Blume Illustrated back for 2020

More than 70 tiny artworks are for sale in the little Little Facts & Fallacies Exhibition 2at Katoomba's Gallery One88 Fine Arts to help fund the printing and distribution of the Mountains much-loved independent annual arts magazine Blume Illustrated.

"It is always a struggle to fund the print and distribution of Blume Illustrated" said Faye Wilson, the Katoomba artist, writer and designer who produces it.

After the recent fire and weather had such a destructive effect on the community, Ms Wilson felt the fourth issue might be too hard to produce, but after reflecting on the positivity the magazine generated and consulting with many supportive "creatives and businesses" she decided to push on.

Blue Mountains artist and Blume Illustrated contributor Tohby Riddle with Sharon Peralta of Gallery One88 with two miniature paintings donated by the artist to raise funds for the 2020 issue.

Blue Mountains artist and Blume Illustrated contributor Tohby Riddle with Sharon Peralta of Gallery One88 with two miniature paintings donated by the artist to raise funds for the 2020 issue.

"We need a positive outlook and I think the project as difficult as it is to carry off in the the best of times - needs a fourth issue to spread the word about this environmental, historical and cultural wonderland.

"With three times the national average of creatives in our area this provides a valuable and unique drawcard ... that our many struggling businesses can't afford to overlook."

The issue will feature a special expose of the Blue Mountains, Central West and Penrith organisations and businesses at special cost price only rates for those participating. There will be several fundraising events in the lead-up to printing in August and those interested can contact faye@blumeillustrated.com for more details.

"A huge amount of time goes into this project with little or no payment to the many creatives who volunteer the time and talent to focus the light of our unique community. So far we have managed to get 35,000 free copies of the last three issues out ... with an overwhelmingly positive response. Cultural tourism is the way forward for the Mountains and that is what Blume Illustrated is working so hard for."

Little Facts & Fallacies Exhibition 2 will be up at Gallery One88 Fine Arts, 188 Katoomba Street, Katoomba from February 25 - March 8 and the auction continues online from now until March 15 at Gallery One88 Fine Arts Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/GalleryONE88FineArts/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2589225161302308

The auction of more than 70 little artworks that are credit card sized in 10cm x 15cm frames is now on, with bids starting at $80 with a buy now price of $450 on all works if you want to nab a bargain before you get outbid.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate out talents as a community and provide very much needed support to this worthwhile, positive and much needed community project."

Copies of Blume are taken away by the guests of Mountains hotels and end up as souvenirs taken back to all parts of the world.

"I want people who would normally not have access to a magazine full of ideas, art, poetry, history and talent to be able to pick up one produced here in the Mountains and take it home with them."

Carrington Hotel general manager Mark Jarvis is a fan of the magazine.

"The superb quality of the Blume magazine has resulted in many of our guests at the Carrington Hotel "souveniring" the copy we leave in their rooms. I encourage as many businesses as possible to get behind and support an excellent local publication."

Go to www.blumeillustrated.com to see previous issues.