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First Blue Mountains art show on again

By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show       Photos: David Hill

The first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains will once again showcase outstanding talent from established and emerging artists from the area and raise funds for school student resources from August 25 to 27.

Held at Springwood High School and co-ordinated by the Parents & Citizens Association (P&C), Springwood Art Show directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales plus all proceeds from admission, café, raffle and artworks used to buy educational resources.

The event which helped establish the Blue Mountains as a recognised “city of the arts’’ will be a chance to admire more than 400 artworks from more than 100 local artists, photographers and galleries.

Visitors can snap up an original work to decorate their home or office for reasonable prices, including from featured artist Sue Gasser who has built a career painting the natural beauty of her surrounds.

One lucky art show visitor will take home a Sue Gasser painting worth $850 as a raffle prize. Tickets for your chance to win Gasser’s King Parrots With a View painting will be $2 each or three for $5.

Also on sale will be a range of artisan work such as handcrafted jewellery, woodwork and gifts.

A highlight this year will be the encouragement of young and emerging artists through the `Make your mark’’ theme to celebrate Springwood High School’s 50th anniversary and more than $5000 in prizes across a range of medium and age categories

Springwood Art Show will be officially opened at 7pm on Friday, August 25, by Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibitions manager Sabrina Roesner.

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“The Springwood Art Show, the first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains, is a wonderful initiative that provides a platform for our young emerging artists and celebrates the creative and vibrant community that we live in. I very much look forward to seeing the students’ work and opening the show on 25 August,’’ she said.

P&C president Julia Thurling said: “Everything we do as a P&C is for the benefit and wellbeing of students of Springwood High School. The art show not only raises funds for resources which support students of the school, it is a long-recognised event on the wider community calendar and fits nicely with the Blue Mountains community interest in the arts.’’

Springwood Art Show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 25 to 27, with an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities and a café throughout the weekend. Opening hours from 7pm to 10pm Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Tickets: opening night $20 includes supper and wine; general admission $5 adults, $3 concessions, $10 families Saturday and Sunday. Go to springwoodartshow.org.au for more information.

Springwood Art Show: High calibre judging panel

Springwood Art Show judges (l-r) Jane Canfield, Mathew Lynn and Victor Peralta

Springwood Art Show judges (l-r) Jane Canfield, Mathew Lynn and Victor Peralta

By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show        Photos: David Hill

Springwood Art Show is fostering peace and calmness in an increasingly hostile world and nurturing community, according to the judges.

Renowned Blue Mountains artists Victor Peralta, Mathew Lynn, Michael Jungura Askar and Jane Canfield will decide the winners of the .. prizes including the Environmental, Portrait, Indigenous and Young Artists Encourage prizes and the overall Rose Lindsay Prize worth $1000.

Mathew Lynn

Mathew Lynn

Multiple Archibald Prize finalist Mathew Lynn, who has been involved in the original Blue Mountains art show for three years, said he enjoyed the community spirit the event inspired: “It’s wonderful to be part of the community and not just hide in our studios.’’

He and fellow judge, Leura painter and drawer Jane Canfield, also liked supporting young artists, who would be encouraged by meeting successful artists making a living from their art.

You can survive in the arts as an artist,’’ Ms Canfield said.Gone are the days – if there ever were such days, of artists sitting in their studio painting and waiting to be discovered.’’

Jane Canfield

Jane Canfield

As a judge, she looked for originality, skill and spontaneity of a captured moment in works, while Mr Lynn kept an eye out for “the energy of the work – for me, it’s always primarily an emotive reaction’’.

Gallery One88 Fine Arts owner and artist Victor Peralta said the calibre of exhibiting work at Springwood Art Show was “always brilliant’’.

“It shows how wealthy in art we are as a region here.’’

The judging process was “always good fun’’, with judges approaching the role with open minds and a relaxed manner.

We want artists of all ranking to be able to exhibit,’’ Mr Peralta said.There’s very few art shows like Springwood Art Show that provide a platform for young stars to be catapulted into the next level of their careers.’’

