A History of Drouin’s Art Show
The first Drouin Art Show was held in the Drouin Badminton Hall in 1988, and the popularity of the event helped enthuse the inception of the Drouin Ficifolia Festival, a celebration of the flowering trees that line the main streets of Drouin. The following year the show was held in the Masonic Hall (now the CFA Hall) as part of the first Ficifolia Festival.
From 1990 to 2007 it became established as a fundraiser for the Drouin Primary School, and was held in the Drouin Community School Centre as the opening event of the Festival.
Over the years it grew in popularity, from a small local show to one of Victoria’s most popular Regional Art Exhibitions.
The Art Show celebrated its 20th annual event in 2007, attracting 150 artists from across Australia with over 450 entries, in categories including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and woodcraft. However, it had grown too large for the school community to administrate, so sadly 2007 became the last.
In 2013, on the 25th Anniversary of the Ficifolia Festival, the art show returned. this time under Baw Baw Arts Alliance’s coordination. It is now held in the Drouin Football Club, a true community partnership and a unique way to showcase the fine facilities of the Club Rooms
We are proud to have the following sponsors for 2019, please support them as they have supported us.
The links are in the logos.
J H Cuthbertson has been our major sponsor for a number of years.
Suppliers of crushed rock and fill for construction sites, roads, driveways and cow lanes
(03) 5628 5461 195 Old Telegraph Road Jindivick
Graeme Arthurson Real Estate are not only sponsors, Helen Arthurson volunteers on Ficifolia Art Show Committee, meetings are held in their offices.
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Baw Baw Shire Council sponsor us financially and support us with mentoring by Cultural Development officer Karen Whitaker-Taylor
Conveyancing Today from Drouin are new sponsors for 2019 - Are you looking to buy or sell a property in Gippsland, Melbourne or regional Victoria? You’ll be needing professional conveyancing services to help you through the legal process of transferring property ownership. At conveyancing.today, that’s what we do best. We remove all the guesswork and uncertainty from transferring property by guiding you step-by-step through the transaction process, assisting you from start to finish. Being unfamiliar with the required paperwork and legal procedures can cause delays. Working with us will save you both time and money
Drouin Football Club not only host our show but sponsor us for a prize
Did you realise you could book the wonderful football club rooms for your next event? It could be a community event such as the art show or it could also be a special family occasion such as a significant birthday! Have a talk with Trish Lewis 0407811297
Drouin and District Community Bank are new sponsors for 2019
"We have made a commitment to the people of Drouin to provide them with banking products and services to meet their personal‚ and business‚ banking needs"
Fibre Arts Australia sponsor us with a generous scholarship.
A 5-day creative residential workshop is a memorable, life-affirming experience. Whether you’re someone who would like a break to focus on learning from the best, the most popular and the most interesting artists and craftsmen from around the world, or you simply want to chill out with interesting and like-minded people whilst learning something inspirational and creative, you’ll find the venue and the ambiance at a Fibre Arts Australia event just fabulous!
Kay Lancashire - Artycles sponsors us with the donation of a raffle prize
Creating one of a kind Artycles of adornment for you to wear.
Lyrebird Villages for the Aged in Drouin sponsor us with an Acquisitive award.
Lyrebird Villages established in 1973 is community owned and operated delivering care for the residents in the Drouin & Warragul district of West Gippsland. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Lyrebird Villages offers 112 permanent and 3 respite rooms.
McFarlane Criminal Lawyers are new sponsors for 2019
42 Albert Street Warragul Ph: (03) 9088 4782
Gary Miles Art Studio joins forces with Baw Baw Arts Alliance to sponsor a prize.
Gary Miles usually works in a series. His approach is to set up camp in remote areas of Australia for up to six weeks at a time in an attempt to “capture split moments of thought”. His landscapes are unmistakably Australian, but as interpreted through his minds eye.Gary's paintings are a dance of line, marks and colour. A thorough language from one artist. Gary's work wants to give that impression of being in it, to live and to observe, to watch the way this land is created and watch how the landscape moves and changes with time visit his studios at Old Telegraph Road West, Drouin West,
Morwell Art and Framing sponsor a prize plus act as a depot for artists to book in and drop off/collect work for the exhibition.
Gippsland's leading suppliers of art materials for novice up to the professional artist & with state of the art equipment to manufacture framing on site.
49 Chickerell St, Morwell
Rotary Club of Warragul sponsor us by the loan of their Art Screens
Town and Country Gallery 111 Princes Hwy Yarragon
The relaxed ambiance of the gallery creates a respectful freedom for customers to interact with the artworks, books and jewellery. Niches have been created – to read, to touch, to ‘try on’, to view or to just sit and absorb the beauty.
Tritec Art Supplies 2/101 Princes Highway Yarragon
At Tritec Fine Art Supplies we want to help people foster their creative passions by providing a space in which to explore art supplies. Look at them, touch them, try them and learn how to use them through workshops run by local artists. Connect with people through shared passions and indulge in things that bring you joy.
V/Line are new sponsors for 2019
For CONDITIONS OF ENTRY for the 2019 Ficifolia Art Show please view the PDF .
Social Room, Drouin Football Club
Sinclair Street, Drouin
Co-ordinated by Baw Baw Arts Alliance and hosted by Drouin Football Club.
