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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
A new centre for the arts “A gallery should be more than a viewing space for art works – it should be a place of excitement, a centre of ideas and stimulation, a place where you have your spirit refreshed,” says Robyn Nolan, painter and ceramicist. R obyn and her husband Terry recently purchased the spacious gallery site on the corner of Lovel and Govett streets – halfway between Katoomba and Leura – and intend to promote it as a centre for poetry, music, workshops in creativity and top-class contemporary art exhibitions. No stranger to the gallery scene, Robyn formerly co- managed the co-operative Clay Things for sixteen years, before devoting herself full time to her painting. “We see this gallery not so much as a business venture, but as an extension of our present lifestyle,” Robyn explains. Terry, a recently retired fire officer and supporter of the arts, is equally excited about their new venture. “There is a wonderful sense of freedom living here in the mountains,” he says. “The wild natural beauty and the stubborn individuality – not to say, eccentricity – of the residents is very liberating.” Robyn’s brother, Katoomba artist John Ellison, will be running workshops in Art and Creativity at the gallery, beginning in February. As the former Cultural Development officer of Blue Mountains Council, and the founder of the Winter Magic Festival, John sees Robyn and Terry’s activities as an extension of what he hoped for when he first wrote the draft Cultural Plan in 1992. “At this time of world wide chaos, there is a greater need than ever for the type of meaning that music, poetry and art can supply,” John says. “Art takes us out of the depressing brick-fight of mere survival into the joyous heady realm of the human spirit.” The opening exhibition for the new gallery will feature the work of Blackheath artist Jose de Koster, beginning January 16th 2009. “The mountains are so lucky to have artists of the stature of Jose working and living here,” Robyn says. “Now approaching his eightieth birthday, the exhibition will be in the nature of a retrospective, and we hope it will be a fitting tribute to this remarkable individual and truly important artist.” The gallery is now open for viewing Thursday – Sunday, 10.00am – 5.00pm or by appointment. For more information, phone 02 4782 6231 or visit www.nolanonlovelgallery.com.au SENSORIAL – an exploration of the senses The International Day of People with a Disability, with its theme ‘Don’t dis my ability’, is a day of celebration, inclusion and participation. D 30 isability Enterprises Leura (DE) will celebrate it with an art exhibition entitled ‘Sensorial’ at the Katoomba Fine Art Gallery and Restaurant in Lurline Street. The continued support of Geoff White, the owner of the gallery, shows the high regard he has for the works and abilities of these young people. Every work promotes the dignity of these artists who have complex and multiple disabilities. The pleasure they get from creating and viewing the www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au works hung in this inspiring gallery is the greatest benefit of the exhibition. However, the opportunity of educating friends, tourists and the community about differing abilities cannot be underestimated. This year’s exhibition will focus on exploring the senses in creating the works and expanding your senses while viewing the exhibition. SENSORIAL runs from 3rd – 9th December from 10.00am - 5.00pm each day. Opening at 11.00am on December 3rd and Wine and Cheese 2.00 - 4.00pm, December 6th. Enquiries: phone 02 4784 1118 or email email@example.com summer 2008/9