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Lost Bear Gallery presents Burragorang the Lost Valley

Source: Robyn Collier
Archived 19 May 2018 - Posted: 21 Mar 2018
Burragorang Peak and Clumphill Head by Robyn Collier
Following on from her successful book launch of 'Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley’ last November, Lost Bear Gallery is pleased to host renowned Blue Mountains Artist Robyn Collier's exhibition of the same name.

On March 24 historian Jim Smith will open the exhibition and Bob Brown, former Greens leader, is travelling up from Tasmania to attend the event.

The exhibition will feature paintings of the Burragorang landscape which was forever altered in 1958 with the construction of Warragamba Dam resulting in the flooding of the valley to secure Sydney's water supply.

The valley was rich in history supporting farming communities, churches, schools and B&Bs. 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.

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

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 exhibition, or:

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

Burragorang the Lost Valley Exhibition

Saturday 24 March 2018 - Thursday 26 April 2018

Lost Bear Gallery, 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba

This article archived 19 May 2018

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