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

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.

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.

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.’’

Visitors 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.

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Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge.

Mountain biking on the Oaks track between Glenbrook and Woodford.

The old Lucasville Station platform and stairs on the Lapstone Zig Zag track.

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