Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival

Presented by The Boonah & District Cultural Foundation Inc.

5-12 SEPTEMBER 2020

2020 Festival Award Winners


(Judge – Wendy Lohmann)

Fictional Characters

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   ‘Lost in Space’  Designer Sarah Greenwell, modelled by Emily Hancock.


2nd  Prize  ‘Black and Red’  Designer Sarah Greenwell, modelled by Charlize Twaddle.

Highly Commended   ‘Heroine of Whimsy’ Designer and model Jessica Hunsperger.


Wearable Art

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)

100-word story
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.

Award    Heavy Metal by David Wall

Award    Chesire Cat Mail Box by Jim Ryan

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

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.


The Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival is about promoting the cultural heart of the community. It gives everyone an opportunity to display their talent in the art, writing, and fashion competitions, or on stage in lively and entertaining shows.


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