Upper Mountains Arts Trail

Peter Adams: He will join a number of other artists opening their studio doors on the arts trail on October 21-22.

Peter Adams: He will join a number of other artists opening their studio doors on the arts trail on October 21-22.

Join in the Upper Mountains Arts Trail – from Hazelbrook to Katoomba – on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October.

Linda Callaghan in her studio

Linda Callaghan in her studio

You are invited to visit artists in their studios, talk with them about their work and perhaps buy a bespoke piece.

There is something for everyone to enjoy. Be enthralled by their unique and diverse works – from furniture making, glassware, mosaics and hand fashioned jewellery to traditional oil, water and acrylic artworks, just to name a few.

The Blue Mountains is renowned, not only for its ancient landscapes and sweeping vistas, but also for its artists and their art. Residents and visitors alike are fortunate to be able to see artists in their studios in real life and experience unique art in its many forms in the Blue Mountains Artists Network (BMAN) Upper Blue Mountains Arts Trail.

From the beginning of time, humans demonstrated great skill in creating art from ancient cave paintings in Lascaux, depicting life around 17,000 years BP (a scale sometimes used for dates established by means other than radiocarbon dating).

There have been many movements in the art world over the centuries. Think of art from the Renaissance period to Impressionism and Cubism – so diverse it sometimes seemed that artistic expression arrived from outer worlds.

And art can take on many forms. One only has to see the statue of David or a Fabergé egg or a rare antique mahogany sideboard – the awe inspiring reaction of seeing it in real life is nothing short of priceless.

How wonderful it must be for an artist to possess these skills where their body of works live on. Think of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles or Norman Lindsay’s works.

The Mountains artists provide a unique take on art. Jane Tadrist is an exquisite jeweller; Patricia Smart, Linda Callaghan, Adrian Gilbert and Audrey Rhoda are all amazing and prolific visual artists; Julia Paul has beautiful glass art; Wild Valley Art Park has amazing mosaics; The Edge Gallery is showcasing Blue Mountains Artworks; and Peter Adams is an artisan furniture and woodworker.

The arts trail is on the weekend of October 21-22 from 10am-4pm. Details at www.bman.org.au.

Work by glass artist Julia Paul

Work by glass artist Julia Paul

By Adrian Gilbert

By Adrian Gilbert

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