FIFTEEN local artists will be opening their studios for the inaugural Lithgow Hartley Artist’s Trail on Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6.
This is a great opportunity to discover not only some of the gems of the Lithgow Hartley Artist Community, but also to enjoy beautiful landscapes in the Lithgow and Hartley valleys, visit magnificent gardens, and maybe buy some little treasures you find along the way!
All the studios will be signposted and have one of Ludwina Roebuck’s beautiful flowers with corresponding map numbers at their gates.
Along Clarke Simpson Drive, Kanimbla Valley Drive and Megalong Place at the end of Cox’s River Road Little Hartley, you can meet artists, potters and ceramicists Colette Jonquiere, Anne Graham, Margaret Aalders and Anna Culliton working in their studios and gardens.
Travel back to the Hartley Historic Village and be amazed at Ron Fitzpatrick’s metal art at Talisman Gallery and enjoy Wendy Hawkes’ clothesline exhibition of her drawing work at Ivy Cottage.
When you’re driving along the Great Western Highway turn in at Forty Bends Road to visit Sarah Childs at the Summer Hill Sewing Emporium in the old shearing shed and the peony garden at Forty Bends.
Entry to the sewing studio and gardens is free, and for just $8.00 you can enjoy delicious devonshire tea on the lawns, with all money raised going to the Lithgow City Brass Band.
At Old Bowenfels, turn in at the “To Old Bathurst Road” sign to find the “Oakfield” driveway down to Annie Joseph’s studio with her paintings, drawings and postcards, wonderful garden and views down the valley.
Back along the Highway and out to Marrangaroo, just after the Mudgee overpass you’ll find Kay Booker’s studio with lots of fascinating ceramics and paintings.
In Lithgow itself, there are six artists whose works cover a wide artistic spectrum. Tim Johnman at the Old Lithgow Pottery in Silcock St does wondrous large scale sculptures.
Around in Mort’s Estate, Linda Hine in Sutcliffe St, does paintings, drawings, prints and cards, as well as sewing and craft; David Newman White at Karingal Studio in Laidley St works in painting, drawing and mixed media, specializing in beautiful portraits and figures.
Up the road in Hay St, Oakey Park, you’ll find Jannine Smith’s lovely craftworks – handstitch, embroidery, paper works, and recycle textiles to art.
Then along State Mine Gully Rd, you can find Blacksmith Philip Spark working at the forge making sculptural and functional metal art in the beautiful old State Mine Heritage Museum.
This is an amazing artistic space where you can feel the aura of Lithgow’s industrial past, but also the sense of excitement for the artistic future.
Studios are open both days from 10.00am till 4.00 pm.
Brochures, with map and information, are available at the Lithgow Tourist Information Centre and at most cafes and many shops in Lithgow and Hartley. Information is also available on the Lithgow Hartley Artists in Action Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lithgowhartleyartistsinaction/