It was a meeting with former Blue Mountains citizen of the year, Heather Gwilliam, that led to an art sale to help Gateway Family Services.
Artist Gerlinde Thomas reached out to Mrs Gwilliam as her subject for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Portraiture exhibition, an annual event (she had painted Mark Tedeschi QC the previous year).
In creating the portrait, she and Mrs Gwilliam spoke about the work she does for Gateway, which collects and distributes food and goods to needy families.
“After spending time with Heather and watching her do all that slaving about, we thought it would be good to help support one of her causes,” said Thomas.
“The thing that we do best is art so we thought we would have a sale and raise money for Gateway.”
Her partner in the enterprise, Roslyn Elms, said it would give everyone a chance to contribute towards a great cause while acquiring a beautiful piece of art at the same time.
“I’m very happy to support something that’s local and is run by fabulous people like Heather,” Elms said.
The pair will reduce the prices of their artwork for the sale and donate 10 per cent of all proceeds to Gateway.
The two-day sale will be at Roslyn Elms Studio and Boutique Gallery, 14 Watkin Wombat Way, Faulconbridge, on the weekend of September 22-23, 10am-4pm.
Works for sale will include oil paintings, photographs, digital art, limited edition prints and acrylic mounted art.