Go Travel Hawkesbury: Art for Grown-Ups Around the Hawkesbury
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden -- Mount Tomah
In our gorgous Mount Tomah Garden, a Weaving Workshop for Beginners -- 29 April, 10am-3pm. In conjunction with her exhibition ‘Re-birth’ Lanny Mackenzie brings her expertise in fibre artistry to the Blue Mountains. Lanny has perfected her technique in imparting her weaving skills to provide an enjoyable day in learning and experimentation in woven form.(Fee) bookings essential 02 4567 3000
Art, studios and galleries can be found scattered across the area from the Ferry Artists Gallery to Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Hills and Hawkesbury have a vigorous and healthy creative scene.
Address: 606 Terrace Road, Freeman's Reach Phone: 02 4579 6579 Hours: Open Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, and Weekends 11am-4pm
Exhibition on now: 'Luminosity', recent works by Lyndal Campbell. Driving the back roads of the Hawkesbury is such a change of scene from our weekly M4 commute. A slower pace, a serene countryside, fresh produce, wine tasting and art - life is so carefree, so mellow. Our recommendation for a terrific day-trip is a visit to Purple Noon Gallery - purchase tea, coffee and biscuits in the Gallery garden (inside in inclement weather). Then take a leisurely viewing of the permanent collection or a new exhibition. Once you are art-saturated, set your GPS for the very rural Ebenezer and East Kurrajong. A leisurely wine tasting at each cellar door - Tizzana Winery, Bull Ridge Estate Winery and Jubilee Estates Vineyard - makes for a delightful afternoon. Call the wineries for a more substantial tasting or a lovely lunch. Bookings are required for these additional delights! Purple Noon Gallery is located outside of Windsor proper on Terrace Road in Freeman's Reach. The setting is delightful; the gallery building was purpose-built with sandstone walls, old timber and an unusual corrugated iron roof. The setting, the view and the gallery alone are well worth the short drive from Windsor. Among the permanent collection - Indigenous artists and emerging and established Hawkesbury artists - are rare finds. If you're a fan of the unusual and memorable, you will love the mixed artwork, sculpture and jewellery.
Address: 2 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry Phone: 02 4566 4385 Hours: Open Thu-Mon 10am-4pm We love this petite gallery in Wisemans Ferry. Very talented artists living near the river exhibit their paintings, sculpture, ceraminics, textiles and exquisite jewellery Exhibitions change frequently..
Phone: 02 4567 7400, 0402 720 634 Artists and artisans move to the Hawkesbury to find peace, quiet and inspiration. In the Hawkesbury, space, light and heat are unique - the muse for much artistic endeavour. Collectively, the group hosts a studio-trail weekend twice a year allowing art lovers to meet the artists in their unique environment. This is a marvellous way to see art by regional artists and artisans who are hidden away in rural Hawkesbury.
Address: Level one, Derrubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor Phone: 02 4560 4441 Hours: Open Weekdays 10am-4pm (closed Tue), Weekends 10am-3pm
Now on: Simon Yates Workshop, 29 April 10.30am - 3pm. Bookings essential 02 4560 4441. Rural areas and country towns seldom have the resources to build a space devoted to exhibiting art, and where the community can mingle with artists. With the construction of the regional gallery in 2005, such a place now offers a changing program of exhibitions and public programs. All of its exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational. We are always interested in the unusual programs offered for school-aged children and the intensive workshops for high school youth. The arts add such richness to the world and, without programs like those of the Gallery, our existence would be flat and without the visual joy of art. We attempt to attend the opening night of each exhibition - lovely to see artists and art lovers gather. See Windsor p19 for more details on the Regional Gallery.
Go Travel Hawkesbury: Ponies, Picnics & Pioneers -- School Holidays
AUSTRALIANA PIONEER VILLAGE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS BEGIN 12 APRIL
Rose Street, Ebenezer Free Parking inside The Village
Situated on acreage alongside the Hawkesbury River, Australiana Pioneer Village is fondly referred to as The Village by locals.
For kids who often rebel at learning facts, the Village reenactment of early life and culture in the Hawkesbury is a living history lesson. Facts slide down effortlessly and without the usual pain for parents, or for children.
The Village character is defined by its buildings and sheds – most preserved from the 1800s. Other buildings such as the shearing shed have been constructed in the style of the period. In the shearing shed, shearing demonstrations are on every Sunday. Our favourite is the preserved and famous Blackhorse Inn stables, where a sponsored horse race down the main street of Richmond (750 metres) took place between 1819 and 1927.
Kids who are drawn to things in proportion to themselves will be amazed at the size of official buildings: the post office, the police station, a school and a bank. All are miniature and doll-house size, unlike the massive edifices of today. Regardless of a visitor’s age, a village with unpaved footpaths or streets is a rare scene today. Horse drawn carts in The Village maneuver their cargo – people or goods over dusty roadways.
In an authentic village setting so familiar of our past, volunteers in period dress and in character bring life to history. A day at The Village is a fantastic family outing.