Gunnedah artists saw great success at the arts festival Frost Over Barraba on the weekend.
The works were judged by New England Regional Art Museum director Rachael Parsons.
Eileen Mair took out two first places - one in the printmaking section with a work titled Ruby, and a second in the miniature section with a work titled Junior Magpie.
Ms Parsons said Ruby showed "strong technique" and "good use of colour and line".
"Simple and effective composition that captures Ruby's almost aloof expression," the judge said.
She was also impressed by the "excellent detail and fine line" in Junio Magpie and said the choice of colours "demands eye contact from the viewer".
Julie Laurie gained a first place in the sculpture section with High Horse and Helen Stanley received second place in the pastel section for Mr Mopoke.
The judge said there was "a lightness and movement" to High Horse, which was a "dramatic horse expertly rendered".
Maree Kelly received a highly commended for her painting in the open section, Yearning for Rain, and Shirley Urquhart received the same placing for her Red Dog linocut in the printmaking section and collograph.
In the primary section, Julian Heath came second for There's a castle, "a dynamic composition using line and space efficiently". Max Mainey received a highly commended for his "larrikin" Seagull whose character "shines".
Art festival committee member Jane Harris said art competition entries were up by 20 per cent this year, and close to 600 artworks were submitted.