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The annual Hampton Festival is a celebration of local produce, gourmet industries and the Hampton district's creative culture.

Demonstrating Artists

One of the goals of the Hampton Festival is to foster the development of the arts in the local community. We achieve this by providing an outlet for the work of established and up-and-coming artists.

The demonstrating artists give patrons visiting the Festival an insight into a number of different artistic mediums and all artists are keen to share their knowledge and passion with Festival visitors.

The demonstrating artists for 2019 were:

  • bruce griffiths - watercolour painting

  • bill webb - leatherwork

  • ross plant - horn & pewter

  • Lynda Georgeson - silk painting

Artsworx showcase artists

  • rhi Johnson - print maker

  • Maryika Welter - Acrylics

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Bruce Griffiths - watercolour painting

Artist Bruce Griffiths still works by the principle, never paint where you haven’t been and never paint what you cannot feel. A lifetime of fishing and the bush has instilled a love of the outdoors & Bruce’s paintings reveal the natural beauty of Australia . This is the preferred subject of his paintings but he is increasingly looking within the subject seeking out the stories. He continues his look at new frontiers while including homage to his learned images of Australia, the sea, the city and his beloved landscapes.

 Bruce says, “I was a late bloomer and now there is never enough time to paint.  There is a momentum, a time when all factors fall into place and I am excited about my permanent move to Toowoomba heartland, the exposure to new galleries and new exhibitions; the time to emerge as an artist in the ever-changing region.  Art talks to those who listen. Now nestled in Toowoomba heartland with a spacious Kleinton studio and a relaxed lifestyle; half urban, half country, I find this a perfect base for travel to all points of the compass and a perfect hub for my homely art studio.”  Bruce is a prize-winning artist, teacher, exhibitor and is increasingly sought after for commissions, workshops and as demonstrator of watercolour fine art.

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Bill Webb - leather work

Born and raised on a cattle property north of Chinchilla, Queensland, he developed a love of the bush and traditional bush skills.

As a very busy youngster, his mother taught him to plait leather at the early age of five. He then went on to develop his plaiting skills by spending time with RM Williams on his property “Rockybar”. He learnt from one of the best thus laying the foundation for a lifetime love of creating beautiful pieces in leather.

He continued the art of leather plaiting, learning from people with a similar love of traditional bush craft. He continued his connection with RM and taught at his plaiting school on his property at Hodgson Vale, Queensland. After winning many awards at shows and the Dame Mary Durack Award five times, he has gone on to judge leather plaiting competitions such as Australian Plaiters and Whip makers Championships.

He has now been plaiting leather for 40 years and is specialising in personalised orders to meet the needs of the client. He crafts all his articles from Kangaroo skin which is the strongest leather in the world. He crafts a wide selection of goods from your traditional plaited belt to high end fashion items

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ross plant - horn & pewter

Ross Plant was raised on a cattle property in the foothills of the Bunya Mountains in Queensland. For the first 25 years of his working life he was a cattleman, horseman & farmer in a family business. He has now downsized this side of his life & lives on a small farm growing good food for family & friends using the principals of permaculture, bio-dynamics and low stress stock handling.

From a young age he loved any craft work and throughout the years of high school his concentration was on making leather tack for station work. Later in the jackarooing years, nights were often spent carving leather belts & handbags. Holidays fossicking for gems, led to the introduction of a faceting machine and jewellery making to the family living room. Work with precious metals & gems has shaped & sharpened the attention to detail- already evident in his perfectionist nature.

A hobby of breeding Texas Longhorns led to an interest in polishing the horns for display, but there is a limit to the number of hat racks anyone needs. Another use had to be found. A weekend workshop with John Trier was an introduction to the beautiful gentle metal Pewter & how it & horn combine symbiotically to form items of beauty & function. After years of honing his skills on horn and pewter, Ross now creates exquisite, unique pieces of beauty and function using fine Italian pewter and Australian horn. Ross’s eye for detail and ability to produce a high quality finished item has elite galleries throughout Australia and international enthusiasts ordering and selling his horn and pewter creations.

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Lynda Georgeson - silk painting

Having lived in S. E. Qld for most of the time since moving to Australia in 1970, Lynda is a well travelled teacher of various art forms. Earlier work includes creating costumes for stage productions, designing and creating T shirts, banner designs, quilting and acrylic painting.

Moving to the Toowoomba area in 2001 she was introduced to silk painting, and this has been her main passion ever since. She has developed her own style which is neither tie dye nor done on frames. It is a very free flowing approach using vibrant colours, suitable for both beginners and seasoned artists, which she has taught in over ten different Nations and in three different states of Australia.

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rhi Johnson - print maker

Dr Rhi Johnson will be the Artsworx demonstrating artist at the Hampton Festival this year.  She is a multi-medium artist and exhibits regularly locally and further afield.    Rhi specialises in printmaking and it's many facets.

Rhi is a Toowoomba based artist and educator who works primarily in the fields of printmaking, artist’s books and mixed media art. She is interested in the formation of everyday narratives, and how these can be disrupted or subverted visually. Rhi investigates visual cues that can punctuate an environment, object or space of perceived meaning, and in doing so, may allude to subconscious methods of processing information.

Rhi has been involved in group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, lectures on a casual basis, and conducts art workshops for all ages.



The Festival sincerely thanks USQ Artsworx, a major supporter of the Hampton Art Exhibition and Hampton Festival.