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  • 18 Katoomba Street
  • Katoomba, NSW, 2780
  • Australia
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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 ’New Orleans Music Hall’, and our featured artist is Peter Shoemark.

Music will be provided by Jason Thornton who will take you on a stroll down Frenchman’s lane with sax and keyboards.

The Avalon team will create a rich and spicy 3-course Cajun inspired menu, a perfect complement to this eclectic set.

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available on request.

Menu to be announced…

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The Art of Lunch: New Orleans Music Hall
Peter Shoemark and Jason Thornton
Avalon Restaurant
Sunday July 28 at 12pm
Tickets $90 per person

Group bookings of 6+ save 10% off the regular price


Peter Shoemark

Peter Shoemark

About the Artist - Peter Shoemark

Peter Shoemark (Shoey) stepped into sculpting 16 years ago, since when he has created over 1,000 quirky objects from recycled materials, mostly metal. Apart from some TAFE courses in welding and workshops in blacksmithing, he art arises from deep springs of imagination, creativity, humour and humanity. 

Shoey’s combination of surrealism, animation and character influences provide a self-assured approach to the discipline of sculpture, resulting in a unique range of works. After filling the garden with sculptures, friends sternly started saying “no more”; it was time to trot around the Blue Mountain galleries.

Sixteen years later and still no noticeable reduction in the size of the scrap heap or amount of clutter, the creative challenge continues.  No animal, person or belief could be considered sacred or beyond the scope of an aging welder gone feral. Works are now found throughout Australia and overseas, with strong interest in America, Canada and France.


About the Musician - Jason Thornton

World renowned multi instrumentalist/composer/educator, Dr Jason Thornton has been at the forefront of woodwind players in the music industry for the last three decades, touring the world with elite bands. He is primarily a saxophonist playing across the entire range of sax from sopranno to bass, as well as clarinets and flutes. As well as being a high-calibre performer and band leader, Thornton is also an accomplished composer and educator.

As an instrumentalist and composer, Jason Thornton’s playing credits include: Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Cher, Cat Stevens, The Troggs, 1927, Matt Finish, and The Masters Apprentices. Most recently he has been working with Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Craig Calhoun (Temptations), as well as many local acts.

As an Educator Thornton has taught at the Australian Institute of Music, Australian International Conservatorium of Music, Capilano University (Vancouver), University of Western Sydney, Southern Institute of Technology (NZ), Edinburgh University (Scotland) and the Mitchell Conservatorium.


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 commenced 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.

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.


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