Artist Lex Frank and picture framer Syd Collins with the picture entitled Cliffs of Moher, Western Ireland. The painting will be raffled at the Fraser Coast Heritage Awards.
Artist Lex Frank and picture framer Syd Collins with the picture entitled Cliffs of Moher, Western Ireland. The painting will be raffled at the Fraser Coast Heritage Awards. Robyne Cuerel

Watercolour donated for Fraser Coast Heritage Awards raffle

A SIGNATURE watercolour by Maryborough artist Lex Frank will be raffled off at Friday night's Fraser Coast Heritage Awards.

A strong supporter of the annual awards, Mr Frank donates a painting each year.

"Our built heritage is something we need to look after," he said.

Up to a dozen awards will be presented at the Brolga Theatre on Friday night, including awards for tradesmen who have worked on significant heritage restorations or renovations on the Fraser Coast.

Organisers have been overwhelmed with entries this year - a stark contrast from last year when the event had to be cancelled due to a lack of nominations.

"It's rewarding to see the effort people have gone to with their nominations," Marian Graham said.

An independent judging panel including a property valuer, a real estate agent and an artist have decided on the winners of each category.

"There will be entertainment by Al Davies, a noted classical and Spanish guitarist," she said.

Ms Graham said Friday night's black-tie awards ceremony would reflect the National Trust's 2013 Heritage Festival Theme Community Milestones.

All funds raised in the raffle of Mr Frank's artwork will go towards the Maryborough Flood Relief Appeal.

The awards, in their 17th year, are a joint venture of the Fraser Coast Chronicle and the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Other sponsors include National Trust, Keystone Architects, Bunnings, Hyne Timber, Wm Olds & Sons, Richers Transport, Maryborough City Motors, CQMS Razer, Prouds the Jewellers, Wide Bay Gallery and Allen Gillespie Electrical.



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