Ritchies Boonah Arts Festival

Presented by The Boonah & District Cultural Foundation Inc.

3-10 SEPTEMBER 2022

2019 Festival Award Winners


Creative Kids

1st: designer & model, Freyja Gordon – Rainbow Party

Fictional Characters

1st: designer & model, Jess Lawrance – Queen of the Reef


1st: designer & model, Jo Williams – Vintage Romance

2nd: designer & model, Gayle Van Der Veen – Grandmother’s Doilies

Highly Commended: designer Iris Skinner, model Christine Titmarsh – 100 years of history

Touch of Class

1st: designer Jessica Hunsperger, model Rebecca Thompson – Rambling Rose Rendezvous

2nd: designer Eden Ellmore, model Kodi Sawtell – Wool Spectacular

Highly Commended: designer Lacey Sawtell, model Meggan Gordon – Edged With Gold

Wearable Art

1st: designer Lacey Sawtell, model Dakotah Scott – At the Movies

Highly Commended: designer Eden Ellmore, model Charli Jensen – In the Raw


100-word story
Short story, open
Youth Short Story
Bush poetry

1st prize – True Riches by Rae Tinworth

2nd prize – Les Palmered by Gayle Flynn


(Except for the “People’s Choice” the comments are by the judge, Pauline Garner)


1st place – On the Road Again No 1 by Colleen Gardener

The control of composition and tone and the use of hard and soft edges on a small scale has been beautifully handled.


2nd place – The Silver Claret by Glenn Smith

A clever composition with lovely interactions between the shapes and a limited monochromatic colour palette. Simple and beautiful.

Mixed Media

1st place – Spirit of Life by Jason Skewes

This lovely subject has a very fine use of pastel. The vulnerability of the subject was captured with feeling and empathy.

2nd Place – That Smirk by Lee Stumer

A very striking facial form with a lovely presentation.

H/C – Pretty in Pink by Gayle Van Der Veen

A beautifully constructed piece showing good technique.


1st place – Leo & Kitty by Christine Parry

A lovely fluent and moody painting possessing expressive brushwork while maintaining control of the perspective and form.

2nd place – Autumn by Lyn Condon

This is a fresh portrayal of a natural scene with the shapes and colours combining to make a pleasing image.

H/C – Emu Gully by Ann Window

My eye wandered around this composition finding many areas of interest. Compelling storytelling on a grand scale.


1st place – Corroded by Leon Chester

An interesting composition. I admired the rich tonality and variety of textures which blended with the background while retaining a depth of field and atmosphere.

2nd place – Tanya by Grant Quinn

This image really popped as a slice of reality in such a way that it left me wondering about the subject and the story. Nice composition and cropping. The eye was led on an interesting textural journey.

H/C – One Day Closer To Rain – Peter Van Der Veen

This series of photos really captured a sense of time spent contemplating a place. It conveys distinct emotions which is enhanced by the window framing.


1st place – Old Bull by Justin Allan

A purely representational sculpture showing textures and a good understanding of balance and form.

2nd place – Cruisin’ the Scenic Rim by Darryl Gillum

A humorous sculpture which tells a story. I can see this in many iterations, perhaps even on a larger scale.

H/C- Pelican by Nadine Baldwin

A lovely small sculpture showing control of the medium and a restrained but considered composition.


1st prize The Snow Gum by Marjorie Tate

2nd prize  Hidden Rainbows by Nika Norman





Youth (High School)

1st place – The Beauty of Women by Hayley Clements

2nd place – Eagle by Grace Treloar

H/C – Hakuna My Zaza by Lilly Pennell

Youth (Primary School)

1st place – Simple Days by Leiah Moyle

2nd place – Blue Night by Tyler Costin

H/C – Cartoon Punk Girl by Aria O’Carrigan

People’s Choice

Leo & Kitty by Christine Parry

This was a close-run competition with 2 other entries being pipped at the post by the lions.


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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