Arts roles honoured in Queen’s birthday awards
The arts featured in Queen’s Birthday honours across the Central West including awards to Judy Rutherford (Bathurst), Graham Lupp (Bathurst) and Kath Swansbra (Parkes).
In Bathurst the remarkable Judy Rutherford was acknowledged for her many years’ work including her role in the establishment of both Mitchell Conservatorium the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Mrs Rutherford is a founding, life and committee member of the Bathurst Arts Council, member of the National Trust, and board member of the Mitchell Conservatorium. She is also involved with Bathurst District Historical Society, 2MCE and Miss Traill’s House.
Bathurst and author painter Graham Lupp has also been honoured. Mr Lupp was born in Bathurst, but spent years away from the city, studying architecture at the University of NSW in the 1960s and fine art in London in the 1970s.
He taught photography, art history, drawing and painting for five years from the late 1970s at what was then Bathurst’s Mitchell College and has been painting full time in Bathurst since.
His two-volume book Building Bathurst, 1815-1915, was self-published in association with Bathurst Regional Council.
Mr Lupp is a long-time member of the Bathurst Family History Group, Bathurst District Historical Society, Bathurst Golf Club and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Society.
Parkes woman Kath Swansbra first took up cake decorating as a hobby and today, with numerous prestigious accolades under her belt, the 79-year-old has been honoured for her service to the decorative food arts.
Image: Resident Judy Rutherford has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the community of Bathurst. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK/ Western Advocate