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Brushes poised for annual Springwood Art Show

Brushes, lenses and pencils poised – artist registrations are now open for the annual Springwood Art Show to be held during the August 2-4 weekend.

The Musician by Glo Hill.

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 again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area.

The art show, which will feature more than 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists, is an opportunity for artists to showcase their work to shrewd investors and art collectors as well as casual buyers.

As well as painting, sculpture and photography, the art show will include a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

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 of artworks and crafts, and all money raised from admission, café and raffle used to buy educational resources.

Artworks by 2018 featured artist Robyn Woodward.

Generous local and corporate sponsors will ensure a prize pool of more than $4000 which, this year, includes categories for portraiture, landscape and a viewers’ choice, along with a new still life category and the coveted $1500 Rose Lindsay Award.

This year’s show will be judged by photographer Ben Pearse, landscape painter Corinne Loxton and mixed media artist Tim Newman.

P&C president Elaine Tjoelker said: “The art show without fail uncovers so much fabulous talent from within our student and wider community.

“It’s so exciting to see our kids’ masterpieces hanging alongside established artists and, going by the number of student pieces bought by savvy investors and talent scouts, art lovers obviously think they are of a high standard too.’’

The P&C appreciated the involvement of the professional arts community, including Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and established artists for many years, she said.

School principal Dr Mark Howie said Springwood Art Show was a long-recognised event on the wider community calendar attended by several thousand people.

“Not only do artists have the opportunity to sell pieces directly to an interested market, the 25 per cent retained from sales is a competitive gallery commission which directly benefits the wellbeing of students of the school,’’ he said.

Springwood Art Show will be held at Springwood High School, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge, from August 2 to 4, with an official opening program on the Friday evening and activities and a café throughout the weekend. Go to springwoodartshow.org.au for more information.

Register your interest in submitting art to springwoodartshow@gmail.com.

 

A violinist performs in front of a portrait of Blue Mountains State MP Trish Doyle by Victor Alejandro Peralta.


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.

Photo supplied

“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.


Just as good after 39 years: Original Blue Mountains art show impresses again

 

Bruce McGuiggan, Little Pablo LR has been a past Springwood Art Show feature.

Bruce McGuiggan, Little Pablo LR has been a past Springwood Art Show feature.



By Ellen Hill for Springwood Art Show

Gandhi was Indian Prime Minister, Montreal hosted the Olympics, Concorde took its first commercial flight, punk rock took over the airwaves, the inaugural Springwood Art Show was held – 1977 was an excellent year.

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 from August 28 to 30.

Ventrilogy by Gerlinde Thomas

Ventrilogy by Gerlinde Thomas

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.

Snag a world-class piece from a mature artist or make a savvy long-term investment with an artwork from fresh talent, selecting from approximately 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists at what has become a key community arts event.

Peruse a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

Artists and photographers are welcome to submit works and 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.

Principal Dr Mark Howie said: “Springwood High School prides itself on providing an inclusive environment for all our students and the art show complements the value of encouraging everyone to have a go.

“It really boosts the confidence of young emerging artists from our student body to have their work sit alongside established artists such as Guenter Barth, Sue Gasser and John Wilson.’’

P&C president Rod Murray said: “The P&C has a proud history of generating much needed funds for the school and its students through events such as the art show.

“After thirty-nine years, Springwood Art Show continues to generate a buzz among the arts community and serious collectors because it has traditionally attracted quality submissions.’’

Barry Smith, A Driving Finish LR

Barry Smith, A Driving Finish LR

This year, the P&C will begin planning for the 40th art show in 2016 and participants are encouraged to keep the year 1977 in mind when preparing pieces.

But also think about the future,’’ Mr Murray said.Our time now is just as dynamic and progressive, with huge developments in technology, medicine, fashion and music.’’

This year’s feature artist German-born Guenter Barth will lead the creative charge.

He began painting at age 16. With wife Edel (and his paints), Barth fled East Germany into Berlin in 1957 and immigrated to Australia in 1960.

However, it wasn’t until he had retired in 1994 that he could follow his dream of oil painting.

Since then, Barth has travelled extensively throughout Australia, inspired by the contrast and beauty of Australian landscapes and seascapes.

His paintings have been sold throughout Australia, Germany, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, America and Canada.

The 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.

Janet Andersen, Contemporary Still Life LR

Janet Andersen, Contemporary Still Life LR