Always a Queen of our hearts
New book captures essence of area held dear to so many
AS QUEEN St gets a makeover, its original face and memory will be forever captured in a new artistic publication by St Marys Corner.
Penrith Council launched the Surfaces, Angles and Corners: Queen Street St Marys book earlier this month at one of Queen St’s newest additions – Fusion Cafe.
Produced by St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct through the Queen St Riches and Textures project, the book features poems, writings, conversations, illustrations, photographs and QR digital links.
The Queen St Riches and Textures project has promoted collaboration between emerging artists, experienced artists and the St Marys community since 2012 and published works like Faces of St Marys and Queen St of Hearts.
Penrith Mayor John Thain said the book was not just in memoriam of the past but was also a celebration of present artists.
“Artists are vital to our community; they are in many ways our heart and soul,” Cr Thain said.
“This book is a showcase of the exceptional local talent we have and also a testament to community engagement and partnerships.
“The publication of Surfaces, Angles and Corners coincides with the 15th anniversary of the St Marys Creative Writers Group, (which is) one of the oldest local community groups at St Marys Corner.
“I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate than with this exceptional work of art.”
The book aimed to depict a life lived on Queen St through a kaleidoscope of artwork, poetry, memoirs and photography.
It is a unique melting pot of modern and historical poems, artwork of famous landmarks such as the house Mimosa and memoirs from historians such as Lyn Forde.
As St Marys copes with expansion, its beloved history and essence is sure to be kept for future generations in the printed time capsule.
The project was supported by a number of community groups, including St Marys Creative Writers Group and St Marys Area Community Development Project.
Copies of the book are available for reading at the St Marys Library and Penrith Library.
Performers Abbey Hinvest, Nathan Scott and Jack Manley at the St Marys book launch. Picture: James Wood (Fusion)