A pair of paint-splattered shoes, a coat so encrusted with paint it almost stands by itself, and an old briefcase full of materials owned by Lloyd Rees are just some of the objects on display at the Gerringong Museum this week as part of a festival that honours one of Australia's most admired artists.
Starting on Thursday and finishing on Sunday, the Lloyd Rees Festival celebrates the acclaimed artist's connection with the Gerringong area and coincides with the 25th anniversary of his death.
Rees owned a home at Werri Beach, where he painted many of his best-known works.
The festival not only celebrates Rees, but also the landscapes of Gerringong and its surrounds, which inspired him for more than 40 years.
The festival features more than 25 events including exhibitions of the artist's works, tours of the painting sites, art classes and food events.
Alan Rees, the son of Lloyd Rees, and Alan's wife Jan will be attending many of the events, including the festival launch on Thursday at Gerringong Town Hall.
Old posters and works from Rees's time as a commercial artist will again see the light of day.
On Friday night Alan Rees will be talking about the family's holidays at Werri Beach at the launch of the display at the Gerringong Museum.
However, one quirky interpretation of Rees's works has already caught Alan's eye.
Lloyd Rees in Textiles is an innovative project created by Shoalhaven City Council Waste Services and craft artists to highlight the concern surrounding the 1000 tonnes of textiles disposed of each year in the Shoalhaven.
The St Georges Basin Creative Craft Group and Nowra Quilters have recreated some of Rees's works using recycled materials.
The works have crossed the border into the Kiama Municipality and will be on show at the Gerringong Town Hall.
Another highlight of the weekend will be the The Lloyd Rees Gala Concert on Sunday at 2pm in Gerringong Town Hall, presented by Gerringong Music Club.
Shoalhaven-based lyric tenor Chris Lincoln Bogg will sing some of Rees's favourite arias, while Anna da Silva Chen, a young violinist from Lake Heights, fresh from the finals of the ABC Young Performers Awards, will also perform. The festival has also commissioned a new piano work from Wendy Hiscocks, a Wollongong-born but London-based pianist composer.
Her work is inspired by the Rees painting Fire Haze at Gerringong.
Rees grew up singing opera around the piano with his family and the Berrima Singers, conducted by Christine Tilley, will be performing choruses from opera and operetta.
Meantime, the Art Gallery of NSW has agreed to lend a range of Rees's works for an exhibition at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, which opened last weekend and runs to December, linking with the festival.
For more information visit www.lloydreesfestival2013.com.