Estelle Virgen

Craft Arts practitioner over many decades engaging in most textile crafts, (spinning, weaving, knitting, hand and machine embroidery, fabric dying and printing, quilting, garment design and construction specialising in Art to Wear), Paper making, hand made books and boxes, photography, jewellery and sculpture (paper, plaster, fabric, timber, metal and found objects).
 
Enjoyed participation in many forums throughout Australia and internationally in addition to study at both Charles Darwin University and The University of Southern Queensland.
 
Part time instructor of craft in both primary and secondary schools.  
 
Established the very successful Jingili Craft Fair in the N.T. in the ‘80s which exhibited the work of children through to professional practitioners, sale of crafts together with a wide variety of hands on craft activities. 
 
My work has been exhibited in the N.T., Canberra, Queensland, NSW and Western Australia and I have been the recipient of several awards.
 
Accepted the invitation to curate several exhibitions for Framed Gallery in the Northern Territory.
Held volunteer positions with The Crafts Council of The Northern Territory and other craft organisations.
 
Hosted many advanced workshops with Australian and overseas tutors of excellence at my home studio.
 
I have enjoyed a lifetime of appreciation for all well crafted art whatever the discipline.

 

Danny Gibson

Danny simply loves the role that Arts and Culture plays within our Tasmanian community and the inspirational power it has to change lives.
 
He has performed in, produced, marketed, assisted with and directed countless local productions and events and he continues to do so, at many levels.  Danny is often the Director and Stage Manager for local productions and sometimes even treads the boards, as a performer.  He also runs his own Drama School, Stage Right Youth Theatre.
 
Danny started directing Princess Theatre shows at the age of 17 and has a long list of Arts credits to his name.  He has also performed and directed for the Deloraine Dramatic Society.
 
With professional expertise in media, events and education, Danny is Launceston's Deputy Mayor.
 
Having grown up in the Meander Valley, Danny, himself a Rotarian, is thrilled to be involved with this year's Craft Fair.

 

 

Jennie Chapman Caswell

Jennie Chapman resides on the outskirts of Longford and operates Blenheim Gallery and Garden an exhibition space which showcases Tasmanian / Australian art in magnificent rural landscape inspired by many Tasmanian artists. 

Jennie has been involved with the arts all of her life originating from an artistic family and then through business since her early 20’s establishing Art Stretchers in Launceston. Her interest has focused on contemporary Australian art and the commercial gallery sector at Powell Street Gallery South Yarra Victoria for painting, prints with a highlight being 3D sculptural works.  She has also held positions on a number of committees which include: current Chair of QVMAG Arts Foundation, former Chair of Blooming Tasmania, and committee member of QVMAG Friends and the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.

She is passionate about furthering the artistic pursuit of artists and has over the years developed a private collection of art works representative of her own generation.
   

Lyn Prove  (Providore Judge)

Moving to tasmania 18 years ago to find a healthier work/life balance, Lyn was fortunate to find employment with a local food business, thus converting a long term love of of fine food and beverages into a career.