Ficifolia Art Show 2019

        Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's show.  Sponsors, Artists and Volunteers without you the show does not exist.






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.  
Whether you are Selling, Leasing or Buying, they have local real estate expertise, to boast excellent service and commitment to your investment. Small enough to offer unbeatable selling commission rates, big enough to offer the most innovative selling tools to sell your property.



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, 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.


Mc Farlane's website under construction

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


Roylaines of Warragul sponsor two prizes
2 stores,  16 Smith Street Warragul and 148 Main Street Pakenham Photographic & Electronics Goods and Services. Jaycar Stockist 


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














J H Cuthbertson Award   for Best Exhibit in Show - $2000    #101 Samantha Milne Her Ladyship


Category #                   Award

1                 BBAA Maery Gabriel Award  for Best Contemporary Artwork - $1000 
#127  Anastasia Richmond-Miller   For Shame 
 HC #171   Lin Wang Eagle

2                 Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Award   for Best Portrait - $500
#144 Coral Smith A Magnificent Moment
HC # Sheila Daniells - Mesmerising

3                 Baw Baw Arts Alliance and Miles Art Studio Award   for Best 3D Exhibit - $500
#59 Wayne Foenander  - Copper Jacket
HC #82 – Kay Lancashire – Where do the lost and broken toys go….

4                 Roylaines Pty Ltd Photographic award for Best Photography $500 voucher
 1st Place  #181 Emma White, 5 Days young
2nd Place - #103 Carol Monson Marble Steps

5                 Fibre Arts Australia Award  for the Fibre Art - $500 Scholarship
#11  Joan Best - Forest

6                 Conveyancing Today Award for Best Mixed Media exhibit $500
#83 – Kay Lancashire – I opened a book and in I strode
HC#86 Cherie Leedon – Save           HC #154 Donna Taylor - Pierre

7                 McFarlane Criminal Lawyers Award for Best Wood Exhibit $500
#172  Bruce Wearne – Set of 3 Cannisters
HC #173  Bruce Wearne  Eucalyptus in Eucalyptus

8                 Drouin & District Community Bendigo Bank for Best Still Life - $500
#77 Glenda Jones, Winter Orchids
HC #85  Bill Lancaster - Honey

9                 V/Line Award for the Best Mosaic - $500
#20  - Adrian Bright – The Green Picture
HC 148 – After Field of Poppies Elizabeth Smoorenberg

10              Town & Country Yarragon Award for best printwork $300
 #7 Alison Bain Grevillea Series- No.3

11               Drouin Football Club Award   for Best Sporting Artwork in Any Medium - $300 
#135 – Denise Sanders – Catch a Day

12              Morwell Art and Framing Award  for the Best Small Work - $200
#21  Colleen Bright – A Bit of Europe

13              BBAA’ Award  for the Best Exhibit by a Secondary Student   - $50
#41 Gabrielle Dawson  -  Eric
HC #36- Scarlett Daly  A Man

14              Award for the Best Exhibit by a Primary School Student - $25
#52  Laedy Fey  The Crows red roses


Baw Baw Shire Council Award for Best Exhibit in Any Medium by a Baw Baw Resident - $300 

#143Coral Smith where have all the flowers gone                                HC #55 Craig Fison War Bride


Lyrebird Villages for the Aged Acquisitive Award - $500 purchased  - chosen by Lyrebird Villages representative  #14  Alene Bonser  Late Night at Lakes



For CONDITIONS OF ENTRY for the 2019 Ficifolia Art Show please view the PDF .





    Ficifolia Art Show 2018



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
Bio here

Helen Arthurson
Artist, Author, Sponsor (Graeme Arthurson Real Estate Drouin)
Bio Here

Janice Appleton



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.

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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