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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
An artist with fire Whether it’s at his forge or his pizza oven, Ron Fitzgerald is recognised as an artist. Ron and his wife Catherine run the Talisman Gallery and Wood-fired Pizza Café on the Great Western Highway Little Hartley. At the forge and in his studio, Ron turns out exquisite metal creations that express age old imagery – brilliant mirrors, clocks, candle holders and oil burners, butterflies with stained glass wings, sculptures and other ornaments. His work has overtones of Celtic and older cultures. He has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Living, Belle and Country Style, as well as in major newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald. His creations adorn many private collections, businesses and hotels. Ron began ‘smithing in the early 80s in Melbourne and moved to the Blue Mountains looking for a better life with more time for his art and self exploration. His style took a new turn – it fell in line with his passion for yoga and meditation. Seeking more space to show and sell his creations, Ron opened the Talisman Gallery. And he added a café where – using local ingredients and time-honoured methods – he and his wife turn out pizzas so good that people regularly drive from Sydney to eat them! The Talisman Gallery is open Wednesday to Monday from 9.00am until 5.00pm. The café is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9.00am until 9.00pm. Enquiries: 02 6355 2056. www.talismangallery.com.au Lilianfels and Darley’s seeing double The team at Lilianfels proves that good things come in twos. Darley’s, the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, recently won two Chef’s Hats at the SMH Good Food Awards and the five-star property scooped double accolades at the 2008 AHA National Hotel Awards for Excellence. Chef Hugh Whitehouse has been at the helm of Darley’s kitchen since 2004 and secured the restaurant’s one hat status for the last three years. Crowned ‘Best Regional Restaurant’ at last year’s SMH Good Food Awards, Hugh was delighted to again take a slice of the regional limelight this year. “Walking away with two Chef’s Hats is such an honour and a credit to my dedicated and very talented team,” Hugh said. “We simply aim to serve top quality, regional produce that tastes great and emanates a memorable experience – not just a meal.” Lilianfels also took out the awards for ‘Best Boutique Accommodation’ and ‘Overall Accommodation Hotel of the Year’ from the AHA. For more information visit www.lilianfels.com.au or phone reservations on 02 8248 5230. 14 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2008/9