• Avalon Restaurant (map)
  • 18 Katoomba Street
  • Katoomba, NSW, 2780
  • Australia

Introducing The Art of Lunch - a new feast for all the senses held on the last Sunday of each month

The Art of Lunch is a showcase for the extraordinary talents of our local artists, musicians and chefs.

Join us for a delicious three-course themed lunch, while you meet a new artist who will introduce their works displayed within our dining room. Then, relax and enjoy a unique musical performance by our featured musician.

This month’s theme is ‘Dancing Light’ and our featured artist is Rachel Hannan. Rachel’s paintings are vibrant and spontaneous, capturing the intensity of light and shadow in mountain clefts and plateaus. The strong brushwork brings alive the atmospherics of sky and wind, scarred faces of rock surfaces and the movement of trees.

Rachel is also a vocalist and will be joined by John Stuart on guitar for a musical performance.

Enjoy a three-course menu created by the Avalon culinary team.

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available on request.

Katoomba Dreaming by Rachel Hannan

Katoomba Dreaming by Rachel Hannan

The Art of Lunch - Dancing Light - Rachel Hannan and John Stuart
Avalon Restaurant
Sunday June 30 at 1pm
Tickets from $84.50 per person (Early bird offer)


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About the Artist - Rachel Hannan

Artist and musician Rachel Hannan’s paintings are vibrant and spontaneous, capturing the intensity of light and shadow in mountain clefts and plateaus. The strong brushwork brings alive the atmospherics of sky and wind, scarred faces of rock surfaces and the movement of trees. In 2018 Rachel was a Finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Calleen Art Award and the Kangaroo Valley Arts Prize.

Rachel is also a singer, with an effortless, startling purity of voice and simplicity of approach. Having gigged solidly throughout Sydney and up and down the East Coast for the past 30 years, she understands what her listeners want to hear with her cool, easy approach to jazz and latin repertoires. Classically trained and hailing originally from Newcastle, then finally fleeing the Sydney CBD, Rachel has been settled in the Blue Mountains for over 20 years.


Rachel Hannan and John stuart

Rachel Hannan and John stuart

About the Music - John Stuart

Rachel performs with John Stuart on seven-string guitar. The duo has been performing together for over twenty years, and have an easy, improvisational feel, imbued with intimacy and familiarity. John is master of the seven-string guitar and compliments Rachel with beautiful, swinging accompaniments .


About The Art of Lunch

The Art of Lunch is a showcase for the extraordinary talents of local Blue Mountains artists, musicians and chefs. The event stimulates opportunities for creatives, as well as a wealth of new opportunities for local residents and visitors to the greater Blue Mountains region to appreciate their skills and virtuosity.

The first season of the Art of Lunch commences on Sunday, 26 May and every last Sunday of the month until October 2019. The event will take place simultaneously at several restaurants and galleries within the Greater Blue Mountains region, with each venue offering a different theme, exhibition and performance. Art of Lunch guests will enjoy a menu specially designed menu by a chef, a visual art exhibition opened by the artist and a thirty-minute live music concert.

Along with Avalon, other venues participating in the initiative include: Echoes Restaurant, Gallery One88, Wild Valley Art Park at Wentworth Falls and Gang Gang Gallery, Lithgow.

The Art of Lunch is a concept by Earthly Delights, a collaboration between three well established Blue Mountains creatives; Susan Cochrane Artistic Director, Meg Benson Music Hunter and Brad Diedrich Digital Media Designer.

Susan, the instigator of the Art of Lunch, dreams up lavish art events for iconic venues in the Blue Mountains region.

Meg and Brad were heavily involved in the 2018 Live and Local festival and both have feature programs on RadioBM. Meg is famous for organising numerous gigs in key Blue Mountains locations and Brad creates a presence for Blue Mountains in amazing websites and across all social media platforms.