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Talisman Gallery creates upscaled jewellery to adorn the home

Traipsing the Victorian goldfields with his father in the 1960s, a young Ron Fitzpatrick could never have known how those gold hunting jaunts would influence an art show at Hartley, NSW, in November 2019.

The Blackheath metal artist’s show, Adorn, at Hartley Historic Site, blurs the line between jewellery and sculpture by upscaling jewellery designs into forged iron sculptural pieces incorporating semi-precious gems and opals.

Every time I go prospecting or to a gem fare I think of my dad,’’ Ron says.He had one of the first metal detectors around. He actually made himself a special tripod with a winch on it so he could lower himself down mine shafts.

“When I was young I was interested in being a gemstone dealer and a jeweller. It’s like its coming full circle and melding into my forged work.’’

Ron’s artistic journey began at school with a teacher who taught mechanics and metal skills. He left school for a fitter and turner apprenticeship at age 15.

During a trip around America when he was 20, Ron “met this guy in San Francisco who made the most amazing handmade knives, just beautiful – all etched on the blades’’.

On his return, Ron opened a shop in Caulfield, Melbourne, in the 1980s and sold the knives and Thai Chi dancing swords he made.

“It was a pretty tumultuous kind of time in my life and I probably didn’t have the discipline and the life skills and marketing skills needed, so I didn’t pursue that.’’

Ron next took up tree surgery work, travelled to India, worked as a cook, then got a job installing security grills, where he was introduced to the wrought iron work he is renowned for.

Today, in an old woolshed clinging to the side of a hill overlooking a clutch of sandstone colonial buildings, the circle meets at Talisman Gallery.

But this time, Ron has brought to the forge the experience and skills needed to understand the metal and coax it into the shapes of beauty and art from his imagination.

“It feels like the older you get, the more you gravitate towards what’s in your soul,’’ he says.

Ron’s work has changed tack several times since he opened Talisman Gallery at Hartley.

There was wrought iron pieces, polished dragons and mirrors. Then came the exploration of driftwood and large coloured glass garden sculptures.

Through it all have been recurring themes – gemstones, ammonites and nautilus shells, Fibonacci spirals and the Balinese jewellery he imports.

So the upscale jewellery concept for the Adorn range was no great stretch.

Meaning “to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments’’, the Adorn pieces are embellishments for the house or environment in the way that small-scale jewellery is for the body.

The new pieces show Ron’s experimentation with gemstones such as labradorite, moonstone, tiger’s eye and opal.

Their shapes reveal the feminine balance of fine jewellery design with the masculine of metal and scale – “the balance we’re all looking at in ourselves ‘’.

The new range also shows Ron’s new skills like splitting metal to make fine features such as strands of hair, feathers or claws.

“Every time I teach myself a new skill, it opens me up to a new piece in a new direction and new design possibilities,’’ Ron says.

Adorn will be held in the historic Corney’s Garage below Talisman Gallery throughout the November 30-December 1 weekend, with an official opening at 2pm on the Saturday.

Talisman Gallery at Hartley historic village, Great Western Hwy (400m before turn off to Jenolan Caves heading west) is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Details: Ron 0407 723 722, talismangallery@bigpond.com or the Facebook page @Talisman Gallery Hartley.

  • Create your own piece of art on the anvil by beating red hot steel into the shape at a guided workshop. Cost: fire poker $45, decorative wall hook $60, sculpture $65, additional element costs vary. A great family activity available to anyone aged 13 years and older on December 28 & 29. The 2-hour Creative Fire experience is also available as a couples’ workshop activity anytime at the special price of $275 per couple until February 15, 2020. Bookings essential. Gift vouchers also available.


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.


Blue Mountains: milestone year for region’s oldest art show

Art Show pic (low res)By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show              Photos: David Hill

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Blue Mountains art show at Springwood from August 26 to 28.

The first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains, which helped establish the Blue Mountains’ reputation as an arts hub and recognised “city of the arts’’, will once again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area.

Pic2Held at Springwood High School and co-ordinated by the Parents & Citizens Association (P&C), the event directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales including admission, café, raffle and artworks used to buy educational resources.

Art show committee member Xandro Lombardi said: “The art show is a great expression of community inclusion and is particularly appropriate for us because the Blue Mountains community welcomes visitors from all over the world every day.

“Not only is it a fantastic indoor activity option, the art show is an opportunity to invest in affordable quality art and explore the lower Blue Mountains (we’re just around the corner from Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, the Corridor of Oaks trees planted by our prime ministers and the grave of Sir Henry Parkes, the `Father of Federation’).’’

P&C president Philip Crosse said: “Thank you in advance for supporting our children. It is an added bonus that the art show fits nicely with the wider community interest in the arts.’’

Pic4Visitors can snag a world-class piece from a mature artist or make a shrewd long-term investment with an artwork from fresh talent, selecting from approximately 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists. The art show also includes a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

School principal Dr Mark Howie urged visitors to pay special attention to the many talented student artworks: “Sales of student works have routinely been part of the art show over the past 40 years.’’

The Springwood Art Show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 26 to 28, with an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities and a café throughout the weekend.

Go to www.springwoodartshow.org.au for more information.

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Artist call-out: Join original Blue Mountains art show

Janet Andersen, Contemporary Still Life

Janet Andersen, Contemporary Still Life

 

By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show

Painters, sculptors, photographers, woodworkers and craftspeople have been invited to showcase their work at the first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains from August 28 to 30.

Springwood Art Show will once again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area.

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

P&C president Rod Murray said: “The Blue Mountains has long been recognised as a melting pot for artists and Springwood Art Show helped the region become a recognised `city of the arts’.

“The show is a staple on the arts calendar, known as an event where artists can expect to be noticed by some serious collectors.

“I encourage all local artists wanting to come to the attention of the arts world to join our feature artist landscape painter Guenter Barth and submit a work.’’

Principal Dr Mark Howie said: “There has traditionally been a fantastic selection of artworks from students at the art show, which showcases the rich talent at the school and boosts the confidence of emerging young artists who are thrilled to have their work hung alongside established artists.

“I look forward to seeing what creativity has been evident in our classrooms this year.’’

Artists may also enter an impressive array of art prizes including the $1000 Rose Lindsay Art Prize, $500 highly commended prize and landscape, photography, portrait and viewers’ choice awards.

There is also the Youth Art Encouragement Award and Springwood High School student recognition prizes, while the Environmental and Ecology Award will encourage reuse in art.

Springwood Art Show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 28 to 30, with an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities throughout the weekend.

Phone Rod Murray on (02) 4751 8245 or go to www.springwoodartshow.org.au for more information and to download a contribution form.