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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2011
www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2011 24 Ironfest, one of the most popular annual cultural events in the Blue Mountains region, is coming to Lithgow again -- this time a little later than usual in May. Billed as "an Arts Festival with a Metal Edge", Ironfest celebrates working and playing with metal. First held in 2000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the making of steel in Australia, Ironfest has developed into something much bigger and broader -- a mixture of art exhibitions, live music, street performances, historical re-enactments, metal working demonstrations and workshops, as well as educational, historical and technological displays. Highlights of the event include St George's Day Jousting and The Battle of Lithgow, featuring infantry, cannon and cavalry. Historical displays by local museums and other institutions such as the Sydney Powerhouse Museum, present stories of the past through exhibitions and presentations by experts in their fields of study. Ironfest also presents an eclectic musical program, including classical, jazz, rock, country and western, bush, medieval and modern experimental music, some performed by artists rarely seen in regional Australia. Art demonstrations and workshops including blacksmithing, wire working, mask making, belly dancing and musical instrument making have become regular and popular features of Ironfest. In its 12th year, Ironfest will be held at Lithgow Showground on Saturday 14 (10.00am - 6.00pm) and Sunday 15 May (10.00am - 4.00pm). For further information contact Lithgow Tourism on 1300 76 02 76 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the website www.tourism.lithgow.com Tickets can be bought at the gate or online from www.ironfest.com.au Art of a lifetime by Lorette Seckold More Lithgow heavy metal Photo: Natalie Bailey Photography John Wilson is living proof that you can never tire of the beautiful Blue Mountains. John grew up here and has lived in Katoomba for 65 years. He is one of Australia's leading oil painters, a multi-award winning artist whose works have been reproduced extensively. He specialises in the Australian landscape -- particularly the Blue Mountains. His personal favourite places are the Megalong, Kanimbla and Kedumba Valleys, Narrow Neck escarpment and anywhere around the cliffs. "People freely use the words magnificent, fantastic and superb when they talk about this place," says John. "Many are even more impressed when they return to further explore this natural wonderland." Although he had been interested in painting and painters as a child, John did not pursue art seriously until he was in his mid-twenties. He was working as a professional musician when he turned his hand to painting as a hobby. This led to him devoting himself completely to becoming an artist. He works with all media but specialises in oils. John has now been painting for 43 years, 38 of them full-time. He is also a part-time tutor in art at CSU Bathurst, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Melbourne University and various Art Societies. His 100 plus awards include the Will Ashton Medal -- Best in Show Royal Art Society of NSW, First place in the Landscape Art of Sydney Awards (twice), finalist in the Moran Landscape Awards and countless highly commended and commended. He has paintings in major corporate and government collections throughout Australia. John also has exhibited in public, private and corporate collections overseas. "When I started painting there were only two other art galleries in the upper mountains and both have since closed," says John. "I have had the gallery here at Katoomba for 35 years and in fact I believe it to be the longest established gallery in the Blue Mountains. John Wilson is a Fellow of The Royal Art Society of NSW and patron of The Society of Mountain Artists. An exhibition of John's recent works may be viewed at the Wilson Fine Art Gallery, 46 Narrow Neck Road, Katoomba. The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday each week. Call if you want to visit at other times. Phone (02) 4782 3703 or email email@example.com www.johnwilsongallery.com