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 ’Hollywood Surreal’, and our featured artist is Anna di Mezza. Music will be provided by Miriam Lieberman on kora and guitar, and Kate Adams on cello.
Enjoy a three-course menu created by the Avalon culinary team.
Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available on request.
The Art of Lunch: Hollywood Surreal
Anna di Mezza, Miriam Lieberman and Kate Adams
Sunday August 25 at 12pm
Tickets $89 per person
Hollywood Cafe "Frickles"
Fried Dill Pickles, with a spicy cheddar dip (v)
Mamma's 1950's-style Meatloaf (or Nutloaf)
served with charred corn, slaw and cheese grits (v optional)
Diane, you've gotta try this pie...
Twin Peaks Cherry Pie, served with ice cream (v)
About the Artist - Anna Di Mezza
Anna Di Mezza is a painter from the mid Blue Mountains. She has a background in the study of graphic design and has also worked in the television animation industry for ten years as an inbetweener for Walt Disney.
Her work has been featured globally in art magazines and well known art blogs. She has exhibited locally at the the Braemar Gallery in Springwood in 2017, Gang Gang Gallery Lithgow and more recently, Outre Gallery Melbourne.
Anna's recent body of work has a strong narrative thrust, drawing in part from a rich fund of imagery found on the internet/vintage magazines. Anna collages these images often removing them from their original context thus presenting conceptual ideas in a surrealistic manner.
Her main influences are from film (Hitchcock, Kubrick and David Lynch) as well as the artists Magritte and De Chirico. Music also plays an important part in inspiring her - anywhere from soundtracks to sci fi films, popular music from the mid century, and jazz.
Her current body of work is Surrealistic in nature. They are collage-like arrangements of chance encounters, old Hollywood lovers and anachronistic retellings of history. Her work displaces characters from their homes in vintage photographs, jettisoning them into cold-washed, mountainous landscapes or setting them in front of fresh hewn crystals, displacing them into Alice in Wonderland irregular proportions.
Her work is greatly influenced by the filmmakers David Lynch and Stanely Kubrick, whose films are like a journey to a parallel universe, which is a theme she aims for in her own work. The aim of the paintings is open to interpretation, as they seem pointedly unresolved. All paintings are acrylic on board.
About the Musicians - Miriam Lieberman and Kate Adams
Miriam is a singer songwriter has an unmistakable voice and is known for her own unique style on the kora - West African harp, the guitar as well as her songwriting, She draws her influences from far and wide - having spent long periods of time studying traditional music in West Africa with local musicians including celebrated kora player Toumani Diabate.
Playing an instrument - the kora that is, even in Africa rarely played by women, her songs carry a feminine perspective reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. Singing also of the wild beauty of the Australian land and seascape in which she grew up, her songs are infused with African rhythms and Wanderlust.
Kate Adams adds soaring arrangements on violin and cello and as well as luscious vocal harmonies.
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.