2020 Festival Award Winners
(Judge – Wendy Lohmann)
1st prize ‘Little Red’ Designer & model Ashe Lawrance.
Highly Commended ‘Fairy’ Designer Lacey Sawtell, modelled by Sylvie Phillips.
1st prize ‘Love Linen’ Designer Prudence Stewart, modelled by Mary Gasteen.
2nd prize ‘The Denim Pinny’ Designer Jo Williams, modelled by Bev Wiggington.
Highly Commended ‘Love That Style’ Designer Prudence Stewart, modelled by Tiah Churchward.
A Touch of Class
1st prize ‘Talk of the Town’ Designer Lacey Sawtell, modelled by Tiah Churchward.
Highly Commended ‘Springtime’ Designers Glen Smith & Tania Dawydenko, modelled by Tania.
(Judge – Roxane Scott)
Short story, open
High School Short Story
(Except for the ‘People’s Choice’ comments are by the judge Michael Wardell)
Paint - Oil, watercolour or acrylic
1st prize Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Wayne Boyle
Excellent handling of the medium in all three works by this artist. This workbench one stood out because of its unusual grid-like composition.
2nd prize Making Tomato Relish by Glen Smith
Another beautifully painted work with unusual composition and inventive cast of characters for a still life.
Highly Commended Banksia Bouquet by Colleen Gardener
Highly Commended Jamaican Stallion by Kathleen Hicks (Rasta horse made me laugh)
Highly Commended Justin by Christine Parry
Works on Paper - Pastels, pencil and ink
1st prize Cluttery by Leigh-Ann Hargreaves
A skilful combination of realism with abstract composition.
2nd prize A Collection of Capsicum by Maureen See
Very accomplished drawing and interesting composition – I kept inventing stories about their relationship with each other. (Is green a little insecure next to the rather grand red and yellow?)
Highly Commended Precious Stones by Nika Norman
Mixed Media - More than one medium or material
1st prize Tangiers Meets Boonah by Britney Scholl & Angus Mcdiarmid
This would have been my ‘Best in show’ choice if there was such a prize. A really wonderful, complicated and intricate composition with a truly beautiful sense of colour.
2nd prize Bees by Glen Smith
1st prize TREEmendous by Peter Van Der Veen
In the strongest category this year, this work stood out because of its clear focus, beautiful lighting and wonderful diagonals in the overall composition. It also is so indicative of the area.
2nd prize Damn by Grant Quinn
Playful composition and nostalgic look back at modernist photography of the 30s.
Highly Commended Baby Owls by Mandy Streeting
Highly Commended Discarded by Grant Quinn
Highly Commended Weathered Pots by Grant Quinn
3D - Sculpture, pottery, jewellery, felting and other art forms that are not attached to a board, canvas or paper.
1st prize Strength and Spirit by Justin Allan
Skillful plaster of horses appearing as if emerging from stone. A clear winner in this category. Works visually from all angles
2nd prize There’s More To Me by Penelope Wright
Abstract carving with driftwood base. Would have been more successful if carved to be viewed on both sides.
First Timers - For adults only who have never entered this or any other competition before. Entries may be in any media.
Youth (High School) - Any media of choice
1st prize Fragmenting Time by Claira Ruthenberg
Highly inventive use of collage in layers. A COVID19 nightmare perhaps!
2nd prize Sunset Winter Reflection by Melanie Fox
Beautiful landscape photograph with successful visual twist in reflection.
Highly Commended Cania Moon by Caitlin Birch
Youth (Primary School) - Any media of choice
1st prize Sunny Love by Tyler Costin
2nd prize – Complex Mind by Tyler Costin
People’s Choice Award Banksia Bouquet by Colleen Gardener
This lovely painting was a clear winner with a large majority of votes from the exhibition visitors.
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