It was sad to hear the news that we have lost an Ipswich Arts Community identity, Judith Baker. Judith has been a driving force between the art scene in Ipswich for many years.
In 1989 she was one of the first founding members of the Lockyer Valley Art Society (formally the Laidley Art Society). Judith worked tireless for over 17 years promoting interest and activities in the fine arts with this group.
Judith was a popular newspaper columnist and was also a feature writer for National Art Magazine. As a poet she was also published in several books.
One of Judith’s biggest achievements was writing and getting her book “Babies of Walloon” published.
This book was the catalyst for the Ipswich Poetry Festival.
In 2012 Judith Baker was presented the prestigious Individual Award for the Spinal Injuries Assoc. Inc 2012 Inclusion Community Champion. The award was for the work done to improve community involvement by an individual in the arts.
Judith’s health had stop her from exhibiting art for a long time, but she always kept creating whenever she could and in 2018 re-entered the art community by debuting her painting “Mother Africa” at the Rosewood Agricultural Show.
Her painting was awarded People’s Choice. Judith went onto exhibit as a member of Ipswich ArtsConnect and entered many local shows right up till 2021.