Held during the Ficifolia Festival in Drouin
Ficifolia Art Show is over again for another year. Thank you to our generous and supportive sponsors without whom there would be no show. Drouin Football Club did another stellar job of hosting us and catering for the opening night.
Thanks to the 112 artists who submitted 227 works. Thanks to the judges Clive Hutchison and Helen Arthurson for your difficult job in deciding the awards.
Thanks to the 423 visitors who walked through the door and last but not least thanks to the volunteers who made it happen.
Here are the results.
Best Exhibit in Show - J H Cuthbertson Award - $2000 Dani Till – #186 Homeless Soul
Best Contemporary Land/Seascape - BBAA Mary Gabriel Award - $1000 #219 High Tide by Sharon Wootten
Acquisitive Award - Lyrebird Villages for the Aged Award - $500+ value 2 works chosen #224 Lachlan Yuill Sculpture& #56 Noelene Downie (for Among Friends)
Best Portrait - Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Award - $500 #2 Silo lass by Ian Adair
Best 3D Exhibit - BBAA & Miles Art Studio Award - $500 #118 Past Life by Jessie McLennan
Best Photographic Work - Roylaines P/L Award – 1st $500 voucher 1st prize – #129 On Stage by Russell Monson
2nd $250 voucher 2nd Prize - #204 Coal Creek Emma white
Warragul Camera Club - Best image by a novice*
Membership to WCC value $75 WCCBest work by a Novice (not previously entered into photography with Ficifolia) #135 Are you looking at me by Jess Murphy.
Warragul Camera Club - Most successful Photography exhibitor - Voucher up to $132 for Entry fees to Warragul National. WCC most successful Photography exhibitor – Russell Monson
Best Fibre Art exhibit - Fibre Arts Australia Award - $500 scholarship #19 Forest floor by Joan Best
Best work by a Baw Baw Citizen - Baw Baw Shire Award - $300 #105 Road Trip - Uluru at sunset by Lisa Kurec
Best Printwork - Town & Country Gallery, Yarragon Award - $300 #188 – Stargazing by Helen Timbury
Best Sporting Artwork in any medium - Drouin Football Club Award - $300 #168 A fishy story: a trout tale by Coral Smith
Best Still Life - French and Lowden Financial Advisors Award - $200 #125 Still Life Pencil by Samantha Milne
Best Mosaic - Choices Flooring Watsons Warragul Award - $200 #92 Fallen by Viv Hordern
Best Small Work Morwell Art & Framing Award - $200 #154 Serenity IV by Karen Rosato
President’s Award - BBAA award $150 #159 Fire in Heaven Geoff Sargeant
Popular choice - Tritec award $100 voucher #101 Ficifolia by Margaret Koopmans
Best Youth Work - BBAA Award - $50 #50 Callista by Scarlett Daly
Best Child Work - BBAA Award – $25 #71 Brain dead by Eleanor Freeth
Clive Hutchison -
Lecturer |Creative Arts | Faculty of Education & ArtsGippsland Centre for Art and Design
Helen Arthurson –
Artist, Author, Sponsor (Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Drouin)
As a practising artist living in Melbourne, working at Lygon Street Studios, I love to see well crafted art representing the makers strong voice.
A quote from artist Ema Tuki Ika from Easter Island has become my personal mantra “Artists can confront and educate by (1) challenging the construction of otherness (2) debunking the myths about difference (3) encouraging the celebration of the differences.” My current art project is called “117,000,000 girls gone” drawing attention to the estimated number of girls lost through infanticide, neglect and more recently sex selected abortion mainly from China and India. With the help of many kind folk I have collected over one million tea tags and am working on making images with them drawing on inspiration from embroidered patterns on ethnic clothing. I am delighted to be involved in the Ficifolia Art Show and am very excited to see the art works created for it by the talented artists who have entered.
Kathryn has been a practicing artist in many disciplines, the two main ones being painting and textiles. She has an Education degree in both as major study areas.
She has shown in numerous exhibitions both locally and abroad over many years and has been teaching for 50 years. She has taught both painting and textiles to all age levels from every school level both Primary and Secondary, Tertiary Institutions, Art and Textile Guilds and private lessons to mature students in her home studio. Her art work has been purchased by The Anglican Church, has several pieces in the collection of The Jewish Museum of Victoria and The Embroiderers Guild of Victoria and has been on tour around Japan with DMC Threads and is in private collections in Australia, America and Europe.
For many years she worked out of Jakarta, Indonesia, as a mural painter in government and private dwellings. Travelling back and forth from Melbourne to Jakarta and then onto Singapore and all over Indonesia was a wonderful experience. Her latest mural can be seen in the Austin Hospital in Melbourne which she completed recently. It spans 9 meters and is housed in the courtyard of the Mentally ill unit. The subject is of the Yarra Valley and has brought pleasure to those in an otherwise bleak environment.
Kathryn has taken groups of painters to Europe, Rome to Sienna and Paris to Provence. On these leadership roles she has given history of art lessons as well as hands on painting workshops.
Her entire life has been devoted to her passions for learning, painting and studying art history. At present she is studying the medieval period of Italian Art and is learning to paint Icons in the traditional method of painting on old wood with ground pigments, 24 carat gold leaf and egg tempera. In 2019 she is off to Umbria to study technique in depth.
Her website can be found at http://www.kathryntilleyartist.com/