Hall of Fame
The National Beanie Hall of Fame recognises individuals who have significantly contributed to the on-going development of our festival. Adi Dunlop was our inaugural choice. It was she who first developed beanie fever and a vision of the festival. We thank her from the bottom of our beanies. There is an induction at the opening festival celebrations each year.
2018 Greg Thompson
Greg, legend of all things technical at Araluen, has been to all 22 Festivals. He has been the master at getting the Festival together each year behind the scenes and dealt with all our strange requests with humour and grace. He will be leaving for Tassie in October but I’m not sure we can go on without him and will do everything we can to get him to fly back each year and help us out. Greg is a very deserving inductee of the Beanie Hall of Fame.
2018 Dave and Alma Straw
For many many years Dave and Alma have travelled from South Australia to volunteer at the Festival, Alma as a volunteer coordinator and Dave at the front door welcoming the punters. Sadly Dave passed away earlier this year and we will miss him terribly, but Alma in her gutsy determination travelled again to the Festival and continued her amazing volunteer work. Hooray for Alma…and we will love you always Dave.
2017 Tony and Penny Nicholson
For the past 10 years Tony and Penny have travelled from QLD for 6 weeks to Alice to volunteer their time to the Festival. Tony as treasurer and Penny as Teashop Boss. They are also responsible for the design and construction of the giant Beanie a centre piece of the Festival. The work they have done is incredible and they will be sadly missed especially Penny’s Honey Joys! We utterly appreciate and love everything they have done.
2017 Karen Jones
Karen has been on the committee for many a year she was Chairperson and a major organiser. Any job asked of her she just did. Scouting sponsors, finding money, getting buses and BBQs and keeping us sane with chocolate supplies. We love you Jonsey. Thanks.
2017 Tapatjatjaka Arts
The artists of Titjikala a remote Indigenous Community south of Alice Springs have been making beanies for the Festival for many many years. Their work is stunning, full of stories and country. They have won many awards for their beanies including being the first Indigenous artists to win the People’s Choice award in 2017 and also hold the record for selling the most expensive beanie at $2500. The artists also travel into the Festival each year to take part in the Festivities and teach Beanie making workshops to the tourists, they are very popular and add so much love and inspiration to all who meet them.
2016 Joanna Nixon
Jo is our chief beanieologist. Jo holds all the threads in her hands, and has done so since the first beanie landed on her doorstep. Jo’s home has been beanie headquarters for two decades and she has worked tirelessly for the festival and all that it stabds for. Thankyou Jo. We couldn’t have done it without you.
2015 Penny O’Neill
Penny O’Neill is acknowledged for her prolific artrageous crochet designs, her hilarious crochet workshops, her inventiveness and her creativity. We love Penny’s art works, her lizards are unique as is her humour. Penny we love your work!
2014 Gay Epstein
Gay Epstein of Ashford Australia has contributed to the festival as a sponsor, as a workshop facilitator. She was the festival’s chair person for many years. Gay has exhibited many gorgeous competition pieces to the festival and has a hand in so many projects.Gay also introduced the festival to needle felting. Thank you Gay!
2013 Ernabella Arts In 2005 Ernabella arts centre manager Hilary Furlong drove a troopy of senior artists 500 km to the festival. The artists demonstrated traditional Pitjantjatjara spinning and crochet at the festival. These creative and resilient artists have contributed incredible spinning, crochet and felting to our exhibitions. Some of the artists have won awards in the competition. They have demonstrated their work for many years since, enthusiastic to share their culture, despite the press of crowds. We thank them all for their understanding of theimportance of sharing.
Inpiti Winton, Tjariya Stanley, Ninguta Edwards and Hilary Furlong
2012 Annie Farthing Annie is the icing on the cake. Annie’s unflagging work in the Tea House has made the festival world famous for slice, cakes, muffins and biscuits. We thank Annie for coordinating both the baking and serving teams at the teahouse. The festival’s morning teas are world class.
2011 Merran Hughes Mez has been hanging the competition each year and documenting the festival since 1997. She set up the first competition and website in 1998, and haven’t we loved getting into the themes each year? Mez has worked every job over the years, but now she is mainly found doing publications and in the Araluen Galleries.
2010 Adi Dunlop We wonder how many thousands of beanies Adi Dunlop has made? No collection is complete without a Dunlop! Adi held the first beanie party and has been a cornerstone the development of the festival. We thank her for her artistry in the Beanie Central displays and her generosity in sharing her crochet tips. Adi is the original Beanie Queen.