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Blue Mountains Tourist Magazine – Winter Edition 2019

Blue Mountains Tourist Magazine – Winter Edition 2019

Looking to visit the Blue Mountains this winter? Check out the latest issue of our Tourist magazine. Flip through the digital edition below or pick up a copy from Waradah or Katoomba Visitors’ Centre, open daily 9-2pm

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Feature Artist: Violet Petyarre

Feature Artist: Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre’s artistic endeavours commenced in 1977 with Batik tie-dying and woodblock printing techniques, in which her Dreaming references were burnt into wood with hot wire and then ‘stamped’ onto fabric. Colours were then applied and these bright fabric panels were then sewn into garments that were welcomed by the Utopia women. With other Utopia women, Violet Petyarre’s first works-on-canvas evolved through a special local project entitled ‘Utopia Women’s Paintings – A Summer Project 1988-1989’ (The Holmes a’ Court Collection). This project engendered a new direction of artistic...

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Feature Artist: Ronnie Bird Jungala

Artist: Ronnie Bird Jungala Area: Utopia, Northern Territory Language: Anmatyerre Ronnie Bird Jungala was born in 1960 and is the son of Internationally acclaimed artist Ada Bird Petyarre, who passed away in 2010. He is married to acclaimed Aboriginal artist, Janet Golder. His aunts are also famous desert artists, Kathlene Petyarre and Gloria Petyarre. Ronnie is one of the most gifted Desert artists. Find Ronnie’s Paintings Here Ronnie’s work, which can be found in many private collections in Australia and around the world, are beautifully crafted, vibrant and colourful. His designs,...

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Mountain Devils at Waradah

Mountain Devils at Waradah

Who remembers the Mountain Devils? Did you know Mountain Devils have had a special relationship with Echo Point? From early as the 1930’s, enterprising Blue Mountains residents harvested the seed-head from the native shrub, Lambertia formosa (from the same family of Banksia and Waratah with spiky pink flowers) to fashion little devil dolls for tourists. Though hugely popular in the 1940’s-70’s, by the 1980’s the dolls started disappearing from the Blue Mountains shops and kiosks. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Sarah Michell had fond memories of the Mountain Devils and in...

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Feature Artist – Barbara Reid

Feature Artist – Barbara Reid

Barbara Reid Napangardi was born in 1962 near Tjukurla, Western Australia. She is the daughter of famous Australian National Gallery Artist, Ningura Napurulla and paints important women’s dreamings. Her paintings vividly depict a ceremonial site near Tjukurla where she was born and raised. Barbara’s use of bright colours is one of her trademarks coupled with thickly layered paint, typical of the Kintore region. Her style is an excellent example of the multivalent nature of Aboriginal paintings, that is, that the designs used in the paintings often have a number of interrelated symbolic...

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Feature Artist: Stan Brumby

  Stan Brumby   Stan Brumby was born and grew up in Halls Creek during the 1930’s. He then worked as a stockman for most of his life on many of the main stations across the Kinberly and northern Territory – Legune, Newry, Rosewood, Argyle, Auvergne, Bradshaw and Victoria River Downs.   Stan was a highly respected Jaru Elder and known teacher of his language and culture. He began sharing his cultural knowledge through art during the 1990’s. From his grandfather he inherited custodial ownership of the Wolf creek Crater area south of Halls Creek. This area features prominently in many of...

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