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Lithgow City Council commissions local artist to design Christmas banners for Main Street

By Lithgow City Council
Posted: 3 Dec 2021
Lithgow based artist Linda Hine has designed Australian themed banners for this year’s Christmas commission which will be on display along Main Street throughout December.

Linda Hine’s practice started in 1994 when she began taking folk art classes with a Bathurst teacher. The brush control and faux techniques she learnt during this time, like gilding, woodgraining and marbelling, have continued to underpin her practice. As a painter, Linda works with oil, ink, acrylic, and watercolour to explore diverse subject matter such as landscapes, buildings, floral, animals, and abstract motifs.

Commissioned by Lithgow City Council to bring her love of colour and creating uplifting art to this year’s Christmas banners, Linda’s designs feature native flora, a kangaroo with a pouch full of gifts, a lanky Emu, and a candle with an eternal flame honoring the historic Blast Furnace. 

“The Christmas banners are an opportunity for Lithgow City Council to support local artists while bringing vibrancy to our retail precinct,” Mayor Ray Thompson said. “Linda Hine’s banners celebrate the unique magic of Christmas in Australia, and I encourage everyone to enjoy her work when shopping locally this December.”

Linda has been teaching art since 1996 and continues to support the development of local artists through classes at Studio FoxWhistle.

The Christmas banners are part of an extensive program of changing banner content that celebrate our unique regional assets and experiences and promote community celebrations such as Australia Day, ANZAC Day, NAIDOC, Volunteer Week and LithGlow to name a few.

If you'd like to own an original artwork by Linda Hine, these Australiana Christmas paintings are available to purchase. You can contact Linda via her Facebook @foxwhistleStudio

 
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