Victor Peralta

Victor Peralta

The likes of Springwood Art Show had become an increasingly important outlet after the closure of many colleges offering arts courses, he said. “The only way to create peace and calmness is through art.’’

Victor Peralta, Jane Canfield, Michael Jungura and Mathew Lynn will be at a Meet the Judges session at Springwood Art Show between 12pm and 2pm on Saturday, August 27. All welcome.

The art show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 26 to 28, with an official opening program including guest speaker David Darcy on the Friday evening (7pm to 10pm), and activities and a café throughout the weekend.

Pre-book tickets online for your chance to win a luxury overnight stay at Lilianfels Resort & Spa. Go to www.springwoodartshow.org.au for more information.

Lithgow: Artist shines light on Royal tour




Lost Bear Gallery director Geoff White adjusts the lighting on a Warwick Fuller artwork

By Ellen Hill for Lost Bear Gallery               Photos: David Hill

Experience the recent Australian tour of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall through the eyes of official tour artist Warwick Fuller in Katoomba next month.


Plein air artist Warwick Fuller at work

A dozen works painted by the Blue Mountains artist during the November tour will be exhibited at Lost Bear Gallery from February 1 to 15. The non-commercial exhibition will be an opportunity for art lovers to view Fuller’s paintings before they leave Australia.

The works depict scenes captured by the respected plein air painter when the Royal couple visited Tanunda near Adelaide, the national War Memorial in Canberra for the Remembrance Day ceremony and Sydney, where Fuller painted the world-famous Sydney Harbour featuring the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as seen from Admiralty House.

An accomplished watercolourist himself, The Prince often chooses an artist to join him on tours as a way of supporting the arts and in appreciation of the unique perspective that an artist can provide.

The Prince’s 15th trip to Australia was Fuller’s second as the official tour artist for the Royal couple. His first invitation was in November 2012.

Warwick2Fuller was not fazed by the unrelenting pace of the tour and, true to his usual practice, worked at a furious pace to complete each piece onsite.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re painting a cloud, a wave or the wind in the trees, there’s always something happening fast,’’ he said.But what pushes me to paint quickly is the changing light. More importantly, I’m trying to paint while I’m still in the zone of the initial inspiration.’’

However, Fuller was free to paint the subjects and in the style he wanted.

“That’s the beautiful part about it, there was no expectation. His Royal Highness asked me to go on tour with him because he liked my work and knew what I painted, and that’s the last thing he asked.’’

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Respected Australian landscape painter Warwick Fuller

While he only had two opportunities to talk with the Prince, the second occasion at Admiralty House in Sydney was a lengthy 15 minutes, during which Prince Charles talked about artist Edward Seago, who he met as a child and who toured with his father the Duke of Edinburgh to Antarctica on the Britannia.

The pair were then joined by the Duchess and chatted for a further 10 minutes about Fuller’s artworks he had produced during the tour.

While the Prince will formally exercise his right to first option to the paintings, the Royal couple has already expressed interest in several.

“He was very enthusiastic about the work,’’ Fuller said.

Paintings acquired by the Prince will become part of the Royal Collection when he ascends the throne. Fuller will also gift Prince Charles a work.


Warwick Fuller and his dog Digger

Artworks produced during the Royal tour will form a special exhibition at Lost Bear Gallery, along with several larger works developed from smaller studies painted on tour.

A Fellow of the Royal Arts Society, Warwick Fuller has painted the majestic Australian landscape for more than 35 years, during which time he has built a solid reputation through more than 60 solo exhibitions and numerous awards and accolades.

His techniques are unmistakable in portraying the vibrancy and energy of nature, of tapping into his own subconsciousness and releasing his life experience onto canvass with the confidence of a mature artist who has earned his success.

Warwick Fuller’s Royal tour collection will be displayed at Lost Bear Gallery, 98 Lurline St, Katoomba, from 10am to 5pm daily from February 1 to 15. Fuller will talk about his tour experiences at 3pm on Saturday, February 6. Details: (02) 4782 1220 or lostbeargallery.com.au.

Lost Bear Gallery and Warwick Fuller are commercial clients of Deep Hill Media and Headline Publicity


One of the artworks painted during the Royal tour