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Award-Winning Wilderness Artist Robyn Collier Shares Her Experiences of Burragorang Valley

Source: Robyn Collier
Archived 6 Jan 2018 - Posted: 7 Nov 2017
Burragorang Peak and Clumphill Head by Robyn Collier
The Turning Page Book Shop Springwood presents Wilderness artist – Robyn Collier at The Hub at 2pm on Sunday 19th November.

She will share her love and experience of the awe-inspiring Burragorang Valley and after a pictorial presentation will personally sign purchased copies of her newly released book – 'Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley'.

‘Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley’ has been a book which has taken the past four years to bring to fruition. It features a collection of 43 full colour images of paintings done of the Burragorang Valley – a picturesque valley 60 kilometres from Sydney.

This valley was rich in history- supporting farming communities, churches, schools and B&Bs - but was flooded in the 1950's to make way for the Warragamba Dam and Sydney’s water supply. The residents were told to leave, houses demolished and the land stripped of vegetation. In 1958 the Burragorang Valley became Lake Burragorang and with that, priceless aboriginal history was forever lost and people dispossessed.

Robyn has, over the past 40 years had possibly more access to this restricted area than most other people apart from employees. The story of her relationship with this valley is told at the front of the book, a Foreword by environmental activist and former Greens Leader Bob Brown with an Introduction by historian Jim Smith.  There are another 27 colour plates towards the back of the book of Robyn’s other paintings.

Robyn Collier is an Australian, award-winning wilderness artist of forty years painting experience and has been visiting Yerranderrie and the Burragorang Valley since 1973.

She has held two major, sell-out exhibitions on this fairly hidden area during the 1980’s. During the 1990’s Robyn moved on with her art, bush walking to many remote parts of Australia and concentrating more on painting Australia’s vast wilderness – leaving her relationship with the Burragorang Valley well behind her – now very difficult to enter under current policy. From this came the book ‘Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley'.

'Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley' is available in Hard Cover, 26 x 29cm, 168 Pages Full Colour, for $68 plus $15 postage.

Available at:

  • The Turning Page Bookshop - Springwood
  • Lost Bear Gallery - Katoomba
  • Megalong Books - Leura
  • Auspress Marketing- Katoomba
  • or from Robyn's website

Wilderness artist – Robyn Collier presented by The Turning Page Book Shop

Date:
Sunday 19th November 2017

Time:
2pm

Venue:
The Hub, 106-108 Macquarie Rd, Springwood

This article archived 6 Jan 2018

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