HALL OF FAME: Robyn Dennis and Karina Devine award Margaret Armstrong the 2018 Tree Jumper Hall of Famer for 15 years of beautiful work
HALL OF FAME: Robyn Dennis and Karina Devine award Margaret Armstrong the 2018 Tree Jumper Hall of Famer for 15 years of beautiful work Nicole Zurcas

JUMPERS AND JAZZ: 15 years of fitting trees into jumpers

Now in its fifteenth year, the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival has witnessed the decoration of Warwick's deciduous trees develop into a remarkable exhibition, attracting thousands of visitors.

Close to 100 trees in the CBD were decorated which made the competition extremely tough for this year's judge, Robyn Dennis who immediately accepted the job.

"It took me two seconds to reply with my answer when Karina offered it to me," she said.

Every participant carefully plans each creation and Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said every entry was a stand out piece.

"Each year the trees get bigger and bigger and so does the artwork along with it," Ms Devine said.

Someone who knows this too well is this year's Hall of Fame recipient, Margaret Armstrong who has decorated the same tree since the beginning of the festival.

For 15 years Mrs Armstrong has decorated the tree outside of the entry to Rose City Shoppingworld.

"The first year the trees were just planted and was only as thick as my arm," Mrs Armstrong said.

The local art enthusiast volunteers her time at the gallery when she can and said the festival was her favourite time of the year.

"I love everything about Jumpers and Jazz, how it grows each year and the friendships it makes in the community," Mrs Armstrong said.

Her tree this year, Cat's Rule, represented her cat as the ruler of the household and how she couldn't find anything more relaxing than falling asleep to the sounds of his "contented purring".

 

CAT'S RULE: In Margaret Armstrong's house, her cat lucky
CAT'S RULE: In Margaret Armstrong's house, her cat lucky "rules the roost" and was inspiration for her tree jumper design Nicole Zurcas

The complete list on Tree Jumper winners for 2018

Open Artistic: Winner Tree 45, Kylie Brodrick, Brenda Duggan, Margaret Forster, Julie Hauff, Lyn Irwin-Kelly, Sharon Le Sueur, Sandy McDonnell and Kelly Thompson.

Highly Commended: Tree 68 The Groovy Grannies

Highly Commended: Tree 6 Carbal Community Art Group

Highly Commended: Tree 62 Lesley Clayton

"Dulcet" Theme: Winner Narelle Mercer, Palm Tree

Highly Commended:Tree 29, TMR Border Social Club

Highly Commended: Tree 47 Sam and Kerry Farrell

Highly Commended: Tree 2 Billy, Peg, Tom and Alison Thompson

Highly Commended: Tree 15 School of Total Education

Excellence in knitting and crochet: Winner Tree 1 Southern Downs Ark

Highly Commended: Tree 13 Just Because Gifts and Flowers

Highly Commended: Diggers Garden Club

Best Community Group: Winner Tree 83 Inglewood Aged Care Church of Christ

Highly Commended: Tree 65 Appen Crochet Community NSW

Hall of Fame Recipient: Tree 67 Margaret Armstrong

 



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