An all-new art and craft festival will be launched in Kurri Kurri this Thursday evening.
The Town of Murals Art and Craft Festival brings together the Town of Murals Art Show and the Sunrise Rotary Craft Affair, along with walking tours of the Kurri Kurri murals.
The two events will be held in close proximity, with the art show at Holy Spirit Catholic Hall in Barton Street, and the craft affair at St Paul's Anglican Church Hall in Lang Street.
Art show coordinator Sharon Dyson-Smith said the show once again has approximately 200 entries from artists across the region.
"We've also had strong support from sponsors, which has allowed us to include a new section for seniors," Ms Dyson-Smith said.
"The show pays tribute to the late Marcia Maybury through the introduction of the Marcia Maybury Memorial Award for Traditional Painting which goes to the winner of that section through the generous sponsorship of her husband Col."
The art show will be officially opened by Hunter Region arts doyenne Margaret Sivyer OAM on Thursday at 7pm.
Admission to the official opening will be $15, includes drinks and canapes. Doors open at 6pm.
The success of the Sunrise Rotary Craft Affair in 2018 has encouraged the club to continue with the venture.
"This year we have several different traditional crafts, some gardening displays and a children's book author to bring variety to the show," said Ann James, who is coordinating the craft affair on behalf of Kurri Sunrise Rotary Club.
Ronald McDonald House is the beneficiary of this year's craft affair, and Kristen Grainger, house manager from Ronald McDonald House at John Hunter Hospital, will officially open the show on Saturday at 11am.
The craft affair will be open from 10am to 5pm from Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday, while the art show will be open from 10am to 5pm Thursday to Saturday, and 10am to noon on Sunday.
Combined festival entry is $10 including both shows and free morning or afternoon tea at the art show, and the possibility of a free mural walk.
The mural walks will depart from the art show venue at 11am, 1pm or 3pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.