Arts Blue Mountains is the expression of our artistic community, a directory to facilitate cultural interaction, a guide to finding out what's on, and OZ Arts, an exciting new quarterly magazine of the arts.

All types of creative people are attracted to live in the Blue Mountains, the oldest land on earth. When Arizona's Grand Canyon was still just a trickle of water a few centimetres deep, these Blue Mountains valleys were much as they are now. In our forests stand the ancestors of trees which were here 60 million years ago.

Today, living in the 27 towns and villages which run like a ribbon across these Mountains, there are artists, sculptors, ceramicists, wood workers, glass and textile artists, jewellers, film makers, photographers, writers, poets and musicians, many nationally and even internationally famous, as well as those whose passion to create is for their personal pleasure.

Arts Blue Mountains reflects this diversity with our directory and guide to discovering what’s on, and with the stories in OZ Arts magazine completing the picture, offering a distinctive Australian perspective on the arts.  We have just published issue 5, another magazine filled with great stories—about A Fine Possession, jewellery currently on show at the Powerhouse Museum, about three unusual artists whose public art has made a difference in communities around the country: Nerine Martini, Gabriella Hegyes and Mandy Schoene-Salter. Then there's the extraordinary Wayzgoose Press archive at the National Library of Victoria, wallpaper designer Emelia Simcox and Fiona Lumsden's story of dedication to wildlife and botanical art which is her environmental activism.

Previous issues are all archived and accessible here: see our 2-part story about the Lewers family, Roger Foley-Fogg, the Kedumba Collection, artist Adam Cullen, potter Peter Rushforth, photographer Peter Adams and much more.

Please enjoy!
Carolynne Skinner

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