By Beverley Ford
THE Mount Barker Mountains and Murals Festival, to run from December 6-10, will be the first Walldogs festival in WA and possibly Australia, and will now include a food and wine fair showcasing local produce.
Walldogs are mural painters who have created stunning wall art in towns across the USA.
One of them is Mount Barker police sergeant David Johnson, who has participated in a number of festivals in the US, and brought the concept to Plantagenet.
In September the Plantagenet Shire council approved a mural festival, and this month agreed to include wineries, produce from Pardelup prison farm, stalls and entertainment.
Funding will come from the Great Southern Development Commission, the shire, and local businesses.
“I really appreciate the support given by the shire for the food and wine components, and the level of sponsorship and other support from the local business sector,” Sgt Johnson said.
“The shire has been positive and energetic since day one in its willingness to make the festival a large-scale public event.
“This will enhance the experience, not only for the artists and volunteers but also for festival visitors – particularly on the day of the food and wine fair.”
The mural designs will be unveiled at the Mt Barker CRC from 7pm on Thursday November 21, along with a short Walldogs documentary and videos about visiting Walldogs Jay Allen, Anat Ronen and Mike Bromley.
People are invited to contribute to the festival by registering as an artist, offering to provide site support, or being a stallholder at the food and wine festival.
Registration forms are available from the shire.
Local businesses that want to be involved can message the Facebook page -https://www.facebook. com/mountainsand muralsmtbarkerwa/