ever had at the art show with 68 attendees providing 160 pieces, for a pretty amazing one-day art show.”
The Best of the Show winner was Jassy Watson for her play Pink Moon Duck.